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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:18 pm 
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What is everyone running? I'm considering building a 2nd wheel set for fast touring, and we have lots of great gravel roads here in Austria.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:02 pm 
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Riding on gravel roads is fun indeed.

I for one use Schwalbe marathon supreme for that kind of use. It's not as light as a road tire but lighter than a robust trekking tire. As I want it to be bombproof as I ride at night as well, weight is not my first concern.

Compass seems to make a great all around tire, but I haven't tested them yet (http://www.compasscycle.com/tires_700C.html).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:48 pm 
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I run the same tires for gravel that I run on my pave wheels: Dugast Paris-Roubaix seta 27s. They are great for gravel. The biggest issue in Canada is that the gravel can be very large diameter. This makes control an issue with road pressures in the tire. You need to run high-volume tires in order to balance low pressures required for riding the gravel and avoiding bottoming-out on the road.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:57 pm 
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Running the Challenge Almanzo here in ... Austria. Ran 22m Conti tubs and 27mm Vittoria Pavé last year, but more volume and a file thread give you so so many more options in linking up the nicer segments using unmaintained foot- and double track paths in the woods. Also lower pressure -- better grip, less scary on the downhills, they can be beyond 20% because of just being designed for 4wd/offroad vehicles.

Geoff (and everyone): most of our gravel roads are not open to general traffic -- just lumber roads and access to remote alpine places. As such they also vary a lot in quality. Most of the people use MTBs for relaxed riding, but unless you're seeking out the single track downhills, an efficient gravel/touring rig is usually faster (obviously).

Thinking a Challenge Strada Bianca might be great too, but probably needs medium reach brakes. The Almanzos are probably too big for most of the modern carbon frames already.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:25 pm 
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Geoff wrote:
I run the same tires for gravel that I run on my pave wheels: Dugast Paris-Roubaix seta 27s. They are great for gravel. The biggest issue in Canada is that the gravel can be very large diameter. This makes control an issue with road pressures in the tire. You need to run high-volume tires in order to balance low pressures required for riding the gravel and avoiding bottoming-out on the road.


url please for Dugast Paris-Roubaix seta 27s. i´ve thinked about challenge grifo 32mm cross setas shave the knobs off for more road use and clearence issues


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:01 pm 
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Paris Roubaix Cotton
Price: €73.00

Pro competition tube for bad surfaces. Tread structure and high-quality rubber guarantee optimum grip on both dry and wet road surfaces.

Widths: 23-25-27 mm, 28”

Pressure: 6 t/m 7.5 bar

Weight (23mm): 330g
The Paris Roubaix Silk <Seta> page, however, only shows 23-25 mm widths. So did Geoff misstate cotton as seta, or is 27 mm offered in seta, despite not being listed on the website?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:13 pm 
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I haven't tried them, but you might look into compass tires. They have two models of 26mm tires at just above 180g. Some fairly light wider tires as well that might be suitable.

http://www.compasscycle.com/tires_700C.html

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:04 pm 
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Thanks for all the input!

I am now considering Challenge Paris-Roubaix (or Eroicas if they fit), Vittoria Pavé cg open, and simple Conti 4-Seasons 28mm. I don't want to spend more on tires than on rims, and the A23s I'll probably be getting are like 50€ apiece...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:48 am 
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As well as Compass, Grand Bois have some similar tyres (which is no coincidence because they are both manufactured by Panaracer).

It's not as 'nice' as the tyres it makes for others but Panaracer's Pasela comes in a range of sizes that could be suitable.

It sounds as if you're a little concerned with tyre clearance? Depending on how much room you have, a light touring tyre or CX file tread may still fit, many of them are cheaper than boutique gravel/pave tyres and can measure smaller than the stated size.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:11 am 
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I checked, and I don't think I'll get away with more than 28mm. My 25mm Grand Prix S are 26.2mm on my 23mm rims, and there's not much more than 3 or 4 mm clearance at the brakes...


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