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Old 02-10-15, 12:58 PM
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Touring tire recomendation

I am looking for recommendation for a different tire than I am currently using for touring. I weigh 240 lbs and carry 40 lbs of gear when touring. My current tires are marathon supreme and I am looking for something different. I feels like I am riding in molasses with this tire. Have never had a flat in over 3000 miles but they are just so slow. My tire size I want is 700 x35.
I want something that is faster with similar flat resistance. Yes I understand I " cannot have my cake and eat it too "
Thanks in advance !
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You should be able to cheat a little bit but I'd still keep an eye on the weight ratings for your tires. For example the 35c Supreme say that their weight rating is 105 kg / 232 LBS So if you do choose a lighter tire it would be good to know you are going well over the maximum recommended rating and you might not get as long a life from the tires as others and might run into other issues too.
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My $.02.....You will be hard pressed to find a faster road touring-capable tire than the Marathon Supreme. Compared to other touring tires, they are light and roll and handle really well.
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I had good luck with a Specialized Armadillo Nimbus, but I haven't been able to find another one since the one I put on in West Yellowstone finally wore out.

Some people deride the ride of Continental Gatorskins, but I find it acceptable given the load carrying and tire life.
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Try the Schwalbe Marathon Mondials. Marathon Mondial HS 428 | Schwalbe North America
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Try the Schwalbe Marathon Mondials. Marathon Mondial HS 428 | Schwalbe North America
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^^^

Those are great touring tires, but note that they're heavier and slower than the supremes. Also, the 105kg rating is per tire so 130kg for rider + bike is about 65kg per tire and well within the limit.

I agree with sculbertson that you'll be hard pressed to find a faster/lighter touring tire than the supremes. Are you sure you have the supremes and not the pluses? The plus is a very heavy, "flatproof", tire that does feel slow (like "riding in molasses"), but I've never heard of the supremes described that way.
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add Conti travel contact, a 37, in 700c.. it works well when the pavement ends too..

I've used the 26" version..
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Those tires are rated for 232# per tire, so weight isn't a problem with the Supremes.

What kind of pressure do you run? I run my Marathon Supreme 35s and 40s at 92PSI, because that's where they seem to roll the best.

I'm similar in weight and load, and find they roll very well - and, like you, they have been bulletproof for thousands and thousands of miles.
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I, too, like the Specialized Armadillo Nimbus, and I also thought they had disappeared until I purchased two brand new ones about a year ago.

This rider weighs 240 and carries an additional 40 lbs. of gear, though. I weigh about 165 and carry about ten pounds of gear, if that much. The Nimbus model I was using was a 26"X1.5". Can anybody comment on whether that would support 280 pounds? Even I have switched to a fatter tire (Schwalbe Big Apple) for a smoother ride.
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom
I, too, like the Specialized Armadillo Nimbus, and I also thought they had disappeared until I purchased two brand new ones about a year ago.

This rider weighs 240 and carries an additional 40 lbs. of gear, though. I weigh about 165 and carry about ten pounds of gear, if that much. The Nimbus model I was using was a 26"X1.5". Can anybody comment on whether that would support 280 pounds? Even I have switched to a fatter tire (Schwalbe Big Apple) for a smoother ride.
700x32C carried 300 pounds for 1,700 miles, and then lasted another 4,000 miles with just the rider after the tour was over.
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