Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

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natwil1990
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Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby natwil1990 » 8 Aug 2020, 6:09pm

Hi all. I have a MTB with 26x1.95 tyres but find them very sluggish on the road and cycle path terrain. What tyre would be best to change to as I'm on a budget and using cycling to help with my mental health.
Thanks
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Brucey
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Re: Help new to this.

Postby Brucey » 8 Aug 2020, 6:36pm

Schwalbe kojaks are good eg

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tyres/26-x-135-inch-35559-schwalbe-kojak-hs385-tyre-26-inch-559/

they are pretty lively in 1.35" form, comfy but still quite fast in 2"

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Jdsk
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Re: Help new to this.

Postby Jdsk » 8 Aug 2020, 6:52pm

Welcome.

What are your current tyres?

Jonathan

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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby Pneumant » 8 Aug 2020, 7:42pm

natwil1990 wrote:Hi all. I have a MTB with 26x1.95 tyres but find them very sluggish on the road and cycle path terrain. What tyre would be best to change to as I'm on a budget and using cycling to help with my mental health.
Thanks


Hi, another Schwalbe recommendation here but for the 'City Jet' model which rolls well and is long lasting. This tyre also has a good tread thickness to combat punctures, can cope with mild off road excursions and is great value at £15 in the 26 x 1.5 size. You should be able to use your old tubes in these tyres without issue. Great to also hear that riding is helping your mental health.

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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby chris_suffolk » 8 Aug 2020, 8:06pm

Not sure on longevity, but they get really good reviews. Just bought a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus - 26 x 1.35 - for my daughter to commute in and out of Uni next year. Only £13.00 + p&p from SJS a week or so ago.

Jdsk
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby Jdsk » 8 Aug 2020, 8:13pm

We use Marathon Plus on our tourers. Very resistant to punctures: great on tour, great in towns and cities. But there's quite a common view in these parts that a better compromise is now available...

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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby djnotts » 9 Aug 2020, 1:20pm

Vittoria Revolution 26 x 2.0? Just bought a second pair for the newer of my 2 Konas. Bargain price at planet x at present.

RH20
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby RH20 » 9 Aug 2020, 2:28pm

Can I add my thoughts to the number recommending Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. Many years ago it felt like I could puncture my tyres just by looking at them. I saw an advert for Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres and decided to give them a try. As a commuter, working shifts, I wanted something reliable. I bought these tyres and never looked back. They roll easy, are very resistant to puncture, (something to do with the thickness of the inside of the tyre). These tyres are bomb proof and excellent value.
The only thing is they can be tight to fit, but when fitting, if the tyre is squeezed out of the wheel rim this allows for easier fitting. There are films on YouTube showing this. Give them a try, I think you will be happy with these tyres. You should also get many miles from them.

bgnukem
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby bgnukem » 10 Aug 2020, 11:50am

Marathon Plus tyres are very heavy and stiff-riding (rigid carcass). They make a bike feel very sluggish IMO and are probably overkill for gravel tracks.

I'd recommend using 1.5" width tyres for a decent compromise between shock absorption and light weigh/speed. The Panaracer Pasela is a quite lightweight tyre in that size but would recommend the PT model which has a puncture-resistant ply in it.

I'd not recommend Schwalbe Kojak for trails, they are fast and light (I have them on two of my bikes) but the sidewalls are thin and I managed to slit one riding a gravel trail in Scotland last Summer.

Brucey
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby Brucey » 10 Aug 2020, 12:32pm

Kojak tyres do have thin sidewalls but then so do paselas too...?.

OP doesn't say where the are, but in fairness 'gravel' in Scotland is likely a bit different to cycle paths (leave alone 'gravel'....) in (say) the home counties....?

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bgnukem
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby bgnukem » 10 Aug 2020, 1:52pm

True, Paselas are thin-walled, so perhaps there are better 'gravel' tyres available now, though perhaps not for 26" wheels which seem to be falling out of fashion in favour of 27.2" or '29"'.

I did use Paselas for 4 years living in NZ on their gravel roads though without any sidewall damage. One track in Scotland did for a Kojak though - had to use it to avoid a busy main road.

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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby cycle tramp » 12 Aug 2020, 9:53am

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About this time last year my front tyre had begun to 'break up' and I needed a replacement fast for a social ride. There wasn't much in the 26 inch wheel size in my local halfords (the choice came down to their own brand or a schwalbe silento for about 14 quid). The silento had everything I was looking for, 1.75 inches wide, side knobblies for soft ground, a raised smooth middle for tarmac, reasonable puncture protection for the price and even a dynamo strip and reflective stripe. However at that price I expected it to be a compromise in every sense of the word, and I had it in my mind that I would be forced too replace it in a month's time when I had more time to do so. A year later and this tyre is still on the front wheel, no punctures so far and performing well, given the price.
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby reohn2 » 12 Aug 2020, 10:15am

natwil1990 wrote:Hi all. I have a MTB with 26x1.95 tyres but find them very sluggish on the road and cycle path terrain. What tyre would be best to change to as I'm on a budget and using cycling to help with my mental health.
Thanks

First choice Schwalbe Marathon Supremes but they're expensive.
Second choice are Schwalbe Big Apple,cheap and they roll surprisingly well for their size:- https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tyres/schwa ... nch-50559/

Brucey mentions Kojaks,I've found them sluggish in the smaller widths 700x35.
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Re: Better tyres for an MTB (with 26x1.95 tyres)

Postby djnotts » 12 Aug 2020, 11:27am

Plus 1 for Silento. Quality of City Jets seems to have fallen last few years, but my Silentos roll fine and not too susceptible to the fairy. Easy on/off when they do.