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tires - for commute and little off road

Old 05-10-09, 04:00 PM
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tires - for commute and little off road

Is the speedmax really my best choice? So far - Im not a big fan. Mostly pavement - with some hardpack (dirt and gravel)

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what don't you like about them?
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Mine get squirley on corners, that's my gripe. But I haven't found anything better.
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I'm pretty happy with the Specialized Borough CX Armadillo tires. 32's and can pump them up pretty high. Went for a ride today that had a 5 mile stretch of gravel path that I was really worried that I'd have problems with. Dumped some of the air out and the ride was actually pretty good. One thing I didn't care for was climbing on gravel. The center section is smooth and because of this, I spun a little going up the incline. Ended up having to walk it.
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They seem to loose it on the grass when it is even slightly damp. Living in Portland OR the grass always has that lower layer of wet.

looking around - it seems the speedmax is still the best.

Comp or pro?
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I have both comp and pro but have found little difference except weight.
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I don't think there is anything better than the Speedmax. Comp has a wire bead, Pro has a folding kevlar
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I have had Kenda Small Block 8's on my Cross Check for awhile and have no complaints.
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Panaracer Paselas. Run 'em a bit soft and you won't have many problems off-road unless you get to some serious mud or sand.

Otherwise, yeah, SpeedMax's or the Kenda Kwicks. I run the Kwik in a 35c.
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I plan on trying some 32c Vittoria Randonneur Pros for mixed pavement and gravel road riding. Paseleas also look good.
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what psi are you running them at?

as far as commuting involving dirt paths and gravel, i'll usually run them around 50 psi. if i were to only ride them on the road, i'd probably go to the max psi.

i race them at 35 psi and love their performance. last year i did a race that was mostly on wet grass and sidewalks. initially i was worried the tread was not going to be aggressive enough, but they worked great! the grass was super wet too. in some spots, the grass was breaking down to soupy mud and speedmax's still held true.
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vittoria randonneur cross
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check out the nashbar transition tires. 35c. sweet ride and sweeter price.
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