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Tire for 80% road/20% straight/flat hardpack path?

Old 10-13-10, 09:05 PM
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Tire for 80% road/20% straight/flat hardpack path?

I'm looking for a tire for my cross bike, which is going to be sued for 80% road riding. 20% of the time will be on a dirt hardpacked greenway (with virtually no corners).

What types of tires should I be looking at here? And thickness?

I was reading about the Specialized Armadillos, but some people said they are really heavy, have horrible rolling resistance, and create for a rough road ride. What other options are there for me?

Looking to keep it under $40 per tire, let's say.
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Old 10-13-10, 09:12 PM
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If the offroad section is truly hardpack you can probably get away with a large 25 to 28c Conti Gatorskin. They're pretty tough and roll a lot better than an Armadillo.
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Old 10-13-10, 09:16 PM
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I've had good luck with 32mm Panaracer Pasela TGs.
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It kinda depends on your smooth rolling/price/width/weight preference ratios, personally I'd probably go with Conti Top Contact 28mm, a bit over your budget, but nice.

If you like 'em wider and don't mind the weight penalty, Schwalbe Marathons might be nice...
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28c gatorskin.
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25mm anything. No reason to go wider than 28, IMO.
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I'd say nothing wider than 28, as well, unless all your roads are 1" aggregate chipseal, then I'd think about 32.
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