Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

Saga Owners: Your Biggest 700c Tire Ever Mounted

Notices
Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

Saga Owners: Your Biggest 700c Tire Ever Mounted

Old 06-27-12, 12:02 AM
  #1  
Firm but gentle
Thread Starter
 
venturi95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 588

Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Tuscany, Soma Pescadero, Pure Cycles disc road, Jamis hybrid

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
Liked 104 Times in 60 Posts
Saga Owners: Your Biggest 700c Tire Ever Mounted

I am seeing a maximum tire size as a 700 x 47 from Soma, but reading various forums leaves me doubting this claim. I want to ride a mix of dirt roads, pavement, and logging roads with a modest load here in Northern California. Comments? Criticisms? All are welcome.
venturi95 is offline  
Old 06-27-12, 02:45 AM
  #2  
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Lake Geneva, WI
Posts: 12,284

Bikes: Ridley Helium SLX, Canyon Endurance SL, De Rosa Professional, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Schwinn Paramount (1 painted, 1 chrome), Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Raleigh Roker, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 910 Post(s)
Liked 288 Times in 158 Posts
Soma is realistic with their tire size rating.

What size tire do you need? I've used 700x45 Schwalbe Smart Sam MTB tires on my Monstercross bike, but found that 700x40 Schwalbe Dureme are far better on almost all surfaces. A MTB tire is only needed on very soft sand or mud.

Right now, I'm using Vittoria Randonneur Hyper (700x40) slick tires on pavement and dry gravel. The bike is fast enough for 25 to 75 mile solo fitness rides. The ride comfort and handling of the tire is first class, I've held 45 mph on curvy roads while descending and the bike is stable while turning at high speed. I like the fear-no-pothole toughness of the tire. Huge fun to ride on bad pavement and firm gravel.

During the damp and winter weather, I'll use a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Cross (700x38) tires. Riding on dry pavement is better than I expected, with good levels of low rolling resistance. The Marathon Cross is also an ideal tire for 50/50 wet road & wet gravel. I'll use this tire for tow-path touring if the weather is damp.

I'll use a 700x45 Schwalbe Smart Sam on the front and a 700x40 Schwalbe Dureme on the rear if I expect very soft sand or mud. If conditions require knobby MTB tires front and rear, I'll take a Mountain Bike. However, for anything that looks like a road, the Dureme is ideal.
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.

Last edited by Barrettscv; 06-27-12 at 08:34 AM.
Barrettscv is offline  
Old 06-27-12, 10:58 AM
  #3  
Firm but gentle
Thread Starter
 
venturi95's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 588

Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Tuscany, Soma Pescadero, Pure Cycles disc road, Jamis hybrid

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 159 Post(s)
Liked 104 Times in 60 Posts
Thanks for the information. I need a large volume tire for comfort and flotation, but my MTB is a tank (34 Lbs with racks). I have only seen one Schwalbe tire on the road, but the users seem to like them a lot. I will try them soon.
venturi95 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Barrettscv
Classic & Vintage
30
04-04-18 06:18 PM
Rupert2016
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
8
04-18-16 01:56 PM
Action
Fifty Plus (50+)
5
08-06-13 09:21 AM
Cervelott
Folding Bikes
11
06-06-12 07:58 PM
Idiom
Hybrid Bicycles
6
04-12-11 12:32 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.