Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

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Bike-Rich
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Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby Bike-Rich » 8 Aug 2014, 12:48pm

Hi all,

Ok, after returning from a 6 day tour it's clear my 2" XR tryes are too big for my Surly LHT bike (straight bars, rack on back with 2 x20l panniers). Ideally looking for something as robust but thinner, do you think 1.5 would be a good choice?

Thank you,

simonhill
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby simonhill » 8 Aug 2014, 1:32pm

I use Schwalbe Marathon HS 368, sometimes called the original Marathon. They have kevlar and I find them pretty puncture proof. They do a 1.5 & 1.75.
http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 0s142p1092

I've used these for years for long haul touring and reckon they are great - now on an LHT.

The one thing that confuses me is that Schwalbe stopped showing these on their website a few years ago, but there seems to be an unlimited stock out there.

DaleFTW
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby DaleFTW » 8 Aug 2014, 1:35pm

By too big, what do you mean?

I have/had XRs in 2.0 flavour and will be putting them on my Disc Trucker when the current Contis wear out.

patpalloon
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby patpalloon » 8 Aug 2014, 1:39pm

+1 for the original Schwalbe Marathon hs 368. I got a spare set for my Dawes super galaxy, but haven't needed them yet as my original ones are still going strong after over 3500 miles!
I feel sure that the genius that did this, didn't even feel a thud as he drove by.

Dudley Manlove
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby Dudley Manlove » 8 Aug 2014, 2:20pm

I'd probably get regular Marathons in 1.75 (this fits fine on a LHT?) XRs tend to be overkill anyhow, unless you're doing 1000s of miles on bad surfaces.

Bike-Rich
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby Bike-Rich » 8 Aug 2014, 5:35pm

Thank you guys :) Marathon hs 368 looks like a good choice.

DaleFTW wrote:By too big, what do you mean?

I have/had XRs in 2.0 flavour and will be putting them on my Disc Trucker when the current Contis wear out.


Too big meaning for the smooth/semi-rough surfaces I mainly do, my current 2.0 are overkill. I love my LHT but it's a hefty bike that I want to 'slim-down' as much as possible as it's a beast in its current form :)

Bike-Rich
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Re: Current 2" tyre too wide - what should I get?

Postby Bike-Rich » 8 Aug 2014, 7:59pm

Also guys, what is the difference with the higher HS numbers on the Marathons? I notice some go into the 400+?

Kind regards,


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