Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
Reload this Page >

Supple, big road tires (30mm+) for cyclocross bike

Notices
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like : "Unbround Gravel". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

Supple, big road tires (30mm+) for cyclocross bike

Old 03-27-16, 04:48 AM
  #1  
biciklanto
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Germanio
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Supple, big road tires (30mm+) for cyclocross bike

Hello all,

I'm looking for new tires to put on a Trek Boone, and thought that this time I'd like to go bigger than the 28mm Grand Prix 4000 S IIs that I normally have on there. Given plenty of clearance, I'd love to find some tires that are still made for road and light gravel riding, and can soak up cobblestones when I'm riding around Germany and Belgium.

Tires that I've found so far:I'm not looking to race, but I want to be quick. Reliability is important, but I haven't had any flats in the last 20.000 Kilometers, so I'm not too worried. So what tires should I be looking at in probably the 30-32mm range that're built more like road tires than tourers, that will give me a supple, grippy, and fast road ride on a 'cross bike?
biciklanto is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 05:15 AM
  #2  
vinuneuro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: NW Chicagoland
Posts: 783

Bikes: 2016 Diverge Expert

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 388 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Another option is Specialized Roubaix Pro in 30/32c. There is also a tubeless compatible option.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...aix-pro/105840
https://www.specialized.com/us/en/co...pro-2br/106139
vinuneuro is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 06:46 AM
  #3  
biciklanto
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Germanio
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Those Specialized Roubaix Pros look like a great option.

Doing some more looking, I came across the Schwalbe S-One in 30mm. Reviews look pretty good as well.

Continental's offerings in these sizes seem to be limited to the Gatorskin / Gator Hardshell, as well as the Continental Ultra Sport II, which I'm admittedly unfamiliar with.
biciklanto is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 07:06 AM
  #4  
BillyD
Administrator
 
BillyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Posts: 29,150

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene '04; Bridgestone RB-1 '92

Mentioned: 306 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8845 Post(s)
Liked 2,478 Times in 1,399 Posts
You'll have more responses in Cyclocross forum than in Road. Moving.
__________________
See, this is why we can't have nice things. - - smarkinson
Where else but the internet can a bunch of cyclists go and be the tough guy? - - jdon
BillyD is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 07:25 AM
  #5  
chaadster
Thread Killer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 10,299

Bikes: '15 Kinesis Racelight 4S, '76 Motebecane Gran Jubilée, '17 Dedacciai Gladiatore2, '12 Breezer Venturi, '09 Dahon Mariner, '12 Mercier Nano, '95 DeKerf Team SL, '19 Tern Rally, ‘21 Breezer Doppler Cafe+, ‘19 T Lab X3

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1471 Post(s)
Liked 494 Times in 308 Posts
Originally Posted by biciklanto View Post
Those Specialized Roubaix Pros look like a great option.

Doing some more looking, I came across the Schwalbe S-One in 30mm. Reviews look pretty good as well.

Continental's offerings in these sizes seem to be limited to the Gatorskin / Gator Hardshell, as well as the Continental Ultra Sport II, which I'm admittedly unfamiliar with.
I have S-One and they are very nice for mixed surface riding. I just reeled off a 63mi pavement ride with a couple of friends yesterday at 18.5mph on them, so they don't give up too much on the road. Grip and stability have been good on hardpack gravel roads, too.

I'm 100kg, and run them 70-75psi / 75-80psi F/R, which is maybe a little high yet, but keeps the front from being too mushy when out of the saddle.

As a tubeless option, I think they're very good, bit if running tubed, I'd suggest a lighter tire.
chaadster is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 07:42 AM
  #6  
gomango 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: STP
Posts: 15,162
Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 798 Post(s)
Liked 163 Times in 106 Posts
I would also look into Soma Vitesse EX and SL tires.

While I like the Compass tires quite a bit, I think the Somas are a little better value. Imho
__________________


Bikes and stuff

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36270004@N06/
gomango is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 08:15 AM
  #7  
aggiegrads
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 1,249
Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 313 Post(s)
Liked 275 Times in 161 Posts
I love my Compass Stampede Pass tires. They are comfortable, grippy, and surprisingly durable. I am 160 pounds and run 70 rear, 60 front. In about 6,000 miles, I have flatted once. What surprised me the most is that on close inspection, the tires do not have the zillions of tiny cuts that my other "durable" tires have.

I will replace them with another pair when they eventually wear out.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 08:16 AM
  #8  
Canker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,483
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 236 Post(s)
Liked 85 Times in 50 Posts
I bought a used cross bike that came with michelin pilot sports 35mm and have been using them for everything. The are smooth so they don't seem to hurt me on the road but big enough to be comfy on gravel and cobble. I'm mainly a mtn biker and I've taken this bike on some pretty gnarly single track by cross bike standards and even there they do okay till I hit a really steep downhill and could use some tread for braking. The bike came with Stan's Iron Cross wheels so I've been limited to 45psi and also haven't seen that as a problem with 35mm tires.
Canker is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 10:17 AM
  #9  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,317 Times in 827 Posts
Riv, Jack Brown 33.3 tires puncture resist band Jack Brown BLUE 700c x 33.333 Tough - 10092 - BLUE
Lighter : Jack Brown GREEN 700c x 33.333 Light - 10091 - GREEN.

WTB Allterrainasaurus for More tread, but 'slower' and cheaper .
fietsbob is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 10:55 AM
  #10  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,328
Mentioned: 204 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13678 Post(s)
Liked 1,938 Times in 1,467 Posts
The Clement X'Plor Ush 120 is also worth considering, with a little more traction, and a good wear strip in the middle.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 11:38 AM
  #11  
pacificaslim
Surf Bum
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pacifica, CA
Posts: 2,184

Bikes: Lapierre Pulsium 500 FdJ, Ritchey breakaway cyclocross, vintage trek mtb.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
I have the Strada Bianca and love them. Have ridden them on mixed surfaces with no problems at all. Heck, I'd probably use them on my road bike too, but they don't fit.
__________________
Thirst is stronger than the rules. - Stars and Watercarriers, 1974
pacificaslim is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 04:12 PM
  #12  
2wheelCambria
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: OK
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jack Brown blues and the new Schwalbe Marathon Supremes come to mind:

Jack Brown BLUE 700c x 33.333 Tough - 10092 - BLUE

Marathon Supreme HS 469 | Schwalbe North America
2wheelCambria is offline  
Old 03-27-16, 06:12 PM
  #13  
handsthatcatch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
I love my Compass Stampede Pass tires. They are comfortable, grippy, and surprisingly durable. I am 160 pounds and run 70 rear, 60 front. In about 6,000 miles, I have flatted once. What surprised me the most is that on close inspection, the tires do not have the zillions of tiny cuts that my other "durable" tires have.

I will replace them with another pair when they eventually wear out.
+1 on Compass. I have the Barlow Pass and I have yet to ride a more supple, fast, comfortable tire. No tread protection, but I have not yet flatted (fingers crossed) and that includes a fair amount of gravel, rocky off-road, and glass-strewn commuting. They're pricey, but tires are not the place to save $$$.
handsthatcatch is offline  
Old 03-28-16, 12:33 PM
  #14  
Tim_Iowa
Senior Member
 
Tim_Iowa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Posts: 1,643

Bikes: 1997 Rivendell Road Standard 650b conversion (tourer), 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 (gravel/tour), 2013 Foundry Auger disc (CX/gravel), 2016 Cannondale Fat CAAD 2 (MTB/winter), 2011 Cannondale Flash 29er Lefty (trail MTB)

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 166 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
The Panaracer Gravel King is available in two versions in 700 x 32, semi-knobby (SK) and slick. The slick version is similar to a Compass Stampede Pass, but with a puncture layer and a slightly cheaper casing. Still pretty supple.
Tim_Iowa is offline  
Old 04-04-16, 09:50 AM
  #15  
BigC_82
Senior Member
 
BigC_82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: East Central Illinois
Posts: 327

Bikes: 2003 Raleigh M40, 2015 Raleigh RX 2.0, 2017 Kinesis Tripster A/T

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The Clement X'Plor Ush 120 is also worth considering, with a little more traction, and a good wear strip in the middle.

My current 60 tpi version tire set has close to 3,000 miles and hoping to get another 500 miles out of the rear tire.

Last edited by BigC_82; 04-04-16 at 09:54 AM.
BigC_82 is offline  
Old 04-04-16, 08:15 PM
  #16  
sgtdirt
Senior Member
 
sgtdirt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Mentor, Ohio
Posts: 258

Bikes: 1988 Univega rover sport, 2014 Felt TK3, 2012 Jamis Nove Pro CX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 6 Posts
the JB tires look a lot like the Soma Shikoro. i currently have a set on my SS gravel bike. they roll fast and absorb the road real well.
sgtdirt is offline  
Old 04-07-16, 10:40 PM
  #17  
Epicus07
Velophile
 
Epicus07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 1,083

Bikes: See Signature.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm riding the Shwalbe Marathon Supreme's in a 32 and they measure close to a 30. Really fast and supple. highly recommend!
Epicus07 is offline  
Old 04-08-16, 06:32 AM
  #18  
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Posts: 12,273

Bikes: Ridley Helium SLX, Canyon Endurance SL, De Rosa Professional, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Schwinn Paramount (1 painted, 1 chrome), Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Raleigh Roker, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2

Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 848 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 102 Posts
Originally Posted by biciklanto View Post
Hello all,

I'm looking for new tires to put on a Trek Boone, and thought that this time I'd like to go bigger than the 28mm Grand Prix 4000 S IIs that I normally have on there. Given plenty of clearance, I'd love to find some tires that are still made for road and light gravel riding, and can soak up cobblestones when I'm riding around Germany and Belgium.

Tires that I've found so far:I'm not looking to race, but I want to be quick. Reliability is important, but I haven't had any flats in the last 20.000 Kilometers, so I'm not too worried. So what tires should I be looking at in probably the 30-32mm range that're built more like road tires than tourers, that will give me a supple, grippy, and fast road ride on a 'cross bike?
I have 2 of these tires, the Hyper and the Stampede Pass. I also have the Challenge Parigi-Roubaix.

The Hyper is the best all-around tire. Remarkably fast and smooth riding. It feels like a Rubino Pro in a 700x33 size. It's also tough and flat resistant. I have more than 4000km on mine, no flats and only moderate wear. I would trust the tire on a multi-week tour and I use the tire on rocky gravel without any fear of failure. This review provides measurements of rolling resistance and flat resistance;

https://www.bicyclerollingresistance....ger-hyper-2016

The Compass Stampede Pass is much like the Hyper. It's tanwall design looks good on my 1971 Peugeot PX10. It might not be as tough as the Hyper, but I trust the quality far more than the Challenge tires. I would trust the tire on a week long tour.


The Parigi-Roubaix is smaller, lighter, faster and smoother than the Hyper. It feels like a Vittoria Corsa SC in a 700x29 size. But it's far less durable with very minimal flat resistance. The construction is less robust than the Vittoria Pave. While I enjoy the speed and silky smooth ride quality, there is a significant danger of flatting or delamination.
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

Last edited by Barrettscv; 04-08-16 at 08:11 AM.
Barrettscv is online now  
Old 04-08-16, 06:37 AM
  #19  
Trsnrtr
Super Moderator
 
Trsnrtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 19,837

Bikes: Giant Propel, Colnago V3, Co-Motion Supremo, ICE VTX, ICE VTX WC

Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8234 Post(s)
Liked 1,735 Times in 859 Posts
Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
I have the Strada Bianca and love them. Have ridden them on mixed surfaces with no problems at all. Heck, I'd probably use them on my road bike too, but they don't fit.
I use these, too.
__________________
Dennis T

Where there is a will, there's a way. Where there is no will, there's an excuse.





Trsnrtr is offline  
Old 04-08-16, 11:44 AM
  #20  
rfmarotti
Senior Member
 
rfmarotti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 535

Bikes: 2015 Redline Conquest Elite; 2014 Fuji Tahoe 1.1 27.5er; 2006 Scott Speedster S30 (sold); 2001 Specialized S-Works CX; 1990 Trek 750 (sold); 1999 Bianchi Volpe; 1988 Bianchi Campione D'Italia.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 131 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have 37 Hutchison Globetrotters on my cross bike for commuting. Very comfy
rfmarotti is offline  
Old 04-08-16, 06:40 PM
  #21  
Loose Chain
Senior Member
 
Loose Chain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 2,067

Bikes: 84 Pinarello Trevisio, 86 Guerciotti SLX, 96 Specialized Stumpjumper, 2010 Surly Cross Check, 88 Centurion Prestige, 73 Raleigh Sports, GT Force, Bridgestone MB4

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 278 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 54 Posts
I have 32mm Michelin Pilot Sport folding bead. They are very light, very fast, handle dirt fine and seem bomb proof and for some reason Michelin dropped them. I see nothing their equal.
Loose Chain is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
DarKris
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
30
02-04-16 04:30 PM
daihard
Road Cycling
62
04-27-15 02:24 PM
Thira
Road Cycling
15
05-13-14 01:56 PM
PAlongrider
Road Cycling
1
03-27-11 04:03 PM
yos9
Road Cycling
11
10-20-10 07:50 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.