- Tyres for on road and off road commute
Marathon Plus would be OK, and very puncture proof, though they are rather heavy. The standard Marathons are a fair bit lighter, and still pretty strong. They do have a bit of tread, so OK on canal paths etc.Posted 4 years ago
Or Panaracer Pasela PT is a similar thing, I often use these on easy paths etc.antigeeMember
standard Swalbe marathons 28mm here on loose gravel / tarmac and would buy againPosted 4 years ago
dropped down from 32mm as that was what was available seemed sketchy at first but Ok after a couple of rides but then again couldn’t notice any difference in av speed compared to 32mm which seemed better in odd muddy puddle and will probably go back to 32mmsenor jSubscriber
I went for the schwalbe cx pro over the land cruisers as I can do a 75% off road commute. They are both fairly cheap.I took me a couple of rides to get used to the squishy puncture protection though.Posted 4 years ago
I now see it as “suspension” 🙂 .Two punctures in 6 months riding.Mary HingeMember
My commute is 25 miles each way, 50% on road 50% bridleway, rough farm track, towpath, broken road.
Been using Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard 35mm on my Kaffenback. They’ve been really tough, no ahem….”thingies”…… in 10 months of twice a week commutes.
But they are heavy and draggy. I’ve been running them on Mavic A119 rims. I would consider 32mm or even 28mm. A bit sketchier on the pebbly/gravelly bits, but faster on the smooth.
I have tried Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons, they were definitely faster, took 10 minutes off the commute, but started to suffer pinch flats (see one of my previous posts). They clearly didn’t suit the wider rim of the A119.
I’m now building up some Mavic Open Pro rims (15mm wide) to run the GP4Ss and see how that goes.
So, Marathon Greenguard totally reliable but a touch heavy. GP4S is an ongoing experiment.
Your choice might depend on your rim width (ooer missis).Posted 4 years ago
I currently run Specialized nimbus armadillo for my commute. 50% cyclepaths and 50% road.
Very puncture resistant but heavy. Really heavy.
Looking to move to the Continental Cyclocross speed or similar as I use the commute bike to take my daughter in her trailer on gentle off road trails. Nimbus cope ok, but they are not really meant for such conditions.
A couple of reviews I have read on the Continental Cyclocross speed have been glowing, so I am tempted. Tread wise, they look ideal for the sort of riding we are discussing here. Just curious about how they would stand up to punctures.
I note Genesis are speccing the Continental cyclocross speed as standard on the new Croix de Fer.Posted 4 years agowoody2000Subscriber
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Schwalbe Blizzards (25c kevlar ones). I do ~20 miles a day on them on mixed surfaces (road, bit of BW, footpath etc etc), 1345 miles “incident” free miles on them up to now. Pretty comfy too.
The marathons that were on it before only managed about 800 miles before I slashed the front through the belt and punctured. That was probably unlucky, but they were also heavy so swapping to the (much!) lighter blizzards has made the bike a little more sprightly too.Posted 4 years agothomthumbMember
tomthumb – the ones I think we are talking about are these ones
Yep sorry my post wasn’t at all clear. They used to do cycloscross speed in 35 & 42. The 42 has changed name to speedride and now has punture protection.Posted 4 years agobirney29 wrote:
remoterob – I quite fancy these tyres for my winter commute, but I note they do not seem to have any puncture protection.
Have you found them prone to punctures?
I haven’t had a puncture yet but that may not be a fair test as I’ve put Stan’s sealant in the inner tubes. I run them on Crests so I can’t risk a puncture as I’ll never get them off.Posted 4 years agopaul4stonesSubscriber
The draggy thing is strange. I’ve some Schwalbe Duremes on my 29er. Got them cheapish and impressed with how they roll and how well they grip. Just been touring round the Netherlands on them and very impressed. Before them I’d tried some 35c smart sams which seemed to roll even better but were a bit harsh on rough surfaces. Now I’ve put the sams on my cx bike, wondering if they’ll do for the Three Peake but found them incredibly sluggish. It may be context or comparison with what you’ve become used to but it’s hard to be definitive about rolling resistance and perception of it. IME of course.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I recommend some Michelin City tyres £10 each from CRC used them on my 20 mile commute on road/rough forest track. Also used them off road (in the dry). Nice reflective strips on the sidewall. Of course may not be expensive enough for this place 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Not a problem. I think cyclists in general have been sold a broken dream. Tyre manufacturers and the associated media tell us that THE MOST IMPORTANT thing about a tyre is how well it grips. Nothing else is important. GRIP GRIP GRIP.
That might be the case if you’re Steve Peat but the rest of us simply aren’t that fast. What’s far more important to the rest of us is longetivity and puncture resistance. A puncture will knock ten minutes off your descent, way more than a little loss of grip. For a commuter the gap is even wider, there is nothing else more important to a commuter than puncture resistance. The tyres can be like ice on ice for grip but it doesn’t matter, you can work with that, but a puncture is a massive pain. Get more than one on a ride and you’re fuming.
It takes a while to change perspective and expect a couple of k between punctures and 4k between tyre changes.Posted 4 years agomotivforzMember
Another vote for Vittoria’s as an alternative brand. I’ve had a pair of these on the commuter for 8 months or so, done 1000 miles and no punctures front or rear as of yet. Feel fast rolling but nothing to compare against really, and don’t seem to have worn badly at all. Only issue I’ve had is minimal grip on claggy stuff, but don’t think my nobblies would have faired much better.Posted 4 years ago
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