What is it that you like most about the Nightrider tire? Is it the long tread life? The way it handles road crown? contact patch?
I have been looking at different 29’er road tires, and there aren’t many apart from the Schwalbe offerings. One that my LBS has in stock is the Serfas Drifter City 29x2.0, It’s got a nice round profile and good sidewalls. The tread looks like it might fair pretty well on xc trails, as well as road.
Anyway I am interested in finding out more about what makes the Nightrider a favorite for you.
I got my first 29er tire, a Michelin 700x50 slick, almost 4 years ago. I rode it off and on, and then I trained and raced RTL on it. It definitely shows wear, but it’s still very much rideable as a slick tire.
The Schwalbe slicks are very nice too. I have a pair on a bicycle.
I agree about more choice. It seems like most of the development has been in the XC category, with a couple of newer entries targeting more dh/freeride. There is really a dearth of good road choices, and I really don’t like the big apple. I have gotten used to the way it handles road crown, but the tread seems to be wearing at an unrealistically fast pace. The Serfas tire has much more tread, and a rounder profile. I suspect it will be a better tire all around than the big apple.
Here are the specs:
Integrated Flat Protection System Provides Superior Puncture Resistance. Inverted Tread Design Reduces Rolling Resistance for More Speed. Super Hard 69 Durometer Compound for Enhanced Tire Wear. Bead: Wire. Pressure: 65 PSI.
I will put in a plug for the Marathon Supreme tire by Schwalbe. It is light, great on corners, and rides very nicely. It is still new, so I am not sure how it will wear. I got the 29 X 2.00 tire, which is rated to 70 psi. I am running it about 60 psi.
What the heck is “Bouncing Capable”? Tires should generally absorb shock more than bounce.
All three of the other things have been the case for the Michelin City Slicker I’ve used. I have at least 2000 miles on it, mixed on and off road. I didn’t notice road camber issues. And I only remember getting 1 flat the whole time.
It sounds like the Schwalbe Marathon would work too. I don’t understand why you are wishing for something that is already available.