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Hey folks-

Currently, I have those fancy Rat Trap Pass Tires from Compass on my Bantam. They are 26"x2.3" tires. Yes, they are lovely and supple, but perhaps a bit too delicate for me. Plus, they are an absolute pain to mount and unmount, at least the rear is, and of course, that's where flats usually occur. They are fine tires for around town and road riding, but I want to do more extended tours this summer, and am looking for something a bit more burly.

What I'm looking for:
  • Something that fits a 26 inch (559 mm) rim
  • A width of 2" to 2.3". I don't think I could get much wider.
  • Having some treads/knobs is fine.
  • Something that won't break the bank would also be nice.
  • A good balance of nice riding and flat resistance
A few notes:
  • I've already used Schwalbe Big Bens so I know about them. They are fine, and I'm sure the Big Apples and Fat Franks are as well. But I'm looking for something different.
  • The Surly Extra Terrestrials look sweet, but at 2.5" it would probably be too wide. And the 46mm version is probably a bit too narrow.

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I have 26 x 2.0 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on two bikes. They are much lighter and roll nicer than regular Marathons. In fact they ride completely different than regular Marathons. Yet still have a decent amount of flat protection. They have minimal tread. I use them for gravel all the time. They handle rough stuff just fine as long as you adjust air pressure for the surface. They roll very nice on hard services.
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thanks, Doug. I've had Marathons so I know what they are like. I guess I'm looking for something more tread-y and less Schwalbe-y.
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Hi Shawn,
I have the Surly ET’s in 26x2.5 and I think they are fantastic! They mounted tubeless by hand, no levers needed, Hopped on the beads and seated with a floor pump, they feel great, not noisy on the pavement and are tough but ride nice. Plenty of off road traction. I run them at about 22 - 25 psi and they don’t feel sloppy on the road. I used these tires on a 100k gravel ride and I don’t think I gave up much in the way of speed, I did gain a lot more comfort and confidence on the loose downhills.
The down side is that this size will not fit in the rear triangle of most of the good old MTB’s but maybe in your more modern Bantam. The Bantam was designed with the option of 27.5 also? Maybe the ET’s will fit.

Also, don’t discount the good old Kenda tires, they are low cost, last forever, a variety of sizes and tread patterns...just avoid the small block 8’s unless you like road buzz and resistance and flats.

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I have the Surly ET’s in 26x2.5 and I think they are fantastic...The down side is that this size will not fit in the rear triangle of most of the good old MTB’s but maybe in your more modern Bantam. The Bantam was designed with the option of 27.5 also? Maybe the ET’s will fit.


Agh, why'd ya have to do this Spencer after I said "let's not talk about the ETs"? [bawl]No, they probably won't fit, and I measured. (Oh sure, there's a slim chance it can work, but I don't feel like plunking down about $110 for tires to "experiment".) And my Bantam was designed for 26", with the option of 650B, not 27.5". Therein lies the difference.

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Also, don’t discount the good old Kenda tires, they are low cost, last forever, a variety of sizes and tread patterns...just avoid the small block 8’s unless you like road buzz and resistance and flats.


Interesting. Just yesterday someone recommended the Small Block 8 tires. And they love them.

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Oh, another idea came to me this morning...
Continental “Town N Country”

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I have the Kenda Small Block 8’s in the 26x2.35 folding, dual compound 120tpi variant. I think they were designed as light weight cross country racing tires for dry conditions. I found them to buzz on pavement, and not enough tread in the woods. I gave up on them as it seems like every other time I went trail riding on them, I picked up a thorn in the rear tire. I still have them, one is like new, the rear is worn down in the center. If you are curious, I can send them to the Adventurepdx headquarters.

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I have the Kenda Small Block 8’s in the 26x2.35 folding, dual compound 120tpi variant. I think they were designed as light weight cross country racing tires for dry conditions. I found them to buzz on pavement, and not enough tread in the woods. I gave up on them as it seems like every other time I went trail riding on them, I picked up a thorn in the rear tire. I still have them, one is like new, the rear is worn down in the center. If you are curious, I can send them to the Adventurepdx headquarters.


Oh, I'm always curious, Spencer. [biggrin] And I trust you know where the HQ is.
Thanks a bunch!

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A parcel shall head west on Monday.
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