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Old 12-26-11, 07:26 AM
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Switching from Mountain Bike to Road tires

I've decided as a first step up the cycling chain is that I'm going to upgrade my Ibex mountain bike a bit and see where that takes me. All my riding will be confined to the road.
As a first step, I'm going to switch from the stock knobbies to road tires. Any recommendations/advice? Obviously, I'm totally unknowledgeable about bike tires. Want to put a good pair on.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 12-26-11, 08:07 AM
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I love my Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks. I've been using them for years now. I have strayed a couple of times but always come back to them.

Edit, I've just realised maybe you're not running 700 / 29 inch. If you are on 26 inch, ignore my advice.
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Old 12-26-11, 08:46 AM
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Yep-
I'm on 26" rims...
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economy , ritchey tom slicks.lighter, panasonic paselas.change tube size. There are tires out there that may be more durable for your local conditions , thorns etc
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Old 12-26-11, 09:15 AM
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What size are your current tires? My bike came with 26"x1.5" Tioga City Slickers-


Not saying you should get this particular model, just giving you an idea of what to look for.
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Old 12-26-11, 10:27 AM
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If you are removing knobby tires then pretty much any street tire will be good.

In all honesty there are so many tires available asking for a recommendation will probably leave you more confused than educated.

I say pick you budget and then buy a tire from a reputable company. I noticed Schwalbe even has user reviews on their website so that will also help you select. (not recommending Schwalbe just using that as a reference).
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My Ibex currently has Kendra Koyote's (26 x 1.95) on Alexrims X2100 559X19 rims.
In asking for recommendations, I realize there are "so many available"... however not even knowing any bike tire brands, let alone models in those brands leaves me completely in the dark. Imagine not even knowing the name Michelin, Goodyear or Goodrich- needing to buy some tires for your car? At least with some ideas of quality brands and good road tires in those brands, I can make somewhat of a choice. I feel like if I walk into my LBS totally ignorant, they will simply offer me what they happen to have in stock, not necessarily what I want or need. I realize I have to trust them at some point, but I like to have a reasonable idea of what's out there before walking in. And I may very well mailorder and put them on myself. At this point, I don't even know a reputable tire company's name!
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Old 12-26-11, 11:43 AM
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Well, as far as I can tell when it comes to tires, there's Schwalbe and then everyone else.

But I think that you should spend a little bit of time educating yourself and read Sheldon's article on tires before continuing the shopping process.
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Thanks to 4.11's comment about Schwalbe, I went to their site and started researching their tires... and initially, though expensive, their Marathon Supreme HS-382's look like great tires... they had a ton of good comments on their reviews, and also good comments on Amazon.
I'll go read Sheldon's article, no1mad- thanks for the reference to it.
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Old 12-26-11, 12:41 PM
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I did the same, and it feels much easier to roll.
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Originally Posted by MarTay6 View Post
Thanks to 4.11's comment about Schwalbe, I went to their site and started researching their tires... and initially, though expensive, their Marathon Supreme HS-382's look like great tires... they had a ton of good comments on their reviews, and also good comments on Amazon.
I'll go read Sheldon's article, no1mad- thanks for the reference to it.
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Smart move reading about tires first.

My cannondale bad boy has schwalbe kojaks and they work great, they are slicks and being a gear head that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I have a set of continentals on my fuji roubaix and have had no problems with those either. These are tires that came on the bikes from the manufacturer.

The only tires I actually picked myself are on my mountain bike. It is an old hybrid, now a single speed, the tires are kendas that cost $7.50 apiece! since the bike won't see much action and there was little cash left after buying all the other parts I figured they were a safe bet. Actually got good reviews for how cheap they are
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Old 12-26-11, 11:20 PM
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These are $9 each. For city riding..they work just fine for me.



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i''ve got kenda k838.. fat slicks make me happy
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On 26inch wheels I use Michelin Wild Run-er Advanced 1.1 tyres. These are probably not the most puncture proof but not too bad and certainly one of the fastest tyres available being very light weight.
There construction is the same as the 23mm Pro Race 3 racing slicks.
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Here is what I'm running.

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I tried a few but finally settled on Continental Gatorskin 26x11/8. Very fast tire with excellent puncture protection.
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I recently went thought the tire shopping experience. It's amazing how many are available; and the wide range of prices. I finally bought Kenda Pathfinders, 26 x 1.95, from amazon. They were $36 for the pair, with free shipping. They have a 1" smooth raised ridge; and knobs on the sides. So far, I'm happy with these. My rides can cover a wide range of terrain; and these seem to be a good compromise.
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Another vote for Schwalbe Marathon Supremes. I've been running three different sets in 32, 40 and 50 width sizes for the past year and am completely sold on them. Amazingly light (the 32c is lighter than most 23c tires), bulletproof (in spite of my best efforts - I've been unable to puncture one), and long wearing (after 1'000kms there is virtually no wear on the front tire).

So at this point I don't even bother to ride with a spare tube.
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The raised rib on the Kenda Pathfinders is actualy 1/2"; anyway, it seems to make them faster.

Those Schwalbe Marathon Supremes sound pretty darn amazing.
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Originally Posted by MarTay6 View Post
I've decided as a first step up the cycling chain is that I'm going to upgrade my Ibex mountain bike a bit and see where that takes me. All my riding will be confined to the road.
As a first step, I'm going to switch from the stock knobbies to road tires. Any recommendations/advice? Obviously, I'm totally unknowledgeable about bike tires. Want to put a good pair on.
Thanks for any advice.
Wes
I do mostly road riding myself, either on my 1990 Specialized Stumpjumper (no suspension), or my hybrid (2012 Trek 8.4 DS). Michelin City Proteks on both bikes. 26x1.85 on MTB; 700x40 on Trek. They are semi-slick, smooth and fast w/ excellent puncture resistance. I love them.
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I've been very happy with the Vittoria Randonneur (double rubber shielded) tires on my Jamis Coda Sport. They held off flats from several "goathead throns" and ride really nice, jmho.
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Old 12-28-11, 03:54 PM
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Well, thanks to no1mad's initial referance to Schwalbe tires, I just ordered a pair of their Marathon Supremes from Niagra Cyccle Works. As good a price as anyone, reasonable shipping. Also ordered a pair of Ergon GP-1 ergonomic grips... So I guess I'm keeping this bike!!
Now shopping pedals, seat and possibly a new fork.
Thanks for all your inputs here, folks- in my total ignorance of bike tires it was exactly what I was looking for- a variety of tires to look at that people had found satisfaction with for me to study and make my own choice.
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Old 12-29-11, 07:50 AM
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Congratulations Wes!! You're gonna love that Schwalbe / Ergon combo! Of course eventually it'll all just feel perfectly normal and you may have to borrow someone else's bike on ocassion just for the smile on your face when you get back on your own!!
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Thanks to all-

Thanks, Burton- and thanks to all for the encouragement and info. Being new to the bikeworld, it's tough to get off to a good sollid start without the help of forums such as this. I've added a pair of Ergon pedals to the list of parts on the way, now I'm looking for a lighter weight fork.... Not having a lot of luck, right now it's looking like a Surly Troll or Instigator may be my best bet.
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I like riding on and off road, but Bontrager Connection Trails are Awesome for both ! I'm only guessing you have 26" inch tires, ( did not read the whole thread ), But if " I " were only going to Road ride on a mountain Bike still would go with them.. Richard : )

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