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Old 02-08-16, 10:37 PM
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Need help picking tires.

Hello everyone,
Last fall I bought a new surly ogre (xl). I really didn't get to ride it that much before Winter hit. The bike came stock with DH19 Alexrims. It has Nano 2.1" knobbies. I seem to ride more miles on cement, asphalt, and the cowboy trail, which is an old train track trail covered with packed crushed rock. I would like some advice on what size touring tires you would suggest. Right now I am considering the schwalbe marathon Mondial. Possibly 700 x 40. What would you suggest?

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Old 02-09-16, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by deck99 View Post
Hello everyone,
Last fall I bought a new surly ogre (xl). I really didn't get to ride it that much before Winter hit. The bike came stock with DH19 Alexrims. It has Nano 2.1" knobbies. I seem to ride more miles on cement, asphalt, and the cowboy trail, which is an old train track trail covered with packed crushed rock. I would like some advice on what size touring tires you would suggest. Right now I am considering the schwalbe marathon Mondial. Possibly 700 x 40. What would you suggest?

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There are lots of great options for touring/commuting/street/cruising tires, but first you need to choose how tough of tires you need.

Do you need more puncture protection? (Do you get a lot of flats, or do you REALLY hate changing them?) Marathon tires are about the toughest out there, but they tend to be heavy and slow-rolling.

Or, are you looking for a faster, more lively ride? Lightweight, supple tires can make riding easier and more pleasant. The Schwalbe Thunder Burt is very supple with a light knobby tread, but light tires may not hold up if you have lots of thorns in your area.

Do you need a knobby tread? Wide tires with a smooth tread are great for the type of riding you describe (road and gravel), but they aren't good on loose dirt or mud.

Here are some examples of different types of tires, using what Schwalbe has to offer. The best prices on Schwalbe tires are from these guys in Germany, Bike-discount. Even with their ~$23 flat shipping, you'll probably pay less than you would from anywhere else.

If you want tough/knobby: Marathon Mondial is a good choice
tough/smooth: Marathon Supreme is a bit lighter than the Mondial and still tough
light/knobby: Schwalbe Thunder Burt are really fast tires
light/semi-knobby: Schwalbe's new Big One
light/smooth: Schwalbe Super Moto

I ride Super Motos and Thunder Burts for my gravel bikes; they are great tires, and I never get flats with them.
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Tim,
Thanks for your detailed response.

I do have a question. My bike is a 29'er and has the Alexrim DH19 rims. I have read that you can put 700 size tires on these rims. I am looking at Schwalbe mondials and want a 2" tire. Is it correct that the 28 X 2.00 (50-622) tire will fit this rim? This is confusing to me.
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Old 02-09-16, 01:38 PM
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Yes. Pretty much any 622 tire (700c, 28", or 29") will fit on your rims.

It gets confusing because people measure both rim sizes and tire outer diameters. However, it is simplified in that there are now only a few large size rims in use (plus all the historical sizes).

Your 2" Big Apples or Marathons would be good choices.
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This isn't rocket science, so don't overthink it.

Right now you;re riding 50-55mm wide tires and I suspect the real issue is more about tread than width. But since you're changing them it sounds like a 40mm tire should be fine, possible even a 35mm if everything is hard packed.

As a rule narrower tires will be lighter and roll easier on hard pack and pavement. OTOH when the surface is loose dirt or gravel they tend to cut in, while a wider tire will "float" on top. Pick a tire and go with it, learn from that decision so that when it wears out you know enough to decide to go wider, narrower or stay the same.
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