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    Assuming NYC is to be pummelled with snow and ice for the next few months, I thought it might be time to prep my SS bike (On-One Pompino v3) for general duties.
    Looking for CX Clinchers that will be suitable for the odd park snow scramble and remain relatively quick on wet/slushy city roads.
    I need to fit 'em under SKS Longboard P45 fenders (so 32c-33c max really). Rims are TB14s, fwiw.

    Shortlist so far is:
    Continental Cyclo X King RaceSport 700x32c
    Kenda Small Block Eight Pro 700x32c
    Schwalbe CX Comp HS369 700x30c
    Specialized Trigger/Pro 700x33c

    Any advice or other recommendations? Extra points for gumwalls. TIA
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    I haven't tried any of the tires in your list, but I have had great results with the Schwalbe CX Pro tires. This is the third winter that I am running them and the treads are still in good shape and I've flatted only once with them (to be fair the inner tube was too small and the rim tape was a bit old). I even rode one winter fixed gear, which

    I live in Montreal and from December to March the roads here are mostly a mix of snow, ice and slush; some rare days with wet asphalt. The CX Pros would probably wear down more quickly if the roads were drier. Maybe the CX Comps last longer in drier conditions.
     

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Shortlist just got longer. If any of you have experience of these tires coming up significantly wider than stated, I'd love to hear about that.

    Continental Cyclo X King RaceSport 700x32c
    Kenda Small Block Eight Pro 700x32c
    Kenda Slant Six 700x32c
    Schwalbe CX Comp HS369 700x30c
    Specialized Trigger/Pro 700x33c
    Maxxis Raze 700x33c
    Michelin Mud 2 700x30c
    Clement PDX 700x33c
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    Shortlist just got longer. If any of you have experience of these tires coming up significantly wider than stated, I'd love to hear about that.

    Continental Cyclo X King RaceSport 700x32c
    Kenda Small Block Eight Pro 700x32c
    Kenda Slant Six 700x32c
    Schwalbe CX Comp HS369 700x30c
    Specialized Trigger/Pro 700x33c
    Maxxis Raze 700x33c
    Michelin Mud 2 700x30c
    Clement PDX 700x33c
    I actually like my mud 2's on the road, so they could work well for you. I hated them for cross. They are narrow, although I don't remember the width. I used them on a 50 mile "all road" ride in mud and miserable rain and they worked great, I was surprised with the speed on the road. I think they could work decent for snow too.
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    cheapo kenda kwick front and club roost cross terra rear combo did well last winter.

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    This post might be OT from what the OP wanted but I used to run CX tires front and rear for winter commuting in Calgary and after a couple incidents with black ice and just ice in general I have now switched to the Schwalbe marathon winter in the front and then run a Clement PDX in the rear. Love the combo as the front doesn't slip out from me anymore and the rear clears snow out of the tread quite well.
     

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Adding another option to your list... I like Clement MXPs.
     

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    PDXs run wide and are super soft rubber. Great for racing cross, but you will be unlikely to get a full winter out of them on the road.
     

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    if you're doing snow rides only, where you'll be riding snow covered streets, trails, or whatever, I'd look for a mud tire that will give you a bit more grip. If you're doing a lot on pavement, with occasional snow then I would opt for something a bit faster rolling. If you can figure out which has the toughest rubber compound, that would be my main consideration and I'd get that for sure. In my experience, pavement eats cross tires for breakfast and they're all gonna pretty much suck in the snow.
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    +1 on the PDX being a great tire for soft surfaces, but wearing quickly on the road.

    To me it would come down to the Michelin Jet and Kenda Small Block 8, with Michelin getting the not because its wider (despite being labeled as 30c). Unless one's on sale, then that one.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by thollandpe View Post
    +1 on the PDX being a great tire for soft surfaces, but wearing quickly on the road.

    To me it would come down to the Michelin Jet and Kenda Small Block 8, with Michelin getting the not because its wider (despite being labeled as 30c). Unless one's on sale, then that one.
    I could not see having a small knob tightly packed tire like the SB8 doing anything but packing snow? If it works than I guess my Geax AKA 29er tire would work also ? I liked the look of the ^Schwalbe CX Pro and Maxxis Raze. Tight center tread for rolling on dry pavement , open lugs for not packing snow.
     

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Nobody is suggesting studded snow tires? Am I the only one that doesn't like falling on ice? Also good winter specific tires have tread made for snow... Why you'd want to ride in the snow or on icy roads on non studded 32c cross tires is beyond me.
     

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    I've ridden studded tires (Schwalbe Marathon Winter), and while they were great on ice, they were meh on snow. If the snow was fresh or powdery, the tires were OK, but as soon as the snow became crusty or rutted, all bets were off.
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    I could not see having a small knob tightly packed tire like the SB8 doing anything but packing snow?
    After a brief visit to my LBS today to look at 32c SB8s in the flesh, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Slant Sixes might do it, but I'm erring toward a tread pattern more akin to the Michelins or the Contis..
    Quote Originally Posted by coolberto hipsterdor
    Why you'd want to ride in the snow or on icy roads on non studded 32c cross tires is beyond me.
    Icy roads are pretty much off the table for me. I don't commute, this bike is mostly for neighbourhood pub runs, grocery-getting and fun times.
    NYC drivers are bad enough when it's dry, I don't intend to share icy roads with them.
    Studded tires are probably a bit OTT for my needs here, but I'm sure other folks can make use of any wisdom regarding them.
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    Don't have much experience with other tires, but I have liked the Schwalbe Racing Ralph's on my CX bike for winter riding.

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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Why not use Continental Top Contact Winter tires? Also snow (packed in tread) on snow is grippier than rubber on snow.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bridge Guy View Post
    Why not use Continental Top Contact Winter tires? Also snow (packed in tread) on snow is grippier than rubber on snow.
    Thanks for the recommendation - the LBS suggested those yesterday but they narrowest they come in at is 37mm, so too wide for my use.
    A quick Google led me to this great li'l blog post though, most useful.
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    Default Re: 'Cross tires as Snow tires

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    the LBS suggested those yesterday but they narrowest they come in at is 37mm
    I have Travel Contacts that are labelled 37 but I doubt they measure over 34. If they seem perfect other than the width, see if you can get some real world data. Overstating the width might be common in that range.
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    Will do. I'll need to measure the height too though, my (limited) experience of tough touring tires like that is that they have taller sidewalls than your average CX tire.
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