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Old 06-14-18, 03:38 PM
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Wider Tires for Touring

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We will be credit card touring in Portugal & Spain this September. We ride a Santana Beyond currently with spinergy wheels shod with 28mm tires. We will be self-supported, 2 rear panniers and a Ortlieb Rack Pack, and our team weight is ~350 lbs (mostly me). I plan to use a spare wheelset (40° Hadley hubs with Velocity Dyad rims- 19mm internal width). The frame has clearance for 40 mm tires. We have used 32mm Gatorskins for touring in the past and a (folding) 32mm Gatorshin on these wheels measures at 34mm inflated, 100 psi. We will be along the Atlantic coast route some of the time and I've seen mention of some unpaved sections, thus I am considering wider tires.
Do you have any recommendations in the 35-40mm range (inflated) that do not hurt the ride quality too much? As a point, in the past we used wire beaded Gatorskins and I don't remember them being as wide as these folding ones (on the same rims), is this a normal difference between folding & wire beaded in the same model?
Thanks for your thoughts.

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Old 06-15-18, 06:39 AM
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We tour on 40 mm Schwable Marathon Supremes.
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If you will enounter unpaved sections on tours, use the widest tire that will fit under the fenders. Forget worrying about ride quality unless it is really bad. We've gotten pinched flats using 700x35 Top Touring along the Canal du Midi.

We switched to 26x2 to avoid these problems on tour.
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Vittoria Voyager Hyper is a pretty fast roller in 37 or 40mm widths. The Panaracer Pasela TG is an old standby, too. The sidewalls of the Pasela are too fragile to make it a dedicated tandem gravel tire, but it's totally fine for the use you've described. We did a few tours on 35mm Panaracer Paselas with mixed road surfaces and ~400lb total weight with gear.
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I would second the vittora voyager hyper..........if you can find it . I confirmed with vittoria that it has been discontinued and there are no current plans for a similiar replacement.
that being said we had good luck woth the schwalbe marathon supreme but it is not what I would call a fast rolling tire.
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Originally Posted by OneIsAllYouNeed View Post
Vittoria Voyager Hyper is a pretty fast roller in 37 or 40mm widths. The Panaracer Pasela TG is an old standby, too. The sidewalls of the Pasela are too fragile to make it a dedicated tandem gravel tire, but it's totally fine for the use you've described. We did a few tours on 35mm Panaracer Paselas with mixed road surfaces and ~400lb total weight with gear.
What do you think of the "Panaracer Gravel King Slick" in 38mm? Although not truly slick, it looks like an altenative if it can take a 400 lb tandem (all in).

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What do you think of the "Panaracer Gravel King Slick" in 38mm? Although not truly slick, it looks like an altenative if it can take a 400 lb tandem (all in).

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we love the 650b x 38 and 42 Gravel King and Pari Moto. The 700c Gravel King slick should be awesome too.
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I would "third" the Vittoria Voyager Hyper. It's an amazing tire. I have it in the 37mm size, though I had it on a single bike.
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