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Old 10-24-07, 02:20 PM
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commuting tire reccommendation needed

I am looking for a 700cc x 28-35 commuting tire with reflective side walls and good flat protection with out costing a fortune.
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus seems to be the consensus choice for loaded tourists and commuters.
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Yup, the Marathons are probably your best bet. That said, I am currently riding Conti Zeta Security's, and they are holding up well. I like them.
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I would love a pair of the Marathon Pluses. I'm currently sporting Bontrager Hardcases and I really like 'em. I ride 'em in a 25 width, thinking I'll get some 27s for the harder winter, but I can't fit that much wider...
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Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
I am looking for a 700cc x 28-35 commuting tire with reflective side walls and good flat protection with out costing a fortune.
Marathons are good, as others mentioned. I'm currently running Vittoria 70035 Randonneur tires. I've gone about 800 miles on the tires so far with no flats in spite of running through glass, dirt, thorns, grass and trash. Oh, and potholes and paved streets too ;-) The Vittoria's also feature reflective sidewalls. $28 at REI.

Here's a flash photo highlighting the sidewalls. Click on img to go large.

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Bontrager makes a Satellite Elite hardcase in a 32mm wide. I've gone with those on my current commuter project bike. They seemed like a good tire. Hopefully they work out alright. They do have a reflective sidewall.
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thanks for the suggestions. At $33 dollars or plus shipping the Marathons seems like a good tire and a good deal. I will see if any of my lbs carrying any of the suggested tires and at what price before I buy online though.
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+1 for the regular Schwalbe Marathons.
they area good tires providing reasonable
flat protection, mileage and balance between
rolling resistance and traction. Have 3000 km
on the set on my crosscheck, have ridden mostly
on dirt/gravel roads.
ps- please take my opinion on this with a grain of salt
as it is quite biased, biased because i've used the various
versions of marathons for more than 10 years, always
with good mileage and rarely a flat.
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Originally Posted by SSP View Post
Schwalbe Marathon Plus seems to be the consensus choice for loaded tourists and commuters.
+1 Almost 3000 miles on these with no flats!
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Concur with the Marathon Plus. I have over 4500 miles on a set without a flat (did I just jinx myself?). It's a good thing they don't flat often, because it seems to take a minimum of 3 and sometimes 4 hands to get them back on the wheel.
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I just installed a new pair of marathon pluses last night. While my forks/fenders had plenty of clearance, it was a chore getting 32mm marathons onto a velocity deep V rim. Considering I'd ran 28mm contis before, this additional 4mm seemed negligible on paper. I even popped a tube while pumping to 65psi due to a pinch.

15 miles later they were very comfortable, handled nice and gave me a badly needed traction boost for the wet steep grades in Seattle. I just hope I don't get many flats as my tire/rim combo is very awkward to deal with.
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Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
I am looking for a 700cc x 28-35 commuting tire with reflective side walls and good flat protection with out costing a fortune.
Take THIS w/a grain of salt, also. I've been honking airless tires for commuter applications for about a year. I've got the 700x35mm 110 psi hybrids on a set of Sun CR-18 rims w/well over 3500 miles in all weather. They're slower by 2-3 mph than regular pneumatics. The loads I carry are regularly 15-18 lbs though I've never toured w/them I have done a couple of overnight/weekend trips and they performed great. They seem pricey at first until one figures in the cost of a good pump, tubes, tire levers, patch kit, time spent in repair, inconvenience enroute, etc. It balances out rather well.

This is not to say the tires suggested above aren't fine and the people who made the suggestions aren't experienced, informed, well-intended, etc. It's merely an option you may want to explore.

BTW, none of the airless have any reflective sidewall material as far as I know.
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Old 10-25-07, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by TN37 View Post
Concur with the Marathon Plus. I have over 4500 miles on a set without a flat (did I just jinx myself?). It's a good thing they don't flat often, because it seems to take a minimum of 3 and sometimes 4 hands to get them back on the wheel.
Certainly not. I've got 26 x 1.75 Marathon+ tires on my commuter, and I'm turning over the 2400 flat-free mile mark on them this afternoon.

I know what you mean about them being tough to get on the rim, though. I roll Conti UltraGatorskin 25's on my road bike and I was about ready to throw my whole setup in the river, that's how tough they were to get on the rims.
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If you don't have the tires yet, I'ld recommend the Marathon Racer. It has reflective sidewalls, is a folding tire and is very easy to mount. While I was commuting I had no problem with it and felt I could ride faster than with the standard marathon.
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Old 10-27-07, 08:43 PM
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Another vote for the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. Over 3000 flat free miles on mine.
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Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb View Post
thanks for the suggestions. At $33 dollars or plus shipping the Marathons seems like a good tire and a good deal. I will see if any of my lbs carrying any of the suggested tires and at what price before I buy online though.
They are insanely heavy if that matters to you.
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