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    tough tire for a commuter?

    This past week has been hell on my tires/tubes with 3 flats and a slice on the sidewall of my wtb bank 2.1's. For a quick fix I ordered a serfas driver city 29x2.0 to replace the rear with the damaged sidewall and to fix my plague of flats I am continuing to use sunlite thorn resistant tubes but this time they are getting backup from Stans sealant and STOP flats tire liners.

    When I get the money which should be within the next 2-3 weeks I was originally planning to get a pair of Halo Twin Rail 29 x 2.2 tires as they seem to get great reviews for a commuter tire and seem to have good tread for paved, unfinished and dirt road riding.

    Can anyone recommend a better tire than the Twin Rails for a tough commuter tire or are those good enough tires where anything else would be nit picking?

    The reason I need a wider tire in the 2.0+ range is here in the inner city, some of the gutter grates have slits that run long ways with gaps almost an inch wide making thinner tires a not so good idea if I happen to roll over one as a 700 tire could get wedged in the slit sending me into an endo.
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    Schwalbe Marathons are fantastic commuter tires. I don't know if you can find them in the width you desire, but check their website. I have been running them on two of my commuter bikes for over 6 years EACH. Not. One. Flat. And this is commuting on the glass strewn streets of Philadelphia. They get my strongest endorsement. I used to get flats all the time on my folding bike until I put the Schwalbes on there. Same with my hauler.
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    Big Apples get a lot of good press, I just switched to Origin8 Captiv8er that seem to do rather well, but they are brand new so time will tell. If you can deal with something a little smaller, Kenda has several tires in the 35-45mm range that will do you well and are inexpensive (as in $20 range each).
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    Schwalbe Marathons are fantastic commuter tires. I don't know if you can find them in the width you desire, but check their website. I have been running them on two of my commuter bikes for over 6 years EACH. Not. One. Flat. And this is commuting on the glass strewn streets of Philadelphia. They get my strongest endorsement. I used to get flats all the time on my folding bike until I put the Schwalbes on there. Same with my hauler.
    This. Marathons are simply the best for touring/commuting. Tough ass tire that still rides nice. Also lasts long.
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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus ...

    are hands down, the toughest tire I've used yet. Just bought a set in 47 (~1.75") for my 29'er &, so far, I'm very happy with my purchase. No issues with thorns that's for sure. At least here in my area of Florida. They're very expensive tires though & the widest, 47, are difficult to find. Heavy too. Advertised at ~1100g but my two came in at 1140g & 1160g which I'm quite happy with. Really don't notice the weight except in very high speed turns on pavement.

    Good luck.

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    Going with Halo Twin Rails. The width and tread sold me Tried a pair of Serfas Drifter City tires to hold me over but after almost killing myself on a tiny patch of sand on a sidewalk I yanked the one off the front and put my almost dead Nano 2.1 back on the front for traction and thats when I realized slick or even semi-slick is not going to do well for me so this Friday I order my first Halo Twin Rail to test it out as a front tire and if traction is good for my commuting then I'll get the second one in the next 2 weeks.

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    Just mounted Big Apples 2.3 running them tubeless (Stan's Flows) on my Haro Mary 29er Urban Assault Bike in Seattle.
    I was able to fly over some seriously f'd-up city roads and no death grip, cornering with wonderful confidence.
    The Big Apple is a completely different beast. Cushy and comfy and grippy.

    In a clean parking lot I was seeing how low I could get in a turn and the tires would not let go.
    Today I ran over a big chunk of broken glass that some gl******* smashed on a bike lane. I pulled over and checked out the tire. No puncture. Could just have been lucky...

    Anyway, for what's it's worth, these sold me on having a big tire specific commuter. Fun to ride in the industrial areas and city curbing and alley riding.
    Although, I keep struggling with buyer remorse (I bought 4), wondering why I didn't also get the lighter 2.0's. Then again, I was using the 2.3 Exiwolfs and these are smoother rolling and quieter. Not sure about weight...do I even notice this???
    I guess I'm not going to be using fenders so...why not???
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