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I have a set of Velocity Dually 29” wheels. The interior rim width is 39mm. I currently have Surly Knard tires but get a lot of buzz when riding on pavement. Ideally, I'd like a set of tires that run smoother on pavement but still good for mild-offroad/gravel.

What properties should I look for in a tire for my needs?

  • Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. – Daniel R Hicks Jun 25 '16 at 19:58
  • I use slicks on offroad gravel ( forest tracks in the nordmarka, Oslo ) quite happily, if you drop the pressure so there's more traction – Nic Jun 25 '16 at 21:30
  • Look for tyres that have a tread pattern with a solid and unbroken "rim" of rubber on the middle. Most of your road riding is straight and forward, so this keeps a "slick" surface in contact with the road. When off-road you're leaning more, and the surface tends to be less flat and also softer so you sink in a bit more. This allows the shoulder knobblies to get some bite. – Criggie Jun 25 '16 at 21:41
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    The biggest slick 29er tire that I know of is the Schwalbe Big Apple which comes in a 2.35. – Batman Jun 28 '16 at 13:56
  • Maybe a dumb question, but have you tried increasing the tire pressure for pavement use? Lower psi -> larger contact patch -> more noise, generally speaking... – Sam May 15 '18 at 18:20

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