Tyre choice decision......ahhhh

GeraghtytoeGeraghtytoe Posts: 3
edited 14 February in Road general
I can't decide on which tyre to buy, next May I will do my first ultra bike race, 1500km, 90% road then some gravel. I run Specialized Fatboy Slick's,45mm but I am thinking 38mm Schwalbe Marathon or something hardier Riddler. Can anyone offer me some advice from personal experience of tyre choice with altering surfaces, cheers.


  • step83step83 Posts: 3,514
    You'll want something fast rolling mainly slick so WTB Horizon/Byway or Vittoria Terrano Zero would be quick on road and still give you some off road traction on corners
  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 5,513
    edited 14 February
    Check out Jonas Deichmann, currently doing some serious dirt road stuff through Jordan. You can find him on Farcebook. Running Schwalbe G-one Ultrabrite. Given that man's palmares, check out his kit.

    Edit. Misread your 90% road as 90% offroad! However suggestion to check out J Deichmann's kit choices still valid. E.g. he did Cape to Cape (North Cape to Cape Town) last year so must have been through all conditions.
  • Thanks, I have been using Schwalbe but have been looking at WTB, I follow Jonas on Instagram, looks amazing. I am always zooming in on pictures of bikes to check out their tyres😃😃
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,800
    Marathon will be very sturdy but not the fastest. Might be worth it if you want to avoid flats.
  • GeraghtytoeGeraghtytoe Posts: 3
    edited 15 February
    Fenix I think I am heading in that direction.
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