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Old 04-30-16, 06:29 PM
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Your call: what tire do you take?

You're going off the grid, no repair or bike shops, loaded with 20-25kg, to face surfaces ranging from smooth pavement to rough, rocky dirt tracks. What tire do you take? One answer, please. You must make one choice, because on every tour a choice ultimately has to be made. Make a single choice.
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Schwalbe Mondial
+1. Heavy, but this is the business we've chosen.
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panaracer pasela 38mm, don't like tires what feel like filled with concrete.
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Originally Posted by str
panaracer pasela 38mm, don't like tires what feel like filled with concrete.
I agree but pasela TG's are the least durable tire mentioned so far and I can almost guarantee that their sidewalls won't handle rocky terrain.

The OP paints a pretty bleak picture if another tire is needed so maybe one of the few times I might vote for the Schwalbe Marathon circular bricks.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
You're going off the grid, no repair or bike shops, loaded with 20-25kg, to face surfaces ranging from smooth pavement to rough, rocky dirt tracks. What tire do you take? One answer, please. You must make one choice, because on every tour a choice ultimately has to be made. Make a single choice.
So far Schwalbe Marathons seem to be the most popular choice. I'll add more info. I need/want them to be at least 50-622 or 29x2.00 because they will go on a Surly Ogre. So far then, the only two tires that fit that bill are the Marathon Mondial and the Continental Travel Contact.
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Mondials in the Double Defense . Chunky without being too chunky. Enough grip to cope with gravel and crap tracks. Light enough...considering. The other Marathons rely on having enough thickness that whatever is poking into it is short enough not to reach the tube.
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Originally Posted by robow
I agree but pasela TG's are the least durable tire mentioned so far and I can almost guarantee that their sidewalls won't handle rocky terrain.

The OP paints a pretty bleak picture if another tire is needed so maybe one of the few times I might vote for the Schwalbe Marathon circular bricks.
60% of my touring happens off road, the last two summers 5400km on Romanian gravel roads, with panaracers, weak sidewalls maybe, sure not so strong as schwalbe tires, but smooth great rolling.... for emergency cases a third folding one is brought. no 1kg brick tires just to be sure nothing happens.
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fyi the Surly Ogre with the tires in question will venture to eastern Indonesia.
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