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Old 09-24-13, 09:38 AM
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Tire recommendations to replace Specialized Nimbus?

Hey all! I'm working on getting my bike up to par and am hung up on tires. I like my Specialized Nimbus Armadillos, but want to try something new. Do you have any recommendations that are similar in function?

My route is 99% road, minimal to moderate debris.
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What size/width? Are you looking to go skinnier/wider? What budget?

Best tires I've ever used are my Schwalbe Marathon Supremes in 26x2";pricey,but worth it. Second place would be Vittoria Randonneurs which I've used in 700x28/32/35 and 26x1.5". For economy tires,I like Kenda Kwests and Serfas Drifters.

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Second the Vittoria recommendation, great tires! A buddy of mine who was a wrench for a time recommended them to me, and I'll be forever grateful, they're my mainstay now.

I used to be plaqued by flats, since I switched to Vittoria Randonneur Pros and Panaracer T-Serv Protex's I very rarely get a flat. I'm running both in nominally 26 x 1.50", I say nominally, because the Panaracers run a little small. Knowing this, I purchased the 1.75's and they're close to 1.6" on Sun Rino Lytes rims.

The Vittorias are very durable, the Panaracers are cushy. I use the Vittorias as rear tires and the Panaracers as fronts at 90 and 75 PSI respectively. On my tourer, I run Vittoria Rando Pros front and rear. They've done well on not only pavement, but gravel and dirt roads too. Both handled several miles of serious gravel with a heavy load on my front rack just last week.

I had good luck with a plain Marathon as a rear tire as far as flat protection goes, but it is definitely a heavier tire than the other two.
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Perhaps the Panaracer Ribmo or t-serv?
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