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Old 12-24-19, 10:45 AM
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Tyres - weekday commute, weekend mixed terrain/ touring

Hey,

I'm looking for some tyres that I can use in the week for my commute but could hold up to some light gravel/ mixed terrain at the weekends.

I donít have tubeless ready rims but considering getting some hunts.

I was wondering what you guys would recommend. - main attributes Iím looking for are puncture resistance, not too slow and ability to hit some light gravel at the weekends.

Im in London (UK) so the tyre will mostly be dealing with city roads.

I have a CAADX and think that I can go up to about 35/ 40mm.

currently running marathon plus- which is great for puncture resistance but not able to handle any gravel.

thanks

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Old 12-27-19, 10:17 AM
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If you'll pardon the question, why won't the Marathon Plus handle gravel? I'd have thought it would punch all the tickets except perhaps the reasonable rolling resistance.

I would have suggested Panaracer Paselas, but they're lighter than your Marathons and, though unlikely to puncture, more susceptible than the Marathons.

If you're riding narrower tires/tyres, have you considered getting a set of Marathons in 35-38 width?
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Continental Contact Travels have been great multi surface tires for me. They run narrow. 42's may fit w/o issues.
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real answer: buy a tire for your real city life and tolerate it on the could-maybe weekends. Or another wheelset, or another bike.

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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
If you'll pardon the question, why won't the Marathon Plus handle gravel? I'd have thought it would punch all the tickets except perhaps the reasonable rolling resistance.
This ^^
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Old 01-04-20, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
... tyres that I can use in the week for my commute but could hold up to some light gravel/ mixed terrain at the weekends.

main attributes I’m looking for are puncture resistance, not too slow and ability to hit some light gravel at the weekends ... mostly be dealing with city roads.
I've been very impressed with the Continental Ride Tour tires. They're available in 700c/29 and 26in varieties.

Grippy on standard urban roads (asphalt and concrete roads and sidewalks). Decent on frosty and wet surfaces. Very good water evacuation, so no hydroplaning even at speed. Handles modest amounts of hardpack dirt and gravel roads. Has good puncture protection. (In 3+ years I've yet to have any flats, on mixed surfaces for weekly commuting.) And with the fairly solid center rib, they're not bad on rolling performance either. A bit heavier than some other competing tires, but I think they offer an excellent mix of attributes for an "urban" tire with occasional mixed surfaces expected.
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Old 01-04-20, 08:40 PM
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Yea, I was going to recommend the Marathons before I read the post in detail. I have a pair that I took off my mountain bike and replaced with Kenda Nevegal, but after I did that I regretted it because the Marathons would have been fine for the kind of riding I'm likely to do on that bike. At least I didn't pay much and since they are on the bike they are staying there and it is a blast to be able to go through anything.

My commuter bike has Gatorskins and these aren't suitable for gravel/dirt really. But then again I've ridden my road bike with GP4000s on dirt too.
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