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Old 04.06.2008, 22:48
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Cry me a tyre!

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Recently I seem to have a developed a bad habit. Buying used bikes on ricardo. I now have 3 bikes (each with a purpose that totally justified its purchase at the time) and the tyres of the newest one don't do the ricardo pictures justice . Since there seem to be numerous people here that know a lot about bicycles I would like to ask you to recommend a tyre for me.

The bike is a sort of a cross bike (24 speeds and flat handlebars) that currently has 700 43C tires. I want to use it mainly as a every day commuting/city bike but would like to be able to take it out to the veloland routes as well.

I estimate that 95% of the time it will be on asphalt so I guess I want the tyres to be as FAST and light as possible.

The following is what I have narrowed down:

Continental SPORT CONTACT Slick (CHF 39, Veloplus.ch, 32C, 480g)

Schwalbe Marathon (CHF 39, Veloplus.ch, 35C, 680g)

Maxxxis Overdrive Maxxprotect ( CHF 25, bike-import.ch, 32C, 543g)

The continental is probably the fastest and the lightest, but could give me trouble on gravel. The Schwalbe is just there because it seems to be the null hypothesis among tyres and the Maxxis is there because it is cheap!

I would appreciate your input on this dilemma.

Other bikes in my stall/junk yard
Mountain bike (that has hardly left the city) and a road bike with 700 23C slicks (that really like, but it feels a bit insecure on the graveled paths).

Thanks for reading!
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Old 04.06.2008, 23:10
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

I've had the Sport Contacts in a 26" version and they are fast and super grippy but developed heaps of small cracks/splits after not too long. I've also used Marathon Plus ATB on a touring bike also 26" which are bomb proof and longer lasting than the Conties. My new tourer will have 700x35c Marathon Supremes on it when it comes which was my wish over whatever the standard tyres were, but more expensive,but then i'm a Schwalbe fan.
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Old 04.06.2008, 23:46
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

I've used several Conti' Sport Contacts (and their predecessor, the Top Touring 2000). Mine were all the 700x32c version, and I haven't had the problem with cracking that southie reports on his 26" version. Normally, the tread just starts to go after several thousand kms, particularly when used as a back tyre on a touring bike. I've always been pleased with their all-weather performance, puncture resistance, durability, and they've handled several gravel trails and even some very rare off-roading just fine.

The Schwalbe marathons are also a fine tyre from what I've heard, and aimed at a similar purpose. I'm surprised that there is that much of a weight difference (200 gms), and I can't see what could be gained over the Conti's to make the weight increase worthwhile.

I expect that the cheaper Maxxis tyres won't last as long as the other two, but I don't have any real knowledge of these.

PS: Congratulations on your new "bad habit", it sounds like you now have a very well-equipped stable.
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

I've got continental double fighters on my MTB when I don't need fatties and am fairly pleased with them. They are essentially slick on the centre tread, but grippy on the outside and seem to be the ideal mix if you are off-asphalt every now and then. - dunno if thy come in a 700 though, and they aren't mega-lights either...

I'd avoid any slick if you want to use it at all on paths...
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Old 05.06.2008, 17:38
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I'd avoid any slick if you want to use it at all on paths...
I only ride slicks (or maybe semi-semi slick) (IRC Metro-cross duro). Maybe I've been lucky, but the only time I've ever had loss of grip from the tyre is on wet grass (going uphill). Obviously the usual suspects do apply - deep gravel and sand, but nothing short of an aggressive knobbly pattern is going to help much there anyways.

So what's my point - in my experience, slicks ride much the same in the wet (on paved surfaces) as dry. Maybe an actual surface coating of water is the critical point - that is: actual water covered surface, vis. a wet surface.

I like slicks because they're so quiet.

*shrug*
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EDIT: Oooh I tell a lie - my Dahon Boardwalk (folder, with 20" tyres) has non-slicks, and I slid it out once (and stacked) on the tram tracks in Sydney (CBD). I've got some Comet Primo's for it, but haven't gotten around to putting them on.
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Old 05.06.2008, 17:46
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

(Mrs)Wibble wont let me buy any more bikes. I already left some in Australia, so I figure I'm a few bikes down already. Maybe I'll have a look on Ricardo too.

I want one of these...


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Re: Cry me a tyre!

I don't really have any useful info for you Mr.M,it seems like the others have given some solid knowledge in the field of tires,but I would like to say kudos to your "bad Habit",I know exactly where you are coming from in this respect.
Maybe we should start a self-help group then again,for what?
purchasing new Bikes is always a good thing.
anyway,good luck on the road......and off.
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

that's a pretty wild ride Mr.Wibble,how does it do on the hills?
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Old 05.06.2008, 19:03
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that's a pretty wild ride Mr.Wibble,how does it do on the hills?
Well, it's a got a tiny chainring on the front as well as the big one, which would help for the hills, but there is no middle ring! I think the biggest problem could be trying to shift between the two chainrings, there must be a 20-tooth difference!
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

http://www.veloplus.ch/images/shop/a...202232_08g.jpg

just ordered one of these from Veloplus seems pretty light (yet pricey) for a
protected tire . Rimbo is made by Panaracer i usually use Pastellas but thought these might be nicer on the occasional trail
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

sorry meant to give this link
http://www.veloplus.ch/AlleProdukte/...Panaracer.aspx

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that's a pretty wild ride Mr.Wibble,how does it do on the hills?
I dunno, I'll have to go have a test ride though

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Re: Cry me a tyre!

Thanks for the feedback!

It seems like I´m not the only one who is dealing with this problem of bikes migrating in my basement...

Well, I dont have a touring bike... and no "Bahnhofvelo" so my shopping spree might not be over. I dont have a car and run all my errands on a bike so I can comfortably put a side at least 4 Stutz a day in a bike fond. (was someone talking about a self-help group?)

Well it seems like the only slicks available that are bigger than 23C are this Continental Sport contact slick and this Panaracer RIBMO. One seems like it doesnt last too long and the other is 50 Stutz a piece.
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

You might also consider these:
http://www.vittoria.com/index.php?op...095&Itemid=120

I have a set of them, though haven't tried them yet... Will let you know when I do!
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Re: Cry me a tyre!

I finally bought a pair of 700-37 Continental Contacts for 40 Franks.



Thanks for all the posts!
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