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The top 5 best 29 inch slick mountain bike tires

In this article I’m going to give a number of options for the best 29 inch slick mountain bike tires.

The tires in this list represent a category of unique examples that can be used for urban, commuting, touring, and gravel purposes. Obviously there are better options available should you still have the desire to take your mountain bike onto a trail.

It’s only natural that these type of tires are pretty uncommon, since these type of tires are usually reserved for other wheel sizes. Nonetheless, and luckily for us, some tire manufacturers cater to more distinct wishes from the cycling community.

So without further ado, here are my picks for the best 29 inch slick mountain bike tires.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB

Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB

The Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB looks like a knobby tire, but if you look close enough you can see that center tread will let you run smoothly across pavement.

You will need that smooth centerline, because this tire is the heaviest on the list by far. It weighs three times more than the lightest tire on this list. The biggest plus for hauling all that extra weight is that in terms of puncture protection, this tire has absolutely no equal.

So for those of you who want the risk of flats nearing zero, this is the tire for you.

Schwalbe G-One Speed

Schwalbe G-One Speed
Schwalbe G-One Speed

If you’re a person who likes fast plush rides on pavement and slightly course roads the Schwalbe G-One Speed is probably the best tire money can buy.

It’s an exceptional big volume road tire that’s light, nimble, and let’s you rip down the road with a big grin on your face. It’s a step up in width from your average road tire, which means you get an incredibly supple and plush ride and loads of grip. Sure you have to sacrifice a bit in the rolling-resistance departement when compared to a 25 millimeter road tire, but this tire is simply more fun to ride and much, much more comfortable.

And this tire doesn’t shy away from light gravel riding as well, broadening the range of application beyond very fast commuting.

WTB ThickSlick

WTB ThickSlick
WTB ThickSlick

The WTB ThickSlick is an oddity in WTB’s lineup. It’s a slick in the truest sense of the word, since there’s no tread pattern at all.

This makes for quite a distinct design should you mount these on 29 inch rims, especially since the 2.1 inch provides enough volume to give the tire some presence.

With a 30 TPI casing it does mean it has a reasonable weight, coming in at 705 grams, but truth be told there are much heavier contenders on this list.

This is not a tubeless tire so you will need to use tubes for your setup. If you compare that to Maxxis tires or Schwalbe’s G-One Speed, it will add another 200 grams to the overall setup.

So who should buy this tire? It’s for people who’re looking for comfort over pure speed. The combination of weight and volume makes for a plush ride, with 29 inch wheels that’ll thunder across uneven tarmac.

Maxxis Hookworm

Maxxis Hookworm
Maxxis Hookworm

The Maxxis Hookworm is a durable urban road bike tire meant to last for many miles as a trustworthy commuting companion.

It’s a large volume, round, and heavy wired tire that smooths out small bumps and road buzz once it has gathered momentum. It’s definitely not a race tire.

It has one of the weirder looking tread patterns I’ve seen on a tire, which makes it fall into the semi-slick category since there are no knobbies whatsover. The swirling patterns probably do a well siphoning water away to the outside in wet conditions.

I’ve run these type of heavy round tires and can say they offer a very plush and comfortable feel, and once you get going are fast enough for quick urban assaults.

Maxxis Pace

Maxxis Pace
Maxxis Pace

The Maxxis Pace is a cross country tire with the most minimal tread pattern in Maxxis’ XC lineup.

It’s an excellent tire if you want to keep the MTB nature of your bike, being able to ride comfortably and confidently on other surfaces than flat tarmac. The tire has excellent rolling-resistance characteristics which makes it perfectly suitable for urban riding, while the minimalistic knobbies still provide enough bite for hardpack and gravel riding in dry conditions.

And with a 2.1 inch width the tires don’t feel out of place on your 29er. Furthermore it displays other features of a fullblown mountain bike tire, with it being tubeless compatible and having Maxxis EXO puncture resistance in a relatively lightweight package of 650 grams.

Specifications 29 inch slick mountain bike tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
Maxxis Hookworm29×2.5063-6221230BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Pace29×2.1053-622650BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe G-One Speed29×2.3560-622560BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB29×2.1052-6221275BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB29×2.1052-6221350BlackBlacklink
WTB ThickSlick29×2.1052-622705BlackBlacklink