Best puncture-resistant tyres

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Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby ebikerdiary » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:46 pm

I asked five different retailers for their recommendation on the best puncture-resistant tyres and got five different answers: Schwalbe, Maxxis, Specialised, Kenda, and one other. I'm 68 and like long rides; I'm planning some trails like the Vic Rail Trail and Wollombi; nothing rough and rocky, just love the feel of dirt under my rubber. I know there is no puncture-proof tyre, but what's the best out there?

Can anyone share their preferences please?

cheers, Richard

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby Thoglette » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:03 pm

ebikerdiary wrote:I'm 68 and like long rides; I'm planning some trails like the Vic Rail Trail and Wollombi; nothing rough and rocky, just love the feel of dirt under my rubber.

So what do you expect is going to cause your punctures?
The "go" for low-pressure off road riding is tubeless+sealant if your cause is thorns/doublegees/caltrop

If it's rocks ripping your sidewalls, that's another conversation.
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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby ebikerdiary » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:04 pm

Not rocks; too old for stump-jumping. Its always thorns or other invisibles.

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby rodneycc » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:15 pm

Not sure how wide your rims/tyres are but if you are going tubes then Schwalbe Marathon plus were the best I used in a 32mm. They can be a little harsh (I actually went back to the plain Marathons before I gave that bike away) but tough as nails the Marathon Plus.
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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby Nobody » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:18 pm

Yeah, I've got Marathon Green Guard and never had a flat in years of riding. I don't even take a puncture kit or spare tube anymore.

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby DavidS » Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:55 pm

I don't use them any more, other factors mean I want a slightly faster tyre (and they don't make Marathon Supreme in 28 wide any more, 32 minimum now). But, everyone above is right, Schwalbe Marathon and the standard or green guard are about as bullet proof as a rubber tyre can be. They are impressive, I commute so plenty of chance for punctures, very rare with marathons. I would also say that a lot of bike tyres now are good at resisting punctures.

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby queequeg » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:46 am

Likewise, for commuting I use the Marathon Plus Smartguard. They are the gold standard for an almost bombproof tyre for commuting. Yes, they are heavy, but if your aim is to avoid punctures, it’s a small price to pay.
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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby Paddles » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:00 am

There's more factors to consider ebiker, what sort of bike is it and what sort of riding do you mainly do. For instance on my old Giant roadie, I found 28mm Maxxis Re-Fuse tyres to be just about bulletproof and ridiculously cheap for general road and bike path use. But for a new bike I've got and a more diverse riding terrain, the 35mm stock Maxxis tyres weren't comfy enough so I've tried something bigger/softer.

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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby RonK » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:43 am

You are not going to find puncture-resistant tyres for your Merida eONE-SIXTY 800 dual-suspension e-MTB, which has 27.5" x 2.8" tyres, unless you downsize to narrower rims. Nobody makes puncture-resistant 2.8" tyres.

The widest Schwalbe Marathon is the Marathon MTB, and it is only 2.25" wide.

As has already been said - the best solution is to go tubeless.
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Re: Best puncture-resistant tyres

Postby warthog1 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:01 am

DavidS wrote:I don't use them any more, other factors mean I want a slightly faster tyre (and they don't make Marathon Supreme in 28 wide any more, 32 minimum now). But, everyone above is right, Schwalbe Marathon and the standard or green guard are about as bullet proof as a rubber tyre can be. They are impressive, I commute so plenty of chance for punctures, very rare with marathons. I would also say that a lot of bike tyres now are good at resisting punctures.

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They do ride like a lump of clay, you are right David.
I don't ride them either.
I prefer the lively feel a lighter more supple tyre gives.
Rubino pro is reasonably priced online and ticks enough boxes for me.

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