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Old 02-25-10, 05:20 PM
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Recommendation please for a light tire for road/paths/ light gravel.

Sorry, I know that tire rec requests are a major source of posts on this forum.

I am looking for a tire that is good on pavement, MUPs, canal paths and fire roads, and is reasonably light.

Right now, I'm using Vredestein Perfect Moiree, which are almost bullet proof (I dig chunks of glass out with a knife and the tire doesn't even flinch), but are very heavy (around 800 grams). I would love to find a good tire with some real tread in the 300 gram range.

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Good luck!

I think most tires you'll find are around the 500-600 gram range...

My tire of choice (if I was going for a new set of thick tires), I'd go with these:

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/pmits...nt_tire/pp.htm


As it stands, I'm happy with my 700X28c Kenda Kwest tires on everything from serious gravel roads to club rides, but I do throw on a set of fat no-name Kendas for the winter. They suck!
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Panaracer Paselas can do most of what you are looking for in a tire. They come in a few versions tourguard and non-TG either folding or wire bead and in a wide variety of sizes. The weights range from 300-400grams for most with the some of the wire bead bigger tires heavier and the smaller size folding bead versions under 300g.

Or if looking for something with more tread a number of nicer cyclocross tires can be had for reasonable prices and a lot of them are under 500g. Continental Cyclocross speed, Kenda Small Block Eight, Victoria Cross Evo XN, Challenge Grifo XS (not cheap though), Ritchey Speedmax, and Michelin Jet to name a few.
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Originally Posted by RFC
. I would love to find a good tire with some real tread in the 300 gram range.

Nothing with any level of puncture resistance at that weight. I run Ritchey Speedmax Pro's, but they spec at 358. The Comp's are cheaper, but fair amount heavier.. like 100g worth.

They're nice tires, but you're not going to be picking glass out of them with a knife and keep going like you say you do now.
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In the sub-400g range you're not going to find a reasonable size tire with the type of flat resistance you're getting now.

Panaracer offers some lightweights in the 32mm range. The Pasela TG folding bead is 330g. The T-Serv Protex is 380g. The Urban Max is 360g.
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I highly recommend the Panaracer Pasela.
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Originally Posted by RFC
I am looking for a tire that is good on pavement, MUPs, canal paths and fire roads, and is reasonably light ...
OK; some good choices come to mind (like the above-mentioned Paselas, though given their tread pattern, perhaps a little dicey for fire roads) ...
Originally Posted by RFC
... in the 300 gram range.
... Uh oh. Is 360g within range?
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Originally Posted by ortcutt
OK; some good choices come to mind (like the above-mentioned Paselas, though given their tread pattern, perhaps a little dicey for fire roads) ...

... Uh oh. Is 360g within range?
Paselas work great on fire roads, trust me on this. Both my bikes are shod in them ( I got a ridiculously good sale and stocked up) and they work well over just about any terrain I can throw their way. They have a few problems when it comes to deep mud though, They don't get much traction, and the sidewalls get dirty and no longer look as pretty. Short of that, they are great tires, on road, on gravel, on hardpacked dirt, or even some looser stuff, if you're adventurous.
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What's a fire road?
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Originally Posted by noglider
What's a fire road?
An unpaved path cut into a forest, ostensibly to permit access for fire-control vehicles.
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Originally Posted by ortcutt
An unpaved path cut into a forest, ostensibly to permit access for fire-control vehicles.
What's a forest?

Just kidding.
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