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Help with mtn bike commuter tire choices.(7 posts)

Help with mtn bike commuter tire choices.Guidosan
Jun 14, 2002 2:42 PM
I am finally ready to get some slicks for my mtn bike that I commute with. On my weekend rides, I will usually go around 30 miles, but when I commute to work, there is one route where the cyclists are encouraged to use the sidewalk since the road narrows quite a bit. There is also a patch of gravel that is about 30 feet that I have to go through. I am thinking about getting the Panaracer T-serve messenger, that is 1.25" and is rated for 80 psi. The other tire is the IRC Metro Duro, which is 1.5" and is rated for 100psi. I am wondering if anybody has any experience with these tires and how flat resistant are they. Which of these tires would be faster and if there is a better choice, what are they.

Thanks for the help.
try MTBreview.comsievers11
Jun 14, 2002 7:17 PM
just kiddingsievers11
Jun 14, 2002 7:20 PM
Either would work fine, l like this cheap pair of kendas I picked up. If you are really worryed about the flats, get some of those tire liners, they are heavy but do work well at stoping flats.

well the guy's at MTBR might actually have a better grasp on these tires.
Conti Avenuesp chop
Jun 14, 2002 8:51 PM
I put 5,200 mi on a pair of these in a summer, and am still running one of that pair on the front of my SS commuter, with a newer one on the rear. As far as speed, the only thing between me and my roadie friends on the downhills (before I got my road bike) was the gears -- the tires rolled SO nicely. Plus you get that beautiful Conti rust sidewall color.

I guess I recommend them.
re: Help with mtn bike commuter tire choices.ctisevn
Jun 14, 2002 9:44 PM
I have no experience with either of the 2 tires you listed. I used to commute about 45 miles/day on a mt bike and really liked the specialized fatboys. you can run them up to 100psi or so. zero tread. theyre pretty fast and the newer ones have "flak jacket" protection. I didnt get a whole lot of flats with them.
Michelin WildGripperstitobandito
Jun 15, 2002 7:23 AM
My Michelin Wildgrippers get me to work and home in Minnesota despite potholes, rain, and snow. They're a fat 1.95" with a grooved tread for grip. Pump 'em up to 65 psi and fly down the road. I hear they're the tire of choice at Slickrock, but I've never tried that.
Thanks for the inputGuidosan
Jun 15, 2002 9:08 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'll look into the other brands, and I'll even look at mtbreview as well.

Thanks again