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    I don't really use my iron horse mountain bike off road. So i was thinking of switching to a semi slick or a slick tire what are your guys thoughts on this? Or do you recommend something else that doesn't require me going to a full on roadbike.

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    ^a former colleague of mine tried this, he didn't notice much difference, so it's probably not worth the switch. You will notice a mountain bike to road bike switch though.

    I have slicks on my road bike, I have had a couple of spills when wet, have to be careful them. I have an aluminum specialized sectur, cost about 700 or so on sale, I like it a lot, you can get a very good road bike much cheaper than a very good mountain bike. I also have an ibera PAK RAK that I got on line which is nice if you commute.
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    I put these on my bike for summer:
    http://www.mec.ca/product/5014-766/d...10+50002+51140
    They're inexpensive and I always notice a substantial drop in rolling resistance when I make the changeover from my winter tires:
    http://www.mec.ca/product/4018-655/s...02+51103+51140
    I've never had a traction issue with the near-slicks except when I've ventured off-road. They even worked well when I was a little late switching over in the fall and I had to ride home in the snow.
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    for road and paved trail use, theres a noticeable drop in rolling resistance.
    if you are a stronger rider, you may find the gearing too low on a mountain bike when equipped with slicks.

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    You should notice a pretty significant difference going to a slick or semi slick, especially if you have really knobby mountain bike tires on your bike right now.

    Personally, I ride a Specialized crosstrail which is a hybrid bike. Basically it's an urban style bike with a front suspension but it's fairly light and excellent for the type of riding I do. Perfect around the city and manages the potholes well. Pretty good for light trail riding too. However, it depends on the kind of riding you do and your price range if you are looking for a new bike.

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    ^ Those would allow you to maintain decent off-road capability while providing somewhat lower rolling resistance than a pure off-road tire. Great if you ride a little of everything except mud and technical single track. You can do better if you are planning to stick to roads and paved trails though. Tread on bike tires is all about getting a grip on soft surfaces - if you never ride on soft surfaces, you don't need tread. If you occasionally do some light unpaved trail riding, go for a smooth center with some tread on the sides.

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    ^Do you have any links or suggestions?

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    ^ I like the ones I linked to in my first post. I don't do any technical / extreme conditions riding and I've never had a problem with them on roads or paved trails, dry or wet or even on wet snow. 95% of my riding is on pavement, but I occasionally ride a gravel or dirt multi-use trail and the rear tire will sometimes spin a bit when climbing hills, but I've never slipped sideways. Many of the MEC reviews complain about poor puncture resistance, but I always use tube liners (made from old tubes) and I rarely get flats.

    Disclaimer - I only use the slick on the back, my front tire looks more like this (not the same brand, but similar tread pattern) :
    http://westerncycle.com/product/cont...ry-82449-1.htm
    I got it at a few years ago at MEC for much cheaper, but I haven't seen them there lately.

    If you are looking for something with a bit more off-road grip but maintaining low on-road rolling resistance, you might consider something like the one linked above (I used to have one for the rear as well, and it did perform better off-road, with just a little more drag on-road), or something like this:
    http://westerncycle.com/product/cont...ch-62680-1.htm
    Personally I'm not a fan of such a drastic change in tread from the center to the sides - it can be a bit disconcerting when the block tread makes contact when cornering on pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium48 View Post
    I put these on my bike for summer:
    http://www.mec.ca/product/5014-766/d...10+50002+51140
    They're inexpensive and I always notice a substantial drop in rolling resistance when I make the changeover from my winter tires:
    http://www.mec.ca/product/4018-655/s...02+51103+51140
    I've never had a traction issue with the near-slicks except when I've ventured off-road. They even worked well when I was a little late switching over in the fall and I had to ride home in the snow.
    I have the same slicks from MEC on my bike. Have worked great for a few years! Love them.

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