Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear?

In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-less-direct competitor to Schwalbe's Marathon line.

  • They were "gumwalls", and the problem with them was that that light-colored rubber rotted in months. The black coloring ("carbon black") in tires helps them resist UV damage and also improves wear. If you insist on having a color other than black, try very hard to get tires with silicone rubber, not regular (un-blackened) gum rubber. Commented May 23, 2016 at 11:38
  • Your info on "why" these tires don't exist much anymore could theoretically answer this product recommendation question while gaurwraith's answer provided the required terminology... assuming that the other doesn't get closed. Commented May 23, 2016 at 11:56
  • I'm not sure why you edited out the picture. I know what a gumwall tire is, but there are probably many younger readers here who have no idea what one is. I think the image makes a good addition to your question.
    – FreeMan
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:25
  • @FreeMan: I edited out the picture in order to make the distinction between two nevertheless-related questions more apparent, but the Gods of StackExchange were still not pleased. Commented May 23, 2016 at 19:54
  • While the other question was closed by votes from our highest rep user and a very experienced moderator, any 5 users with 3000 rep can vote to reopen it. It is sometimes the case that we close questions as duplicates when the questions are different in some way, but the answer is the same. It's about funneling people who are looking for information to the right place.
    – andy256
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 23:01

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Those are called gumwalls. With this keyword you can easily search for them. Brands I see mounted on my friend's bikes are the likes of bontrager, panaracer, schwalbe, but Id say that most tyre manufacturers have a gumwall offer.

  • Thanks; I created a new question so you can answer it specifically. Commented May 23, 2016 at 11:38
  • If I remember correctly, product recomendation is not welcomed, but gumwalls are getting trendy and almost all brands are offering either a specific road bike gumwall tyre or making already existing models available in gumwall fashion. Thus said, 2 of my friends seen quite happy with bontrager r4, and they are packing serious mileage on the same pair. They are expensive I think.
    – gaurwraith
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 11:57
  • Well, someone ironically downvoted my other question despite that this one is the one asking for a recommendation (of course I can't tell who it was), so it looks like someone is unhappy about my decision to split up this question; Answer that one and I'll accept both of them for you Commented May 23, 2016 at 12:04

Panaracer Pasela PT are an excellent road/light touring tan sidewall tire, but they're lighter than the Marathon, which is more of a heavy duty loaded touring/urban tire. There's also the Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy, which are decent but I like the Pasela PT more.

The Black/Tan version of the Michelin World Tour is in the same genre as the Marathon but not as nice, and I think it's only been made in 27 and 590. I'm not sure it's made at all anymore.

There are a couple sizes of the Halo Twin Rail in black/tan. I don't really have an opinion about these but the puncture protected ones are kind of in the hybrid/touring genre like the Marathon.

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