Touring tyre recommendations

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Touring tyre recommendations

Postby noel.shearer@uuplc.co.uk » 21 Apr 2012, 9:25pm

I have just rationalised my collection of bikes from 5 down to 3 and I'm going to use the proceeds to treat my Galaxy to a new set of wheels and tyres.

The plan is to buy a SON28/Sputnik front and XT/Sputnik rear from Spa Cycles.

I've had Schwalbe Marathons on the Galaxy from new and they have been very p*****re resistant but feel a bit "dead".

What would you recommend to replace them? My normal use for the Galaxy is loaded touring (incl. camping kit) on 3-4 day tours, but I also use it for lightly loaded days out.

Advice much appreciated thanks.

Noel

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby johnb » 21 Apr 2012, 9:56pm

On a few tyre threads lately Continental gatorskins have been recommended.

The latest incarnation of XT hubs are being overlooked by most, LX hubs seem to be the hub of the moment
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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby stephenjubb » 21 Apr 2012, 11:52pm

mararhon supremes, spa have them at £20 so you can get a good deal

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby vernon » 22 Apr 2012, 12:44am

I have used Panarace Pasela Tourguard tyres on my tourers and road bikes for the past six or seven years.

I highly rate them.

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby al_yrpal » 22 Apr 2012, 7:29am

vernon wrote:I have used Panarace Pasela Tourguard tyres on my tourers and road bikes for the past six or seven years.

I highly rate them.


+1 , Paselas are the biz. Quickest, most comfortable. It's all because of the thin sidewalls. They look great too.


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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby noel.shearer@uuplc.co.uk » 22 Apr 2012, 8:40am

Thanks for your comments - really helpful.

How are the Paselas for p*****ture resistance? (The Marathons have been great in that respect.)

Can anyone offer a comparison in ride quality between Pasela and Marathons?

Thanks also for the tip about LX hubs - I notice now that Spa fit those to their own tourer.

Noel

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby vernon » 22 Apr 2012, 9:33am

One puncture in six years with the Paselas.

I've inadvertently ridden one of them down to the canvas on one occasion and got away with it.

No tyre other than a solid rubber one can guarantee a puncture free life.

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby kuba » 22 Apr 2012, 1:32pm

I have no experience with 700c Paselas, but had 26x1.75 on my rough stuff tourer. A much livelier tyre than Schwalbe Hurricane 2.0 (and worlds apart from XRs) BUT the pair I had punctured quite a lot compared to the Schwalbes (a couple of punctures in 3000K). Still, would recommend them for touring on tarmac with moderate loads. My partner has Panaracer 26x1.5 Hi-Roads and these never punctured, and they came on a second-hand bike (ca. 3000k mileage) and she covered another 2000k on them so far!

And yes they look great. Just always remember to carry a spare inner tube. :wink:

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby johnb » 22 Apr 2012, 1:43pm

noel.shearer@uuplc.co.uk wrote:Thanks for your comments - really helpful.

How are the Paselas for p*****ture resistance? (The Marathons have been great in that respect.)

Can anyone offer a comparison in ride quality between Pasela and Marathons?

Thanks also for the tip about LX hubs - I notice now that Spa fit those to their own tourer.

Noel


I should add Noel that Spa would have brought the XT issue to your attention anyway as they were one of the first to notice and highlight it.
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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby pedalsheep » 22 Apr 2012, 6:01pm

I should add Noel that Spa would have brought the XT issue to your attention anyway as they were one of the first to notice and highlight it


I just ordered wheels from Spa and they told me not to have XT - LX are apparently more robust and cheaper.
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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby noel.shearer@uuplc.co.uk » 22 Apr 2012, 10:41pm

Don't you just love that companies like Spa still exist!

My order will be going in this week. :D

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby djoptix » 23 Apr 2012, 10:43am

I replaced my standard Marathons with Pasela TG on my Randonneur and it felt like a different bike (in a good way!)...

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Re: Touring tyre recommendations

Postby noel.shearer@uuplc.co.uk » 23 Apr 2012, 10:53am

Thanks everyone - looks like a definite concensus here :D

Noel