"The 1.75" width is an excellent size for MTB replacement. The tyre fits snugly onto the 26" rims and looks 'right' thanks to it's width. The thicker Green-Guard construction means the tyres are always 'soft', like riding on a layer of 'dough' all the time. It does mean that the rolling resistance is higher, but not as much as a MTB tyre round town of course. Perhaps slightly more than City-jets.
Indeed that is a small price to pay too for rare punctures. The tyres hold a high presure too, up to 85 PSI, and this softness remains which is a good thing where comfort is concerned. This also makes them very quiet - one can only hear the chain turning!
The construction is tough and side-walls 'ribbed' for strength. After fast trail rides, there are no cuts or gashes in the rubber, not even the tread pattern itself.
If you want long-lasting, comfortable, town and leisurely touring tyres, these perform very well for the investment."
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Comfortable, Versatile, Good Fit, quiet rolling, grippy
Cons: Limited Color Choices, medium weight, moderate rolling resistance
"So I have been the proud owner of this particular bike for a couple of months now and it looks as good now as it did out of the box, so that the first point - it looks good!
Performance? Well it has worked hard, I have managed to do long distance fast paced road riding, long tours (with luggage) and not to mention the spec for the bike -moutain bike riding. Result? - It will do all these, but generally I would stick to off road jobs. Still impressed it kept up with some nippy road bikes!!!
Features? Not the top spec in the world, yet there is a gut feeling that you have a reliable piece of engineering here, nothing 'fancy' to go wrong. Even so, the performace is maintained, lockouts are just that for example. Rear shock is wonderfully adaptable; provided you have a shock pump capable of up to 300 psi. Brakes are great on two 185mm rotors. There is also the added bonus of a pop-lock for those 'Recons'; a nice touch.
The biggest feature for your money is the chainset and rims, super duper good. Slick changes in all terrain and so easy to maintain afterwards. Can't fault this. The rims are so slick looking, yet strong and smooth, smashing.
Finally, after test riding other bikes, (hardtails too), when you ride this bad boy, you feel 'in' the bike, not 'on it'. This is rare; yielding a fabulous feel and level of comfort that makes every ride shear pleasure. Big bang for your buck, no other spec has all the pros for minimal cons ----- 'focus' on this brand."
Pros: Adjustable, Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Versatile, practical, easy to maintain
Cons: Limited Color Choices
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A waterproof neoprene overshoe with super-smooth styling designed for road cycling
"A decent product here, tested these in torrential rain purposely going through big puddles so they were submerged in the spray from the wheels. Result?
Dry and warm feet. The overshoes proved worthy and effective.
The point to note this was not a long term test, so whether water would leach in from underneath is unknown.
One drawback is that the neoprene is not durable and if you over stress the seams it will tear. Also walking alot with them on your shoes will wear the fabric out underneath as well. So a good investment if you are willing to look after them."
Pros: Good Fit, Great Value, effective
Cons: Limited Color Choices, Wears Out Easily
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Crosstown City Tyre
Panaracer's Crosstown 700c tyre is the ultimate choice for the commuter or tourist who wants maximum puncture protection and the added safety of increased reflectivity when riding at night.
"These are just ok tyres. Thay served the purpose well, however...
After about a year the rubber degrades and begins to split all over, not good for the money or relative to other brands.
Also around 12 months later, after a hard emergency stop, it had torn away the rubber, pretty much leaving the innner tube exposed. This, annoyingly caused a puncture some twenty metres later, all because these tyres fundamentally failed in their purpose. After that I went to another more reliable brand.
The only good thing is that they are fast tyres and initially good performers, just don't take them off road or skid on them."
Pros: Good Fit, fast tread
Cons: Low Quality, Poor Quality, Wears Out Easily
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Black Forest Pro 2009
The Black Forest Pro offers the rider a good performance Alloy Hardtail at an amazing price using a mixture of Shimano's SLX and Deore XT components.
"So after trying many bikes, this one turned out very sweet indeed! The best aspect about this bike are the rims, Mavic CrossRide Disc and the tyres. Makes the bike look very trim; it's like it has the equivalent of 29 inch wheels!. Lightweight, easily in the top ranks and has an excellent component set up.
It is also supremely stiff. For a non-hydroformed classic style construction, it's better than carbonfibre. For instance, there is little or no movement between the back tyre and the frame when you put 14st. on one pedal.
Took the bike through mud, rivers, rocks, road and everything else and it performed, at speed too, thanks to those wheels. Look out for any models with those rims.
One draw back is on quality of the frame, it is the same frame focus use throughout the range, and so has rear v-barke mountings, would it be so hard not to weld these on for such models?
Also you will need a chain stay protector as the chain really whips about on downhill rough ground, taking hefty chunks out of that brilliant paint scheme.
Otherwise a 'can't go wrong' bike for the intrepid XC rider. Just note it is not a sit down and ride bike, so comfort seekers are not advised."
Pros: Attractive, Great Value, Lightweight, Versatile, stiff