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tire replacement options

Post by slacker » Feb 12 2013 6:34pm

the schwalbe big apples on my surly big dummy are ready for replacement and was wondering if anyone could suggest a tire comparable in terms of wear,ride,puncture resistance.cost is not a issue as i am thinking of commuting on it this spring to work which is 16 miles one way so reliability is of utmost importance.mostly bike trail and suburban roadways.all opinions wecome.thanks.

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Post by neptronix » Feb 12 2013 6:44pm

If you want puncture proof and are OK with 2.0", look up schwalbe's marathon plus tires.
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Post by Drunkskunk » Feb 12 2013 6:48pm

Maxxis Hookworms. Pretty much the only two tires this class are your big apples and the hookworms. But realy, it's like asking if you want the Strawberry blond supermodel girlfriend, or the platinum blond supermodel girlfriend. Either is going to be a dream to ride. :twisted:
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Post by slacker » Feb 12 2013 9:31pm

like the hookworms but also wondering about schwalbe crazy bobs,anyone have personel experience with them?

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Post by chvidgov.bc.ca » Feb 12 2013 9:37pm

Hookworms are nice...I always seem to have trouble getting the Big Apples mounted evenly around the rim for some reason.

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Post by melodious » Feb 12 2013 9:42pm

If you don't mind the extra weight, take your old tire, trim off the "rim wires" and place the old tire within your new tire then the inflated tire tube. It gives added puncture protection. I did this to my rear tires as they are more likely to become flat. I had 2.0 marathon plus and didn't like the feel of the road as I added more weight to the back. I made the move to a wider big apple tire and it's night and day when loaded down. I'd say stay with the wider tires for the added suspension. :wink:
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Post by Farfle » Feb 13 2013 1:54am

Schwalbe big ben, big apples or maxxis hookworms are all great choices. Some have also used the cst cyclops with success
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Post by neptronix » Feb 13 2013 2:05am

Hookworms aren't the most flat resistant tires. Not like the marathons. And i'll agree, the marathon plus's don't have the best ride, but they are good for lower speeds and pretty much as flatproof as it gets for a bike tire.

If you go with hookworm 2.5's, there are tire liners that can be used to help prevent flats. I wouldn't run some without tire liners.

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Tuffy-tire-lin ... B001J8HGM2

These seem to get good reviews.
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Post by outbackhack » Feb 13 2013 8:41am

Been pretty happy with the Michelin Pilot Spot 2.3" tires. My rear one is almost bald after 1,600 miles, but I like the performance and looks. Only 1 slow leaking flat in that time despite riding through plenty of broken glass that accumulates on the under-used bike paths around here.

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Post by TMaster » Feb 13 2013 7:43pm

2.4 CST cyclops are great, $13 each. I have 600 miles on mine, the front looks almost new the rear looks about 60%
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Post by slacker » Feb 13 2013 9:26pm

thanks for all the feedback.has anyone heard of schwalbe returner 26inch tires,found them on calhoun cycles website.pretty cheap at 20$ a tire.what do you all think.i might pick up a pair and be a guinnea pig and post about them.unless someone can steer me to a better alternative.still considering crazy bobs.

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Post by itchynackers » Feb 13 2013 9:37pm

After fiddling around with tires and still getting flats, I ended up with the Specialized Armadillo Crossroads. Toughest tire I've ever had. No flats/leaks of any kind. They wear like iron. I stopped carrying a spare tire kit because they've been so good.
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Re: tire replacement options

Post by slacker » Feb 14 2013 9:41am

like the look of the crossroads but a little worried about ride quality but that may be because i am used to the cushion of the big apples.still wondering if anyone knows anything about the schwalbe returner that calhoun cycles advertizes on thier website.would appreciate all feedback,thanks and happy v-day.

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Post by geeeyejo1 » Feb 14 2013 10:13am

I run Kenda 1.95" street slicks with the heavy duty thick "slime" inner tubes - The tires appear much wider than 1.95" as they "mushroom" out at the tread and with the thick tubes have been bullet proof for me - also very affordable too!
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Post by chroot » Feb 14 2013 5:10pm

Hookworms and CST Cyclops FTW on 5 ebikes. I never had tire flat for long time!

I have flat resistant taper, heavy duty tire tube and combine along tires. Love it!
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Post by Lemlux » Feb 15 2013 2:02pm

Itchynakers: Agree that Armadillo crossroads are about the toughest tires I've used. It took my wife and me about 4-5 years to wear out our first sets. (Wear out is not totally accurate in that two of the 4 tires showed more signs of dry-rot than of wear.) I've since moved to wider tires front and rear from the 38mm armadillos. My wife still uses her crossroads with her front suspension fork, but appreciates using a wider semi-slick on the hardtail rear for ride quality. Our two takeoff spare armadillos may well die of dryrot before she needs a new front.

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Post by Kingfish » Feb 15 2013 4:57pm

Hookworms, Armadillo, Marathon - all are pretty good. Big Apples are thin by comparision. I would lay down a layer of either Stop Flats 2 or Panaracer FlatAway Tire Liner + a bottle of Slime for extra flat protection.

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Post by D-Man » May 16 2013 12:26pm

outbackhack wrote:Been pretty happy with the Michelin Pilot Spot 2.3" tires. My rear one is almost bald after 1,600 miles,
I'm sorry. I don't believe this. There's no way a tire that big would only last 1600 miles. Unless your skidding it on every stop.
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