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    Switching from off road tires to street tires...suggestions?

    I have recently went through two back surgeries. I do not feel offroad trail riding will be the best idea anytime in the near future for me. So I wont to look into what I need to do to fit my Diamondback Overdrive 29er to a more street riding bike. I know as a mountainbike it already can ride street but I just want to make it a bit smoother and better on street. Any input would be great.
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    I have a wheel with a slick tire mounted to it for winter rides on the trainer. It's a 700x32. That's pretty narrow but absolutely no issues with mounting it on Stans rims and pumping it way up. You could for sure go bigger but I would say a 30-32 would suit your needs pretty well. You don't have to drop a lot of coin either. The tire on there is a Maxxis but I have some cheap slicks on a 26" MTB from Cheng Shing. You can find them all day long on ebay.

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    Schwalbe Big Apple. /thread
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    Big Apples or Continental-Sport-Contact-Road-Tire for narrow type tires
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    another one for big apples....I also have back problems from disc removal and tried BA's several years ago

    I run them tubeless and low pressure and I am amazed how smooth the ride is, I'll never go back to narrow tires again

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    Look at the various 700c fitness bike tires. There are a lot of choices with street tread that are 35-40mm wide. They will mount right up to a MTB rim and give a decent ride while still rolling faster than a MTB tire.

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    Greetings, I have a 29er HT bike and I ride offroad and road. What I did, I got a second wheelset where I put slick tires and I mount this wheel set when I go riding roads only. The tires are Schvalbe Maraton 700x28. 28mm is the most narrow cross (tracking) tire you can get. I suggest get a 28mm tires so the difference from your MTB tires would be as big as possible. But a 30 or 32 would also be good. My Schvalbe Maratons have a antipuncture layer and in the 3 years I have them = 0 flats!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Schwalbe Big Apple. /thread
    From everything I have read on this topic, I agree with this and is probably what I will end up putting on a bike I am buying for mostly road use.

    They will also be good for gravel roads and light trail.

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    I think WTB stopped production on the Vulpine 29er but you may still be able to find them if you look around. Super light and very fast on pavement and wear surprisingly well

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    I like these, have them on my fargo Universal Cycles -- Schwalbe Marathon Supreme HDV Tire go ok in dirt too,much better than 1 would think
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    WTB allterain or Michelin country rock. Neither is a pure slick but they do really well on road and gravel trails. I ran the Michelin on a town bike for some time before it got stolen.

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    I went from Ardent Maxis to continental Country plus 700 47C, light tread and wide. I like them a lot for road and or light dirt tracks

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    I also switch back and forth to Schwalbe's Big Apple they are nice and quiet

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    Geax Evolution 29 is a good tire. I put 1,500 miles on a set last year.

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    I have Panaracer T-Servs for that purpose. Reasonably light, good puncture protection and a light-rolling and smooth ride with the 37c width.

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    good thread. I'll be getting my other set of wheels so I can swap and use the MTB for periodic commuting. Good tires will make a HUGE difference on those 30 mile rides.
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    Have you looked at the Lierre's from Grand Bois? At 38mm it slips right into the middle of the road list that have worked gravel and pavement for me. Got one flat early on, threw a pair of $20 tire savers and not another flat. Compass Bcycles, or Googles you friend.
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    It's 29" you're looking for ...NOT 650b. sorry. remove post if possible.
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    been a big fan of the WTB all terrains on my commuter bike which is a 29" mountain bike (wheels and all). they are wide for a road tire and have very good grip if you venture though dirt roads and gravel paths as well. very versitial tire and seems to do well with road debris, I have only had one flat and it was do to a pretty nasty throne

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    Another for Big Apples I have them on my DB overdrive that i use to go to and from work on and its a dream ride

    Another reason to roll with them is if you commute at night the Reflective strip that is on the wheel is cool and helps keep drivers from running you off the road
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