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Panaracer tserv protex robust enough for gravel touring?

Old 04-14-15, 07:23 PM
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Panaracer tserv protex robust enough for gravel touring?

I'd like to switch from heavy Vittoria Randonneur Trail wire bead tires to relatively light Panaracer Tserv Protex folding bead tires. I have examined one in a shop and the sidewall seemed a bit thin. I will be doing the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Washington-to-Pittsburgh tour yet again, and wonder if the thin sidewalls on the Tserv Protex are up to the demands of that tour (particularly the C&O section). Believe it or not, I did two successful full tours on that route using Vittoria Randonneur Hyper tires, which are all but slicks and pretty lightweight folding tires. I run a 38 up front and a 35 in the back (as big as my traditional steel touring frame will fit), so even those nearly slick tires were fine for me due to their width. It's not tread that I'm worried about, but rather sidewall robustness. I also tour very light -- about 15 pounds of total gear weight and a 150 pound rider. Thoughts on the Tserv Protex?
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I was a firm believer in the T-SERV PT, until the GRAVELKING was introduced. Now I regret that I've got a few spare T-SERV PT to use up, or trade.
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