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Fastest cyclocross tire for road use?(8 posts)

Fastest cyclocross tire for road use?silverado
Jun 27, 2001 2:07 PM

I have old Michelin 700x28 Hi-Lite Cross tires on my bike, at least I think that's what they are called. They are really fast on the road, smooth with well spaced knob elements. They don't make these anymore.

I want a new set of tires for doing rides that are mostly on the road, but enough knob that I won't die if I end up on a sandy trail or something. I have another set of wheels with huge 700x45 knobbies, so I use those when I am doing real off road riding.

Can anyone recommend a tire that is reasonably narrow, and has a relatively low rolling resistance on the road with just enough knob to help on soft surfaces?


re: Fastest cyclocross tire for road use?Bike Bloke
Jun 28, 2001 1:39 AM
Im running a pair of Michelin Idyllis 700 x 35.
Im in the UK and I got them for a song at St John Street Cycles for a song at £4.99 each. They are still advertising them as well so Id get in quick.
The 35mm takes the sting out of the bumps on the trails particulary as I have a rock solid ali fork. The tread pattern is similar to some MTB semi slicks with good side tread for mud and fairly low treaded centre section.
The beauty is they are skin wall folders, Im not sure of the weight but they are on a par with most road tyres of far smaller size therefore acceleration is good.
Vittoria Tigre Cross 700 x 27cCitius
Jun 28, 2001 6:58 AM
Good Tires. Green with small well spaced knobs that you barely notice when on the road. Much Cheaper if you import them yourself -Parker International.
An answer and a question for Silveradopauly
Jun 28, 2001 9:22 AM
I agree with the poster who recommended the Vittoria Tigres. They roll nicely on the road. I found that they wore pretty quickly, though.

What kind of 700x45 knobbies are you using? And on what kind of rims?
An answer and a question for Silveradosilverado
Jun 28, 2001 4:43 PM
Hi there.

Can someone please give me some more information on the best place to order the Tigres or import them myself? They sound like what I am looking for.

As for my fat tires, I don't know if they are 700x45 exactly, but they are at least 700x40 nominally. They are Ritchey Alfa-Bites, I think. I got them on discount at a local Performance store. I will try to post a picture of my bike with them on.

The tires are so big I had to replace the allen bolt in my front derailleur, the one that holds the cable in place, with a flathead screw, because the bolt was rubbing on the tire when the frame flexed (and an Alan frame flexes a great deal). These tires are very heavy and slow. At least, if you are used to 700x20 slicks.

Silverado, CA
An answer and a question for Silveradosilverado
Jun 28, 2001 4:50 PM
Forgot to mention: the rims are Campagnolo Omega Strada Hardox clinchers, late 80's vintage most likely.
Excel has 'em (more)pauly
Jun 29, 2001 5:41 AM
Here is the link:

I think I got mine for a little less at my LBS.

Thanks for the pic. I've seen the Alfa-Bites adevertised, but I didn't know what they looked like. One more question: Are those Suntour Command shifters on your Alan?
Excel has 'em (more)silverado
Jun 29, 2001 10:52 AM

They are indeed Suntour Command shifters. 7-speed Accushift Plus. It is supposed to index with Shimano-7, but doesn't do so very well (it might just be that the springs in my old Deore XT derailleur are too gummed up with mud and sand to work properly). It indexes better with the Sunrace 7-spd freewheel on my other wheel.

Thanks for the link.