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    Fatter 26" commute tire choices

    Any experience with these:
    Maxxis Holy Roller
    Maxxis Hookworm
    Surly Extraterrestrial
    Schwalbe Big Apple

    Going on a Salsa Ala Carte with DT4.2D rim. I know the rim is skinny. I'd be fine with 2.3 or 2.35 options too. Compass tires cost too much. Thx!

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    I used the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme with good results. It comes in a 2". How far is the commute?

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    I highly recommend a tire with a puncture protection layer!

    I have WTB Thickslick 26x2.0" tires and they're great for comfort, rolling speed and toughness, but they have no tread pattern to help with grip on wet surfaces

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    15 miles. Thick slick weight?

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    I have had hookworms in 16" (trailer), 26", and currently as the slick setup on my Jones Plus (29x2.5") I've never had an issue with them other than being H-E-A-V-Y (mostly on the 29+ but who cares). They are good, long wearing tires that I can't recall a flat from an outside source on.

    For a cheaper, pretty rad option, I also like the Kenda Kiniption. I think its a 26x2.3" and its got traction for days.
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    I commute on 26"x2.3" kenda k-rad tires.... they roll well
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhopper97 View Post
    I commute on 26"x2.3" kenda k-rad tires.... they roll well
    Only comes in wire bead? Thanks for the suggestions folks

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn View Post
    but they have no tread pattern to help with grip on wet surfaces
    At the speeds bicycles are operated, tread does not help with grip on wet surfaces. Hydroplaning on a bicycle is not possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    At the speeds bicycles are operated, tread does not help with grip on wet surfaces. Hydroplaning on a bicycle is not possible.
    Makes sense I suppose

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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    15 miles. Thick slick weight?

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    I didn't weigh them but I think the quoted weight was upper 900 gram range

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    I was torn, but the Holy rollers seemed by weight/price to be worth trying. If anyone has a Very used hookworm I could mount up lmk and we can work something out. Anyone have experience with holy rollers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    I was torn, but the Holy rollers seemed by weight/price to be worth trying. If anyone has a Very used hookworm I could mount up lmk and we can work something out. Anyone have experience with holy rollers?

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    Something like that sounds awesome if your commute will involve any dirt paths or singletrack detours or other fun stuff.

    The slicks that I have can work on dirt but I have to very careful about corner speed and leaning the bike at all. My attempt at riding a dirt pumptrack had hilariously bad results

    I'm some I'm still hesitant about tires without puncture protection if you want to help make sure you're on time to work. But protection layers don't seem to be available in many of those more fun tires

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    I've got Kenda Kiniptions on one of my BMX bikes (20") and on one of my DJ bikes (26"). It rolls great on the street and has enough grip for packed dirt, too. I would be OK commuting on those.

    I've got Maxxis Holy Rollers on my other DJ bike. They roll good on pavement but also have good grip on a wider variety of dirt.

    Of the two for commuting purposes I'd probably pick the Kiniptions.
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    I do have gravel on my route. I'm willing to tryout some options.

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    I've got 26" Hookworms on my beater bike and recently put 29" ExtraTerrestrials on another bike. I've always liked the Hookworms, but I think I prefer the ET for a couple reasons. The ET seem to grip better on dirt and gravel, and they are tubeless ready. Being puncture resistant and tubeless gives me some significant peace of mind (I've managed to flat Schwalbe Marathons at least 3 times I can remember). Never bothered to weigh any of my tires, and I'm sure both are heavy but they do roll fast.

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    I like the et's. Not sure they will fit in my frame. I looked hard at them. Maybe I can find a very used one to test fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    Any experience with these:
    Maxxis Holy Roller
    Maxxis Hookworm
    Surly Extraterrestrial
    Schwalbe Big Apple

    Going on a Salsa Ala Carte with DT4.2D rim. I know the rim is skinny. I'd be fine with 2.3 or 2.35 options too. Compass tires cost too much. Thx!

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    I got a few big trips on the Big Apples and Extraterrestrials. (wore out a set of each)
    Fantastic cushy, load carrying, all around, all terrain tires both.

    My around town knock about, I got the Schwalbe Almotions which are super smooth and seem like they roll easier, but slightly less cushy on rougher stuff.

    My next bike which I'll build for the TAT, I'll probably use the Almotions.

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    I found my hookworms to be like boat anchors, fyi. Look at something like kenda k rads. Sort of a low profile checkerboard jump tire. 2.3? I think rolls well on pave, good on dirt.

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    Hookworms look heavy. I'd love a fat light tire like the g one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    I found my hookworms to be like boat anchors, fyi. Look at something like kenda k rads. Sort of a low profile checkerboard jump tire. 2.3? I think rolls well on pave, good on dirt.
    they make k-rads in 1.95 and 2.3....I have the 2.3... you can put up to 80 psi in them
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    Now you have me looking into similar tires too, and I saw that the Holy Rollers 2.4 is more like a 2.1 while the K-Rad 2.3 is close to advertised and therefore larger than the HR 2.4

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    So they do compare well with the 2.4 ardent on the same rim. Let them stretch a few days. I bet Holy rollers are really 2.4.

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    Look at the Serfas drifters. 2.0 with an inverted tread pattern IMO they are better than the Continental town and country all-round tires
    https://www.serfas.com/shop/products...fter-city-ctr/

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    Thanks I've seen those, id like to stay above 2.3. Almost done with the bike.

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    Nice! Looking good!

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    They do well for a mixed tread tire. Still working out the kinks on this.

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