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    Need new tires… help a guy out

    I've been doing some research, but I need some input. I need to replace the Duro Ellie Mae CX file treads I use to commute on my Carve 29er SL SS.

    I ride about 60% road 40% rough gravel/dirt roads with some decent hills.

    The Duro's have been solid, they just don't wear well and have a bunch of cuts I'm not fond of riding on anymore.

    I need something with at least the same amount of grip but more durability without killing myself in weight and ride quality. I like how these are, just need some more durable tires with similar qualities everywhere else.

    clement x'plor series? Schwalbe marathon series?

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    What size (width) you looking for?
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    probably 35-40c. The ones I have are 35c. I have plenty of room since it's an mtb.

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    Just looked up a picture of what you run now. Wow that is a pretty aggressive tread for pavement and gravel roads compared to what I tend to run for similar surfaces. So my recs are probably not what you are looking for, but here you go....

    I run stuff like Conti Contact, Conti TourRide, Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, and Bontrager H2 for what you describe. The one I am most happy with is the Bontrager, because they are relatively cheap, but have kevlar bead and are fairly light, and I just like the ride quality. But all the ones I mention are not as aggressive as what you are now running, but are probably a heck of a lot faster rolling.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    It looks more aggressive in pics. The file tread in the middle is minimal, but it is a cx tire. I'll look at the bonty's

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    Kenda Kwicker 700c x 32 is the ticket; fast roller, light and perfect for the gravel.
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    How's the durability/puncture resistance?

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    I run the Marathon HS420 on my MTB commuter. I have not gotten a flat yet, they are very long wearing, and they do fine on dirt roads.

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    clement explor MSO or USH and WTB nanoraptor. Ifyour using a mtb width rim just remember that the ti needs to be as wide as the rim.

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    I wish it had a higher thread count, but this is an awesome dirt/pavement commuter if you don't mind skinny.

    All Terrain | WTB

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    Quote Originally Posted by khardrunner14 View Post
    How's the durability/puncture resistance?
    Run tubeless....it's awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Run tubeless....it's awesome.
    Yeah I would, but I have to be able to easily swap back to mtb tires for mtb rides until I get a second wheelset.

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    Compass Barlow tires are fantastic. 700 x 38

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    On my second pair of Clement X'plor MSO (700x40, 60tpi) and ride conditions similar and love them. Smooth rolling on pavement, aired down some they rock on gravel and after 2,000+ miles I have no complaints. I won't say anything about flats for fear of summoning the flat demons, but no complaints in that regard.

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    Check out the Bruce Gordon Rock n' Road tire: 700x43c, skin walls, kevlar bead, classic design and not too expensive.

    They're a dream to ride, as well.

    Or the Kenda Happy Medium: I ride these on my commuter/exploring bike and they work exceedingly well on pavement, gravel, single-track.

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