Decent tyres for on/off road?

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by bobbyp, 4 Mar 2008.

  1. bobbyp

    bobbyp Senior Member

    After having an MTB and commuter sstolen last year I replaced them both with an Uncle John cross bike. Next weekend I'm looking to take it off-road for the first time and looking for decent tyre recommendations. Be suitable for on road and hardpack/gravel. Probably not to much mud around.

    I've taken a look at all sorts and it seems all cyclo-X tyres are designed for racing rather than arsing about in forests.

    Any ideas?
  2. PapaZita

    PapaZita Über Member

    St. Albans
    I've been using Michelin 'Mud 2' and 'Jet' cross tyres this winter and have been very happy with both. The Jet would probably be appropriate for the surfaces you describe. Unlike many cross tyres it's not overly knobbly so it rolls quite well on the road as well as being good for hard/dry off road conditions.

    Some ebay sellers have been doing pairs of Michelin cross tyres for a good price. I think I got mine from Paul Milnes.

  3. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Agree with that M Jets. For knobbly ones have a look at the the twister Pros. They still roll well.
  4. OP

    bobbyp Senior Member

    Cheers for that. I'll get some ordered and see how I get on.
  5. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    If you want something a bit faster, these have a good rep.
  7. the doctor

    the doctor New Member

    I have only just joined this forum.
    Nice to see some content for Crossers.
    I have a Felt F1x, have used a variety of tyres. Initially the bike was shod with Shwalbe CX pro's, very light, good grip in most conditions, but got cut up on flints real easy. I have used the michelin jets, and have had similar problems, I now have Specialized Houfalize, not too bad on the road, very good off, only problem I have had with them is that they are prone to p*n(tures.
    I am going to buy some Vittoria Cross XN or XGs, supposed to be puncture resistant(ish).
  8. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    I'm using Conti Twister Pros. Not too agricultural on the road but great al-rounders off road.
  9. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    If your off road is going to be limited to hard packed gravel (fire roads, etc) I wouldn't get too hung up with cross tyres. Even a touring tyre like a Panaracer Pasella will cope well.

    You only need lumpy grip on your tyres once the going gets soft enough for the lumps on the tyre to stick into the ground surface. On hard surfaces it's the lumps on the ground that stick into the tyre and tread pattern is unnecessary.
  10. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    True, I've used Michelin ProRace 2's on forestry roads in the past!
  11. the doctor

    the doctor New Member

    Thanks for the comments.

    went for the Vittoria XNs in the end, so far so good, very good on road, and hardpacked stuff, and surprisingly good on light mud.
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