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Old 05-09-2008, 03:50 PM
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Default Slick/Semi-slick tires for my mountain bike?

I have a mountain bike and I just moved to Portland. I'm looking to switch out the huge knobbies that are on bike with some more road-friendly tires. Any suggestions? I'll be riding mostly on the road, but I can't rule out the occasional foray onto a little dirt, though it won't be hardcore off road biking.

I saw the Maxxis High Roller Semi-Slick and the Tioga Factory XC Slick, but I'm sure there are lots and lots of other tires out there. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:57 PM
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I really like the Continental Contact, made primarily for 700c, but they have a 1.5" wide 26" size. I run a set of 700c x 37 on my touring bike. No flats in first 1000 miles.

On my MTB I have Performance Fast City ST/K with kevlar belt, 26" x 1.25" wide. Great tire, and inexpensive.

I have run the Specialized Armadillo tires in the past, both MTB and 700c. Very sturdy, not real good handling, especially in the rain. They tend to come apart when they wear out. Tread separates from the tire.

Have also run Continental Town & Country for MTB, don't recommend. Work well for a while, then the tread tends to separate from the tire.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:12 PM
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Have you read up on this thread?
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:51 PM
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Default Schwalbe

www.schwalbetires.com

Great selection and great tires. Love the Marathon series. Their tubes rock too.
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Old 05-10-2008, 08:29 PM
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Default Schwalbe Marathon

I just went from 2.25 inch Continental Town & Country, which lasted for a good six years and never had a flat (they just wore out) to 1.5 inch Schwalbe Marathons on the mountain bike that I use for a commuter and it rides like a new bike. I love them.
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Old 05-11-2008, 10:00 AM
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Default i caution against a semi slick/ Scwalbe Marathon + FS

some people have delusions about a semi slick tire. they dont work. ride knobbies mountain biking, especially here in the mud, or ride slicks on the road. you can ride slicks on dirt, gravel, and some slick spots while commuting.

semi slicks dont work in the mud, and they will suck for commuting.

you will not find a more flat resistant tire than the schwalbe marathon plus ( if you can find it as their supply chain sucks) REI has them BUT is often sold out with no hope to get more in a timely manner. they still roll allright ( as opposed to the armadillo which rides like it has a square profile. for those with low clearance road bikes, try the schwalbe stelvio and stelvio plus in 23c. they are like the marathon but better handling and a folding bead.
you wont beat a schwalbe tire for commuting.

have a sliding scale for performance characteristics to flat protection.
nice road tire- continental gatorskin w/kevlar- schwalbe stelvio/stelvio plus-schwalbe marathon/marathon plus. note the lack of armadillo.
i train on the conti gatorskins now.

good luck.

i have a pair of 700 28c marathon plus tires with one season on them with TONs of life left that need a good home. i dont commute or train on my cross bike anymore and my road bike doesnt have the clearance for them. i could let them go for cheap. private message me.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:14 PM
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I think that I'm going with the Marathon HS368, but I'm not sure if I should get the 26" x 1.75" or 2.00".

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:38 PM
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Default narrower better for road

I think the 1.75" will be quite sufficient for anything short of a profoundly sucking MUD PIT and will be slightly faster on road.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:48 PM
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I bought the 1.75" Marathon HS 368 for my bike and they are fantastic. Of course, the only thing that I have to compare them to is my huge knobby tires.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:16 PM
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For a decent selection of quality tires, check out Coventry Cycle Works on Hawthorn at NE 20th. They carry stuff most other shops don't even consider [they cater to recumbents].

I use the 1.50's and have run them at 100psi... 2" means more cush but max out at 70psi... note the difference in the 1.5, 1.75, and 2.0... 40, 47, 50... the bigger jump is from 1.5 to 1.75.

You can call Coventry and see if they have any of the HS368's in 559 [26"] on the wall.

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