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Experiences with Avocet Cross 700c tires?

Old 04-01-09, 07:32 PM
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Experiences with Avocet Cross 700c tires?

I have searched the forums and looked around for information about these tires. The only thing I have learned are that they were well liked but the factory that made them is closed, according to Harris Cyclery. Most of the praise I found was from the cyclocross crowd...

Well, I have a set of the Avocet Cross tires, size 700c x 38, and also a set of Vittoria Randonneur Cross (32). The Vittoria tires have performed well in the city with no flats in 6-months. They're a little narrow maybe for fully loaded touring (they look narrower than some 28s I have) but I know they would be good for flat protection.

The Avocet wheels are wide, have reversed tread, and when I put them on my city bike I was really liking the ride, nice, smooth, and fast. Would these be a good tire for fully loaded touring? If you've used these tires how did they perform? What about flat protection?
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The "Cross K" are pretty tough tires or at least they were 20 years ago when I last toured on Avocet Cross tires. My only gripe with them was with the asymmetrical profile . My experience was that during a sharp turn on a rain slick road they would tend to suddenly grip without warning as opposed to a more predictable symmetrical shaped tire. However on loose gravel and sandy shoulders they were better than most any other tire I ever used.

I switched to 26" wheels the following year and went to a different tire
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I used Avocet Cross K tires on my old touring bike as well as my old mountain bike. I was very satisfied with them. I used both bikes for loaded tours before I got my Bike Friday about 9 years ago, and I think I had very few flats with either bike that used the Avocets. The 700s are still on my old touring bike which I hardly ever ride these days, though it got some regular use a couple of years ago when I lent to it a friend for over a year. For all I know, they may still be on the mountain bike which another friend has been using for a while.

Another Avocet product that I'm still using are a couple of Avocet Touring II seats. I cannibalized one of them and put it on my Bike Friday. I'd gladly buy another one.
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I liked how the tire performed on and off pavement but the side walls dried and cracked for me before the tread wore down.
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I had good luck touring with Cross K tires in past years, in the 700x35 size. They handled mixed surfaces well, didn't flat much and rolled smoothly. I haven't used them in quite a few years. My Bike Friday tourer wears Schwalbe Marathons.

My old touring saddle was also an Avocet. I think it was the M35 model - one of the early "ergonomic" saddles. It was very comfortable.
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Thanks for the information, just what I was looking for. Maybe I will give them a test run on some weekends trips before I mount them for the long haul.

What kind of tire pressure did you run in the Avocets? I am 175lbs and carry 10-20lbs over the rear tire.
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