Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bike Tech Review: GEAX Roadster 26x1.5 Road Tire

A cyclist who owns a mountain bike appreciates the rig's versatility when it comes to tackling various kinds of terrain. Usually, one uses a 1.9" or wider tire as standard tires for their MTB. If you wanted to convert your MTB to a hybrid commuter, the first thing you got to change is the tire. I bought a pair of GEAX Roadster tires for my bike just to try out the feel of it. The trails in Silang are slowly disappearing, which made me think of mounting slick tires.
Here is the tire specification:
Tire Diameter: 26"
Tire Width: 1.5"
Tire Weight: 650grams
Recommended Tire Pressure: 60psi
Maximum Tire Pressure: 75psi

black side wall tires

Image (c) GEAX
Performance: Low rolling resistance makes my rig go a little faster. I shaved off a few seconds off from my usual bike time. It rolls fast on pavement and dry packed foot paths. I haven't tested this on wet pavement and mud.
Overall: I like this tire. I would use this during the dry months and reserve my wider XC tires for the wet season.
Disclaimer: this is just comparing today and Nov 19 bike run. Non-scientific comparison, the conditions were not the same for the run. Course was the usual exercise route I take.

Course run with Panaracer Soar XC 26x2.1

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 11/19/2013 6:52am
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 31.21 km (19.4 mi)
Total time: 1:56:29
Moving time: 1:50:26
Average speed: 16.07 km/h (10.0 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 16.95 km/h (10.5 mi/h)
Max speed: 54.40 km/h (33.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.73 min/km (6.0 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.54 min/km (5.7 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.10 min/km (1.8 min/mi)
Max elevation: 274 m (899 ft)
Min elevation: 44 m (143 ft)
Elevation gain: 766 m (2512 ft)
Max grade: 13 %
Min grade: -18 %
Recorded: 11/19/2013 6:52am

Course run with GEAX Roadster 26x1.5

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 11/21/2013 6:18pm
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 31.46 km (19.5 mi)
Total time: 2:01:18
Moving time: 1:49:38
Average speed: 15.56 km/h (9.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 17.22 km/h (10.7 mi/h)
Max speed: 55.15 km/h (34.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.86 min/km (6.2 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.48 min/km (5.6 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.09 min/km (1.8 min/mi)
Max elevation: 270 m (887 ft)
Min elevation: 37 m (121 ft)
Elevation gain: 742 m (2436 ft)
Max grade: 20 %
Min grade: -26 %
Recorded: 11/21/2013 6:18pm

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