What are CX tyres like on the road?
Just bought a Pompetamine Versa, with the intention of linking up local bridleways with bits of road. Planning to change to cross tyres from the Schwalbe Marathons on there right now.
Question is, are cross tyres awful on the road, or will they roll well enough not to drive me mad?Posted 5 years agoStonerSubscriber
I got a bargin pair of SB8s (35c) on eBay for £23 the other day.
Was out on them last night including about 4-5 miles on road and they were fine. Strangely enough they roll quieter than 100psi road tyres on the other pompino. Perfectly doable for long road stretches IMO. Also ace off-road to boot.Posted 5 years ago
Oddly enough Ive always found the 29er version to be a bit draggy on the road, at least more draggy than Ignitors anyway, but I think I might be on my own there.Mary HingeMember
CX tyres will wear out pretty quick if you do lots of road miles.
If it’s hard pack and not much mud, stick to the Marathons, or even road slicks.
I do a 50/50 0n/off road commute with farm tracks and bridleways and towpaths as well as back lanes. I use Michelin Trekkers, which are probably similar to (actually likely to be worse than!) Marathons. Slow and heavy. But they last ages, and are fine as I don’t get many sections of proper mud.
A Conti CX tyre (Race King?) lasted about 3 months on the rear.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I had CX Pro’s on my tourer/commuter for a couple of weeks, hated them, went back for CG4Seasons. I’ve since started using Scwalbe Blizzards which are supprisingly OK for a £10 tyre, certainly good enough that I won’t be commuting or ‘just riding’ on more expensive rubber again*.
Yes I am vain and will probably use more expensive tyres on a sunny summer Sunday’s club run, my justification is if I get a puncture in the same expensive tyres everyone else has then it’s not my fault, if it happeend with cheep tyres I’d think I was a cheepskate and holding everyone up.Posted 5 years agoMrGreedySubscriber
IME decent rolling CX tyres pumped up to 80ish psi are approx 1 to 1.5mph slower on road than road tyres.
Handlingwise, they’re fine too.
I’d agree with that. Some cheapish Ritchey tyres came as stock on my Boardman but they’re fine on road with a bit of air pressure in them. Only took them off for reduced wear (will swap back when summer comes and the local bridleways are less choked with clay).Posted 5 years ago
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