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Old 05-31-17, 03:22 PM
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Trail/Road tires

Looking for a 35mm tire that has a tread suited for commuting on pavement and riding some light trails.

I've checked out the panaracer gravel King, the Continental speed ride, and the clement x-plor.

If there is something similar at a lower price, that would be awesome too.
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Old 05-31-17, 09:32 PM
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I can't think of a better value than the Conti Speed Rides at around $20/ea from most discounters. Jenson USA had them cheaper for awhile but they're out of stock, apparently after a run on that model by folks who'd heard about it online.

All the comparable mixed usage tires I've seen in the same weight range (under 500 g) cost quite a bit more.

But keep checking Bike Tires Direct and others. Occasionally they'll have some great deals on other tires. Take a look at Michelin Protek tires too -- they're a little heavier but good riding, versatile for mixed terrain, really tough and good values.

Regarding the Speed Rides, I've been running a pair since last fall, over 1,600 miles according to my ride app. I just noticed this week a little difference in wear -- the rear is beginning to show more wear than the front. Still plenty of miles left, just a bit more wear. Not bad considering the rough chip seal and gravel I often ride, along with a few instances of rear tire lockup braking in traffic.

Despite some flats last fall I'm satisfied with the Speed Rides. Four of the flats were from grass burrs after riding off road. Two were from broken glass hidden under leaves along the road shoulder where I usually ride in the busier rural highways. I had more flats with other tires in these conditions. Only the much heavier Michelin Protek Cross Max tires on my other bike have been free of flats on these roads and non-roads.

But a friend didn't care for the Speed Rides. He thought they were too flat-prone. He replaced them with Clement X'plor (not sure whether he got USH or MSO). I may buy the Speed Rides from him since I'm satisfied with 'em for my '92 rigid mountain bike.
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I've been using the Clement X'PLOR USH tires for the past few years and like them a lot. They're great for gravel and pavement. I use them on a CX bike for commuting, gravel grinding, and general road riding.
Some days, it's not even worth gnawing through the restraints.
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Vittoria Randonneur. An adequate tire. Only have about 1,200 km on them, but so far, no flats and lots of tread left. For a few dollars more, I would consider the Schwalbe Marathon line
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I like Clements USH best. They wear like iron and are great on gravel and pavement. Previously ran the Contis but they didn't last as long. Both are fine tires. Panaracer Paselas are another good one for gravel and road.
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I assume you are talking 700c tires? I like the Paselas on a mix of surface on my road bikes, they come in 35.

If you don't mind a bit wider, I am really liking the Conti Travel Contacts I put on my MTB for both on and off road. They go down to 37 in 700c.
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Does it have to be a 35mm? Soma Shikoro tires are great but they only come in the following sizes:

Sizes: 700 x 23, 28, 33, 38, 42c
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I've got the X'Plor USH on my gravel bike and like them.

The Clement Strada Ush comes in tubeless, but a slightly narrower with a less aggressive tread, I think. I haven't tried one, but that might top my list of new tires to try.
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I have ridden both the Clement Xplor USH 35mm 60TPI and the newer Clement Strada USH 32mm 60TPI (not the tubeless version) and I like the 32mm version best. Lighter weight (about 150 grams lighter), good tread for gravel, nice chevron center tread for road.
They are hard to find:
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In my experience, semi-slick or even slick tires work fine on the vast majority of gravel. You might want a little tread for looser stuff but you can go surprisingly far with minimal tread. I've found Kenda's various ~$25 commuter tires are very durable and roll surprisingly well.

If you want to spend a bit more, you can't go wrong with the Clement X-Plor MSO. I have the tubeless 36mm version and at 3K miles they still look brand new. Amazingly good feeling and durable tires. They're also surprisingly fast on pavement. At $65/tire, not cheap though.
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