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Old 12-21-17, 04:54 PM
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Need your tire expertise

My Specialized Alibi has Nimbus airless tires installed, I have never ridden a bike with 700 tires before so I have no basis for comparison for ride harshness or handling. I'll ride them for a while but I want to replace them before I go on a long summer RVing trip where I'll be riding on mainly dirt/gravel trails. There are sooo many different tires to choose from I haven't a clue. So, for you experts, can you kindly recommend a tire in 700 x 38 that would be good for primarily paved trails but that would also work for dirt and gravel too. Of course, low rolling resistance and comfort are important as well. You're the experts.
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Old 12-22-17, 03:54 AM
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My Specialized Alibi has Nimbus airless tires installed, I have never ridden a bike with 700 tires before so I have no basis for comparison for ride harshness or handling. I'll ride them for a while but I want to replace them before I go on a long summer RVing trip where I'll be riding on mainly dirt/gravel trails. There are sooo many different tires to choose from I haven't a clue. So, for you experts, can you kindly recommend a tire in 700 x 38 that would be good for primarily paved trails but that would also work for dirt and gravel too. Of course, low rolling resistance and comfort are important as well. You're the experts.
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Your rims do have a valve hole under a sticker, so indeed you can go to normal clincher tires. You don't necessarily need to match the original 700x38c size, although 38 is in the right range of sizes for your intended use.
I love my Clement X'Plor MSO tires in 700x40 which on my 16mm internal width rims measure 38mm. They can probably be found now under the Donnelly brand name but still using the same model name X'Plor MSO. People on this forum speak very well of the Continental Speed Rides in 700x42 which measure closer to 38 in real life. I'm also tempted to try the Continental Cross Rides in 700x42 as my next tire mainly for their low price. I saw somewhere that they also measure closer to 38mm in real life.
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Old 12-22-17, 12:32 PM
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Thanks much for the info, exactly what I was looking for. I will check these tires out!
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Old 12-22-17, 12:47 PM
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I wouldn't replace them

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Old 12-22-17, 01:52 PM
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Those look like my Tannus tires.

I'd encourage you to try them out, and see if they work for you. I have a love/hate relationship with the Tannus tires. I think they are slightly slower/harsher than pneumatic tires, but it is nice not getting flats, especially in the winter.

They are a major pain to install, and I'm not sure how easy to non-destructively remove.

I'd encourage you to try them on a commuter. If you have some off-road riding you wish to do, then perhaps get a second set of wheels, and keep the Nimbus tires&wheels for commuting (or sell or trade them as a set with the tires on Craigslist).
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Old 12-22-17, 05:46 PM
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I have been very happy with my Specialized Crossroad Armadillo tires. I have them on my Giant Cypress as well as my Giant Escape 1 disc. They last a long time and do have good puncture protection.
https://www.specialized.com/rs/en/cr...=211376-117852
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I have the Nimbus (with tube) tires as a more road going tire for my Crosstrail. Still use the Specialized Triggers for my gravel riding. But, I've used my Nimbus tires for gravel riding as well and honestly, as long as the gravel trails are dry, the Nimbus does well. Now if the trails become wet, then yea, you want a better gravel tire. So if you are not planning on riding when the trails are wet, you might be better off keeping what you have.

But if you really want more traction, I like the Specialized Triggers. Has a good grip and not overly priced with the ability to go up to 100 psi's if needed.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:55 AM
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Thank you all for the great information, I'll ride my Nimbus Airless tires for now and see how I feel after I have more miles on my new bike.
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The Continental Speed Rides are indeed very nice tires for what you're looking to do. They have a pretty tight and tacky tread that works well on almost all surfaces (slick mud obviously excluded). I currently have a set on 15mm internal width rims, and they inflate up to about 38-39mm. They're super light weight in the folding bead version (about 420 grams) and they're also super inexpensive, at well under $25/tire.

Their one weakness is the flip side of many of their strengths -- the flexible casing that contributes to the light weight and supple ride is devoid of any real flat protection, so you do need to be careful. I have ridden mine many hundreds of miles on probably 50% pavement and 50% dirt/gravel, and I haven't flatted with them yet, but I'm also not particularly abusive.

Due to their size, I run them down at about 25-30 psi in the front and 50-60 psi in the rear -- very comfortable and comfortable ride. Some pictures of the tread on these, if you're curious:

IMG_20170718_084527630 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

IMG_20170726_155704468 by jnjadcock, on Flickr

IMG_20171022_142510730 by jnjadcock, on Flickr
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