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Old 09-26-09, 05:22 PM
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Tire for on and off road

My typical ride goes for 2 miles on pavement, then 2 miles on gravel, then however many miles I want to do on mostly flat single-track. Then back home. I need to be able to ride well on pavement, but I ride off road, too. My off-roading is on dirt with only a rolling surface. Very few hills.
I looked at tires on Nashbar and was thinking of the Kenda K-rads, Michelin Country Trail, and Hutchinson Bulldogs.
Anyone familiar with these or have another suggestion?
I'm trying to avoid High Rolling Resistance but still have traction off-road.
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Old 09-26-09, 05:57 PM
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You might look at the Specialized Fasttrak tires. They've a tread pattern that works pretty well on pavement even though they are billed as mountain-bike tires. I ran a set on my around-town bike for a couple of seasons. (I may actually mount them again. Been thinking about that).
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Old 09-26-09, 06:53 PM
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Any place on the net that sells them?
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Old 09-26-09, 07:27 PM
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There might be.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Speci...ient=firefox-a
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Maxxis Crossmarks are super fast. A bit expensive to wear out on asphalt, but that's your call.
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Old 09-28-09, 04:45 PM
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After reading product reviews on MTBer I pulled the trigger on the Crossmarks. I can justify the cost because I ride a lot. I'm looking forward to spending a lot of time on the trails now that the weather is cooling off.
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^^ Let us know what you think after you have some time to break 'em in.
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Old 10-11-09, 06:14 PM
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Got my Crossmarks about a week ago. They are very fast. I can't tell any difference between them and the Continental Town and Country tires I had on before. I rode some trails this weekend. Parts of the trail were grass and it handled that very well. Then I got into some bike/horse trails that went through some creek bottoms. Much mud and standing water. Got me through that too, and several creek crossings that were a good 6-8 inches deep. I like to humming noise they make on pavement. These tires are great. I just hope I don't wear them down quickly because I will be using them for both on and off road.
These are probably the best tires I've ever used.
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Old 10-13-09, 11:09 PM
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Check out Schwalbe Marathon Cross tires. They ride well on pavement, are puncture-resistant, and handle gravel and light offroading with aplomb. They're the most versatile tire I've used.
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Maxxis Larsen TT . . . oops, wait a minute, scratch that. Kenda Small Block Eight. Yeah, Small Block Eight.
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Maxxis Larsen TT . . . oops, wait a minute, scratch that. Kenda Small Block Eight. Yeah, Small Block Eight.
Same difference isn't it?
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A bit late here, but fwiw one tire that really does work exceptionally well for this (happens to be my) kind of riding is the newish Schwalbe Marathon Extreme: lower rolling resistance on paved surfaces than almost any low-knobbed mtb tire, quite light and -- perhaps most importantly, incredibly durable. They better be -- they're hideously expensive -- but they really do work on mixed surfaces, gripping well on pavement (wet or dry) but with enough tread, especially at the sides, to work well on dirt/gravel etc. As I said, they cost a lot but a set would probably outlast two or three sets of true mtb tires. They are also (if it matters) much more puncture resistant than mtb knobbies. Just another one to consider.
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