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Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

Hey Gang,

I know this has been previously talked about in this forum, but I am hoping for some off-road tire recommendations. I currently use Schwalbe Marathons on my Dynamik, and they have held up very well out on the road, and on packed dirt and gravel rail-trails and paths. I will soon be moving to an area where there are a lot of forest and fire roads that need to be explored! I think I may be looking at rougher conditions than the Marathons can handle, (but maybe not?)with rocky sections, debris, some mud.

The idea of an aggressive nobbie tire on the Dynamik kind of scares me, and I don't really plan on doing any muck-filled rides anyway. So I guess in my fantasy world I'd like to have a tire that is decent out on the road, but yet will hold up well under less than ideal conditions up on those mountain roads.

Any thoughts, or am I dreaming? THANKS!!!

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

I'm running Maxxis Holly Rollers 2.3 on my Dynamik mounted on Mavic Cross tubeless ust wheels. Good on pavement great on anything else you might want to try.

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

In those conditions you really need a true knobby tire. You can get by with a more normal tire but it's not going to grip as well and you will find yourself slipping and sliding. You might even consider an extra set of wheels. You could get a nice light set with road tires and and have your off road tires on the original wheels.

One warning though. If you go with a wider aggressive tire off road, you need some type of protection to prevent chain suck. When the chain gets to bouncing around it can get caught between the tire and the frame. There are some like this: http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?id=36733 but instead of mounting them on the derailleur post you put them on the frame next to the tire and it solves the problem. I love the Dynamik off road and it does great in pretty rough conditions.

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

Thanks guys. And I must admit that I never knew what "chain suck" was. I thought it was some new porn niche.
Now I know.

Any more thoughts about particular brands or makes of tires? Too many choices out there.

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

Or, you can look for a tire with a knobby pattern but some type of Center Ridge on it, there are lots of these tires available. The center ridge really smooths out the ride on pavement (and hard packed dirt) but offers a more aggressive knob pattern for softer dirt. Ride to the trail areas at a higher pressure, for easier roll, then let psi down for off road conditions. Reverse to return. Be aware of tire clearance through the frame and fork! Look at Specialized Rhythm Lite Control, or Trek/Bontrager Revolt Super X. Good Luck. Mudpup

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On a 500 mile fully-loaded tour in MT, I used Specialized Fast Trak Armadillos. Knobby enough for fire roads, gravel, hard-pack, moderate dirt. Worked great and not a single flat.
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=57829
My husband used Specialized Armadillo Crossroads - smooth-rolling center, heavier tread on sides. He liked his tires as well. No flats for him either.

His looked brand new after the trip.

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

I would highly recommend the Schwable Smart Sam's, which have a bunch of tread in the middle so not too slow on the pavement getting to the trail head, and wide spaces and knobs near the edge for massive corning grip. My single track confidence went way up when I put these Tavia a year or so ago.


A little cheaper option that has impressed me very much is the Schwable Land Cruiser...which as a unbroken thread down the center and big gaps and knobbies on the outsides. This tire is dead quite on pavement, and is has full mtb performance when charging into the corners off-road. I have it in a 26x1.9 on the Sequoia, and just ordered 700X40 for my Alterra 29er do-it-all build-up...coming soon. It's classified as a trekking tire, but I have taken it everywhere off-road and it performs great.


Regards,
~Nanda

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

how's the flat protection with those Land Cruisers? i love the tread pattern and the price...

Re: Off-Road Tire Advice - Please

So far so go.

Free shipping + tires to just shoot me an email eh...offer good through Xmas.

Regards,
~Nanda