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What tire for mtb on road and gravel?

Old 06-21-07, 07:51 PM
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What tire for mtb on road and gravel?

Right now I have a Trek 820 with knobbies. My riding is 50/50 pavement and gravel road. I'm an old geezer (52) and I don't do trails, mud, etc. I use my mtb to get me away from the crowd. I usually start off from home and go several miles on pavement till I get to forest service roads which are gravel paths closed to vehicular traffic.
What would be a good tire for this kind of riding? Seems like the knobbies I have would be better suited for some aggressive, off road mud riding - which is something I don't do. I would like something that would roll better on pavement but still stand up to coase gravel.
Thanks in advance.
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Specialized Crossroads. I run them on my FS ATB. I toss on the knobbies when I'm go out with some friends to serious trails.
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I have some ritchey innovaders that do well. a little noise on smooth pavement and a little loss of grip on steep climbs.. but they are fast.. Warning innovaders marked 2.0 are really about 1.8 ... ritchey speedmax are supposed to be good as well, but I haven't tried them.

also I have ridden a Kemda Kross plus great on the street, not so good offroad.
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Old 06-23-07, 03:40 AM
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I use Conti Traffic's for just that kind of riding. Fast, smooth, and quiet on the asphalt, yet still provide good grip in the marbles.
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I like Specialized Fast Trak Low Knobs. I think I've even seen Fast Trak Super/Ultra Low Knobs.
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You'll hear lots of specific tires here which would all work, but really all you need to look for is something with very low knobs in the center of the tire (practically slick) and higher knobs on the side, so you can turn in the gravel. There are tons of tires like this. Just head over to your LBS and see what they have.
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Old 06-23-07, 08:09 AM
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Smooth center tread is the key.

If you're looking for something on a budget, I put these Forte Versa-Trac K's on my wifes old restored Trek 820 Antelope. They are uncommonly tough for general use. Perfect for pavement because of the center smooth tread, yet plenty of side tread. They're perfect for gravel, light mud if you hit some, and even the ocassional light dirt trail. The real key with these is the ease of ride on pavement. They really are pretty smooth.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5430

If you're looking for something even smoother with less tread, the Maxxis Overdrive are rated very highly for city riders, though a bit more expensive.

http://www.bicycletires.com/tek9.asp...ific=jnnpgphmc
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Specialized crossroads, and kenda k-rads are good.
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Specialized Crossroads are the best. They cost more, but you will make up the difference in durability and years of use.
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just stuck 1.75 continental travel contacts on mine(swapping between them and my normal tyres when not on proper trials), cracking on the road, fast and silent and can easily handle off road not to bad, tho i did go over some wet muddy and rooty trails today to try them out(nothing too hard) and they tend to slip spin on wet roots and in deep mud( due to no centre tread), other than that good enough, tho it doesn't sound like you'll be into that, i reckon they'd be pretty good for the type of riding you say you want to do...

http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticy...0contact.shtml
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What about the Maxxis Larsen Oriflamme?
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i used to have some kenda breakers 1.95 tires on mine for commuting and some offroad stuff. They were really cheap ($6 a piece) and worked really good. i was really surprised.
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