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    commuter all-weather high pressure 26" slicks

    Hi all. As much as I hate to say it, I won't get much time to hit the trails this year. I commute daily to work (either ~7km or ~15km one way), and usually use my roadie for this.
    I have a superlight SS Ti hardtail that I may instead use for the commute. In an ideal world, I'd get a set of wheels built just for the commute, however I am gonna consider just slapping on some roady type tyres for the coming year.
    I currently run Tubeless UST Conti Mountain King 2.2 on Stans ZTR 355 rims.
    So my questions:
    1. I assume I'll have to go back to tubes if I want to run high pressures?
    2. what would everyone recommend in terms of tyres? How skinny can I go? How hard can I go (ooh eer)?
    3. what tyres come recommended?
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    Before I bought my cross bike I was using a 26er hartail for gravel and crappy asphalt rides. I was using a set of Kenda Kross Plus tires, I think 1.95 or 2.0 wide. They roll really well, never had a puncture and have a nice thick flat tread. Think I kept them at about 50 psi and used tubes.

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    These: Michelin Wild Run'R 26 x 1 1 Advanced Light MTB Tire 200g | eBay

    I've used them both with tubes and tubeless. They work well either way and they're oh so light. I ran them at about 70psi. That was the max that I could run based on the markings on my Stans ZTR355 rims (I think, it might have been slightly less than that).

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    1. Yes, if you want to run high pressure you will need tubes

    2. You can run down to the width of the rim, so 1" tires would be more than acceptable. You can run them up to ~80psi with tubes.

    3. I've had good luck with Panaracer Pasela Tourguard on 700c wheels, I would assume the 26" version would be good too.

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    I just read the sticker on my Stans ZTR355 rim, and it states a max rim pressure of 60psi for a 1.0" tire, so with a 1.1" tire you could be looking a very slightly less than that. I have run my Michelin tires at 65psi for a number of years now without any failures. Pressurize at your own risk!

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    commuter all-weather high pressure 26" slicks

    Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2.00. Thorn resistant, comfortable and fast. They measure out to more like 1.75


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    Thanks all. The Schwalbes are heavy but very practical (missus uses them), so might be the go. I'll look into the other suggestions too!

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