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Old 04-17-11, 07:27 PM
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I love my 26X2.0" Serfas Drifters. They roll wonderfully, and have great grip under wet conditions. They also soak up wicked bumps from potholes. Decent puncture resistance.


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My Moulden is rocking the Hurricanes that have been fitted to my mountain bike (for xc racing), touring bike, winter bike, and my cargo bike which speaks to their versatility... the do not work well on wet root covered single track.

This is a seriously fast bike... part of that stems from it only weighing < 24 pounds but I love these tyres for the ability to blow through pretty much anything at speed and as I often like to ride through the hard packed trails in the river valley these tyres are perfect.



Tyres are only one part of the equation if speed is the goal... getting more aero makes a huge difference in how well you can exploit a faster rolling tyre.
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Old 04-17-11, 07:51 PM
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Kenda 1.95s have my vote. Had them on my Trek 800 for four years and thousands of miles. Only one flat in all that time. Handle just fine for the city, without much rolling resistance.
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Old 04-17-11, 08:42 PM
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Big Apples are excellent
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i have kenda 838s on my Specialized. i like them a lot.. get a "fat tire" look and added comfort if you run the pressure low. plus they roll way better than knobbies. i use them around town and so far so good.. not sure how durable they are since i haven't put tons of miles on them, but no flats so far

http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Bicycle-.../dp/B002DX1DWG



These are the tires we have on my wife's Sedona, and they do roll well. She doesn't ride in places that are prone to causing flats, so we can't comment about their puncture resistance. I've ridden on them when using my wife's bike to take my daughter out on her Trek tagalong tandem attachment, and liked how the tires ride as well.
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Old 04-17-11, 09:33 PM
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I love my 26X2.0" Serfas Drifters. They roll wonderfully, and have great grip under wet conditions. They also soak up wicked bumps from potholes. Decent puncture resistance.


i just mounted a set of these for a friend. they are heavy but look like a very durable tire and and seam to roll well. so far he has nothing but great things to say about them.
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Old 04-18-11, 10:41 AM
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i just mounted a set of these for a friend. they are heavy but look like a very durable tire and and seam to roll well. so far he has nothing but great things to say about them.
Inverted tread tires like Serfas Drifters and T&C are good for the road and smooth trails, but tend to flat on sharp rocks. I think the tread pattern catches rocks that can cause punctures in the recessed area.
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Old 04-18-11, 11:51 AM
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Schwalbe Big Apples get good revues, I'm going for puncture resistance
of the Marathon Plus, myself.
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Yeah, if you need a tough tire, Schwalbe gets great reviews here on bikeforums. I gather the ride isn't bad, either. I'm riding some kind of Schwalbe tire on my English 3-speed, and it's good.
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I'm on the cheaper end, I use high pressure Kenda Kwests with Mr. Tuffy liners. They work very well for me.
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Old 04-18-11, 01:39 PM
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I am in a similar situation with the OP, looking for slick (or semi-slick) tires for my 2005 Specialized Rockhopper. I was just curious what experiences you guys have had with Michelins, and Country Rock in particular.
I've got Country Rocks on my '89 Rockhopper. I've put about 300 miles on them so far. They're a nice tire for the price, I think. They're good for a mix of surfaces like paved bike paths and hard-packed trails, which is what I use them for. On pavement they're OK but not great. The only flat resistance they offer is a lot of rubber. I've gotten one flat from a piece of glass working its way through the tire on a rainy commute.
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I had the high pressure Kwests on my MTB, but moved them to my tandem last week. I like them a lot (I have a 700c set on my current commuter,) but I just discovered an odd handling quirk when less than fully inflated on the tandem: On sharp turns, they feel squishy like a nearly-flat tire that's about to roll off the rim. I suppose 50 psi is nearly flat on a tandem, so I need to pay more attention to the pressure. I never encountered that behavior on the single bike.

I've got a set of monstrous CST Cyclops Pros on the way, but I'm not sure if they'll fit between the chain stays on my MTB. I'm kind of curious how a bulky, nearly slick tire compares with a 1.5" slick in terms of rolling resistance.

FunkyStickman, where did you find those blue Kwests?
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FunkyStickman, where did you find those blue Kwests?
I found them on Amazon, they also come in yellow and red. They may be re-labeled as "Action Messenger" tires, but it's a Kenda Kwest.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I've got Country Rocks on my '89 Rockhopper. I've put about 300 miles on them so far. They're a nice tire for the price, I think. They're good for a mix of surfaces like paved bike paths and hard-packed trails, which is what I use them for. On pavement they're OK but not great. The only flat resistance they offer is a lot of rubber. I've gotten one flat from a piece of glass working its way through the tire on a rainy commute.
I had a set of these briefly and felt the same way about them. They were a bit lighter than the Michelin City (which feels sluggish to me,) and they rolled at least as well. I felt that the tread loaded up with gravel pretty easily when I rode them on a levee topped with crushed coral, but I didn't get any flats. Nice for the price.
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I found them on Amazon, they also come in yellow and red. They may be re-labeled as "Action Messenger" tires, but it's a Kenda Kwest.
Very cool, thanks!
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Very cool, thanks!
No problem. The only thing I don't like about them is they're not really puncture resistant, but for the price, I can live with it. They're half the price of Schwalbe Marathon Plus.
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My g/f has a pair of Nashbar "streetwise" tires. I like these ones a lot - they wear great and have predicable handling. They're also very cheap, $9 each last time I looked.
I ride these on my MTB. If you can't afford something like a Pasela TG or a T-Serv, these are pretty good.
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For a quick fix, I think I'll get 26*1.5 Nashbar Streetwises. They're like ten dollars, may friend has them and likes them, and I don't want to dump a bunch on money into tires I don't like. Some other options look good, but I'll wait till I have more money. I spent most of my bike money for the month on this Rockhopper. (which is awesome)
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Originally Posted by Scooby214 View Post
These are the tires we have on my wife's Sedona, and they do roll well. She doesn't ride in places that are prone to causing flats, so we can't comment about their puncture resistance. I've ridden on them when using my wife's bike to take my daughter out on her Trek tagalong tandem attachment, and liked how the tires ride as well.
i got my first flat with the k838s.. it was a pinch flat though which i got from practicing hopping curbs in a parking lot .. the tire might have simply been under-inflated though, I didn't check the pressure before going out

one thing i like about the k838s is that you can take turns very fast and they stick to the ground when you might expect them to slide out
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I also have the michelin citys in 26 x 1.85 and agree with everything you said. and theyre a pain in the ass to put on and take off, so I really hope I dont get any punctures!
go figure 5 days later my back tire blew out. -_-
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Old 04-22-11, 10:54 AM
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For a quick fix, I think I'll get 26*1.5 Nashbar Streetwises. They're like ten dollars, may friend has them and likes them, and I don't want to dump a bunch on money into tires I don't like. Some other options look good, but I'll wait till I have more money. I spent most of my bike money for the month on this Rockhopper. (which is awesome)
I haven't used those but Nashbar also has 26x1.25 Streetwise (or similarly branded) slicks. I ordered some as spares a couple years ago for like 7$ each and now they're my primary - I've found them totally bulletproof and long-lasting.
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I third or fourth the Serfas - last forever.

Sold this guy last year - I think he was a '93.

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Inverted tread tires like Serfas Drifters and T&C are good for the road and smooth trails, but tend to flat on sharp rocks. I think the tread pattern catches rocks that can cause punctures in the recessed area.
I recently started using Drifters, and got my first flat commuting in 3 years. I am not sure I should blame the tires, but it was a bit of a surprise considering how heavy they are. The rolling resistance was also higher than I expected.
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Nice bike! I have the exact same color... it's tough finding matching bar tape...
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