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Old 07-09-07, 05:02 PM
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I'm looking for a tire that can do it all (I know, I'm asking for alot). To be more specific I'm looking for a good fast rolling road tire that can also handle some light dirt roads when needed. Also good in wet conditions when needed. I'm thinking maybe a 700x32?? I was first thinking 28 but that may be too narrow. I would also like to keep the rotating weight down; so maybe 350 grams or lower. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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you'll either have to sacrifice rolling resistance or dirt/rain/mud capabilities.

I do perfectly fine with 700x23 full road slicks like michilin pro2 or vittoria rubino pros in light dirt. (we're talking about dusty roads right?) just slow down for corners a bit more than usual.

Doesn't matter what tire you have in the rain, if you hit a patch too fast at the wrong angle, you will slip, I find.
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I ride with 700x28 schwalbe stelvios on fireroads and in pouring rain. I wish I had something like schwalbe land cruisers in the same size when I'm on fire roads. Rain is np, just have to avoid the painted lines in the road.

I have no experience with these tires but try the schwalbe cx pro, seems to fit your requirements but it's probably expensive. 700x30...298 grams!

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I like the specialized nimbus, but that's only 28 and 38.

Maybe something from the Continental contact line? Sorry, I've never run a 32 tire. 350g seems on the light side for a 32 tire, which would rule out most of what I'd think of as a "dirt road" tire.
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Thanks everyone, I'll look into those mentioned.
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Schwalbe Marathon is an excellent all around commuter tire. Not the fastest tire but is very durable and will handle dirt roads and paths without a problem.
Panaracer Tserv is also a good tire and maybe a little faster.

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Originally Posted by bfloyd
I'm looking for a tire that can do it all (I know, I'm asking for alot). To be more specific I'm looking for a good fast rolling road tire that can also handle some light dirt roads when needed. Also good in wet conditions when needed. I'm thinking maybe a 700x32?? I was first thinking 28 but that may be too narrow. I would also like to keep the rotating weight down; so maybe 350 grams or lower. Any suggestions? Thanks.
you might want to look at bontrager 700x28 race-lites...
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Panaracer Tserv is also a good tire and maybe a little faster.
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+1, I found the t-serv to be light, fast and have very good durability. Not awesomely durable like Armadillo or Marathons, but those are much heavier tires, too.

If i didn't have so much crap on the roads I'd be on t-serv.

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Here are a few reasonably light tires that might work:
- Panaracer TG kevlar bead, weigh less than 300 grams in 700x27 size, which supposedly fits more like a 25. Have a little more tread than racing tires, which should be good for unpaved paths or roads.
- Michelin Pro Race2 or Krylion (formerly known as Carbons), weigh less than 300 g in size 700x25, which actually fit more like 27s or 28s. Michelins are wider than most tires. I've ridden my Pro Race 25s on crushed limestone bike paths and they worked reasonably well. Krylions will wear better than ProRaces but are slightly heavier and might not handle quite as well on pavement.
- Rivendell Roly Polys, smallest size is 700x27. Made by Panaracer to Rivendell specs. Supposed to be a do-it-all tire that is good on dirt, gravel or pavement. Riv Roughy Toughies are similar but a little heavier.
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Specialized Infinity. Had them on my cross bike. They roll well and have just enough tread for hardpack and gravel. If you're worried about weight,you're not going to be able to find anything with enough tread to be useful(or any real puncture resistance).
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