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I need some MTB slicks.

Discussion in 'The Shop' started by bean, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. bean

    bean Turbo Monkey

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    Since work is only going to be about ten miles from home for me now, I'm thinking it would be cool to ride my bike in. However, I only have my hardtail, so I was thinking I might want to throw on a pair of slicks to make it a bit more pleasant. So what do you guys recommend? And now that I think about it, what kind of light? Preferably something fairly cheap since I haven't had a job for a month or two, and money isn't in ample supply at the moment.
     

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  2. RhinofromWA

    RhinofromWA Brevity R Us

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    Tioga city slickers are what I have and they work great.
     
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    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    I'll second that.
     
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    Specialized Fat Boys.
     
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    I am a big fan of Maxxis Holy Rollers/ Kenda K-rads. They are a good easy rolling tire that still have some bite in off road situations. They are equally at home commuting or doing urban/park riding.
     
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    k-rads are good, holy rollers are about the same, azonic makes a real good tire, but I forget the name, not a fan of the specialized fatboys tho
     
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    For simply commuting the Fatboys are awesome because they're so fast. They suck for everything else, but they're the fasted MTB street tires you can get.
     
  8. El Caballo

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    I commute a lot and have used most of the street slicks out there at one time or another.

    The 26x1.5 Primo Comet K will roll faster than any of your other options. But you have to get the K (kevlar belt) version or you will be getting a lot of flats. The K is really tough and will treat you well.
     
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    Specialized Armadillos are the toughest.
     
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    BikeGeek BrewMonkey

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    I've been using the 1.4 Ritchey Tom Slicks with a Mr. Tuffy liner for several years. :thumb:
     
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    kenda kwest 1.5
     
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    allsk8sno Turbo Monkey

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    go to a department store..they have slick 26" tires...well street ones anyways that would work fine for comuting. i just got one for the wifes bike for $7
     
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    Repack Turbo Monkey

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    I have a hardtail with SPecialized Nimbus EX 1.5s and they work well. They lean a little but towards the durability (vs performance) end of the spectrum but don't give up too much and are only $20ea retail. I have also seen some very nice Conti 26x1.0s that I think may be intended for oddball time trial/road bikes. All depending on what you are after in terms of performance I guess.
     
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    I think you can get those Ritchey Tom Slicks for 10-15$ in a major catalog.
     
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    You're right: the Tom Slicks are easy to get cheap. However, like any tire without a Kevlar belt (*not* Kevlar bead), they get glass chip flats a lot.

    If you're seriously doing urban commuting duty, you need either a very thick, heavy tire, Mr. Tuffys, or a Kevlar-belted tire. I go for #3 because #1 and #2 slow me down too much.

    The Primos should be about $25. They're tough to find, but the recumbent guys like them a lot, so places like www.hostelshoppe.com stock them.
     
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    maxxis hookworms, they are really fat and hook up really good on cement as well as hard packed clay. i have em on my bmx bike, but they were origonaly designed for mtb use, i think you can get em in like 2.65 or something.