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Good Slicks for MTB

Postby 4xsama » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:26 pm

Hi,

I wish to bring out my old beloved Gary Fisher Sugar 1 out of the shed for a work/pub/shop commuter and am looking to throw on a set of slicks.

Any recommendations?

Order of priority would be;

- Rolling resistance (lack thereof)
- Price
- Grip on pavement (off not an issue)
- Wet weather performance (it never rains in Perth)

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by BNA » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:02 pm

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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Phill_B_34 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:02 pm

I have a set of Specialized Fatboy tyres on a spare set of rims for my MTB.
They roll pretty well (much better than any treaded mtb tyre!). Can't remember price but didn’t scare me. Grip is quite good & never used them in the wet. Overall, pretty happy with them.
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:11 pm

Before I first succumbed to N+1, life was lived on a Giant XTC. I used THESE for commuting and urban assault. Great boots. (But not on wet grass)
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Mugglechops » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:06 pm

Maxxis Hookworms in 2.5 :D

I used them for years on SS XTC. They smash through everything, including plastic tyre levers.
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby bychosis » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:58 am

I run MAxxis detonatros in 1.5. Roll well, easy to get on and off (not like the cheap Innova 'puncture proof' one that I tried, broke tyre levers on that). Seem to pick up the punctures though. I have had plenty of stell slivers picked up out of the concrete shared path on the commute. Once I put some tyre liners in all was good. If I hadn't got a roadie I was about to go ghetto tubeless on them.

Got the wire bead version cheap and have not had reason to look for another tyre. I have only replaced one after the sidewall blew out after melting from hot exhaust on the back of the car on an interstate trip.
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Martin » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:11 am

I use Geax roadsters in 1.5inch. Good grip and a decent ride if you pump them up to about 70psi

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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Shifter » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:41 am

I use Vittoria Randonneurs in the 1.5 variety. They suggest you can pump them up to 95, but I'm using about 85 PSI in them with no worries. Have not ridden on wet grass though... :wink:
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:05 pm

I've got Continental City Contact 1.75s on my Trailbreaker commuter. With the slicks (although they're not full slicks), I've still been riding boundary fire trails and some single track, you have to be a bit more careful as it's slippery as heck in the middle of winter, but still easily achievable. Riding on the road, no worries, definitely easier than the Cross-Marks I had on there and more puncture proof too. However, I have had a couple of nails and a staple go right through them, but they would have gone through anything.

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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Riggsbie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:34 pm

I have Schwalbe Big Apple 28" tyres at 622 ERTO size on my Scott Spark 29er - awesome on sealed paths and Tarmac....very sketchy on wet paths with river silt after a flood......

They do 60kph on the road but the gyroscopic effects are scary !


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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Orion » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:26 pm

bychosis wrote:I run MAxxis detonatros in 1.5. Roll well, easy to get on and off (not like the cheap Innova 'puncture proof' one that I tried, broke tyre levers on that). Seem to pick up the punctures though. I have had plenty of stell slivers picked up out of the concrete shared path on the commute. Once I put some tyre liners in all was good. If I hadn't got a roadie I was about to go ghetto tubeless on them.

Got the wire bead version cheap and have not had reason to look for another tyre. I have only replaced one after the sidewall blew out after melting from hot exhaust on the back of the car on an interstate trip.


I have these, too. Agree about the punctures, though the area I often ride through has a lot of small bits of shattered glass lying around. Will have to try the tyre liners.
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Fuzzboxvoodoo » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:43 am

I have been using the Serfas Drifters for on and off road and as long as its not to deep they work great.
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Rob74 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:21 pm

Vittoria Randonneur PRO 26x1.5 Tyres Black/Reflective - Folding 120TPI 510g
or
MAXXIS OVERDRIVE Elite 26 x 1.75 Reflective Stripe 120TPI Foldable 500g

& run with 100g tubes

Both offer very good puncture protection for commuter/city beater bike.

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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Matt_Matt » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:04 am

Phill_B_34 wrote:I have a set of Specialized Fatboy tyres on a spare set of rims for my MTB


+1 ... these are fast

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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Tbird » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:09 pm

I've been running Continental Top Contacts 42mm for just over 5000kms and have had 1 puncture ver that time so I thoroughly recommend them.

My mate has run Maxxis Detonators and Hutchison slicks on his Giant 26er and swears by both although he did get upset when he felt the weight of the hutchis as his bike normally weighs less than10kg
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Re: Good Slicks for MTB

Postby Jesmol » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:07 am

Conti Gatorskins in 26 x 1.125 , great rolling tyres.
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