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Old 03-31-13, 02:03 AM
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I have a mtb I ride to work and the tire that I have on it now is for off road. I want to replace them with good road tires the size is 26x2.10. So what would be the best tire for my commute. My ride is all road and it is 30 mile round trip. Thanks
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Old 03-31-13, 03:28 AM
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You aren't limited to a 2.10" tire.
You can go down to 26x1.25" if you wish. Something around 25x1.50 might be a good compromise, depending on your weight and road surface. The skinnier the tire, the harsher the ride, but the less weight to accelerate.
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
You aren't limited to a 2.10" tire.
You can go down to 26x1.25" if you wish. Something around 25x1.50 might be a good compromise, depending on your weight and road surface. The skinnier the tire, the harsher the ride, but the less weight to accelerate.
yeah the roads I ride are all asphalt. I was looking for a good recommendation for long wear and flat resistance. I know the higher TPI the better for flat but all tires are made different and thought I would ask around. I have Kendra on my bike now. they seem to be good but do they make a good road tire?
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Right now, I'm in love with balloon tires, but previously, I was running Panaracer RiBMo 26 x 1.5 tires. Great commuter tires. For heavier tires with more flat protection, Schwalbe Marathon Plus; for lighter tires with less effective flat protection, Panaracer T-Serv.
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Old 03-31-13, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Right now, I'm in love with balloon tires, but previously, I was running Panaracer RiBMo 26 x 1.5 tires. Great commuter tires. For heavier tires with more flat protection, Schwalbe Marathon Plus; for lighter tires with less effective flat protection, Panaracer T-Serv.
Love the Schwalbe Big Apple Performance 2.15's on my mtn bike commuter. Fast when up to speed and oh so smooth. Reasonable flat protection as well. 1 flat in 1000+/- miles, in the rain. Glass stuck on large contact patch and penetrated through on subsequent rolls.

Also would highly recommend the Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, lighter and not as stiff as the Marathon Plus.

For great tires on a budget, I like the Panaracer T-Servs and the Maxxis Overdrives.
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Old 03-31-13, 01:37 PM
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I run pan racer prov on my mtn bike so far I love them real smooth ride with them also plus 10 dollars a piece through nashbar
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Old 03-31-13, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
You can go down to 26x1.25" if you wish.
Depends on his rims,best to check the rim width on this chart before going so skinny:
https://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_in...dimensions#rim

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Also would highly recommend the Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, lighter and not as stiff as the Marathon Plus.
+1 on these. Expensive,but worth every penny. I wouldn't bother with Big Apples on a MTB,you've already got front suspension.

Vittoria Randonneurs are excellent;get the ones with reflective sidewalls. Serfas Drifters and Kenda Kwests are both decent economy tires if you're on a tight budget.
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Old 03-31-13, 02:46 PM
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I've got 700x35 Marathon Supremes on my Kona Jake and 26x1.25 Panaracer T-Servs on my Long Haul Trucker. I'm pretty happy with both of these tires. I don't have as much confidence in the puncture protection of the T-Servs, but they roll great. The Marathon Supremes feel heavier, but that's probably just because they are.
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Eventually you'll wear the tread off the current tyres and have a perfect road tyre!

You're limited to the 26 but not the 2.1. I use some cheap-and-nasty 26x1.9 slicks that nonetheless work fine. I prefer fatter tyres as you can run them at a lower pressure, which makes for a smoother ride on anything other than a perfect flat road (does such a thing really exist) You don't need any kind of tread pattern for riding on paved roads (bicycle tyres don't hydroplane) but most will have a light tread pattern of some sort which is mainly cosmetic.

I also have a set of schwalbe land cruisers which are a good combination tyre, which are useful if you ride a mixture of on/off road surfaces or in patchy snow. The idea is that the smoother central section contacts the road on hard surfaces, with the side tread coming into play on softer stuff or at a lower pressure.
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Old 04-03-13, 04:13 PM
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I have been using Schwalbe Marathon plus for a few years now. They are a bit pricey but they are bullet proof and last longer than other tires I have used.
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Old 04-03-13, 10:28 PM
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I second the vote for Schwalbe tires. There are tons to choose from, but the Marathon series are the most durable and longest lasting. I have Marathon 420 (Greenguard) tires on my commuter and my cargo bike. I have 700x38 on the commuter and the cargo bike uses 26x2.0. It's the same tread pattern for both sizes. I chose the 420 because the center section of the tread will roll smooth on the pavement but there is enough "toothiness" to the tread to allow traction on gravel paths or light fire road/off road. There are reports of at least one guy getting 8000 miles out of a set of Marathon 420 tires. There are some minor issues regarding the weight of larger tires versus smaller tires, but it is now widely accepted that larger tires actually have less rolling resistance than smaller tires. There are some other issues that come into play like having larger tires with a more supple casing, but generally speaking you need not worry that going to a larger, more cushy tire, will slow you down. In fact it just might speed you up ever so slightly.
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Old 04-04-13, 01:04 PM
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anybody mention where ... www.biketiresdirect.com

did a search for 26" slicks:
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search?kw2=26%22+slicks

when I started out with a MTB I switched the knobbies to innova swifters. I eventually got a road bike though and with a 30 mile round tripper you would be too.
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