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Old 11-03-22, 04:24 PM
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Tires for somewhere in between?

Today I splurged and bought a 2022 Diverge Expert Carbon to replace my 2011 Orbea Terra that has served me well for distance riding ( centuries, etc) as my riding tends to lean much more towards paved than dirt, the 42cm tires that came on the new bike are a bit excessive for my needs. I normally use 32cm GP5ks but am interested in trying something a touch bigger providing that it still offers a good RR factor.

suggestions ?

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Old 11-03-22, 04:40 PM
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I've been itching to try the 38 Rene Herse (formerly Compass). Maybe Santa is watching . . .
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You might look at the Clement or Donnelly X'Plor USH 120tpi tire. 35mm.

Very lightweight for what it is (also perhaps a little less road protection than some).
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I’ve been pleased with the Panaracer GravelKing SS in 32mm as well as 35. It’s great on pave and basic dirt paths. The rolling resistance is rated quite low, in it’s category. I also run them tubeless for what it’s worth. No tubes on any of my gravel wheelsets.
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Old 11-03-22, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I've been itching to try the 38 Rene Herse (formerly Compass). Maybe Santa is watching . . .
Or the 35mm Bon Jon Pass. Smooth, plush, fast, and the tread lasts a looong time.
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Old 11-05-22, 05:59 AM
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They're not as high end as GP5k's, but I'm really happy with the inexpensive 32mm Michelin Protek tires im running on my go-to hybrid. But, they're well known to run wider than labeled (mine are labeled 28,but measure out at 32), so you'd want to order 32s, to actually get 35s.
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Old 11-05-22, 10:14 AM
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How about Pirelli Cinturato Velo in 35C?

I ran the 32C version on my endurance bike and found them excellent for fast century rides. Reasonably fast rolling, grippy in any road conditions and offer great puncture protection
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Old 11-05-22, 11:20 AM
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Depends also on whether or not you need superior puncture resistance. On my touring bike, I wanted the best puncture resistance I could find that didn't weigh a ton, the best one puncture resistant tire on the market is the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour which is considered to be flatless, and could last 8,000 miles, but the darn thing weighs just over 1,000 grams a piece! So I went with the Schwalbe Almotion tire, still not a light tire at 600 grams, although the new model is now heavier?!, and then I installed a flat liner in the rear tire even though that tire has a very high rating for flat resistance because I didn't want to be bothered with a flat in the rear with loaded panniers, fenders, and the mechanical stuff, so even with the liner the tire is still lighter than the Marathon Plus Tour by about 300 grams a piece.

If the tire protection factor is important but don't want a tire to weight 800 to 1000 grams each, you could look into the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, this tire is below 500 grams with pretty darn good flat protection, it also rolls fast for a larger tire. I use a 38c tire, this gives the bike a bit more of a cushy ride vs a 32, plus it can handle the load I carry easily without wearing out the tire fast, if you're not going to be carrying a load a 32c would be fine. The Almotion can do double duty as a gravel tire, the Supreme not so much; having said that, I would have no issue using a Supreme on gravel, I can ride 23c and 25c on gravel, I can more than handle a 32 on gravel, but of course I'm not bombing down a gravel road either with those narrower 23 and 25 tires, but I opted for the Almotion just in case I find myself on a gravel road with a loaded bike; noting what you said about not doing any gravel, then there's no reason to get a Almotion, I would get the Supreme, it has less rolling resistance, much better than adequate flat protection, and very long tread life, comes in a 32 size which is all you need for your purposes.

Don't forget too, that you don't need as much PSI in a 32 tire as you would with a 25c tire, but you will need more psi in a 32 than you did with the original 42's that came on the bike, so that will cause the tire to ride a bit harsher.

Lots of tire choices in the world, like others, I just mentioned one brand, you have to decide which brand and model mentioned either by me or others would fit your needs the best.
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Old 11-05-22, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I've been itching to try the 38 Rene Herse (formerly Compass). Maybe Santa is watching . . .
Felt the need to replace the tires on my Diverge and spent more than a few dollars on 38 Rene Herse Barlow Pass tires. They roll so well and cushion is beyond my expectations. Never had a tire make so much difference for me. At my weight, 185, they recommend around 55 psi max and I love them. They were $90 plus each, but I'm old and beginning to wonder what I'm saving my dollars for. Enjoy life.
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I installed a pair of Schwalbe Pro One TLEs in 34mm this afternoon. I’ve run a few pair in 32mm and really enjoyed them. The 34mm seem noticeably more smooth and roll very, very nicely.
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Originally Posted by MikeIndy View Post
Ive been pleased with the Panaracer GravelKing SS in 32mm as well as 35. Its great on pave and basic dirt paths. The rolling resistance is rated quite low, in its category. I also run them tubeless for what its worth. No tubes on any of my gravel wheelsets.
I second the Panaracer GravelKing SS. Great bang for the buck. Rene Herse are great, but expensive.
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Old 11-09-22, 04:11 AM
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be aware -

32mm GK SS can measure less than 32mm - so they could be smaller than your current 32mm GP5K

(my 32mm GK SS measured approx 31mm installed)

35mm GK SS can measure more than 35mm - my 35mm GK SS measured approx 37mm installed
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Old 11-09-22, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by t2p View Post
be aware -

32mm GK SS can measure less than 32mm - so they could be smaller than your current 32mm GP5K

(my 32mm GK SS measured approx 31mm installed)

35mm GK SS can measure more than 35mm - my 35mm GK SS measured approx 37mm installed
On the same rims or on different rims? Remember that interior rim width can change the effective tire width.
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Old 11-09-22, 12:30 PM
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On the same rims or on different rims? Remember that interior rim width can change the effective tire width.
same rims

( also gave them some time to 'grow' )
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Old 11-09-22, 12:49 PM
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I have a few wheel sets for my gravel bike with gp5000, maxis gravel and 32mm gravel king slicks. 99% of the time I am on 32mm gravel king slicks, I take them on gravel all the time.

I only use the gp5000 if I am trying to keep up with my road friends on their aero bikes. I get too many flats with them for me to want to ride on them for my daily solo rides.

I uses the Maxxis Rambler 700c x 40 for the more serious off road routes.
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