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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Multi purpose Mtn bike tires

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I've got a 1999 Cannondale F700 hard tail (w/ Fatty Head Shok front suspension). I put slicks on it when I lived in the city for lake front riding but after getting a road bike I've barely ridden it. Moved to burbs and want to get back into some trail riding...but still want a tire that won't completely suck on paved/limestone paths.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!

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I ride the limestone paths all the time and smooth tires work out much better than anything even remotely nobby. The limestone just isnt deep enough to warrant nobbies. They do make tires with only nobs on the outer edge called semi slick. Probably your best bet.

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I'd like to be able to ride with some confidence (tire wise at least...my ability is a whole different thing ) some single track and dirt trails (like those by argonne labs or palos).

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I'd like to be able to ride with some confidence (tire wise at least...my ability is a whole different thing ) some single track and dirt trails (like those by argonne labs or palos).

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I have yet to find a tire that would do all that well. Your better off changing tires out before you do any xc riding.

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Thanks, I'll sacrifice more of the road performance for a little better trail but really need something that can stay on the bike. I know some guys get really fast at changing out but unless I have a second set of wheels (and don't want to drop the coin) I'll be unmotivated to ride if it means the hassle of changing tires.

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A friend of mine rode palos with prarie path tires. I think they were kenda komforts? The are good enough. I am also too lazy to change tires. It's ok to have a tire that works for xc and just ride them on the prarie path. That's what I do.

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ended up getting some Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 tires....they roll great on the pavement and the little bit of hard pack I've ridden on so far. Seems like a good compromise, hopefully I'll get some time to try them out on some real trails (perhaps Palos soon).

Thanks for all the advice!

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