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    70% street, 30% loose dirt. Which tire?

    26" SS. Looking for low rolling resistance, but good cornering in the loose stuff. Bike doesn't have a ton of clearance in the back, so something around 2.1-ish.

    Suggestions?

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    SB8? With that much road time, maybe 1.75's?

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    Specialized Fast Trak?

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    Still learning how to keep the rubber side down.

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    WTB stouts roll like butter.

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    Kendra Kross!

    I had these on my gravel road/paved bike and they were unbelievably good tires for this application. Silent as a road bike on paved, but cornered and tracked great on dirt and loose gravel roads.

    Definitely faster on paved than Crossmarks,which are no slow rollers. The Kendras might even be better better in loose stuff. (crossmarks hunt and drift in the rubble sometimes).
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    Thanks, friends! I'll take a look at these.

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    Schwalbe makes a 33mm wide 26er cross tire. They are about $25 a piece and I think they would do well in dirt.

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    CX Pro HS 269 | Schwalbe North America
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    Thanks, Sheepo -- that's a skinny tire. Interesting approach.

    I saw this Specialized Crossroads 1.95 -- anyone ride one?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Schwalbe makes a 33mm wide 26er cross tire. They are about $25 a piece and I think they would do well in dirt.

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    CX Pro HS 269 | Schwalbe North America
    I have them. They roll faster on pavement than I would have thought. They won't be able to corner as hard or feel stable on rough roads at as high of speeds as other tires though.

    I woulda suggested Smart Sams, cause they roll really well, but they feel like rolling on gummy bears on curves of paved roads, so, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canaan View Post
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    For 70% road and 30% dirt, I have to agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GChambers View Post
    Actually, I tried them, and never got so many flats in my life. Nice tire, rolls great, but is paper thin, IMO. Wears fast.


    I bought the Specialized Crossroads tonight, after checking out the Holy Rollers (too wide) and some Hookworms (pretty cool, but I don't trust 'em on dirt). The Crossroads seemed to offer the best of both worlds -- smooth center, knobby sides, and some sort of flat protection. $35 each - not bad. We'll see how they work.

    Thanks again for all the suggestions, folks.

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    Micro Knobbies are amazing...at first. They definitely wear out fast though

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubecontinued View Post
    Micro Knobbies are amazing...at first. They definitely wear out fast though
    Same experience here.


    Now I run these:

    Halo Twin Rail | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    They roll very well on paved roads, and have a surprisingly good grip on dirt.

    Another tire I have had good experience with in this regard, is the DMR Moto.

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    A couple years ago I got WTB Nanoraptors (2.1) for my old Stumpy commuter / loaner MTB. Nice center bead for low rolling resistance on the pavement. My bro-in-law used the bike a few times off road and they performed OK. And I got them for $7 ea.

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    Is the WTB Vulpine only a 29er tire? Because I'd recommend those if they come in 26".

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    Quote Originally Posted by djork View Post
    Is the WTB Vulpine only a 29er tire? Because I'd recommend those if they come in 26".
    It comes in both sizes.

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