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Looking for new, fast tires (gravel and tarmac, dry)

Old 02-18-20, 01:36 PM
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Looking for new, fast tires (gravel and tarmac, dry)

Hello, I'm looking for new gravel tires for my CX bike (used also as road bike and gravel). I use Gravelkings Mud/AC 700x35c now and there are very nice, but want something faster for spring. Will ride most of bad quality tarmac and gravel, 99% of time on dry conditions.
Tubeless is not important for me - probably will use with tubes (really don't like mess). Also, I'm pretty light rider (about 70 kg / 154 lbs)
Max size is something about 700x37c (because of frame limitation).

What I already tried:
  • Gravelkings SK 700x35c - very nice, light, very fast and with great grip on gravel. Drawbacks: lack of comfort... I think this rubber is very hard. Also, they can "catapulte" small rocks and hit frame.
  • WTB Riddler 700x37c - nice, with a lot of comfort and nice grip, but slow, also, terrible tire quality (curve when use tubes), definitely not like them
  • WTB Exposure 700x34c - very, very fast and enough for gravel but also, terrible tire quality - never ever WTB
  • Continental Cyclocross Speed 700x35c - very fast, very light, nice grip, but "like paper" - a lot of flats

What I'm thinking about:
  • IRC Boken 700x36 - expensive, not light, but many people said it's very good choice... maybe worth to try?
  • Continental Terra Speed 700x35c - not sure... similar to Schwalbe G-Ones, but probably more durable

What can you recommend?
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Terrene Elwood tires are the fastest rolling, most comfortable tires I've found for mixed surface riding. I liked my Schwalbe G-ones, but they are not very durable on pavement and they lack cornering grip for off road use.
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Vittoria Dry and Zero.
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Tubeless = messy What’s messy to you?
IMO the benefits outweigh what might be messy.
Don't have experience with the tires you are looking at and sorry about WTB, I have been running ByWays for over a 1000 miles and have had no issues on any surfaces.
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What is the optimal width for cross terrain tire?
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What is the optimal width for cross terrain tire?
Big as your bike can take.

40mm is the sweet spot for me - does great on road or off, high speed or low.
I use 50mm+ if I need flotation, have a very rough route, or just really want a cush ride
I use 28-32mm if I want speed on hardpack or pavement. Light weight and agile handling. Not a big advantage over 40mm unless I'm going a race pace or I'm cornering very very hard on pavement.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Vittoria Dry and Zero.
+1 on these and" Rene Herse Barlow Pass or Bon Jon Pass, and Challenge Strada Bianca. The Schwalbe G one is very fast also. I have ridden all of these and the Gravel King too. The GK is good for road speed but all of these I listed are at least a little faster. This is the best list I know of if you want a very fast mainly road tire.
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