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Gear Talk / Re: 26" tour tires -- available/future availability
« on: October 04, 2012, 08:58:22 am »
I should have added that this will be the 90% of the time commute/tour/grocery-getter/gravel-grinder/ride-with-a-big-smile/I-believe-in-all-arounder-bikes bike...

Gear Talk / Re: 26" tour tires -- available/future availability
« on: October 04, 2012, 07:11:43 am »

Why the Pangea? What type of touring are you planning? I'm not trying to be nosey, but maybe I can help you decide.

Have you looked at the Divide?

The singletrack around my part of the midwest is pretty tame in terms of technical: very little rock, few dropoffs/log crossings.  Want to be able to ride it, but not looking to "shred" or whatever the latest term is for more extreme mtb'ing...  As far as touring goes, the sky is the limit in the year's ahead.  Immediately, it will be S240s, and likely the Badlands of North/South Dakota next year.  Want to ride some/all of the GDMBR.  And of course, there's plenty of backroad highway to explore in the Midwest.  I have looked at the divide, but I'm not really thrilled with the geometry and how it would be affected when I ran a smaller tire.  Ultimately, the 26" wheel is a draw for me due to family member's 26'ers (we can share spare's {tires/tubes}on a tour, I own 26" mtb's {I can share wheels with myself}, I own/will be owning a couple other 26" wheeled bikes shortly.

By the way, how do you like the Rohloff, so far? 

Gear Talk / 26" tour tires -- available/future availability
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:34:29 pm »
Looking at a new Touring bike and am very interested in the Co-Motion Pangea for many reasons: tire clearance, common size w/other bikes and family member's bikes, should be rugged enough for the singletrack near my home.  Only concern for me is the range of good tires and future availability thereof.   Seems like Continental, Vittoria, and Schwalbe have a shrinking range of 26ers.   Do yiu 26" riders agree w/my perception, or am I worrying about a non-issue?  Any other reasons not to go 26"?

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