Compromise tyre?

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larkim
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Compromise tyre?

Postby larkim » Thu Oct 10, 2013 15:03 pm

14 year old is wearing out the Specialised branded tyres on his hardrock, particularly the rear (suspect much fun being had locking and skidding).

He rides mostly forest trail, singletrack etc, but also by necessity on the road, canal towpaths etc.

What would be a good compromise all rounder, ideally with decent durability?

(I know compromises are hard to recommend, but with the best will in the world, he's not yet at the stage where he can be bothered swapping tyres depending on the conditions!)

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby Wooliferkins » Thu Oct 10, 2013 15:33 pm

Schwalbe Land Cruiser? Enough nobbles for the dirt and mud continuous centre ridge for tarmac
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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby Mojo_666 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 17:30 pm

Get off road tyres, never mind the roads, it's a good workout.

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby Dawesy92 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 18:39 pm

Ive just brought some Panaracer fire xcpro's theyre ment to be good. Not put them on yet mind!!

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby chrisvanderkaap » Thu Oct 10, 2013 18:53 pm

Wooliferkins wrote:Schwalbe Land Cruiser? Enough nobbles for the dirt and mud continuous centre ridge for tarmac


land cruiser is a crappy tire which doesn't have much to do with mountain biking.

i'd recommend a 'Rapid Rob' or (rather) a 'Black Jack', they're hard wearing but good allround Schwalbe's.
The performance choice for omnious use is 'Rocket Ron' folding bead tire albeit more expensive to run and replace.

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby turnerjohn » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:07 pm

Dawesy92 wrote:Ive just brought some Panaracer fire xcpro's theyre ment to be good. Not put them on yet mind!!


very good all-rounders and not to bad in the wet

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:20 pm

Dawesy92 wrote:Ive just brought some Panaracer fire xcpro's theyre ment to be good. Not put them on yet mind!!


I used to have them 10 years ago, they were considered a good tyre back then.
Bontrager XR4 or Specialized Purgatory should do the job.

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby Dawesy92 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 23:24 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:
Dawesy92 wrote:Ive just brought some Panaracer fire xcpro's theyre ment to be good. Not put them on yet mind!!


I used to have them 10 years ago, they were considered a good tyre back then.

Lad who I ride with has them on his and loves them!! :-)

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby Guanajuato » Fri Oct 11, 2013 09:48 am

Schwalbe Landcruiser or CX Comp are ideal for what you're wanting. Both around £15 a tyre.
Puncture protection is helpful too.
I did last weekends Lakeland monster miles on a set of CX Comps. 62 miles, about half on rocky, muddy, slippery rutted off-road trails and bog (nowt perticularly technical, but tough). No punctures, and the organisers have had excellent things to say about the landcruisers. Had a few wheelslip moments on steep muddy uphills, but that's more down to my lack of technique.

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby larkim » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:05 pm

Thanks all, some good pointers as usual.
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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby POAH » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:16 pm

Dawesy92 wrote:Ive just brought some Panaracer fire xcpro's theyre ment to be good. Not put them on yet mind!!



where did you bring them from :lol:

fire XC pros are good off road but crap on road

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:22 pm

For a knobbly tyre the XC's roll fairly well on road, easily as good as a Ron for example, not as well as a slick obviously!

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Re: Compromise tyre?

Postby POAH » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:37 pm

schwalbes tyre compounds are not great for tarmac - the nobbles won't last very long if you skid


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