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Old 07-14-12, 02:48 PM
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Another TIRE thread; What makes a great touring tire?

At the moment I am a commuter heavy rider but want to tour alot more and soon. At the moment I am using Vittoria Randonneur double shielded tires with thick tubes, bullhead/goathead thorns seem to call this area ground zero... A few things I noticed when I went with these tires and tubes, zero flats in 2 years but at the cost of a muddy feeling on the road. The fact that I have not had a flat in 2 years (at the moment) over shadows the muddy feeling. But I wonder if there is a better tire.

So what makes a great touring tire? What compromises are best suited for the long ride vs short term in city type riding?

I just ordered a 2012 Disc Trucker with 700's as I'm inclined to keep my family all on the same sized tires, less issues with replacements...
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Don't know about goathead thorns, but nothing made will resist those tiny, shredded wires from delaminated truck tires.

I like my Maxxis Overdrives. Reasonably priced, slow to wear, light, easy on/off, and pretty good puncture protection. Only flats I've had were from the tire wires, maybe 3 in several thousand miles. Had as many with XR's.
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I'm using both the Vittoria Hyper Randonneur and the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme.

The Vittoria hyper is very smooth and very fast rolling, it's a light performance tire. I've had no flats so far.

The Schwalbe Marathon Dureme is a long distance touring tire for paved-road or gravel-road travel. This tire is also fast rolling, but should be very tough.

Considering how well the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme rolls, I'm sure it will be an improvement in terms of performance without frequent flats, even in goathead country.

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What makes a great touring tire for me is:

Speed. Not to go particularly fast, but to not be fighting the bike and feeling like I am riding in wet cement. Riding with low enough effort to arrive at the end of the day not feeling totally drained.

Puncture protection. Older tires werenít bad for speed, but they were a little too susceptible to damage/flats. (I used Conti Top Touring 2000 700x35c). New tires often have protective belts to make them much more resistant to flats.

Comfortable. Thin tread, high thread count casing. Tires are more supple and comfortable, as well as fast. I like 35 to 38mm cross section slicks, these days being Conti Sport Contact and Vittoria Randonneur Hyper.

Cross section. When loaded down with gear, a larger cross section tire isnít affected by things that could inflict damage to tires, rims, etc, like rail road tracks.

Your mileage will vary.
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I've purchased some of those plastic liners ($15) that go between the tire and inner tube. I had thorn isssues in New Mexico on a previous trip. This time, zero flats. Seemed like cheap insurance. I had some regular Schwalbe Marathons.
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The terrain. I tour on 35 mm slicks, works great for me, but if all my touring were on sand, it would be otherwise. I do find the slicks work in a far greater range of situations than most people would imagine.
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