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Need tire recommendation for a commuter/utility bike ( size 29" 2.0)

Old 12-06-15, 07:25 PM
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Need tire recommendation for a commuter/utility bike ( size 29" 2.0)

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I just punctured my two-week-old Maxxis Maxxlite Speed 29", 2.0 tire. I ride a hybrid type, non-suspension, mountain bike which I use for commuting and utility. Majority of my rides, around 95%, are on concrete and asphalt. I need a puncture resistant tire that is also fast on pavement. Size is 29" 2.0



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What's wrong with the existing tires? I've got the same bike, the tires seem pretty decent. One puncture could just be a fluke. Schwalbe Marathon's are the go-to recommendation in the commuter forum. I have no personal experience with them, but I run Schwalbe tires on my other bikes and they're excellent.
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Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
What's wrong with the existing tires? I've got the same bike, the tires seem pretty decent. One puncture could just be a fluke. Schwalbe Marathon's are the go-to recommendation in the commuter forum. I have no personal experience with them, but I run Schwalbe tires on my other bikes and they're excellent.
Well the Maxxis cost $80-90 each and seem to puncture pretty fast.
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Well the Maxxis cost $80-90 each and seem to puncture pretty fast.
You don't need to replace the tire if you get a puncture, you just repair/replace the inner tube.
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Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
What's wrong with the existing tires? I've got the same bike, the tires seem pretty decent. One puncture could just be a fluke. Schwalbe Marathon's are the go-to recommendation in the commuter forum. I have no personal experience with them, but I run Schwalbe tires on my other bikes and they're excellent.
I use these on my commuter, after getting about 1 flat per 100 miles. I have about 3,000 miles on these with zero flats. Even ran over a ton of glass last week and could hear it crunching under my tires. Had no choice, glad my tires are tough.
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No matter how good of a puncture resistant tire you have as long as you are running a tube you are more prone to flats. You should look into converting your wheels to tubeless. I have converted both my 29er and 26er wheels tubeless. If you use non-tubeless tires, the walls are weak so it will be harder to fill up and you usually have to use a compressor or Co2 cartridges to get tire bead to hook on the rim. Tubeless tires will typically fill up with no issue since they all have some kind of reinforcement on the walls. I used this kit to convert my 29er wheels, Stans NoTubes kit. After the conversion, I currently have thorns stuck in my tire and there is no leak. The only maintenance is that you need to make sure you have liquid so depending where you live you want to check it about 4-6 months.
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No matter how good of a puncture resistant tire you have as long as you are running a tube you are more prone to flats. You should look into converting your wheels to tubeless. I have converted both my 29er and 26er wheels tubeless.
I looked at tubeless for commuting. The conclusion I reached was that tubes were still a better choice most of the time. Tubeless is absolutely better at dealing with punctures, and if you have legit frequent punctures that's good. But for most people in most commuting situations, on a road, a stout tire makes punctures rare, and tubes don't require maintenance, even if stored a while.
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Have you considered Maxxis Overdrive in the 700x38,, it is only 1.5in wide but that is what my wife uses on her bike.. she rides mostly pavement and hard pack easy trails. Unless it gets sandy or muddy they work fine for her and you can get them from Jensen for about $29 each.
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I ended up using tire liners on my current Maxxis tires. So far, so good.
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I have some Continental Tour Guard plus and a set of Schwalb Big Apples.
The Tour Guards are 42mm and the Schwalbs are 50mm
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Specialized Trigger 47mm/1.8" about $40 ea, file tread - fast on pavement/packed dirt/gravel

Under Cyclocross Tires and/or Urban on Specialized site - look under the size drop down to find them - I own a set - good fit for you imo
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