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Old 09-13-16, 01:01 AM
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Commuting tires

Hey guys. Trying to choose tires for my disc trucker. Tire size is 26 inch. I want more of a slick tire for commuting and also for some light touring. Can you guys post what your current tires for commuting are and post also an image.

These are the brands and models I have been seeing:

1. Schwalbe marathon supreme 26x1.6
2. Panaracer ribmo 26x1.75
3.vitoria voyager 26x??
4.continental city ride 26x1.75
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I used Kenda Kwick Trax 26x1.5" on my previous commuter bike and really liked them, they rolled ok, the reflective stripe was very visible at night (plus for commuting) and it was resistant to flats (only had one, was a 1/2" nail).
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I commute on Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires in 700c, and I'm extremely happy with them. They were rated as having the lowest rolling resistance by far. They run large, so if there is a choice of widths, go for one narrower than you think you want.
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Forte Gotham 26" x 1.75" from Performance Bike. On the heavy side, but inexpensive and durable and roll fast on pavement.


Forté Gotham ST Road and Mountain Tires - 700x32, 700x35, 26x1.75
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I am a big marathon supreme fan. But I use 2.0 big apples on my LHT.
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Specialized Infinity. I had a pair on my old MTB: They roll really fast and they come in a 26 x 1.75. I currently have the 700 x 32 on my commuter and they're great. If they're heavy, I don't notice it.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I commute on Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires in 700c, and I'm extremely happy with them. They were rated as having the lowest rolling resistance by far. They run large, so if there is a choice of widths, go for one narrower than you think you want.
I liked those tires but I believe that they do not go more than 26x1.5 I was looking more into the 1.75 or if anything the 2.0 for my 26inch rims.
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Originally Posted by Pmr85 View Post
Hey guys. Trying to choose tires for my disc trucker. Tire size is 26 inch. I want more of a slick tire for commuting and also for some light touring. Can you guys post what your current tires for commuting are and post also an image.

These are the brands and models I have been seeing:

1. Schwalbe marathon supreme 26x1.6
2. Panaracer ribmo 26x1.75
3.vitoria voyager 26x??
4.continental city ride 26x1.75
I've had over 3k miles on Continental Sport Contact II, 700x37c. Not all 3k miles on the same two tires, replaced about 2.5k into the first set, due to normal wear, riding daily. Not a single flat, these tires are tough.
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I commute by bike very little. Often a few 1-2 mile rides per week with my photography gear going from property to property to shoot real estate photography close to where I live. A combination of ride feel and grippiness plus flat resistance has always been important to me overall. Similar to a commuter's needs. So I ride on Panaracer T-Serv PT tires. Rode on these tires for a couple of years on my last hybrid bike for all my recreational and fitness rides and didn't have a flat. I did get a flat this year with my 'new' hybrid with them on a recreational ride but that's it. So I can recommend them. That and Schwalbe Marathon Cross tires for the 3 years before that with nary a flat. But they have a tread to them whereas the Panaracers do not. I trust Panaracers and Schwalbe's. I had Gatorskins on this newer whip last year for a bit. Didn't like them as much. No flats but not as nice of a ride.
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gp4000's for skinny tire bikes, schwalbe marathon supreme's for fatter (but slick) tire bikes.
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Schwalbe Big Apples in 26 x 2.0. Has almost completely slick tread, reflective sidewall stripe, and reasonable flat protection. They ride like clouds at the correct pressure for your wheel loading.

I found this formula on bikeforums years ago;

P = ((600*L)/(W^2)) + (.75*W) - 25

P is pressure in psi
L is wheel loading in pounds
W is tire width in millimeters

For most bikes with light loads you can weigh yourself while holding your bike and anything you take with you and take 65% of that weight as your rear wheel load. If you're touring with heavy front and rear loads, it's worth it to get more accurate wheel weights.

For my normal commutes with just a shirt and lunch, I set my rear psi by this formula, then set the front tire 3-5 psi lower, or about 85% of the rear psi.

This formula works down to about 30mm tire width. Below that, most manufacturers have published weight to psi charts.
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Old 09-15-16, 08:29 AM
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My bike I bought new in April of this year came equipped with Bontrager AW1 HC. I commute daily and I have found these tires to be pretty decent. Good rolling resistance, good in the rain, handle the bumpy roads that make up part of my commute and the occasional dirt or gravel road I have been on they did reasonably well. In just over 1K of riding so far, I have had only 1-flat and they are holding up well so far. But as I say I have had them only since April with 1K of riding so long term remains to be seen. As of right now while I would consider these again, I am curious about what more I can expect out of the Bontrager AW-2 HC & AW-3 HC. They also come in a HCL which is a lighter tire, which I may try.
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I've had over 3k miles on Continental Sport Contact II, 700x37c. Not all 3k miles on the same two tires, replaced about 2.5k into the first set, due to normal wear, riding daily. Not a single flat, these tires are tough.

My current ride came equipped with Conti Sport Contact, but I got flats on my commutes and replaced them with Gaterskin Hardshells. I just replaced the rear Gaterskin after 5K miles; the Gaterskin ride is more harsh, but the toughness is supreme.
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Originally Posted by Pmr85 View Post
... for commuting and also for some light touring.

1. Schwalbe marathon supreme 26x1.6
2. Panaracer ribmo 26x1.75
3.vitoria voyager 26x??
4.continental city ride 26x1.75
In the 29er/700c sizing, I've got a set of the Conti Tour Ride tires, 28x1.75 (47-622). Basically, your proposed City Ride tires are the functional equivalent of the Tour Ride, but with a bit finer and smoother tread pattern. Similar weight, pressures (in the 47-622 sizing) between the two models.

Love them. They're big enough to suck up nearly all bumps and minor potholes. They're grippy enough to handle some hard-packed trail duty. They've got enough protection to survive fairly well through urban and occasional trail/path impediments that folks tend to find. If the smoother (and presumably faster) tread pattern of the City Ride is your preference, then I think you'd really enjoy the tires.

Major downside: these are heavy.

Upside: But then, that buys you survivability, solid protection from flats. Despite that, in the Tour Ride flavor they ride very smoothly and can maintain good speed. Got them for under $18 ea, so they're a very good deal.

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So after allot of research, opinions and guidance. I have made my choice and already bought a pair of Panaracer RiBMo tires 26x1.75 for 40 bucks. I will be lining the inner wall with some tape liner for extra precaution.

I chose those for the cost and reliability. I wont be making any tours anytime soon, and no trail rides for awhile. me and my fiance just moved to south Florida and the commute for me to go anywhere is mostly paved roads. Thank you guys for the help.
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So after allot of research, opinions and guidance. I have made my choice and already bought a pair of Panaracer RiBMo tires 26x1.75 for 40 bucks. I will be lining the inner wall with some tape liner for extra precaution.

I chose those for the cost and reliability. I wont be making any tours anytime soon, and no trail rides for awhile. me and my fiance just moved to south Florida and the commute for me to go anywhere is mostly paved roads. Thank you guys for the help.
RibMos are a great tire with a smart design. At optimal inflation pressure they roll fast on the skinny center tread yet offer the plushness of a fat tire when you hit a bump. I ran a set of them on an MTB as a commuter with great success. Unfortunately, my commute is through a Broken Glass Olympics training community and Oaklanders are gold medalists. I had to give up the RibMos for Specialized Armadillos - Nimbus and Infinity - for the flat protection.


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On my 559 commuter, I have (and will stay with) a Nashbar City Slick 32-559 (26x1.25) on the front, and a Kenda Kwick 40-559 (26 x 1.5) on the rear.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I commute on Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires in 700c, and I'm extremely happy with them. They were rated as having the lowest rolling resistance by far. They run large, so if there is a choice of widths, go for one narrower than you think you want.
I've been using these on a 700c wheel for the past 1200 miles. They are light, fast, and have a great ride quality. They aren't great on puncture protection, though. I've had four flats in 1200 miles. Before this I was using Vittoria Randonneur tires. The rear tire was worn down at 3100 miles, but had never had a flat. When my voyager hypers wear out, I think I'll try out the Randonneur Pro.
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I like my RiBMo tires, too. I think mine are PT's. Haven't had a flat yet.
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I've been using [Voyager Hyper tires] on a 700c wheel for the past 1200 miles. They are light, fast, and have a great ride quality. They aren't great on puncture protection, though. I've had four flats in 1200 miles. Before this I was using Vittoria Randonneur tires. The rear tire was worn down at 3100 miles, but had never had a flat. When my voyager hypers wear out, I think I'll try out the Randonneur Pro.
Interesting. Flats don't bother me as much as most people, since I can fix them quickly and easily. Puncture protection isn't the highest priority for me. I would have bought these tires if they didn't have the added protection, but I don't mind that they have it as long as it doesn't ruin the ride, and it doesn't. As my luck has it, I haven't had a puncture with them yet.
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