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The top 6 best 29 inch slick tires

In this article I’m going to give you a list of the best 29 inch slick tires.

Basically slick tires for these size wheels fall into 2 different categories. The first group are urban tires and the second gravel bike tires.

The first category are more affordable less competition-oriented tires with a main focus on durability. They are much heavier. The gravel tires are definitely up there with the best and can be used perfectly for setting records. They are lightweight and nimble.

Obviously, there’s a market for both, and it depends on you in which category you fall. Just make sure your specific rim supports the tire of your choice. 29 inch and 700C tires are the same width, but tires might need different rim widths. And the widths of tires here range from 40 to 60 millimeters.

With that being said, here are my top picks for the best 29 inch slick tires.

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 Recepter

Maxxis Recepter
Maxxis Recepter

The Maxxis Recepter is a great-looking option for people looking into slick tires with gravel characteristics.

Just as with the Continental Speed King it has hardly and tread pattern to speak of, but has small side knobbies for added grip when cornering.

It’s a lightweight performance tire sitting at 417 grams for a 40 millimeter width version.

The Recepter also comes with Maxxis’ tried-and-true EXO protection, which is hardly a luxury when taking your bike on rougher roads.

It means that this tire is a perfect companion for fast-riding on dirt roads and hardpack.

Maxxis Velocita

Maxxis Velocita
Maxxis Velocita

The Maxxis Velocita is a lightweight tubeless-ready slick.

They come in a single 40 millimeter width for the 29 inch and in either the 120 TPI EXO protective casing or the slightly heavier 60 TPI SilkShield. It’s up to you whether you go for durability or speed.

Most bicycle tire producers offer a slick gravel tire and this is Maxxis’ version. The compound, weight, and puncture protection combined with the fact that it’s tubeless compatible indeed make this a premium slick gravel tire.

Should you choose a slick such as this they feel naturally at home on asphalt, hardpack and gravel. For rougher riding conditions I would pick something with a bit more bite with respect to the tread pattern.

But for the conditions mentioned this is indeed a very robust tire, with the right characteristics.

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.

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.

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.

Specifications best 29 inch slick tires

NameSizeETRTOWeight (gr)Tread ColorSidewall ColorBuy at Amazon
WTB ThickSlick29×2.1052-622705BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Hookworm29×2.5063-6221230BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Velocita700X40C40-622380BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Velocita700X40C40-622425BlackBlacklink
Maxxis Recepter700X40C40-622417BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB29×2.1052-6221275BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB29×2.1052-6221350BlackBlacklink
Schwalbe G-One Speed29×2.3560-622560BlackBlacklink