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Old 04-19-19, 06:59 AM
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Everyone should keep in mind that no tire can overcome poor cornering technique.

I thought my tires sucked until it was pointed out that I was cornering all wrong. When I learned to do it right I realized that my tires were surprisingly good.

User @Spoonrobot pointed out the Skills with Phil videos which are excellent, espeically "Flat Turns Explained". It will help you get the most out of your tires.


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Originally Posted by wheelsmcgee View Post
curious about these...any thoughts about how they perform? I could probably fit the 700x48 version, but have never tried a tire this slick (well, besides wholly inadequate 23mm road tires). Iím thinking at low pressure theyíd be great for 90% of what Iíd ride, but not sure how theyíd do when I need traction, like looser gravel and steeper hills.
This is the only gravel tire i have ridden besides a Schwalbe G-one (only a few times on these). Fast on pavement and fast on packed-fine gravel. Good on dirt and rocks. Good in wet conditions. Not good in mud. Overall a very good and durable tire that does not have good mud performance. I would say the rubber is a medium soft compound - when i first got them they were real pebble chuckers.
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I run Vittoria's on all my bikes. Corsas on the road bike and my wife and I have 33c Terreno Drys on the Gravel bikes.

Ive got 700 miles on this pair and they are slightly worn in the middle with good shoulder still left in them.

Vittorias have a great road feel to them. Very supple and great at soaking up the bumps. The downfall is that they probably will wear a little quicker than most tires with firmer rubber. They also have a bad wrap for flatting. I have not had any more flats with them than I do with the continentals, schwalbe and hutchinsons that I have used.

The Terreno dry is a good mix for some off road, some packed dirt and tight gravel. Not bad on the thicker stuff and heavier rock but doesn't have thick enough tread for the muddy thick slush you might see on a CX course. You also might want a different tread if you are up and down single track in the hills and mountains.

I know there will be many experiences and much advice here but its important to know where and what they are riding on. Slicks on a 42c on urban paths are very different than slicks on 32c being used for cross or putting slicks on a 650 going down a mountainside. Different tires for different surfaces.

Id also take a look at the panaracer sk's for road/hardpack and some hills.

Ive had bad experiences with schwalbes and hutchinsons in the past. The Hutchinson tire I had a problem with had dry rot. My experience with support from them was non existent. Vittoria usually emails me back.

Note that Team Sunweb is sponsored by continental but their entire team rode unlabled Vittorias at Paris-Roubaix. They are a popular tire with the pros. At least on the road side for sure. Theres a wide mix of good tires for gravel.

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I am another in favor of the Hutchinson Overides. I am using the 35mm tubed on a Jamis Renegade Expat. Can average 18-19 mph on road rides (20-40 mile rides). 16-17 on mixed rides (same distances) (all on Strava). The gravel is a mix of hardpack to some loose in sections and most paved roads suck around here. Able to keep up with our cycling group on longer rides around 18mph with no issues. I've only had one flat in the back when going over a railroad track, a piece of metal went through. Otherwise no issues. After 1200 miles still looking new. Plan on running tubeless here soon. I would assume the 38mm version would be very close if not just as fast as the 35mm. Hope this info helps!
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Originally Posted by tdilf View Post
This is the only gravel tire i have ridden besides a Schwalbe G-one (only a few times on these). Fast on pavement and fast on packed-fine gravel. Good on dirt and rocks. Good in wet conditions. Not good in mud. Overall a very good and durable tire that does not have good mud performance. I would say the rubber is a medium soft compound - when i first got them they were real pebble chuckers.
Thanks...I went ahead and ordered a set of the 700x48, looking forward to trying them out. I typically donít ride much mud (during events, I donít always have a choice).
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These are the Terreno Dry's. 740 miles on them as this pic was taken.
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I found the Hutchinson Overides on sale on Biketiresdirect for 39.99. I might place an order this evening, looking at the 35s since I’m on 70% pavement 30% hard pack gravel. The county keeps paving the gravel roads but they are not actually smooth. The Schwalbe Marathons are ok and bomb proof just slooooow. I want to fly
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So far been using Compass black extralight sizes and Schwalbe Thunderburts. Big fan of both when conditions are suitable for each.

Been riding more very steep hills lately which have a fairly loose surface so went hunting around for a fairly lightweight tyre with some knobs.
Settled on the Schwalbe X-One Allround LE, weighing 330gm. 700x35. Tubeless.

Very happy with their grip uphill. They roll pretty fast on paved also, for what they are.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I found the Hutchinson Overides on sale on Biketiresdirect for 39.99. I might place an order this evening, looking at the 35s since Iím on 70% pavement 30% hard pack gravel. The county keeps paving the gravel roads but they are not actually smooth. The Schwalbe Marathons are ok and bomb proof just slooooow. I want to fly
The $39.99 Overides on biketiresdirect look to be the tubed only (non tubeless ready) ones. Not sure if that will be an issue for you, but wanted to give you a heads up incase you didn't catch that already! Either way I think you'd fly with those tires! They at least do well for me

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Old 04-21-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Derekve View Post
The $39.99 Overides on biketiresdirect look to be the tubed only (non tubeless ready) ones. Not sure if that will be an issue for you, but wanted to give you a heads up incase you didn't catch that already! Either way I think you'd fly with those tires! They at least do well for me
Thank You for pointed that out I will have to see if they are tubeless only I believe you are correct. If that is the case I will look at another tire. Mounting tubeless ready tires with tubes in my experience is not fun. One set of wheels I had to stand on the tires in the 100 degree heat just to break the beads loose and I had some bloody thumbs I got clincher rims and tires for my MTB so can can fix flats fast in the middle of nowhere. I need to go tubeless but Iím a stubborn holdout.
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Yes tubed only I reread you’re post. I’m a bad proofreader I’m running tubes so the Hutchinsons on sale shouldn’t be a problem.
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Old 04-22-19, 07:27 AM
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I am running Schwalbe marathon plus Tours 700Cx42mm on my Centurion Pro Tour here in Cambodia, lots of potholes, wires, nails and screws on both main roads and dirt. Ride 50/50 dirt/tar. Heavier tire, not as supple but no flats.
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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
These are the Terreno Dry's. 740 miles on them as this pic was taken.https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e3d2b16c13.jpg
What width rims are those? I was looking at Terreno's earlier this weekend and the lugs seem higher up the casing than I prefer but the tires were on very wide rims, something like 28mm internal.
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What width rims are those? I was looking at Terreno's earlier this weekend and the lugs seem higher up the casing than I prefer but the tires were on very wide rims, something like 28mm internal.
These are the HED GP Plus Disc rims. 21mm inside and 25mm external.

The Tires are 700x33c inflated to 70psi in the picture. Inflated they come to about 34-35mm across.

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Interesting, thanks for the measurements. Once the 700x38 comes out I think I'll try a pair.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
I am running Schwalbe marathon plus Tours 700Cx42mm on my Centurion Pro Tour here in Cambodia, lots of potholes, wires, nails and screws on both main roads and dirt. Ride 50/50 dirt/tar. Heavier tire, not as supple but no flats.
Iím running the regular Marathons 700x35 I donít race, Iím in it for general fitness. Though heavy and slower they refuse to wear down and are flat proof. Only one flat in years and that was a mesquite thorn which is like a nail. I some gatorskins in the parts bin for smooth road treks but havenít been on many of those lately.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Yes tubed only I reread youíre post. Iím a bad proofreader Iím running tubes so the Hutchinsons on sale shouldnít be a problem.
😁... I am like you and have been holding out going tubeless, but I think I am willing to give it a shot. The tubeless ready overides with tubes feel quick, so I'd imagine the tubed version would be just as fast. The overides were not as bad mounting on the rims. I have 32mm panaracer gk slicks tubeless ready on my hybrid running with tubes and they were a pain in the a$$ to mount.
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I have heard many say the Panaracers are hard to mount. I haven’t pressed to buy button yet I’m still looking at all tire options.
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Originally Posted by CraigMBA View Post
I can tell you what I"m NOT riding anymore:

Maxxis Ramblers 700x38. Nope. No mas.

Care to elaborate? These tires are on my "might try" list.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Care to elaborate? These tires are on my "might try" list.
I'm curious as well. I'm now on my second set of Maxxis Ramblers in 700x40 and other than when things get muddy they've been great.
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Any thoughts on the Vittoria Terreno Zero tires? I’m on 50/50 pavement-gravel routes where I ride from my house.
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I've come to the conclusion there's probably not one tyre good enough for year round as we hit some mud in the winter so now go with GK SK's in the winter which are great and handle some mud pretty well and have just swapped to Vittoria Voyager Hypers which I used on my 29er in the summer last year

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Panaracer Gravel King SK in both 650bx48 and 700x43 for rides that include a lot of dirt, but recently I've been doing rides that have a higher percentage of road vs. dirt on new Challenge Strada Bianca TLR 700x36. I'm running them tubeless (I also run the Panaracers tubeless) on 22mm internal carbon rims and they've grown up to 39mm. These tires are supple, fast and can really take a beating, I just hope they last as they are already showing some signs of wear with less than 400 miles on them. They don't do so well in loose sand, but really no slick tire does.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Care to elaborate? These tires are on my "might try" list.
I lost four of them to random cuts, and two of them from separations. And I'm on what I consider fairly clean trails/roads.

They don't roll particularly efficiently either.

I switched to Specialized tires and am pretty happy so far.
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I lost four of them to random cuts, and two of them from separations. And I'm on what I consider fairly clean trails/roads.

They don't roll particularly efficiently either.

I switched to Specialized tires and am pretty happy so far.
Thanks for that feedback on the 38mm Ramblers. I've seen plenty of other complaints about the separations.

It's hard to tell whether to write off the Ramblers entirely, though, since there are a whole bunch of varieties: different sizes (38 and 40), with and without the sidewall protection, etc. I've not been able to figure out whether the problems are will all of them, or only certain versions.
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