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    29er Light Weight Gravel/Dirt Road/Pavement Tire

    I'm looking for suggestions for a light weight, fast rolling 29er tire for use on gravel, dirt roads and pavement. These tires will see very little actual trail use. I'm thinking something in the 1.75 to 2 inch range. I need some tread, but not a lot. Under 500g would be nice.

    Small Block 8 seems like a likely candidate, but it's a bit heavier than I would like. The Kenda Kozmik Lite II is a bit lighter. Vee Rubber has the Vee 8, 10, 12, and 16 that all might work. Stan's Crow might fit the bill, but the knobs are a bit more spaced out, which might buzz on the road and hard dirt a bit. Schwalbe has the Furious Fred, which is crazy light, but expensive. Maybe I've already answered my own question.

    Any others I should consider?

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    I use Schwalbe Smart Sams on my cross bike, gravel, dirt roads and trails, limited pavement but they roll fine. I have the 40c but they are also available in 45c, my 40's weigh 530g if I remember, the 45's are prob closer to 600g. They are affordable, at least by Schwalbe standards

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    Might be a little overkill but have use Geax Saguaros for that type of riding before I had a corss bike, they are fast and wear great. Another option is to look at some wide cross tires or something like below:

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    Nanoraptors are pretty popular for these uses.
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    That's easy.
    Specialized Renegades

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    I also vote for the Renegades. Mount up super easy tubeless.

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    Another vote for Renegades, I do off road Tris where the first and last mile of the bike leg can be pavement so i needed a light fast tire for both pavement and trail. I have the S-Works Fast track on the front for a little extra grip on the turns and the S-Works Renegades backwards on the rear, both set up tubeless with Stans relatively easy. Very light, you will slide some with the renegades but you cant wrong if you want low roll resistance and light.

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    I'd go with Renegades too, great tire for that certain terrain
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    Bontrager 29-0.
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    Looks like the Specialized Renegade is the consensus winner. The Bontrager 29-0 is one I had noticed in my research also. I also came across the Maxxis IKON. I'll go with one of those three. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

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    If you are not going to be riding on trails, I would go with a wide road/touring tire. I have a bike set up for Gravel/Dirt/Pavement mix and have tried Nano's and Racing Ralphs. In the end I preferred the 42mm Continental Contacts, a touring tire. Overall they just felt faster and smoother especially on the pavement. They are what came standard on the Vaya for a while (maybe still do?).

    I guess if you are doing fire roads with rougher surfaces, I'd consider one of the mtb tire you mention, but if the gravel and dirt roads are for typical car traffic, I'd go with a touring tire.
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    I am using Kenda Happy Medium on my gravel bike, but I also used on my 29er HT for a while. This is a commuter bike. My ride into work is 10 miles road and 4 miles dirt (fire road and single track). The tire works well on all surfaces, especially the road. If you are doing a fair amount of road, I would check these out.

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    Schwalbe Furious Freds are definitely a good option for that kind of riding, light as too.

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    I'm riding 700 x 35c Smart Sams and they are the best all round tyres I've ever used. Schwalbe list a folding 29 x 1.75" tyre that weighs 435g, they seem to fit your requirements perfectly...

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    I've been thinking I would go with a tire around 2" for comfort and because there can be a fair amount of loose gravel on the roads around here - the larger tires float, whereas narrower tires dive in and get squirrelly.

    I'd be curious to see if the 1.75" Smart Sam would fit my Salsa Vaya, though.

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    Another vote for the Specialized Renegade 1.95 x 29. An excellent fast-rolling tire. Unless you are racing, get the Control version; it has a stiffer sidewall and is more durable. I like knobbier tires for the loose stuff and chunk but my kid runs a Renegade in the back and Fast Track (29 x 2.0) all the time for racing.

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    Any new options? In the spirit of the OP's question, stick with tires bigger than a labeled size of 700x45 or 29x1.75.
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    Renegades are still awesome. Specialized has a new tyre called the Sawtooth in a 42C tubeless. Also comes in a skinwall if that means anything to you.

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    What about the Maxxis Rambler? Claimed weights are ~400g depending on model. 38c and 40c available.

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    From my experience:

    Fastest: Specialized Rengade and Schwalbe Thunder Burt. These give little up to road slicks on smooth surfaces, but neither is very grippy on loose surfaces in the mountains. Both are fairly susceptible to cuts on loose, rocky, mountain roads.

    Most secure cornering: WTB Nano and the new Vitoria Mezcal. I'd choose the Nano if I wasn't too worried about casing cuts--or being able to use notubes or Velocity rims--or the heavier, but stellar Mezcal for a tire that can be ridden aggressively on virtually any dirt surface, but still holds its own on pavement.

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    29er Light Weight Gravel/Dirt Road/Pavement Tire

    Since my last reply I have gone with even less tread for gravel/dirt/paved roads. I ran Rivendell Jack Browns (33.3c) for a few years, and now run Compass Bon Jon Pass 35c tires. Both have minimal tread, like a fine metal file.

    Again, this is for maintained roads (dirt, gravel, pavement) meant for passenger car travel. Not trails or rougher fire roads.

    Unless I am dealing with mud, I find the supple casings of these tires to be more useful than having actual knobs on the tires on gravel/dirt roads. And even at 45-60 psi, they give up zero on all but the most glass smooth pavement to typical road tires.
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    I have had good luck with the Bontrager 29-0s in this type of situation with light singletrack mixed in. The Bontrager CX0 38mm is great if you do not get much singletrack at all. Fast rolling, decent volume and I have not had any issues with punctures.
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    - Bontrager 29-0 (I think called the XR0 now)
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    I ended up buying some Thunder Burts in 29x2.0. They were about $40 each on some European site. they set up tubeless easily on my WTB rims and they are light. rode some singletrack and pavement on them. good so far. going to do the Texas Chainring Massacre on them at the end of the month.
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    Any pics of FS or 29er bikes with these smaller gravel tires mounted? I just picked up the Duro Miner 2.1 for $12 at Jenson. Its not light and still mtn, but the price was right for a few months of gravel riding during mud season. I will post up some pics and ride report soon...

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    I run Ralph 2.25 for similar use (40% pavement, 40% gravel, 20% singletrack) and find them to be great. MUCH faster rolling than 2.1 Small Block's. I dont feel I'm leaving much behind in terms of speed and the width is nice for compliance.

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