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Tire Recommendations(6 posts)

Tire Recommendationscharlieben
Nov 11, 2002 11:21 PM
I am looking for a durable, long wearing cross tire that will perform well around town on pavement and have enough tread for sound fire road use. I am running Open Pros. Any suggestions? Thanks.
re: Tire Recommendationsatpjunkie
Nov 12, 2002 10:45 AM
Specialized cross baldy's do okay for mixed. Geax has a good one as well and it comes in a 38. most race cx tires are going to die on asphalt. The IRC cx (not the Mythos) have done pretty well for me on mixed road/ off road use.
re: Tire Recommendationsbuffalosorrow
Nov 12, 2002 3:44 PM
Currently I am running the Tufo C-T30 tubular clincher. My commute is a 25min mad dash over the Williamsbug bridge (Brooklyn bound) from New Jersey (I cheat a bit and take a ferry to Manhattan) I have been riding the tufo (mounted on rear) for a few days and I really like them.
In the front and before the Tufo, is/ was Michelin sprints, to big and slow for pavement/ commuting, fine in the dirt.
I have also used the Vittoria Tigre Cross 27's. I like these tires, and have had good luck with them, only drawback it they are soft, and wear fast on pavement. Overall I am happy with these also as long as I can find a good deal on them.

My girlfriend rides the ritchey cross bite 26x 1.4, no knobs just deep treads. Not sure if they make a similar in 700c? She wont give them up, to bad Ritchey does not make them any more....
IRC E-CrossOffRoadTourer
Nov 12, 2002 7:55 PM
I have a set of these and they roll so fast on the road and grip so well off road I cant believe it. I didn't think it was possible to get the best of both worlds until I tried these. They wear very well too, road use doesn't wear them down. Mine are blackwall, unlike the horrible skinwall in this picture.
I've heard good things about...Steve_O
Nov 13, 2002 6:31 AM
WTB ALL TERRAINASAURUS - This was a common spec on hybrids at the shop I worked at. Bulletproof long wearing tire with some tread and side knobs for fire roads.

I also have found Kenda Kross (older model) and Ritchey Speed Max tires to work well for commuting AND offroad use. Usually they can be found online for $10 - $15
Strongly advise against All Terrainasaurus on wet pavementGlowBoy
Nov 14, 2002 12:06 PM
My bike Bianchi Volpe came with these. On dry pavement and fire roads they're great, but when things get wet (I'm in Portland, OR) it's like riding on grease. Totally frightening.

A lot of people like the Ritcheys - I haven't tried them, but they were the first thing to come to mind when you first posted your question they other day.

The Kenda Kross Supremes are a very aggressive tread and have good grip in all conditions I've encountered. The compound is very soft and the tread is thick, so they feel pretty squirmy on firm surfaces. It's also wider than a lot of "35c" tires so be aware of chainstay clearance if you run it in back. I don't like having one in back, but I am running one in front for my commute. I only paid $10 for mine.

I'd also mention the Continental Twister. The knobs are taller along the edges and much lower in the center, so you have good contact and low rolling resistance on pavement, but still good grip in looser conditions. I like this tire a lot. I paid less than $20 for the wire-bead version. Be aware Continentals run very narrow - the tire is labeled 700x32, but mine measures only 27mm wide (that's at 60 psi on a 22mm rim).

- Dan