Help a noob?

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  • 02-09-2009
    smashedtobits
    Help a noob?
    Hi, I'm new, from Oz. Long time lurker, first time poster.

    A quick question for you all.

    What's a good dirt tire that will stand up to road riding? I have Maxxis Monorails and I'm getting maybe 6 weeks out of them. I have about 6 kilometers of dirt on my commute and about 17 kilometers of tarmac, the Monorails are great for the road with the center blocks and low rolling resistance and a better than average on the hardpack and the loose over hardpack, but at $69 Aus every 6 weeks it's killing me.

    Any ideas on a good for this kind of abuse?

    Thank you.
  • 02-09-2009
    sanjuro
    I don't think you have many options.

    I ride 75/25 dirt and pavement, and I wear all my rear tires more than I like.

    The problem is any decent biting rear tire has too much tread for pavement.
  • 02-09-2009
    smashedtobits
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sanjuro
    I don't think you have many options.

    I ride 75/25 dirt and pavement, and I wear all my rear tires more than I like.

    The problem is any decent biting rear tire has too much tread for pavement.

    I could ride around the whole dirt part and run slicks but what fun would that be. I guess I'll just have to put up with it. I don't seem to run through the fronts to bad - it's about 3 rears to 1 front - that's kind of obvious though I suppose. I was eyeing off the Maxxis Highroller semi-slick so I might try that.
  • 02-09-2009
    Cabin Fever
    You might try a WTB Vulpine or a Kenda Small Block Eight?
  • 02-09-2009
    smashedtobits
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cabin Fever
    Kenda Small Block Eight?

    That was the other option.
  • 02-09-2009
    Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    How steep are the inclines where it's loose over hardpack? You could try Continental Travel Contacts, they are nearly slick but very durable down the center with knobs at the edges to bite in corners. Might get kinda squirrely on a steep climb though.
  • 02-09-2009
    smashedtobits
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    How steep are the inclines where it's loose over hardpack? You could try Continental Travel Contacts, they are nearly slick but very durable down the center with knobs at the edges to bite in corners. Might get kinda squirrely on a steep climb though.


    There's 4 steep climbs and 4 steep downhills. It's the off camber corners which suck. I'll give the SB8's a go and see what happens there.
  • 02-09-2009
    citybiker
    Try these...if they are anything like the Serfas Drifters, they'll last for years. I have over 5000 paved miles on a set and they are barely worn.

    http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=635
  • 02-11-2009
    ong
    The Kenda Kwicks are pretty inexpensive, and a good compromise for an all-rounder bike -- I've been using them for rides which have mainly pavement, but some mild singletrack.

    http://aebike.com/page.cfm?action=de...=30&SKU=TR5217
  • 02-11-2009
    KeylessChuck
    WTB Nanoraptors roll very fast and seem to last longer than other knobbies.