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View Poll Results: Which tire would you buy?
Vittoria Randonneur Hyper in a 700x38 size 3 75.00%
Schwalbe Marathon Dureme in a 700x40 size 1 25.00%
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Old 05-13-12, 07:44 AM   #1
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Light-weight touring tires, always a bad idea?

I've been using two different tires on my touring/gravel path bike. During winter or when the trails are rain-soaked, I use the Schwalbe Marathon Cross in a 700x38. During dry & warm weather I use the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper in a 700x32 size.

I need to replace the Vittoria Hyper soon.

Both tires have been terrific. The Schwalbe does everything well, including paved streets, but is heavier and rolls slower than the Vittoria Hyper which is a light folding slick.

The Vittoria Hyper has been great also. Almost as fast as a small road-bike tire and the ride quality is very plush. The Vittoria Hyper is also perfect for the mostly smooth, flat and straight tow-path riding I enjoy. I've never had a flat with either tire.

I'm considering buying the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper in a 700x38 size for warm weather use that would include short tours.

I'm also considering the wire-bead Schwalbe Marathon Dureme in a 700x40 size. Both tires cost about the same.

What would you buy?
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Old 05-13-12, 08:14 AM   #2
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I am not a tourist, but at 400lbs on a LHT for the last 1200 miles, I can give a glowing review of the dureme 700x40's. Last year on Marathon Supreme's I got flats every 100 miles or so, I was so incredibly pissed at that tire. Then I switched to Marathon plusses, but still every 300 miles... flat.

When I got my LHT I switched to the dureme, and 1200 miles later, not a single flat. I love these tires and just purchased a backup pair in case these start to fail over the next few months as I ramp up my mileage again. One difference however, I went with the folding bead not the wire. Probably won't affect the actual performance of the tire, but when I do centuries I like to have a backup tire packed away.
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We tour with 28c Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech tires on our tandem. Our all-up weight is around 400 lbs. Those tires work great. No problems and we can cruise at 18. Bike handles great, comfy, and we can do well packed gravel or dirt, just not too much of it. We plan our tours to use paved roads. Haven't had a flat yet.
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