frontrangegravel
It seems like there can be and is a wide range of tire options when riding, racing, or touring in "off-pavement" situations. Any thoughts or recommendations? What would you like to see? Share your thoughts here.
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ayjaydee
For the kind of riding I do, I want to try these next:

http://www.compasscycle.com/tires_comp_26_175.html
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jimmydot
I am currently riding with the Conti Travel Contact 37 and liking them, http://www.conti-online.com/www/bicycle_de_en/themes/city/travelcontact_en.html.  I road then in the Rebecca's Private Idaho Gravel Grinder, which was mostly FS with 70% washboard and lots of loose gravel. Also road the Pedal 50, where i ran with 60/55 and did great in the Greenland Openspace area where there lots of sand and loose dirt.  No flats to date (knock on gravel).
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kennyd

I have found that the Continental Cyclocross Speed clincher tire works wonderfully for Colorado gravel riding because it has a diamond shaped central tread for lower rolling resistance and large shoulder knobs. The only slight complaint I have is when climbing out of the saddle, sometimes this diamond central tread loses its grip.  I have run the 42mm width tire with ~50-55psi since Fall, 2011. Unfortunately, Continental has discontinued the 42mm width in the Cyclocross Speed and replaced it with the cheaper Speed RIDE. Now only 35mm width is available in the Cyclocross Speed. Here is the excerpt from the Continental website for the Cyclocross Speed.

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Clodhopper
For people running old steel frames with 27" wheels, I've got to recommend the Panaracer Paselas. I've been using the 32 mm width this summer, and I've been very happy with how they've performed. They're intended as a touring tire, so they have a pretty minimum tread, but it was still a vast improvement over the slicks that my bike originally came with. Compared to the 32 mm road slicks, the Paselas are quite tall and have a greater volume, so they soak up washboards considerably better. I ride in NW Iowa, so my gravel blend is often a smooth hardpack mixed with small rocks. Rarely do I have to deal with anything approaching mud. As a bonus, the paselas come in a big range of widths, and they're pretty cheap.
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drwelby
I love the Resist Nomad 700x45. Yes, they have no tread so they're suicidal in muddy conditions, but they roll super fast and the larger contact area and flotation makes up for the lack of tread over a smaller tire.
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Willis24
I have been using a Kenda Kourier 700x35 on my Jamis gravel mutt and would not want anything too narrow with the inconsistent surfaces in my area. We range from swept smooth to chunky monkey within a few miles.

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natmochi
i was pretty happy with my cheap maxxis raze 35c's.
but i'm happier with slightly-less-cheap panaracer pasela TG 32c's.

i'm curious about bruce gordon rock 'n roads,
but would like more size choices than just 43c.
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Willis24
natmochi wrote:
i'm curious about bruce gordon rock 'n roads,
but would like more size choices than just 43c.


Even though my current Kenda does everything well, I still like trying new stuff.
Similar perhaps to the rock 'n road is the Halo Twin Rail in a 700x38

http://store.halo-usa.com/p/twin-rail-tire-700c-x-38-black
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Runnerdude1966
Kenda Happy Mediums are the best tire that I have found for events with a mix of gravel and pavement. The center diamond tread rolls really fast on the pavement and hard pack and the transition to knobby edges gives plenty of bite in turns.
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2slow2Bfast
For dirt roads, I've had great luck with Michelin Jets, even set up tubeless. Michelin's Pilot Sports are great too and come in a 35mm with great puncture protection and a fast rolling tread.

For gnarlier gravel, Schwalbe's Marathon Extremes are faves (but no longer made). I hear the new Mondials are good too, but my Extremes still have lots of life. I have a set of Rock 'n Roads, but the jury is still out for me. They roll pretty well, but seem sketchier than I'd like in turns (not what I expected from a tire that wide).

For a 29er, I love WTB Vulpines, but they're also no longer in production. Stan's tires roll fast and are super light. It all depends on the road conditions. Lots of great tires out there. 
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frontrangegravel
Gravel Grinder News just posted a first review about the Surly Knard 700 x 41mm http://gravelgrindernews.com/surly-knard-700-x-41mm-tires-first-impressions/

The Surly Straggler will come with the 27tpi version.

Anyone looking to get on these tires or the Straggler? Thoughts?
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ridemagnetic
I've put almost 3k miles of JRA and racing on a set of Clément USH this year and I must say they're probably the best tire I've ridden for mostly gravel use, and I've tried many over the years. Thought 35c might be overkill for the über smooth mag chloride Colorado dirt roads, but there is quite a bit of mixed surface here and these tires are fantastic making the transitions from hard pack to loose. Very stable, grippy, and seemingly telepathic in high speed corners too. Great tire! 
A great set of wheels will make an average frame ride better. It doesn't work the other way around.  ~ridemagnetic
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frontrangegravel
Panaracer Fire Cross 45c

Anybody running these tires? If so, what's your experience with them?

Attached are pics (courtesy of Fixie Dave) of the Fire Cross tire clearance on a Surly Straggler.

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GRAVELBIKE
The Fire Cross 45s are good in soft, loamy conditions. I prefer lower-profile, more tightly spaced knobs for hardpack, though.
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zeroack
I love my Maxxis Crossmarks so far.  Great tire and seem to be holding up very well.  Should also be noted that I was able to set them up tubeless with out them being UST tires.  Wasn't easy but there working great now.
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frontrangegravel
Ritchey SpeedMax Cross Tire 32, 35, 40

Here's an option. Looks like the 40's are back. Anyone have experience with these tires?

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Willis24
I sprang for a set of Clement USH 700x35 tires with my Christmas cash only to find that they wobble and have very noticeable runout on a brand new perfectly true wheelset. This was also the case with one of my previous MSO's that I purchased, but thought it was a fluke. It probably does not effect the performance, but in that back of my mind I now think it is an inferior brand and it spoils my overall experience. Anyone else have this with Clement or other brands?
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Clement Cycling
Willis: if the tire has a major wobble then it is defective and we'll replace it. Please show it to the shop where you purchased for replacement or else contact us. The USH is a fantastic gravel tire and we want you to enjoy it as it was intended! info@clementcycling.com
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Willis24
Let me mention here in public, Clement is a fantastic company in regards to public relations and customer service. Before they made this offer to me in this forum, I had already received great customer service from them over a year ago on a set of MSO's that I was not happy with. Indeed as mentioned, they want you to enjoy their products.

That being said, I felt my previous experience with the Clement brand, had warranted another shot at their tires. You see previously I was using a Trek/Fisher as my gravel bike where I used the MSO. Now I have a more focused gravel rig with a supposed gravel friendly geometry and felt the USH tire was the way to go.

Perhaps my last post should have been in the form of asking, "what is considered acceptable runout in tires?" without even mentioning the brand. Chime in on this everyone, what is your take on tire runout and what you feel is acceptable?
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frontrangegravel
Anyone use the 45NRTH Gravdals this winter?

Gravel Grinder News did a review: http://gravelgrindernews.com/45nrth-gravdal-tires-final-review/
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frontrangegravel
Here's a Kenda Happy Medium review that @Gravelbike did a while ago. Have a read:

http://www.gravelbike.com/?p=253
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GRAVELBIKE
This will be available late March:

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jmorgan29er
I have a set of Clement MSO 40s and was wondering if anyone has tried the 32s.  If so, what are your thoughts?
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BluesDawg
Why would Panaracer develop a gravel tire and limit it to such narrow sizes? I know there are people who ride gravel on skinny tires, but why not add a few more sizes like 32, 35 and 38mm? I'd like to see a 45mm gravel tire from Panaracer.
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