Dual Purpose Tires

Dual Purpose Tires

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Aug 10, 2019

What is everyone using for a dual purpose street/trail tire? I’m repurposing an old MTB for mixed street and some trail use. Knobby tires just suck on pavement.

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Slick tires just suck on dirt. Something from WTB, like their Resolute or Venture, may be appropriate for your needs.

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I’ve got an inexpensive tire from Performance bike, house brand Forte and I think it’s a Tsali or something. I like it as city-path and still decent on trails. In my case, it’s on an older bike; 26″ rigid and a 2.2 . I wanted bigger and some cush. Rolls smooth and still offers some bite.

I think a similar or comparable one is called “the small block”. Tight little nobbies that roll smooth.

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Schwalbe smart sam, one of the only tires that is decent both on and off road that I have found. Not super high volume at 2.25 max but enough.

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I’ve had good times both on road and off with maxxis holy rollers on my 26er. Decent traction on most trails except for super soft or mud. Excellent traction on pavement and they roll silky smooth.

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Slick tires just suck on dirt. Something from WTB, like their Resolute or Venture, may be appropriate for your needs.

I am looking for 26 x 2.0 or less tubeless ready tires, something like boulder linked to, but in 26 inch

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The Surly 26×2.5 Extraterrestrial is a wonderfull all around tyre.

Not the longest life when used mostly on pavement.

My next favorite is the Schwalbe 26×2.0 Almotion.

A bit better if more pavement is the path.

The Schwalbe Big Apple and Big Ben are very good all around tyres too.

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I found that if you run your knobbies on pavement long enough they become semi slicks. My inner Scrooge told me that, it’s correct. When the back tire is worn to an acceptable level swap with the front. An added benefit is more rolling resistance = more exercise

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Maxxis Pace front & Rear 26×2.1

i have this on a mtb that i commute with. i have to go off road a good amount of times and these seem to hang on to dirt a little bit while still rolling nice on pavement.

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Look at something like a jump/dirt tire. Maxxis makes some. K-rap for one. Flat/ low profile knob, checkerboard pattern.

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Look at something like a jump/dirt tire. Maxxis makes some. K-rap for one. Flat/ low profile knob, checkerboard pattern.

You thinking of Kenda K-rads by any chance?

Maxxis has the Holy Roller which is similar.

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I’ve been using the Continental race King. It’s worn flat on the middle now and is pretty quick.

It hooks up on hardpack nicely too. It’s very durable, and has about 4000 miles on it. That’s the wire bead sport version which is cheap.

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I have a semi slick on the back of the ’95 Rockhopper and a trail connection on the front, thats a knobby tire with a connected center ridge. I use this set up for everything.

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Discussion Starter · #15 · Oct 9, 2019

You thinking of Kenda K-rads by any chance?

Maxxis has the Holy Roller which is similar.

You’re right they do look similar. Any chance they make a gumwall? Seeing as they are going on an 86 Stumpjumper.

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You’re right they do look similar. Any chance they make a gumwall? Seeing as they are going on an 86 Stumpjumper.

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