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Old 06-29-20, 05:18 AM
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Fast rolling gravel tires?

I have a giant revolt . I am looking for the fastest rolling tire possible . I use the bike 60 percent road and 40 percent hard pack trails . Any recommendations
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Old 06-29-20, 07:04 AM
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If all you care about is rolling resistance, just go buy at the top of the chart: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com

The best tire is much more complicated - what provides the best grip, best cornering, if you want to be able to run tubeless, flat resistance, multi surface, etc. There is a lot to read here, I would start with some searches.
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Old 06-29-20, 07:13 AM
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As mentioned, lots of factors, are there any loose surfaces, gravel, sand, etc. where you would want some tread, or is it all hardpack? What's your size, and offroad handling skills? Lots of factors to determine tire size and type. But typically, a slick will be fastest for road/smooth hardpack. If you need some tread, then Continental Terra Speed or Schwalbe G-One Allround are the fastest knobbed tires.
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Old 06-29-20, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer View Post
As mentioned, lots of factors, are there any loose surfaces, gravel, sand, etc. where you would want some tread, or is it all hardpack? What's your size, and offroad handling skills? Lots of factors to determine tire size and type. But typically, a slick will be fastest for road/smooth hardpack. If you need some tread, then Continental Terra Speed or Schwalbe G-One Allround are the fastest knobbed tires.

I have the G ones now , I find them a bit slow on pavement which I ride 60% of the time . Maybe its me ,I have nothing to compare them to . Its time for new tires so I want to make sure I get the right ones. Thanks
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Originally Posted by bretton007 View Post
I have the G ones now , I find them a bit slow on pavement which I ride 60% of the time . Maybe its me ,I have nothing to compare them to . Its time for new tires so I want to make sure I get the right ones. Thanks
Which model of G-One do you have? They have four levels. If you have the Bite or UltraBite, I would expect those to be a lil slower on pavement. The Allrounds have tested pretty fast, about the same as the Conti Terra Speed (the Terra Speeds get a slight edge at lower pressures). Also depends on the size, being a bigger guy, I like a lil more tire, so I stick with 40mm, but I know guys that tear up the gravel on 30-32s, but they have better handling skills than me. lol
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Old 06-29-20, 07:46 AM
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Old 06-29-20, 11:18 PM
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I ride on G one all arounds in 35mm at 70 psi, tubed. That’s max pressure, but I’m 180lbs and the ride is plenty comfortable.

these tires are awesome, I pass road nerds with their silly tights and tiny tires all the time. : )
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Old 06-30-20, 05:31 AM
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I've been meaning to ask if you have a separate thread on these or could recommend one. I've been giving a hard look at the Barlow Pass TC (700cx38mm). Are there any long term reviews on the differences between the three "grades", ExtraLight - Standard - Endurance? What version would work the best setup tubeless and ridden on "Midwest" gravel - quarried limestone rock under 7/8" aggregate without much sharp edges.

Then I've also been looking at Rene Herse's knobby version of the Barlow, I wonder how they wear?

To the OP, I have considered running GP5k at 32mm, but my gravel is a little too loose. They might work really well on just hard packed dirt. I currently have WTB riddler's in a 37mm, they came stock but had the best over all score compared to other tires (price, grip, speed, toughness). I've quickly worked away the back center nubs, but still have the side lugs. They're fairly quick, I run them at 40/50 on pavement. I'd be hard pressed to buy them again right away though, I'd like to try Continentals Terra speed.
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Old 07-03-20, 03:35 PM
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I have 700c x 40 WTB Biways on order, should be here Monday or Tuesday. Replacing stock Giant tires with them, I'll post my impressions later.
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I'm enjoying the Conti Terra Trail tires these days. They feel faster than the Conti Speed Ride and Clement Xplor MSO I've run previously.
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
I've been meaning to ask if you have a separate thread on these or could recommend one. I've been giving a hard look at the Barlow Pass TC (700cx38mm). Are there any long term reviews on the differences between the three "grades", ExtraLight - Standard - Endurance? What version would work the best setup tubeless and ridden on "Midwest" gravel - quarried limestone rock under 7/8" aggregate without much sharp edges.

Then I've also been looking at Rene Herse's knobby version of the Barlow, I wonder how they wear?

I have the 38mm Barlow Pass and 38mm Steilacooms, both Extralight. I would go with ExtraLight if you can manage. I ride stuff a lot nastier stuff without issue. I've always run them with tubes. They sell a Panaracer sealant they say works well with their tires, but I haven't tried it. The sidewalls are thin and tend to weep if you use Stans or Orange Seal, from what I have been told. The tires wear surprisingly well. I've only replaced one so far. They last much longer than the Clement XPLOR tires I used to use.

If you don't mind reading their own info: https://www.renehersecycles.com/how-...e-herse-tires/

We also have a deliberative, objectively-detached review thread here: Compass Tire Hype: Warning
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Originally Posted by bretton007 View Post
I have the G ones now , I find them a bit slow on pavement which I ride 60% of the time . Maybe its me ,I have nothing to compare them to . Its time for new tires so I want to make sure I get the right ones. Thanks
G-ones are some of the best tires out there. Most gravel tires are in the 25-28watt/tire range (gross generalization here, but anyway). There isn't a huge difference unless you ride a stiff brick. Cont's terra speed is a little faster, but honestly I can't tell much difference between them and the G-ones.

I do ride 32mm GP5000 which are perfect summer/fall (i.e. dry conditions) tires for me (as our gravel can be smoother than our asphalt). They are a lot faster if a slick works for you. If not, the G-ones are going to be one of the faster tires.
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