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# 232248 6-Apr-2018 14:31
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Mountain bike tyre advice


My wife's tyres are nearly worn out 27.5, which tyre would suit we are are in our mid seventies and we ride mostly off road ie Waikato rail trails and local rides Papamoa and TePuke to Paengaroa and back!


The original tyres were fitted for us on both our bikes to roll better and be easier.  But the front tyres tend to squish out a bit on loose gravel as they are getting worn I guess.


I don't want to spend a fortune on tyres but obviously would like more grip,  I can't understand how MTB tyres are so expensive compared to car tyres?


I have looked at Burkes cycles and found some that would hopefully fit our price bracket.


These look about the same as we have fitted now.


Or something like these, and would they be knobble for our sort of riding


Open to advice please as its beautiful weather at the moment for cycling and we try to get out as much as possible.

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  # 1989548 6-Apr-2018 15:06
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If you don't want to spend your fortune go to bike shops and ask for any tyres lying around. Don't pay more than $20 for a decent one.

For your usage there is no specific tyre you need. Anything will do.

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  # 1989553 6-Apr-2018 15:12
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I have used cheaper tyres before and they have been fine, although I don't do much offroad stuff. I think part of the reason expensive ones are more expensive, is partly because they maybe branded, they also maybe lighter, and designed more for performance in events etc. Also some may use a sifter rubber, whereas the cheaper ones can be harder and give a harder ride. I would go into the store to look at the quality and softness. Also check out some of the online outdoor store like torpedo7  or even trademe, to see if they have any specials on good brand ones.


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  # 1989634 6-Apr-2018 17:33
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It's not the brand, it's the compound.


The expensive compound is very sticky, and wears very fast. They are used for racing in slippery conditions.


Also the knobs.


Cheaper compounds are not as grippy but lasts longer. And they're cheap.

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  # 1989700 6-Apr-2018 19:38
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Punctures. Cheap tires have cheap linings. Spend the money on your tires and you will never have to worry about them. Whats more important, $50 or having to walk your bike back from the middle of nowhere?

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  # 1989707 6-Apr-2018 19:59
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I didn't expect a 70 year old to ride rock gardens?


If you want the carcass to have puncture resistance then you are going to pay a lot for it, for example I've been using Schwalbe's Snake Skin carcass and have smashed down sharp rocks and have not had it slice it open. YET.


But thorns have poked through it a lot. But I ride tubeless so the sealant takes care of thorns.


If you want super sharp rock resistance then you need "Super Gravity" tyres.


Which is not what this 70 year old needs.


If grip is what you want I'll research a few things ...

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  # 1989709 6-Apr-2018 20:04
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nothing on sale at the moment.


maybe the cheaper ones would be something like a maxxis ardent 2.4-2.55" thickness. they should come with EVO carcass.

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