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Old 06-17-12, 07:42 PM
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Tire Recommendations, 26"

So I got this gig driving big rig for a living. I've been carrying my Trek 560 along with me and it's great for what it is... but what it is is a hardedged, all-out road machine with tubular tires. Not really what should have been my first choice.

So I'm going to be revamping my Schwinn Impact as an all-rounder. It's in great shape, except for the tires. I'm wondering if I can get some reco's on rubber. I'm thinking something in the 1.5-2.1 inch range, fairly high pressure, gumwall would be nice, a little bit of tread but not knobby would be nice, folding bead a must (it's kind of my thing, baby). If I can get them for under 70 bucks apiece, so much the better. No Contis, no Kendas; I just plain don't like 'em.

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Old 06-17-12, 09:04 PM
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Michelin Country Rock 26 x 1.75
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...ntry-rock-tire


Great tire. I wish they still made these in 700c for my hybrid.


Er, sorry, not folding bead.
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Old 06-18-12, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Recumbomatic View Post
Er, sorry, not folding bead.
What's with the folding bead fixation, o.p.?? Schwalbe Marathon. Not folding bead, but that didn't stop the shop that shipped mine...
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Old 06-18-12, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Captain Blight View Post
So I got this gig driving big rig for a living. I've been carrying my Trek 560 along with me and it's great for what it is... but what it is is a hardedged, all-out road machine with tubular tires. Not really what should have been my first choice.

So I'm going to be revamping my Schwinn Impact as an all-rounder. It's in great shape, except for the tires. I'm wondering if I can get some reco's on rubber. I'm thinking something in the 1.5-2.1 inch range, fairly high pressure, gumwall would be nice, a little bit of tread but not knobby would be nice, folding bead a must (it's kind of my thing, baby). If I can get them for under 70 bucks apiece, so much the better. No Contis, no Kendas; I just plain don't like 'em.

Thanks in advice,
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Old 06-18-12, 08:21 AM
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(It's got wire beads, but is fairly easy to mount.)
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Old 06-18-12, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
What's with the folding bead fixation, o.p.?? Schwalbe Marathon. Not folding bead, but that didn't stop the shop that shipped mine...

Fair range of options with Schwalbe tires: https://www.schwalbe.com/gbl/en/produ...ID_Produkt=133

More so if you'd be willing to compromise on the bead type...
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Old 07-03-12, 10:29 AM
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I'd go for some PF Flyer retreads at the flyin' J off 1-70. Wait a minute..for the BIKE...
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Old 07-03-12, 11:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Woo, I've got a picture for this!



(It's got wire beads, but is fairly easy to mount.)
I had Panaracer T-servs before. I think they are similar to the Pasela but the T-serv has kevlar beads; not sure what else is different. I think the last time I looked for them, they were around $30-40 each. I think on eBay there were some different colored ones too.
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Compass. One of the fastest 26" tires.
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For many years I rode on Specialized Nimbus 1.5" tires. Don't get the Armadillo version, though, because it gives a very rough ride. I replaced those with Specialized Hemisphere 1.95" tires and these have worked very well on a mountain bike commuter. I've never had a quality problem with Specialized tires.
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i just ordered a set of these is 26"x1.6" to replace my 2.25" knobby tires i hope i like them
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Old 07-04-12, 08:24 PM
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Battosaii, I had one of those, it was a nice tyre, until it disintegrated and dried out.
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Old 07-05-12, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Battosaii View Post
i just ordered a set of these is 26"x1.6" to replace my 2.25" knobby tires i hope i like them
I discovered the Conti Sport Contact last year. They have been working very well for me. I have been time trialing several of my bikes to compare tire performance and the Sport Contacts, in both 26x1.6 and 700x37c are both quite fast, as well as being very comfortable.

Another 26 tire that seems quite good is the Vittoria Randonneur Pro 26x1.5
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Old 07-05-12, 09:22 AM
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Folding bead to my mind, matters for 3rd tire, brought along, as a spare.

Not as meaningful a feature if it stays on the wheel.
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Old 07-05-12, 09:49 AM
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1.75 Panaracer T-Serv, same tread as the Pasela above with blackwall, slightly longer lasting sidewall, very comfortable ride, fast and reasonably puncture resistant. I've ridden through patches of glass with no problems. Sport Contact is a bit faster but I've had flats in the SportContact and none with the T-servs.
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Old 07-05-12, 09:51 AM
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Conti Sport Contacts are the fastest 26" slicks I have ever used. Not the most durable tire out there, but not too bad. Highly recommended for commuting.
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Hutchinson 26 x 1.35 - saw them at Wal-mart yesterday for $19.99 each
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Old 07-06-12, 11:06 AM
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I use the Performance Metro K tires. I like them. Not very expensive. Very skinny. And, they rarely flat. I got a flat the other day because a pallet nail went 2" through the tire. I don't think any tires survive that.

I have put hundreds of miles on these and would buy them again.
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Old 07-06-12, 04:29 PM
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I got a flat the other day because a pallet nail went 2" through the tire. I don't think any tires survive that.
those off the wall punctures are something. Long time ago I got a 2" nail through the tire AND rim, whack,whack, whack and there was the nail sticking right through the side of the rim.
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Too bad about the folding thing, or you could have these: https://www.amazon.com/Serfas-Drifter.../dp/B003BYUL2E
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I second the Panaracer T-Serv and Vittoria Rando Pro recommendations. I run the T-Serv up front on my hardtail commuter because it is nice and cushy. The Rando Pro on the rear is stiffer and bombproof. The T-Serv's run a little small, if you want circa 1.5" order the 1.75", looks like it is closer to 1.6 on a wide rim. Love them both.
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Another vote for Specialized Nimbus in 1.5" width. Not a tan walled look, but the ride and durability are great. I got mine for $25.
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