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Old 06-19-15, 08:32 PM
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specialized crosstrail tires

I've seen and heard some mixed reviews on the crosstrails tires, specifically that they are prone to flats and don't handle especially well on pavement.
I know there are some crosstrail owners on this thread so I'm wondering what your experience is.
It seems that the tires are the same throughout the different models.
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I put Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on mine, a 35 in the front for better handling and quicker and more precise steering, and a 40 in the rear for comfort and capacity.... What a great improvement. Honestly, it rides as nice as the 45s that came OEM, and no more flats (knock on wood).

I run mine at 92 PSI, because that's where they roll the best.
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So far I'm ok with the tires and am generally running them at 85psi, think they can go up to 100psi, but am not positive at moment. I haven't had any flats on them yet, so I can't tell you exactly how well it protects the tubes. I haven't ridden this bike on wet roads, but have on wet muddy trailes. Where I have noticed if the dirt is a little muddy, well, there's just not enough traction. I spun out many times with these tires, especially going up on a slight incline in mud.

On road, I've gone down hills as fast as 33.5 mph, but honestly didn't feel safe to go much faster than that or to go too fast on tight turns with it either.

I've ridden close to 350 miles on these so far and they appear to not have worn down as of yet.

They're really easy to change though. I'm comparing this to my Kenda tire that I put on to use for my trainer. The Kenda is a pain to get on and off.
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I am on my second Crosstrail. 2014 Comp Disc and 2015 Expert Disc and my fiance has the 2014 Sport disc. The 38mm Triggers that come stock on all 3 of our bikes are pretty dang good. There are times I would love them to be a little bit faster on the road but one must keep in mind that this is a "cross' or 'do it all' tire. To keep them as fast as possible on the road I run them at 95psi. With that in mind I think they do just fine when in their intended environment. My lady has easily 750 miles on hers... Never ever any problems. We ride all over the greater Denver area on our Crosstrails. If we have to ride on some dirt we do and they are fine. Usually its bike paths and all the obstacles that come with them. Hers are def wearing after that many predominantly paved miles and we are considering a new set of tires for her. I have had mine at over 40 mph. Way wayyyy fast enough. The tires were stable but I wasn't looking to go any faster either. I will say this; I made the mistake of going into a bike path 'rotary' with way too much steam last summer. I laid the bike over like I was on a moto-gp bike. Mistake. Once the tires were on the knobs it was over! I had a long graceful slide into the grass and proceeded to admire the fine road rash on my entire left side. The Triggers are not slicks! Good-Great tire for what its intended. I will probably try something in the same family but different next just to see what different tires feel like. Good luck.
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I have a 2013 Crosstrail Sport Disc, I'm a casual rider out for fitness so I'm not trying to break any records, riding on local bike paths featuring a mix of surfaces. I'm still on the original set of tires and I probably have at least 2000 miles on them and they're still in good shape. No flats and I'm not being that careful to avoid flat inducing hazards so I think they're pretty durable. They can be a bit slippery on paths that have a skim of thin mud, which is typical around here in the fall and spring on the non paved path sections, but I think you'd have to have a mountain bike tire to feel secure in that situation and I certainly don't want those on my bike. I find them fast enough on pavement and I try to keep them at 90 psi, which is what my "bike guy" said to run them at. I don't have a lot of experience with other brands as I've always used whatever a bike came with in the past. The guys at the bike shop I got my Crosstrail from say they always keep Triggers on hand so when they need replacing I'll most likely get another set of them.

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Old 06-21-15, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattyb13 View Post
I am on my second Crosstrail. 2014 Comp Disc and 2015 Expert Disc and my fiance has the 2014 Sport disc. The 38mm Triggers that come stock on all 3 of our bikes are pretty dang good. There are times I would love them to be a little bit faster on the road but one must keep in mind that this is a "cross' or 'do it all' tire. To keep them as fast as possible on the road I run them at 95psi. With that in mind I think they do just fine when in their intended environment. My lady has easily 750 miles on hers... Never ever any problems. We ride all over the greater Denver area on our Crosstrails. If we have to ride on some dirt we do and they are fine. Usually its bike paths and all the obstacles that come with them. Hers are def wearing after that many predominantly paved miles and we are considering a new set of tires for her. I have had mine at over 40 mph. Way wayyyy fast enough. The tires were stable but I wasn't looking to go any faster either. I will say this; I made the mistake of going into a bike path 'rotary' with way too much steam last summer. I laid the bike over like I was on a moto-gp bike. Mistake. Once the tires were on the knobs it was over! I had a long graceful slide into the grass and proceeded to admire the fine road rash on my entire left side. The Triggers are not slicks! Good-Great tire for what its intended. I will probably try something in the same family but different next just to see what different tires feel like. Good luck.
Wow!!! 40MPH I don't even come close to that speed.
I will be primarily riding on paved trails and some roads that can be pretty uneven.
How fast were you going when you wiped out on that turn?
Man....who said hybrids can't be fast
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Schwalbe are the gold standard but if you want something a little more budget friendly, I would suggest Panaracer. Not a Crosstrail owner but running Panaracer Urban Max 32 c on my hybrid for 7 years now. My wife uses a set on her Jamis road bike. I know you can get a set as big as 700 x 35.
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I've had my Crosstrail for a year, and have never had to add a single drop of air to the OEM tires. I ridden enough to nearly wear off the center rear tread, and the front has slightly more tread than the rear. They are at 90psi.
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Originally Posted by MrCoffee View Post
I've had my Crosstrail for a year, and have never had to add a single drop of air to the OEM tires. I ridden enough to nearly wear off the center rear tread, and the front has slightly more tread than the rear. They are at 90psi.
You didn't have to add air to your tires in a year?
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
You didn't have to add air to your tires in a year?
That is correct. I have not had to add air to my tires since I got the bike in July of last year.
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That is correct. I have not had to add air to my tires since I got the bike in July of last year.
That is incredible.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
That is incredible.
ditto that.

I'm also curious about the wheels. the specs on the website are kinda vague....
they say under "rims" .....700c disc, alloy, sleeve joint, 32h. Doesn't sound like a make and model to me.
Kinda makes me think they're some no name product that may need an upgrade. Unusual because specialized seems to have the best components
of any comparable bike for the money.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
ditto that.

I'm also curious about the wheels. the specs on the website are kinda vague....
they say under "rims" .....700c disc, alloy, sleeve joint, 32h. Doesn't sound like a make and model to me.
Kinda makes me think they're some no name product that may need an upgrade. Unusual because specialized seems to have the best components

of any comparable bike for the money.
Not just the rims, but the spokes and the hubs are generic. It doesn't say if the hubs are Shimano, Formula, or some other brand. And the spokes are certainly generic because if they were using something like DT Swiss, Wheelsmith, or Sapim, they would say so. Specialized are sourcing the wheels from whatever source is cheapest, and they are generic. That doesn't make them bad, per se. The thing is, the bike is built to a price point. In this regard, Specialized is no better, or worse than any other brand, at least at the entry level price point. Unless the wheels are giving you problems (going out of true, popping spokes, or worse), just ride them until you have a reason not to. I replaced a wheel last year after 2 years of use. On another bike I own, the wheels are 17 years old and still ride great.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
Schwalbe are the gold standard
This will inspire me to start a thread on Schwalbe tyres for hybrids in the near future, as I have some very particular questions concerning how the various models within the Schwalbe range compare to each other.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
ditto that.

I'm also curious about the wheels. the specs on the website are kinda vague....
they say under "rims" .....700c disc, alloy, sleeve joint, 32h. Doesn't sound like a make and model to me.
Kinda makes me think they're some no name product that may need an upgrade. Unusual because specialized seems to have the best components
of any comparable bike for the money.
Unless one is obsessed with reducing weight, I suspect those Specialized wheels would be amongst the best of any of the hybrids you could buy for comparable money and if one feels the need to replace them, they would be replacing the wheels on literally every mountain bike inspired hybrid under $1,500.
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
I put Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on mine, a 35 in the front for better handling and quicker and more precise steering, and a 40 in the rear for comfort and capacity.... What a great improvement. Honestly, it rides as nice as the 45s that came OEM, and no more flats (knock on wood).

I run mine at 92 PSI, because that's where they roll the best.
Do you run your back Marathon Supreme at 92 PSI?

I ask because that is above Schwalbe's recommended high point, although I am sure there would be a decent safety margin for people to go over and still be fine.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
ditto that.

I'm also curious about the wheels. the specs on the website are kinda vague....
they say under "rims" .....700c disc, alloy, sleeve joint, 32h. Doesn't sound like a make and model to me.
Kinda makes me think they're some no name product that may need an upgrade. Unusual because specialized seems to have the best components
of any comparable bike for the money.
In case you didn't notice, Specialize uses a different pin joint rim on the low end crosstrails than they do on the high end sleeve joint. The spec sheet also says "Standard Schrader valve" where I have the presta style. The rims are so narrow at the the valve end, and the rim so deep I dunno if standard schrader will fit.

My Crosstrail Comp Disc came with MADDUX wheels (or maybe just the rims....). Details of their SR-300 rim is here, http://www.maddux-wheels.com/Rim-E-b...sc-sr-300.html I could not find the 485 on their site, may be made special for Specialized who in turn build the wheels from parts they have laying around? The hubs have nothing more than the generic S marking.

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the specialized seems to have so much going for it that I'm really zeroing in on it. Another candidate high on the list is the Trek DS6 and the bikehard urbanite ultimate.
I really like the flat bar 'adventure' bikes like the sirrus, but I like the idea of a suspension fork with a remote lockout. That kind of versatility appeals to me more than lightweight.
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Do you run your back Marathon Supreme at 92 PSI?

I ask because that is above Schwalbe's recommended high point, although I am sure there would be a decent safety margin for people to go over and still be fine.
Spec on these tires is 85PSI, and I just started experimenting, 1 PSI at a time. Roll improved up to 92, and above that was no noticeable difference. So that's where I run 'em.... Never had a problem with them, either.... Me and the bike weigh about
250#...

Running at lower pressure, while smoother, felt considerably lower in the roll dept...... i.e., stopped rolling quicker, and shorter..
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Spec on these tires is 85PSI, and I just started experimenting, 1 PSI at a time. Roll improved up to 92, and above that was no noticeable difference. So that's where I run 'em.... Never had a problem with them, either.... Me and the bike weigh about
250#...

Running at lower pressure, while smoother, felt considerably lower in the roll dept...... i.e., stopped rolling quicker, and shorter..
I may well soon be running Schwalbe's above spec myself, but when you say "roll improved up to 92 psi", is that you just going on "feel" or were you using a speedometer and rolling down a hill or something?

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but if you went just by feel alone, it surprises me to hear you ascertained that 92 psi was better than say 91 or 93 psi for example, that you were able to reach such a fine grained conclusion.
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I may well soon be running Schwalbe's above spec myself, but when you say "roll improved up to 92 psi", is that you just going on "feel" or were you using a speedometer and rolling down a hill or something?

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but if you went just by feel alone, it surprises me to hear you ascertained that 92 psi was better than say 91 or 93 psi for example, that you were able to reach such a fine grained conclusion.
I live on a cul de sac, and there is a slight downhill right out of my driveway. It's just start, and roll, and see where it stops before the intersection. Rolling improved notably, from 85 to 92, but no more improvement over 92. Went to 97, and then dialed back to 92.... I've been running them this way for 6 years, 6 sets of tires, without any issue whatsoever. Tires would go more than 6,000 miles, maybe 8 . I just spoon a new set on every spring, as they do have quite a bit of wear. I have given all the old ones away, and he rode 'em till they went bald down the middle.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
I've seen and heard some mixed reviews on the crosstrails tires, specifically that they are prone to flats and don't handle especially well on pavement.
I know there are some crosstrail owners on this thread so I'm wondering what your experience is.
It seems that the tires are the same throughout the different models.
'thanks.
I don't know where you heard all this negative stuff....but I have over 1000 miles on my Crosstrail Expert and couldn't be happier with the entire bike...tire included. No flats.....low rolling resistance, great grip on pavement...even on fast/sharp corners....and the wear is barely visible in 1000+ miles. Some people complain about nonsense.
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