29er commute/city tyres?

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  • Premier Icon steveoath
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    Anyone recommend a set of tyres for my SS29er bike for my commute to work?

    I’ve been eyeing up Schwalbe Fat Franks (not found too much info on them tho’ – thoughts?).

    Premier Icon ste_t
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    Running schwalbe big apples (2.0) on my 29er at the minute, love them. Roll fast, grip like road tyres in the road, but haven’t killed me yet despite taking grassy shortcuts and bouncing up/down kerbs (cycle paths up my way are primarily on the pavement.)

    Premier Icon steveoath
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    How are they in the wet?

    Premier Icon ste_t
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    Brilliant thus far, big contact patch so very grippy. Won’t be as fast as skinny tyres, but very comfy. The fat franks look very similar so should be just as good.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    any 700c tyre will work, no need IMO for anything wider than say 38c unless you have panniers on or are heavy.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    I was impressed by the cheap Schwalbe Road Cruisers that came on my Kona Dew – 700 x 35, got about 4000 miles out of them with no punctures.

    re: commuting tyres, my preference is for a conti. 700×47 on the rear and a 2.1 vulpine 29er up front (£14-99 from jejames cycles).

    i prefer the wider tyre up front for grip and shock absorbtion…you want the rear to lose grip first rather than the front.

    you are likely be more comfy and faster on the wider tyres as rolling resistance decreases as you go wider (tho. at what point this is negated by aerodynamics i dont know). one for the boffins?

    best of luck.

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    rolling resistance decreases as you go wider

    Premier Icon igm
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    Was out on Big Apple 29ers tonight – mad fun tyres.

    Take some spinning up but once up to speed crash, through anything, grip to anything (within reason)

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    got the fat franks (in cream, obvs) and they’re great fun, really relaxed and comfy. I got some annoying toe overlap, though, and they’re also pretty heavy.

    I saved a pound a wheel by swapping out for folding Vittorio Randonneur Hyper 35c. No overlap that I notice, and still pretty comfy.

    Keeping the Fat Franks for occasional tarting about, though!

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    you are likely be more comfy and faster on the wider tyres as rolling resistance decreases as you go wider (tho. at what point this is negated by aerodynamics i dont know). one for the boffins?

    best of luck.

    A long, long way from 29ers and big apples!

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    True story.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/bicycle-tires-puncturing-the-myths-29245/

    Yeah I read that too – it doesn’t simplify into

    rolling resistance decreases as you go wider

    Though 🙄

    rootes1
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    commuting..

    key is that they roll okish and are very puncture resistant – not point have ‘fast’ tyres if you have to keep stopping to fix punctures..

    As note I had a go on some big apples, and like the ads say they roll very nicely –

    if it were my choice.. some like Schwalbe Marathon Racer in 35 width

    also useful as they have reflective sidewalls

    Premier Icon steveoath
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    Dumb follow up question. If I was to put on 700x35c tyres what tubes do i need? I assume 29er tubes won’t fit?

    Premier Icon faint
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    smart sam front/ marathon rear
    used to use smart sam on the rear but found the tread worn quite quickly and it also picked up small stones which caused punctures.
    both 35c, on a 12 mile each way commute, road, farm tracks and bridleway

    thomthumb
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    If I was to put on 700x35c tyres what tubes do i need?

    er.

    700x35c tubes.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    The answer to “What city tyres?” is usually “Schwalbe Marathon”.

    Premier Icon nedrapier
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    thomthumb – Member

    If I was to put on 700x35c tyres what tubes do i need?

    er.

    700x35c tubes.

    26″ mtb tubes work fine in mine. Not the “right” ones obviously and probably heavier, but they work.

    rootes1
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    If I was to put on 700x35c tyres what tubes do i need?

    Once that covers the size of tyre you have:

    e.g.
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=26727

    and pick the 700 x 28-47 size

    Deveron53
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    To dissent a little here. ..
    Bontrager Xr0 with ghetto tubeless – fast, light, bit of tread for ‘short-cuts’ and the puncture protection of fluid. I survived all last summer on them with a 16 mile round trip on mixed paths, tracks etc. 1000 miles, no punctures.

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