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How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« on: July 19, 2011, 10:21:51 AM »
I am looking to put some cyclocross tires on one of my bikes.

The duty would be for commuting and gravel riding like the Gravel Grovel and Death March kind of stuff.

I don't want to get too small of a tire that I am getting flats all the time in the gravel. But, I know the bigger the tire is, the more work it is to move. I also feel the smaller tires have a harder time keeping traction in gravel.

I am looking at a 42c and 35c tire and just wondering if anyone had any experience to share.

Thanks

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2011, 11:55:43 AM »
At the Gravel Grovel, I ran a 700x35 Panaracer Pasela which, historically, was one of the more well respected commuter tires out there. A lot of the newer crop of commuter tires seem to be veritable copies of it. The Pasela is very resistant to flats and rolls fairly well. I didn't flat out at the GG (unlike many I saw) nor do I remember ever doing so in any condition. Traction is adequate in the snow and in gravel.

A couple of situations made we wish for more tire: One is when was on those long GG descents where the big gravel tends to get deep toward the bottom. The other is when I was changing from packed gravel dust to mounded loose gravel back to gravel dust (going across the width of the lane of a gravel road, for instance). In both instances, the narrow tire tended to want to "plow through" the deep gravel at first causing some feelings of possible fishtailing which never truly occurred or maybe I never let it. In any event, I would pop up on top of the gravel and often overshoot a line when I would get back onto packed gravel dust sections. I probably could have easily avoided that with lower tire pressure, but you can't run much lower than I did that day with 35c's. If I do the GG again, I will either run a 2.1 tire at regular mtb pressures or possible a 45c-ish tire. I would still tend to look for durability over weight and may look toward a tubeless option which I prefer when I mtb.


Very interested to see what you come up with.

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2011, 01:32:39 PM »
I am leaning toward Continental of course.

Right now I am looking at the Cyclocross @ 42 and the Cyclocross race @ 35

currently using a Race King 2.0

Starting to get an itch for the Dirty Kanza 200, but I don't have a geared bike for that stuff.

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2011, 01:48:18 PM »
I have 32mm Ritchey Speedmax tires on my Cross Check. They are the stock tires, so I haven't tried out others yet, but they've been fine for commuting, for gravel roads in the Hoosier, and light single track. Only one pinch flat so far (knock on wood). They're not quick on the road, but they're not really sluggish either. I think they're good all-rounders.

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2011, 01:52:22 PM »
I've used the Panaracer FireCX 45 and that is about as big as cross tires get.  The Kenda Small Block 8, Slant 6, Schwalbe Rocket Ron, Racing Ralph, and Maxxis Larsen all come in 35. The Ritchey SpeedMax comes in a 40 but that is a pretty light tread pattern.

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011, 02:02:06 PM »
I've used the Panaracer FireCX 45 and that is about as big as cross tires get.  The Kenda Small Block 8, Slant 6, Schwalbe Rocket Ron, Racing Ralph, and Maxxis Larsen all come in 35. The Ritchey SpeedMax comes in a 40 but that is a pretty light tread pattern.


But, is bigger really better? I don't want to be left disappointed with something too small.  ;D

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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2011, 02:05:37 PM »
I ran Maxxis Aspens at the Death March and thought that they worked well. Having a little more volume is nice for going fast on the gravel and they are one of the better rolling mtb tires
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Re: How big is your cyclocross/gravel tire?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2011, 04:51:16 PM »
just to throw something out there, I rode my Michelin XC Dry2 tires (or should I say tyres) for a bit.. through the death march and on trails for a while.  They felt like a very fast rolling tire...not great on the trails for traction (especially squirrely on anything wet), but I felt they were great for rolling in a straight line, though stable thru gravel.

 

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