Good news. Schwalbe 47/50mm touring tires (622-47, 28 x 1.75; or 622/50, 28 x 2.0) fit the new Campeur frame nicely, with enough room that a fender could be installed with careful mounting. Smaller frame sizes may have slightly tighter clearances, so this information speaks specifically to 59 and 61cm frames with tires mounted to 25mm rims.
To my eye, the larger tires suit the frame much better than the narrow cross tires I initially mounted. I’m headed off for a few days of riding with Jeremy. Our route will likely connect rural paved highways and dirt roads through the Santa Fe National Forest, including sections of the Great Divide Route from Abiqui to Cuba.
Schwalbe Marathon Dureme tires are now discontinued, although Cass has a lightly used pair that he has lent for a period. The tire sidewall reads 622-50mm and the claimed weight is 645g. I love Schwalbe touring tires for their durable construction, resistance to punctures and pinching, and reflective sidewalls. Last year, I put over 12,000 miles on a pair of 26 x 1.75″ Marathons.
The Marathon Mondial is the top-of-the-line long haul touring tire from Schwalbe, a inexact replacement of the venerable XR model. Personally, I have always preferred the construction and the price of the standard Marathon, but the Mondial seems as if it will give a similar ride, with slightly better off-pavement traction. The Mondial features a robust sidewall and a versatile tread pattern for paved roads and dirt tracks. The raised portion of the tread is several millimeters thick and should run for many thousands of miles. The sidewall reads 622-47 and the claimed weight is 760g. A slightly larger model, 622-50, is also available.
Without a laptop computer and a full-sized tent, my gear easily fits into a small drybag up front and the capacious Carradice Camper saddlebag, which is mostly empty without food. I look forward to a large custom framebag which will reduce the need for the Carradice on short trips out of town.
I’ll be back in a few days. Until then, check out my post over on the Adventure Cycling Blog about touring and commuting on a fatbike. I’ll be sharing stories and ideas over there on a regular, monthly basis. Any thoughts for next month’s post?
It has been exactly a year since I bought the purple Pugsley in Seattle. You might enjoy revisiting my first thoughts on the new Pugsley (from a year ago) after hopping ferries and riding around the Puget Sound.