In this article I’m going to give you a variety of the best 650b slick tires available.
I’ve added two distinct version of tires. The first category is true slicks. Those are tires, which have almost no tread pattern to speak of, or are entirely smooth. The other category are semi-slicks. That group of tires, have smooth or semi-smooth center lines, and a more pronounced tread pattern on the sides. These semi-slicks are far more adequate when you use the tires on anything else but smooth tarmac, and can rightly be called gravel tires.
I’ve also added quite a range of widths and weights. Usually with bicycle components, including tires, you pay more for less. So tires weighing less, but having the same width are more performance-oriented for those of you who care. But there are also enough options for the more budget-minded among us.
So without further ado, here’s my list of the best 650b slick tires.
Continental Contact Speed
Meant for the road the Continental Contact Speed is a slick tire in the true sense of the word. A minimalistic profile will turn your bike into a city slicker.
It’s not especially light, but that’s reflected in the price, making this one of the more affordable options on this list. But even with a lower price you still get Continental’s more than adequate SafetySystem breaker technology, ensuring chances of flats are minimized.
Continental Speed King Racesport II
I don’t know how many lists this tire is on, but I can assure you it’s many. And for good reasons.
The Continental Speed King Racesport II might have one of the longest names for a tire I have ever seen, but is sure ticks a lot of boxes. And it’s no wonder my own city slicker sports a set.
There’s just no tire that comes even close to this tire in the weight department. The 2.2 inch width version tips the scales at a mere 430 grams, and that’s the least on this list which features tires that are much slimmer.
Besides that low weight, it has an aggressive tread pattern to take you ofroad, and will simply look damn awesome on your build.
The WTB Horizon is a gorgeous and supple 650b slick tire, that’s available in both black and true tan-wall options.
The 47 millimeter width tire comes in both a single ply 60 TPI and a more supple 120 TPI version. The center tread has no pattern whatsoever and is flanked by dual herringbone patterns to provide a modicum of traction when riding anything else but smooth tarmac and pavement.
It’s fully tubeless compatible and the round tire ranging between 515 and 571 grams for the various versions will make a plush ride indeed for any type of light gravel riding or urban commuting.
Ive looked at all WTBs tires. I always loved the color of their skinwall, but the WTB ThickSlick is a fully black 650b slick tire. But the ThickSlick is true to its name and has absolutely no profile whatsoever, which makes for a very clean look on any bike.
Although the slickest of the bunch here, the dual compound doesnt make them the lightest with 713 grams for a 1.95 inch width version.
The Maxxis Recepter is a great-looking option for people looking into 650b 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 an lightweight performance tire sitting at 485 grams for a 1.85 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.
The Maxxis DTR-1 is an affordable semi-slick 650b tire with a tread pattern for urban assaults.
The foldable version is reasonably light for its width of 47 millimeters, coming in at just over 500 grams.
It’s a no-fuss tire for people looking for a fast-rolling commuter option for their bike without having to dig too deep into their wallets.
I also decided to include the Schwalbe Hurricane in this list. Its a shame they dont sell them in skinwall versions as well. But the tire packs a solid combination of a flat centerline and side knobs.
So if you want to keep a MTB look for your tires without sacrificing too much speed on the road, this is the perfect tire for you. Especially if you like the occassional trail as well because of the added grip.
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 Thunder Burt
Another fantastic option from Schwalbe, and on the more premium side, is the Schwalbe Thunder Burt. It’s a very lightweight XC tire with hardly and tread pattern in the center to speak of.
If you feel that you might be gravel oriented with your bike this is an excellent choice. The raised knobbies on the side will give you the confidence you’re looking for, while the extremely low weight of just 510 grams also means these mid-size tires are very fast.
Specifications best 650b slick tires
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread Color||Sidewall Color||Buy at Amazon|
|Continental Contact Speed||27.5×2.00||50-584||700||Black||Black||link|
|Continental Speed King Racesport II||27.5×2.20||55-584||430||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB||27.5×2.10||54-584||1200||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB||27.5×2.25||57-584||1270||Black||Black||link|
|Schwalbe Thunder Burt||27.5×2.10||54-584||510||Black||Black||link|