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Old 06-01-15, 12:01 PM
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Old roadie needs newbie MTB tire advice

Due to some recent surgeries I can no longer ride drop bars and will be converting to a Ti hardtail / front susp w/ 27.5" wheels. The bike I ordered is coming with Stan's No Tube wheels and unk. brand MTB tires. I will be riding 50/50 pavement and dirt levee roads down here in south Louisiana. Please recommend for me a tire that has a good compromise tread. I don't want street tires, probably something with a minimally aggressive tread and a hard compound (if there is such a tire).
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Old 06-01-15, 01:02 PM
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You might look at a micro-knobby like the Kenda Small Block 8:

https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...&category=3482

The TR on these means "Tubeless Ready".

I run a similar-style of Bontrager-branded tire on a 29er bike that I often ride on pavement.

My one caution is that in my experience the micro-knobby tires are good on dry dirt, but pretty amazingly awful on anything wet.
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Old 06-01-15, 02:07 PM
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Ugh! Thanks Jonathan. My bad. I should have mentioned that it needs to be decent on wet pavement, also. We get a lot rain down here.
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Old 06-01-15, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by RickLafayette View Post
Ugh! Thanks Jonathan. My bad. I should have mentioned that it needs to be decent on wet pavement, also. We get a lot rain down here.
Those would be ok on wet pavement. It's wet mud (as opposed to dry mud, LOL) where you'd run into trouble.

The tires I have are Bontrager XR-1s. Similar style of closely-spaced tiny knobs. They roll really well, and I like them for mixed pavement and double-track riding. But boy are they awful in the mud, I mean awful enough that I've had the bike almost slide from under me.

Others here might have suggestions that are better for your area.
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Schwalbe Thunder Burt might be a good one:
Schwalbe ?Thunder Burt? Tire: Final Review

Also the Schwalbe Rock Razor is a similar low profile.

You need to carefully consider your trails before getting tires. Small knobs are best on pavement and hard dry trails. For mud and deep gravel you want exactly the opposite, with big knobs. Either type of tire works about the same for wet pavement.

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Old 06-01-15, 03:02 PM
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The WTB Nano should suit you wel and they make them in 27.5.
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ya anything with alot of nobs is good, i wish i could recommend the tire i use the weirwolf but they havent made it in 650b yet. its fast on the road as it only contacts the very middle lugs on the tire and they are of a hard compound and yet i can not get them to break grip on dirt.
as they have said above me though you need to watch these type of tires because they are made for sand atleast the weirwolf is. they also work good on hard pack dirt, forest loam , wet tar ,and work fine in thin mud that you get on loose sand, ontop of hard pack and in the forests after rain. they do not however like thick mud that has clay in it, the stuff that pulls your boots off. that type stick inbetween the lugs and makes the tire into a racing slick.
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Buy a second set of wheels,, put real mountain bike tires on one and hybrid/road tires on the other set.
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Old 06-10-15, 02:26 PM
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You could look into the Maxxis CrossMark
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For road and gravel riding, I'd probably go for a mostly slick tire:

Grand Bois 650Bx42 Hetre
Grand Bois 650Bx38 Lierre
Panaracer T-Serv
Panaracer Pari-Moto Gravel PT
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Maybe if feeling like riding something a little bit knobbly, Maxxis Tread Lite EXO TR



Or Schwalbe Thunder Burt.

Even more knobbly, then maybe some Small Block 8s or NanoRaptors.
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Fatish slick on the back, fatish slick with nobbies on the shoulders only for the front. Lester's list is good.
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