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Old 09-22-04, 08:33 PM   #1
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26" tires for pavement

My wife and I bought a Cannondale MT800 mountain tandem recently. Several reasons, but the biggest one is that it fits my wife better than anything else in a price range I could afford.

Anyway, I want to put some pavement tires on it. I am wondering what tires folks have had good luck using for this application.

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Old 09-22-04, 08:57 PM   #2
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doc,

we are using irc metro in the 26x1.5 size. they are rated for up to 100psi.
we have them on rhyno lite rims.

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We're using Specialized Nimbus Armadillo tires. They're 26x1.5 and have great flat protection. They're rated up to 100 lbs. Inverted tread. Difficult to install but worth it for their durability...about $30 each.
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Only thing I can say about the Specialized Nimbus was that the sidewalls cracked before the tread wore out. We're now using Continental Travel Contact, 26 x 1.75 rated to 80 psi. These have been great for touring and general everyday use.

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Continental top touring 2000, 26 X 195, I run them at 55 psi and they wear forever and give a great ride
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There are too many choices on slick Tyres for a 26" wheel, but what you should look at is a minimum width of 1.5 and able to take a pressure of around 100 psi. If the width goes up, so the pressure can drop, but I take it you are looking for performance rather than comfort. I personally run Swalbe City Marathons in 1.4 size at 100psi, and no problems. Mind you, as one "Dale MT" rider to another, Why are you riding on Tarmac?
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Most of the trails around here are paved or packed stone dust. Pavement tires are the choice for where we ride.

Thanks for the answers, I have a place to start my search.

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We run 26x1.5 Serfas Drifters on our Burley Samba. They have a 80psi max and also include a belt for puncture protection. We've ridden about 800 miles on them and they are holding up very well. Mostly on concrete and asphalt roads, asphalt bike trails and a few crushed rock trails.
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Most of the trails around here are paved or packed stone dust. Pavement tires are the choice for where we ride.

Thanks for the answers, I have a place to start my search.

Doc
Slight change of choice for stone dust, where you will find some loose grit. The Semislick mountain bike tyres will probably be a better grip on this type of soil. Normally available in 1.95, although I have seen them in 1.75, and this will allow a lower pressure to be used for a bit of comfort on the slightly bumpy surface aswell.
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We use the 26" Panaracer T-Serv 1.5 on our Davinci and it seems to work well on pavement and fine gravel. It is foldable and has a Kevlar belt so it should be good for flat-resistance. But we're newbies and only have about 300 miles on them so far.
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