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Old 10-15-08, 01:58 PM
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Non-studded winter tire recs

All the threads I read regarding winter tires involved studded tires. That's all well and good and I will probably get a set of 26" Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106s for my mountain bike. That said, I still intend to ride my everyday commuter (Crosscheck) on winter days when there's not sh1t all over the ground. But I currently roll on 25mm Panaracer T-servs. I want to get a good set of non-studded winter tires.

What say you? What size? I'm thinking no bigger than 32mm/35mm.
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I'd say the T-servs are just fine. I'm not sure what advantage you'd get from wider tires or tread. When the roads are clear enough to not run studs, (meaning clear blacktop) then summer tires are just fine. My solution is to run 2 sets of wheels studded and slicks. Granted the slicks are not mounted very often but it only takes about 2 minutes to switch. You have the same basic thing with 2 bikes.
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
I'd say the T-servs are just fine. I'm not sure what advantage you'd get from wider tires or tread. When the roads are clear enough to not run studs, (meaning clear blacktop).....
Leaves, sand....
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
Leaves, sand....
which i ride through every day now on my slicks.
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If the T-serv comes in a 32, I'd stick with that. It's a nice tire, and a really good all-around 4-season tread.
If you want something similar, but a little bit different, the Vittoria Randonneur comes in widths from 28 all the way up to a monstrous 45mm!
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Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
I'd say the T-servs are just fine. I'm not sure what advantage you'd get from wider tires or tread. When the roads are clear enough to not run studs, (meaning clear blacktop) then summer tires are just fine. My solution is to run 2 sets of wheels studded and slicks. Granted the slicks are not mounted very often but it only takes about 2 minutes to switch. You have the same basic thing with 2 bikes.
+1 on riding your normal tires unless there's snow on the ground.
+1 on two wheelsets
+1 on riding your normal tires on leaves, wet pavement, packed gravel, etc. My wife insists on riding her road bike to work with 23C slicks unless there's more than 1" of snow on the ground.
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T-Serv 700 x 32 with the reflective sidewall is worth considering, if you are getting some more T-Servs. As for leaves, I don't think anything is particularly good on wet leaves. They're just evil, and best avoided.
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I haven't tried studs yet. I refresh my ice riding skills at a local park before I take it on the road.
Depending on how much fun I'm having, it may take up to a week before I go on the road.
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Old 10-15-08, 06:04 PM
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Guys at work have been recommending the Schwalbe CX Pro. It's a "fast" cross tire.

Now, I'm one of those who think spikes are essential against ice which is the problem during winter IMO. But it seems like that one can do well.
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I like the IRC Mythos CX 700x35c. Kevlar, aggressive tread, microscopic rice husks in the rubber for grip on the ice. Bontrager Jones CX 700x32c work well and are slightly faster in clear roads but not nearly as good as the Mythos for grip on ice and for going through snow or loose gravel. The Mythos give me a smooooothe ride!TM
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