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How to choose the ideal covers for your serious bike

How to choose the ideal covers for your serious bike

The choice of covers for your bike is an important matter. Especially, if you operate on clues and paths. In the Serlal modality, therefore, succeeding with the covers can make a difference. Not surprisingly, it conditions key aspects such as comfort, performance and balance in injured field. We want to help you. Therefore, we have prepared a guide that will allow you to make the best decision when it comes to assembling tires for your serious bike. [IRP Posts = "7156" name = "Guide to choose the right bicycle"]]

What should a grave cover have

In general, the most balanced grave cover is 700 mm in diameter (the most common measurement in road wheels) and a width or ball of 32 to 55 mm, being the 40 mm the most used. You must have a rolling profile drawing or band, with small and compact tacos. In this way, a good grip is achieved, without losing the feeling that the bicycle advances with agility in each pedal. A good combination to travel paths and clues, but without giving up the asphalt.
Small and numerous tacos, tubels and diameter 700c define the most used Grave deck.
On the other hand, most serle cyclists, like MTB, opt for the use of tubeless. A system that allows to prevent punctures and roll with low pressures, since the possibility of bursts or bins is reduced to the maximum. Thus an extra grip and lightness is obtained.

The tire measures, keys in the choice

There is a lot of debate around the ideal width of grave covers. Also about its diameter. There is a wide range of measures, also due to the versatile and versatile character of its bicycles and routes. Cycling woman by serious bicycle For establishing a medium or reference point: the standard measure of a serious cover would be 700x40 mm. As we have already mentioned, it is the same diameter as that of a road bike, which allows us to enhance its rolling qualities. On the other hand, 40 mm of the ball provide a good base or contact on the ground, without supplying excessive ballast. From there, the dimensions can be increased or vary depending on the routes that you intend to make, of your driving style or the wheel pass that admits the bicycle itself (maximum width that can be installed). The new serious bicycles, especially those of high -end, already have a maximum wheel step of 55 mm.

Most used width measures

It is measured in mm, as in the road covers, oscillating between 32 and 55 mm (1.25 - 2,1 ”). Let's review these measures: 32 - 40 mm It is the range in which the most classic grave tires move, for more roller tours (track, smooth trails, gravel ...). The width would increase from the order of 0.5 - 1 cm compared to a cyclocross cover (32 - 34 mm), or a wide road (28 - 30 mm). 40 - 50 mm It is a recommended measure for rolling routes with some technical elements: declines, potholes, stones ... From 40 mm, asphalt performance is more compromised, as well as weight (above 500 grams per deck).
In the so -called GraioL+, with very technical routes, the most used deck diameter is 650b.
50 - 55 mm It is a measure that can be equivalent to a narrow MTB cover (2 - 2.10 ”). Indicated for serious routes with very technical stretches, descents and some trialera, also called Grange+. It is highly recommended that you are tubeled to contain weight increase and get maximum performance with low pressures. Serla bicycle

The diameter, 700c or 650b?

The Gravel has adopted the standard road diameter (700c), but also the intermediate diameter (650b) that promptly reigned in the MTB 10 years ago. Both have their own strengths. 700c: In inches it would be equivalent to 28 ”. It is a measure more focused on flat and rolling routes, more stable at high speeds and associated with pneumatic widths between approximately 32 and 45 mm.
The diameter 650b would be equivalent to a 27.5 ”wheel. A measure that has taken advantage of the growth of Grave to resurface.
650b: It would be equivalent to the wheels of 27.5 ”and were introduced into the Grave as more robust and radical bicycles were created, with elements inherited from the MTB, such as the suspension. It is the recommended wheel diameter for technical routes, with curves, narrow paths and obstacles. A 650b wheel is more nervous, fast of reactions and agile. But it is also less stable at high speeds and requires a more refined bike handling.

Choose the tachy

The form and number of tacos is also an important aspect when choosing your serious decks. In general, we will have to move between the semi -orsures or with drawing, and those of more aggressive taco. The semi -ory or drawing covers They are associated with wide between 32 and 40 mm and recommended for more asphalt routes than gravel or land. Also, if yours is to roll quickly and flee from the technical sections, consider this rolling band. The touched roller covers They are the most specific for Gravel, ideal for widths from 32 to 45 mm. A mixed profile with small and numerous tacos throughout the rolling band, to roll comfortable and with the right grip to correctly draw the curves or overcome some technical section. There are also variants with more separate and greater volume tacos, or arranged diagonally, for rain or mud. There are also covered with high tacos. You will find them more frequently in 650b models with wide 45 to 55 mm. It is the type of tachy used by the most radical severe cyclists, which barely touch the asphalt and dare with trialeras or obstacles. Serla bicycle

Other aspects to be valued: TPI, compounds and reinforcements

In addition to the measures and the tachy, do not forget to compare the value of the TPI / EPI, which refers to the density of the housing. Determine aspects such as the weight or resistance of the tire and in Grange it ranges between 60 and 120 TPI. Remember that at least TPI, the roof will be heavier, but more comfortable in irregular terrain and puncture resistant. As for the compounds of the rolling band, those of rolling profile and reduced hardness of 60a are imposed, with a large amount of rubber. Unless you want to compete, opt for this type of compound for greater grip or resistance. There are also models with specific reinforcements in the housing and flanks. Plates with anti -abrasive tissues and more opaque than conventional nylon threads. With them you get a stronger, stable and perforations resistant structure. As examples, we can refer to the Exo Protection of Maxxis and Snakeskin of Schwalbe.

What pressure inflate them?

As a general rule, the recommended pressure range on a serious cover ranges between 1.5 and 4.5 bars (22 - 65 psi), a margin that is between the MTB (1 - 3 bars) and the road (5 - 9 bars).
The range of pressures ranges from 1.5 (technical trails) and 4.5 bars (rolling and asphalt tracks).
Within this range, you must adapt your pressure to the type of roof, dimensions, your weight, terrain state, etc. As in any other cycling modality. Opt for lower than normal pressure if you use tubeless and wide greater than 40 mm (1.5 - 3 bars, usually 1 or 2 bars more than in one of MTB) and rise to 4 bars if the land is very rolling and MOVE MOST FINE MODELS.

The 5 most popular serious covers

Finally, nothing better than seeing all of the above in concrete grave cover models. In this case, we have chosen five of the most popular and demanded models today, each for a certain type of land.

Hutchinson Overide

Very common in serious bicycles focused on rolling and accumulating kilometers, simply. It has a central rolling band with tiny tacos, almost like a road cover with drawing. On the sides, these change to tacos shaped like larger and more separate rhombuses, to increase curve adhesion. [Captation Id = "Attachment_8403" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Hutchinson Overide covers Image: Hutchinson Overide covers.[/caption] It can be found in tubeless or chamber version, it has double compound and a light TPI of 127. Available in diameters of 650b, with width of 47 mm, and in 700c of 35, 38 and 45 mm.
  • Comfort: Well.
  • Grip: Well.
  • Antipinhazos resistance: very good.
  • Weight: Well.

Schwalbe G-one Bite

The Schwalbe G-one is very present in series assemblies in any of its 7 variants. And not stop taking new versions to the market. The last ones, the slight g-are rs. We present the most balanced option, the BITE, with good performance in all types of tracks. The tachy is small, rolling and well distributed throughout the central band, combined with a larger one on the sides and smooth spaces to better evacuate the mud. [Captation Id = "Attachment_8404" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Schwalbe G-one Bite cover Image: Schwalbe G-one Bite cover.[/caption] It is TUBELESS READY, it has compound Addix Speedgrip (blue, grip and good rolling mixture) and three -layer housing with snake skin to protect from punctures. Available in 700c or 650b option and on widths of 40 to 54 mm.
  • Comfort: Good.
  • Grip: very good.
  • Antipinhazos resistance: good.
  • Weight: Well.

Vittoria Land Dry

Another deck of Serla Rolling cover, specially designed for dry land. It is very practical for the forest tracks of Spain, both in summer and in dry winters. The Dry land has small hexagon -shaped tacos in the central band, which facilitates a soft and agile rolling. At the same time, it offers good traction in braking and curves with other much more prominent reliefs and willing diagonally on the side. [Captation id = "Attachment_8405" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Vittoria Land Dry Cover Image: Vittoria Land Dry.[/caption] It is offered in a large range of measures (from 31 to 47 mm) in 650b / 700c options and tubels or camera.
  • Comfort: very good.
  • Grip: Well.
  • Antipinhazos resistance: good.
  • Weight: very good.

WTB Path

An attractive option for more daring Serlal cyclists. WTB offers an aggressive tachy design, almost MTB profile. In addition, their characteristics Skinwall walls give the bicycle a more striking aesthetic touch. [Captation Id = "Attachment_8406" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]WTB trail cover Image: WTB trail cover.[/caption] It has double compound, has both camera and tubeless options and is available only to the extent 650bx47 mm.
  • Comfort: normal.
  • Grip: excellent.
  • Antipinhazos resistance: good.
  • Normal weight.

Rambler Maxxis

We end up with the most popular Maxxis grave cover, the Rambler. A versatile model, both for rolling and technical sections. Its tacos are somewhat more bulky than in roofs such as the land Dry Schwalbe G-one, but maintains a certain size and compact alignment to rolle comfortably. On the sides there are more prominent and in line with the most technical tires. [Captation Id = "Attachment_8407" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Rambler Maxxis Cover Image: Rambler Maxxis cover.[/caption] It has options with extra exo protection, for camera or tubeless and measures both 650b and 700c, with widths ranging from 38 to 50 mm. It also unfolds in two versions according to the TPI: 60 or 120.
  • Comfort: Good.
  • Grip: very good.
  • Antipinhazos resistance: very good.
  • Weight: Well.
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