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Tubeless 29x2.35 (or larger) bike path tire

Old 09-23-22, 06:15 AM
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Tubeless 29x2.35 (or larger) bike path tire

I currently have (and love) Schwalbe Almotion tires, but they only go up to 2.15" https://www.schwalbetires.com/Marath...otion-11654059
My riding is on streets, bike paths and gravel roads (rail to trail paths etc.)

to get better comfort on our worsening roads i plan to build a new bike with better geometry and larger tires. those should have:
- 29x2.35"(or larger)
- low rolling resistance
- really great comfort and subtleness
- tubeless rated - i want something simple and reliable and don't want to hack it
- white reflector strip (i commute and it is really nice to be recognized as a bike when crossing streets)

I found the Big Apple https://www.schwalbetires.com/Big-Apple-11100297, but that is not tubeless rated.
i also found the Schwalbe G-one Speed that is tubeless rated, but doesn't appear to have the stripes.

Is there a tire that would meet all my requirements?
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Old 09-23-22, 10:44 PM
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CST Control Beach 2.4. Weight isn't bad.
Beachracing tyre, but not sure if can be setup tubeless.
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Old 09-23-22, 11:24 PM
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I don't believe there is a tire to meet all you criteria. If the reflective stripe is a must, I suggest you apply adhesive reflective strip to your rims. If you have disc brakes
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Old 09-24-22, 06:05 AM
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Rene Herse Antelope Hill.

Then get some of those spoke reflectors everyone else takes off.
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Old 09-24-22, 08:30 AM
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Thanks for the responses.
I wasn't able to find the manufacturer page of the CST Control Beach. I found them in stores, but no mention of tubeless. Their European website seems to use different names for the tires. I really only want a tire that clearly is tubeless rated since I don't want trouble.
The largest Rene Herse tire seems to be 55mm. So that isn't really large enough.

I won't put those plastic Walmart bike reflectors in my spokes. Plastic will get brittle and they will fall off. And a round reflective outline of a tire makes a bicycle look like a bicycle.

I like the idea of adhering reflective tape on my rims. i found this: https://www.fiksreflective.com/produ...ant=1125146888
I'm a bit concerned it won't last over time and look bad or come off. Does anyone have experience or specific product recommendations?

I'm a bit surprised tubeless is so rare in this time and age. I was hoping manufacturers would have consolidated their lineups since a tubeless tire also can be used with tubes.
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Old 09-24-22, 08:57 AM
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By the time someone sees the reflective strip on your sidewall it is too late.
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Old 09-24-22, 11:53 AM
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I think you may be over-estimating how wide a tire you need (and I am an advocate for using the widest tires that will fit a frame and fork).

For the riding you are describing, 55mm is actually quite wide, so don't be too quick to dismiss it. The advantage is you get extremely low rolling resistance and it can handle very rough surfaces both on and off road.

It is rare to find anything other than a true mountain bike that will allow for tires much wider than this.

For example, I use these 55mm tires on my touring bike, and it can go anywhere with them. The frame is a Soma Saga, and I don't think there are any other touring bike frames that will permit the use of a 700C tire that is this wide. I can ride this on very rough and steep fire roads in the Santa Cruz mountains, as well as badly busted up pavement, and I don't have particularly impressive bike handling skills.

The one downside is that the tires are so big that toe overlap becomes an issue. In retrospect, I should have gone for 650b wheels and tires.

If 55mm tires aren't providing enough shock absorption on rail-trails, you have far too much air in them.
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Old 09-24-22, 11:55 AM
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As for tubeless being rare, what are you talking about? Almost every mountain bike tire is now tubeless compatible, and probably the majority of quality road bike tires are.
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As for tubeless being rare, what are you talking about? Almost every mountain bike tire is now tubeless compatible, and probably the majority of quality road bike tires are.
I think s/he means the reflective strip is rare. It's sort of common-ish on commuter tires, but those are generally a lot thinner than 2.35".

If you can drop the reflective part, and put reflectors (or better: lights) on the the bike, then there will be a lot of choices.
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I really like to have wider tires and my pressure is low enough. I have 12 psi on my 2.15" front and 30 psi on my 2"rear tire. If I air them down much more, they deflect too much. Road and bike paths here get worse. Especially roads (and the gutter where bikes have to ride) have ever growing holes and junk on them. I also sometimes cross some areas with lose gravel/dirt etc.
The frame I plan to build up can take up to 3.25"tires, so clearance won't be an issue. Even my current fork (Giant Toughroad) might be able to take a 2.35"tire... so i might be able to try it out before buying my new frame.

I do have bright lights on my bike and helmet. But I feel better with side-reflectors that outline the wheels. it isn't just for car drivers to see there is something, it is for them to see it is a bike. https://www.mechbgon.com/visibility/r...tiressmall.jpg I think the strip on the rim could work if the material is durable. So the Schwalbe G-one speed may be an option if I can make the white strip on the rim work.

I'm not talking about MTB tires, this is for roads, paths, and gravel. The Big Apple isn't tubeless, so there my surprise that name-brand tires still get sold as not TR.
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