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    Cheap slicks for my MTB?

    Hey, I am riding a Kona Five-o Deluxe with Maxxis Minion 2.35" tires right now. I am planning a pretty long bike trip which will total about 7 hours of Highway riding (130km). I would like to get some tires better suited for the trip then the big knobby tires I have now. I mostly trail ride and don't commute a lot, so I don't want to spend a ton of money.

    Are any of these going to be worth a purchase? I would like to keep it under $40 for a pair. Also, forgive my lack of knowledge but will I need smaller tubes as well?

    1 Pair OF Slick Tyres Tires W RED Sidewall 26 X 1 95 | eBay

    Nutrak MTB Slick Road Cycle Bike Tires Pair Black 26 X 1 75 XC MTB AM | eBay

    Nutrak 26 X 2 0 Semi Slick Black Cycling MTB XC Bike Tyre | eBay

    I'm thinking the 1.75" slicks would be the best for speed and they are also the cheaper option. Would a bit of light gravel riding be totally out of the question on these tires? There is a chunk of railroad section I would like to bike on, so some gravel road use would be nice but not totally necessary.

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    I never heard of those, but I use these in the 1.75" on pavement and dirt roads. Over your budget though at $33 each:
    Universal Cycles -- Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard Tire

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    Nashbar Streetwise are probably some of the cheapest you will find. If you keep your eye out they offer free shipping on Nashbar tires & tubes a lot of times. Not sure about shipping to Canada.

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    Thanks for the help! I found a pair of Nashbars shipped to Canada for $42.

    So can these be lightly used on some gravel roads if I'm just riding in a straight line? Some gravel sections that I would like to ride but I don't want to get a flat or something.

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    The streetwise are pretty lightweight and meant for the street. I'm sure you can ride them on gravel but they are kind of wimpy. I see that they do have a Kevlar belted version that might be better. There are other slicks that do great on gravel and even off-road but they cost more and weigh more.

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    Re: Cheap slicks for my MTB?

    Not pure slicks but I like the 1.95 kenda k-rads. Bike tires direct usually has em for $17 apiece or so.
    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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