Item: Resist Nomand 700c X 35mm
How long used: 6 months
Where used: Daily commute, little bit of single track
What similar product have you used: Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700c X 32mm
Following a good 6 or 7 months on my Rando Hypers, I thought it would be nice to switch up tyres, and as I run Demolition Momentum tyres on my bmx, I thought I’d try the big boy version of them. I also wanted a larger tyres for some more cushion and also cool guy off road looks.
I bought two 35mm Nomads from Saintcloud and once mounted, the first thing I noticed was they were as wide as my 32mm Randos. This has been widely reported on the internet, so wasn’t unexpected, just a bit disappointing as I don’t think I would be able to fit the largest version of these tyres in my frame.
While mounting them (which was easy), I did notice the tyre was very thin compared to the puncture protection equipped tyres. The tyre is a consistent thickness through. I originally thought this would be cause for concern with punctures in the glass filled bikelanes I encounter on Albert Street.
Initial rides revealed a very comfortable and fast tyre, with minimal noise and good grip. I felt more comfortable on these than I did the Randos, it may be the slightly softer rubber compound (may not actually be softer, just feels it) that they use or the almost slick tread pattern that contributed to this. My confidence on these tyres has not changed since day one, even 6 months on.
I spend very little time off road and don’t feel too confident riding off road clipped in and on a big bike, so all I can say is the small amount of time spent on hard packed dirt have been fine. Reducing psi would make a difference also. These aren’t going to replace your cross tyres, but they will serve you well if you need to cut across some dirt tracks or fire trails on your way home.
As mentioned before, the tyre is quite thin compared to other puncture resistant tyres and suprisingly I have not had any more punctures than with the Randos or other road tyres I’ve had previous. It took me almost three months to get my first puncture and it was glass that would have taken out any other tyre I’ve run previous. I did however have two flats in three days last week, which could be contributed to a 6month old tyre, excessive rain washing more crap into the bike lane and just badluck. Luckily these tyres are very easy to remove and mount with a set of tyre levers. I don’t know if you could get it off with just your hands and brute strength, I’ve never tried to do that as I always have tyre levers with me.
The wear in 6months in pretty minimal. The tyre hasn’t squared off at all and is still a very round profile. I have not rotated them in the 6months I’ve had them, so the rear is more worn from doing mad skids, but not enough to think about replacing it just yet.
Would I run them again? I would and will, I’ve had no issues with them that I haven’t faced previous and as they are made by a bmx company, I would like to support them when possible.
I will look to see if the 45mm will fit without mudguards during summer though.
Hopefully this covers everything, if you have any questions. send me a PM!