This year I found myself riding on relatively groomed gravel paths on my mountain bike. I decided to try these gravel tires rather than the wide knobby mountain bike tires I had on the bike. Gravel tires for 26" rims are not easy to find. These tires are perfect for the kind of riding I have been doing. I'm thinking that once the snow comes, the mountain bike tires will go back on, but for now, these are great.
For a 1.5 wide tire they are really skinny. I used them on my 26 hardtail mountain bike when I am trail riding and they work well. There is not much volume because of the skinny profile.
These are the perfect tires for gravel rides. They hit the sweet spot between standard 26x2.1 mountain bike tires and road tires. Great traction on gravel and not 'heavy' for the inevitable road riding that gets mixed in with the gravel roads.
They are easy to install despite the wire beads.
I've been experimenting with using a mountain bike instead of a road bike for my 10 mile commute to work so I'm not confined to the pavement. This tire is a great improvement over conventional mountain bike tires because it doesn't hold you back as much on pavement. I've ridden it up a steep muddy trail, through flat loose gravel, and over wet wooden bridges with no problems.
The only thing I don't like about it is that it is just as noisy going fast and climbing on hard pavement as a wider knobby tire. Nothing beats a slick tire for that.
Nice narrow width cyclocross tire for doing the fire roads and trails with my Surly LHT. Easy to mount. Only downside is I thought they are noisy and noticeably slower on pavement than my slicks, so I won't use them as my daily tires.
I bought these tires for a 98 race carbon hard tail Trek. I leave this bike at our cabin in the woods. I bought these tires specifically to ride on gravel fire roads and pavement. I gave them a 2 star review as they have a lot more rolling resistance on the road than I expected and if you are riding on gravel and you hit any sand, these things stop in a hurry! I had the front tire wash out on a very easy transition on a fire road because they didnt grab and I fell over! Mind you, I am a very experienced mountain biker with a lot of racing experience. They also have a heavy wire bead and were a little difficult to mount on my rims. Very tight! I wont return these, but if I were to do it over again I would have just ordered 26 mountain bike tires bigger than 1.5! At least I can get those in Kevlar bead and I dont have to worry about crashing in sand...!!
I use these tires on and off road. They don't slow me down on the road. They give enough grip on dirt trails. I wouldn't use them for gravel. They aren't wide enough to grip well.
Short people and kids have hard timw fi finding bikes that fit.
A 650 Fuji fit bit theu dont make 650C CX tires. Getting a 26 rim and these tires are a straight swap and go. Can tell.moms to put 24 mountain bike away now1
I was so happy to find these excellent quality 26 cross tires. Put them on my '90 Trek 950 and was delighted with the result Great traction on gravel roads with minimal rolling resistance. For the very reasonable price of these tires, I feel like I got a new bike!
Perfect for CX. Grips well on grassy and loose dirt hills. Has a soft ride on payment, not too Grainy.
Not enough miles to comment on puncture resistance and durability. Good ride so far
These tires are awesome for a old 26 MTB converted to a Gravel Grinder. These tires do not hold you back from riding gravel roads in Louisiana. Excellent traction, nice cushion and over all performance. I'm weighting 235lbs.
It is durable. Very good adhesion on wet ground.Being narrow and light, it helps speed.
This is a great tire if you need something high-pressure and fast for your 26 mountain bike. I used this on a full suspension MTB for the annual Paris to Ancaster in southern Ontario - kind of an over hill and dale, farm lane and railtrail kind of race. It was perfect. Nice and fast, never once bogged down with mud against the frame.
Threw these on my mountain bike for this seasons CX racing and they worked superbly on our mostly dry dusty course. I bought two sets so I could have a spare set of wheels since I already had the wheels. Put liners in and never needed to use the pit and swap tires. Great tires.
Bought these (f&r) for my pit bike (mountain bike) and ended-up racing on them for a whole CX race. Though I was at a clear disadvantage in the wheel diameter department-I was able to ride much higher, tighter lines on the slippery grassy off-camber stuff than anyone on a CX bike, I attribute this to the tractiongrip of the aggressive knobs. Great tire in the wet stuff.
these are pretty much the only 26 tires for cyclocross, but i think they're great. seem to work well for all conditions, are light, and tough. i am running them tubeless on stan's rims with only yellow tape and they have been perfect.
Serious tire for specialized use. Don't buy it for all mountain or urban. Is great on a trail but if that is primary use there is a cheaper option. Being narrow your corners can be tricky if wet or loose but good grip proportional to their width