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Old 04-30-20, 01:40 AM
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Tyre advice please!

Hi, I have a new Marin Muirwoods 29er and would like to get some 2" tyres (I've been told it won't take larger). I expect a lot of my riding will be on bike paths but some rougher terrain and I'll want to take it out in the woods occasionally. I definitely won't be doing any serious off road type stuff.
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Depends, if you think most of your riding will be paths the Schwalbe Big Ben Performance Line in 29x2.00 will roll good, have some puncture protection, and a little bit of tread for the woods, but only in the dry. In the wet woods... you'll struggle to find something that will grip there and still roll well the rest of the time with long life. Plus they look nice.
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Old 04-30-20, 10:03 AM
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I haven't tried them but have heard good things about Kenda Small Block 8 (listed as 2.1") https://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Small-B...XH2?th=1&psc=1. I have and on occasion do use Kenda Nevegals, which are great for trails, but they are knobbie trail tires and you wouldn't want to use them on pavement!.
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Though they're not cheap, the Schwalbe Marathon Almotion may give you the best on-road characteristics in a tire size you're seeking:

https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...-almotion-2016

The tire size tested was 40-622 (and you'd be looking at 50-622 for your Marin), though performance will be similar relative to other tire choices in that size. I also like the suggestion of the Schwalbe Big Bens. And don't overlook the Schwalbe Hurricane. It's more of a budget tire in this size. I have a set of the first generation ones and they're good solid tires.
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Schwalbe Marathon Cross or Little Big Ben's.
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Sounds like the type of riding I use my Kona mountain bike for, and I run Schwalbe Hurricanes on it. The tread along the edges gives good grip in gravel and dirt, the smoother center allows for reasonably low rolling resistance on flatter surfaces, and the width provides good control. To be honest, I don't ride that bike often because most of my riding is on roads, but when I do ride it I've been very happy with the Hurricanes - much better than the knobbies that came on the bike.

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Thanks everyone for the advice, helped with my Google searching. I ended up with the WTB Riddlers.
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