What tyres have you used as replacements


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Yes, in English speaking countries it is spelt 'tyre' ;-)

I want to have a set of tyres ready for when mine wear out and don't know what to buy.
For that matter, what sort of life are you getting from a set?

Thinking along the lines of Schwalbe Marathon (Greenguard) because of their toughness and low rolling resistance. But what size? 37c seems to be the most common available, but can I go bigger? What does it do for speed/comfort/grip?

In the US, the Evolution style are available in 37, 42, 47 & 50-622. The less expensive Pro line are 37 & 42-622
Any ideas on the largest size slick-tire that would work without fenders? Has anyone tried mounting 54-622 tires?

I've been a big fan of the high-volume Schwalbe Big Apple or Big Ben tires on other bikes, though those were 60mm wide, so not sure how they are in narrower widths, but I'm thinking of trying some on a base Turbo. I pretty sure 50-622 would work, but hoping 54-622 might work...
The 47-622 Energizer Plus have about 10 mm clearance on each side. I am not sure if I would go any bigger.
I used a WTB 29x2.0 (622x52) Cruz out of necessity and actually like it better than the Nimbus. I was running 90psi versus 65psi in the WTB so that could account for the nicer ride.
I have mounted my Schwalbe Energizer Plus tyres (47x622). As @Allan47.7339 said above there is 'just enough' clearance for them. My experience so far is positive:

- Better vibration damping then the stock tyres smooths rough roads and avoids the speed wobble I was experiencing
- Grip maybe isn't as good as the stock slicks, even in the wet
- The profile is taller and less rounded than the stock tyres, so it corners differently
- They are heavier and with the better damping make the bike more stable at speed
- The tread means that the spray is more finely atomised so it disperses well
- Being taller than stock means that the stand doesn't work properly - it teeters just a bit. Will need to add a spacer.
- Haven't noticed any difference in rolling resistance, but I wouldn't say it is any less than the stock tyres

FYI I put in 65psi in the rear and 60 in the front - the same as I had in the stock tyres.
I also pulled out a number of pieces of glass from my old tyres (1500km old) and there were tons of cuts, so the Armadillo treatment mostly worked (I had one puncture in that time where a chunk of glass made it all the way through).
Can't go wrong with Schwalbe. Get their tube too ( high quality ) Big Bens are my fav. What a hoop !
I went with a smaller tyre for less rolling resistance and more range. I am using Michelin Energy size 37x622 inflated to 85 lb/in2. These tyres are lightly treaded and quite a bit quieter than the stock Specialized tyres. Yes the ride is hard...
The Schwalbe Energizer Plus's are much less flat prone but don't get complacent. I flatted on the commute home this week by catching a 2 inch nail.

I have a 20 mile each way commute and I normally always carry a spare tube, two inflation cartridges, stick-on patches and a pump, except today I'd forgotten the pump. I had recently discovered the SRAM X0 derailleur has a button to relieve the tension on the chain to make removing the wheel easier and it worked really well. I removed the nail and installed the spare tube only to find out it had a 30 mm stem instead at least 40 mm. I expended one of the two cartridges trying to make it work. Then I tried and use a stick-on patch with the old tube but ended up wasting the second inflation cartridge. I was on a busy bike route and I had had a steady stream of people asking if I needed anything so I borrowed a pump but the tube wouldn't hold air. I assumed the stick on patch didn't work, but I later realized the nail had gone through to the far side of the tube and I'd missed a hole. By the time I got the emergency ride home with getting the bike to fit in the car it was 3 1/2 hours later.

Today I made sure I had a pump, a patch kit, the right spare tubes and two inflation cartridges before I left home.
Did some maintenance over the weekend and noticed that the larger 47c tyres had been rubbing on the inside of the rear mudguard. Adjusted the inner insert and sorted out the clearance. When the LBS mounted the rear mudgard they hadn't done it exactly right and one of the mounting nuts had since fallen out or was never there. It wasn't an issue while the stock 45c tyres are installed.