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Cyclocross Which Cyclocross Tires

Discussion in 'Cycling Department Forum' started by Jan Larsen, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Active Member

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    It's now time for different tires, but I'm having trouble choosing which one. I know I want a low-profile, slick/semi-slick thread design. And I want sticky rubber and low rolling resistance. My current tires are Schwalbe Super Swan (knobby dirt/mud tire) in 700x35c. I'm looking for the same size tire or slightly bigger, up to 40c.

    The tires I have narrowed down that'll suit my area (asphalt, gravel, easy/medium singletracks) the best are listed below.

    Continental Cyclocross Speed 35c:
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    Maxxis Re-Fuse 40c:
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    Kenda Flintridge Pro 35c:
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    Clement LAS 35c:
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    These are the 4 choices I've narrowed it down to. Now, does any of you have experience with any of these tires, regardless of sizes?
     
  2. dazzyb2k3

    dazzyb2k3 Well-Known Member

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    Don't want to confuse things even more but thought about the Schwalbe G one?

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    I know a couple of people who use them and are very impressed, especially with how well they roll on tarmac. Available in 35 and 38 i think.
     
  3. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Active Member

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    Oh yeah, forgot about those. No issues with durability?
     
  4. dazzyb2k3

    dazzyb2k3 Well-Known Member

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    Don't know for sure but i think the great performance is partly down to a softer compound so probably not amazingly durable. I also just remembered they are tubeless - so might not be suitable (depending on your setup).
     
  5. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Active Member

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    I'll be keeping the tubes in. Tubeless is such a hassle and not really needed for me.
     
  6. arthur666

    arthur666 Well-Known Member

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    Of the tires you chose, the Kenda is what I would pick for your riding. That Maxxis is what I'ld put on my bike, but I don't do much dirt. Those others have those large side knobs that I absolutely hate, especially if you're cornering hard on pavement.

    Schwalbe looks good. Can you get one that's not tubeless? I ran a similar Kenda Small Block 8 for a while. Good tire overall but I felt the knobs where just a little too tall for road riding. Schwalbe looks like a lower knob profile, maybe.

    Now I'm running Panaracer Paselas (700x32), which I love, but they're not great for dirt. I cut thru on a trail once in a while, but if I was going on an actual dirt ride, I'ld want something else.
     
  7. Continental Cyclocross Speed 35c: found these really bad for punctures when used in a city work commute
    They run fast & smooth are ok-ish for trail riding but mud you can forget it .
    I solved the puncture issue buy using self sealing tubes or filling them with sealing liquid adds a small amount of weight but not a big price to pay.

    I do not use them anymore having moved onto full cross tires from Schwalbe still have puncture issue with them to but just use the same liquid to fill the tubes.

    I have settled with the Schwalbe brand these days their fully puncture proof tires are good but heavy Schwalbe marathon GreenGuard Reflex can also be found in 32 . they are almost as good has the full protection Plus series but much lighter & they roll good work very well in the wet in most conditions cold or warm they are also a lot cheaper , wear rate is about the same . good for trail riding & can handle mud you can even get ones with a deeper tread , they are a good all round none racing tire but still fast.

    I have these mounted on my 2nd set of wheels for when I need them.

    I can say I have had less issues with this brand than, Continental. & I have spent almost 7 years finding solutions for the destructive conditions found in my new home since 2009 Hamburg Germany . that is down to so many mixed surfaces found here.
    the good cycle paths are limited , but on my sort run to work I come across tarmac . paths . paved paths , packed earth . Cobbles section that are almost as rough Paris-Roubaix in some of the older streets found here.

    I have over the year had all sort of items fail , but now have a quite good stable build based on a cross bike. so it is good testing ground for all sorts of items.
    Once on the trails or woodlands found around the city all is good.

    The other makes & can not say anything about , I have used Vittoria open pave cg's with this bike to for summer sealed surface riding & for the Cyclassic's Sportive not a the cheapest tire and specially made with Paris-Roubaix in mind , but I wanted to get around the course without any flats & they did the job very well , but they are a racing tire with lot of comfort for a narrow racing profile, the premium price is because they are hand made or were still at the time I picked up mine back in 2013.

    Vittoria also have some nice Cross Tires you may want to take a look at though I have not used any of them it would be another option to look into.
     
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  8. I run Schwalbe full cross tires for my city riding & Trail & off road . even with the full Knobbly treads I find very little movement or roll on sealed surfaces & seem to be good even in the wet on hard surfaces, with other makes of the same type of tire I have some very testing times in the same condition I have sued both the full cross tread & the more trail aimed Cross tires from Schwalbe . both have now been replaced in the new line up for 2017. by the G series & the new full cross models.

    Schwalbe seem to get very good feedback for their rubber compounds , they seem to work very well in all temps & wet weather.
    I have been very happy with them now for a few years.
     
  9. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Active Member

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    Cheers for your comments John, I'll probably go with the G-one, I have Schwalbe Super Swan's on now and they've been trouble free so far. Birthday coming up, so waiting to see what I get :)
     
  10. Bram

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    Will you let us know how the G's work on your bike Jan?

    Thanks John for adding to the convo!
     
  11. Jan Larsen

    Jan Larsen Active Member

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    Absolutely, but it'll be a while. It's my birthday on sunday where I may receive them and then I'll have to mount them ☺
     
  12. Looks like Schwalbe have updated their range for this year the G- series are knew to me . that is maybe why I got such a good price on the cross tires I have now . the shops must have been clearing out to re-stock .
    Please keep the thread up dated on how you find those new G-ones another few months & I will will be looking for knew tires.
     
  13. The puncture issues in Hamburg are unique & more limited to riding in the city , I have has less problems once out on the trails & woods & paths that wind their way inside & along the river Elbe. The biggest factor is the grit used for winter is is lethal to tires without puncture protection , the small flint like stone's cut through tires like knifes summer is way better once its all been swept away.
     
  14. top to bottom a few other choices , more options is always better.

    WTBExposure TCS

    WTBRiddler TCS Light Fast Rolling

    ChallengeChicane 33 Cross Open

    VittoriaCross XN Pro 31x622





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