Bigger CX/Gravel Whatever Tyres – Vanity Content Inside
In an effort to make my hated CX bike a bit more me-friendly I think getting some bigger tyres might work. Seems to be a fair bit of clearance in the frame and forks so going a little bigger shouldn’t be too much trouble.
Currently it has a pair of 32c Kendas on it. Not sure how CX tyre sizing works so whats marginally bigger than that to offer me a chunk more squish for off-roading this winter but at the same time (and here is the vanity bit), I quite fancy some skinwall tyres for it. Oh, and cheap as possible as its only a few hundred quids worth of bike so don’t really want to be dropping £40 a tyre on it.
TaPosted 1 year ago
Not tan sidewalls, but I have some Clement Xplor tyres on my Sonder Camino which are 40c – I run them at low pressures (40-50 psi) and they are great – comfy and surprisingly grippy in the gloop for something with basically no tread. I’d rather a tyre that errs on the side of slick for better road rolling resistance – and makes gravel and mud more challenging (and therefore more fun!)Posted 1 year agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
If they’re the same Kendas as came standard on the Verenti steel thing my gf had, I’m not surprised you hate the bike. Ghastly, slow, horrid things. I have no idea about skinwall tyres, but I like Bontrager CX0s for dry stuff, WTB Cross Boss 35 for mixed, Scwalbe G1s for ‘gravelly’ back lanes…
But the good news, if those are the stock Verenti tyres, is that anything will better. You did get a Verenti right or is my memory playing tricks on me… Land Cruisers if you want bombproof, cheap, heavy, quite fast rolling.Posted 1 year agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
BWD – it is a Verenti. I think there might be a half decent bike hidden there somewhere but the tyres especially are noticeably crap.
Ah okay. The tyres make a significant difference I think. t’s always going to be a pig heavy thing, but I remember being gob-smacked at just how slow the original Kendas felt. Your next step after that would be lighter wheels and maybe lower gearing – 11-32 out back perhaps – but like you say, it’s a little like deluding yourself that Donal Trump is going to be miraculously transformed into someone driven by empathy and reason.Posted 1 year agotandemoniumMember
Schwalbe Landcruisers – come in 35& 40 sizes. I’ve used 40s on my Pickenflick for the Lakes Monster Miles and Grizedale Grizzly Adventure X rides. Very capable, tough & really fast rolling on road, and surprisingly good grip off road. Heavy , but hey, they’re only £11 each from Halfords.Posted 1 year ago
PS they are used by a lot of the 3 Peaks CX guys, so can’t be that bad!wzzzzMember
Worth spending a bit on quality, supple lightweight tyres IMHO and ideally set them up tubeless.
Don’t get cheap tyres they are mostly heavy dogs.
If you can fit a 43c tyre I’d recommend bruce gordon rock n road:
Check for fitment using the measurements here: http://www.bgcycles.com/new-page/
Or I also have a set of Soma Cazadero 42c for more road biased rides:
Both are really high quality, lightweight supple tyres and give a great ride.Posted 1 year ago
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