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The perfect 26" commuter tire - it's baaaack

Old 02-02-11, 12:13 PM
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The perfect 26" commuter tire - it's baaaack

A little over five years ago I picked up a set of tires that Performance promptly discontinued (ain't that how it goes?). To attest to their durability, I am still rolling on a set after a 750 mile trip to Dallas and commuting miles since, mostly road, some light and heavy trail. I pleaded with Performance not only to bring it back, but to make a Cross tire as well. No luck...until now.

I don't know how I missed this with the amount of time I spend surfing Nashbar (and other cycling sites), but it appears to be back. May I present the Nashbar Elevator.

This tire was rated (from what I can find) at 880g in the Forte model, but after a chat with the techs at Nashbar, the Elevator is only 655g. I don't mind the weight as the tire is Apocalypse-proof. It hardly wears, has enough traction even on soft trails, and rolls like a road tire (save the weight).

And they are a freaking steal at $9.99 each. I was looking at the Accelerator as a commuter tire (425g), but now that this tire is back, my ride just got better. If you're looking for a tire that will not wear, is great on the puncture scale and rolls on pavement, look no further.

Just had to share this - most underrated tire ever. If a tire could be a rock star, this tire would be Lemmy.

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Old 02-02-11, 01:40 PM
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Very durable and wears slowly. It is heavy though. I would not recommend it as a front tire. It is a very good buy and I would recommend it as well.
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The "Tread Guard" version has the kevlar belt (though it doesn't say on the site) and is well worth the extra money. I agree these tires have an awesome tread pattern. They roll nicely on pavement but grip well off road.

I've been using the various incarnations of them since getting a set in '97 made by Cheng Shin. Currently have Cheng Shins on one son's MTB; Forte VersaTrac/ks from Performance on other son's and wife's MTBs; and Elevator Tread Guard on my MTB.

Glad to see they've brought them back.
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I commute on pavement and like a slicker tire.
Had pretty good luck with these and the price is right....

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I would roll em if they made a slightly thinner one, theres no way im taking my shiny fenders off
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