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All-purpose 'commuter' tyre?

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My IRC Mythos 1.9" semi-slicks have become slicks after two years of commuting, so I need to replace them. I was a fan of the regular Mythos in my early MTB years which is why I got the semi-slicks for commuting. Nothing wrong with them but I figure technology must have moved on in the last few years and something better is out there.

My commute is 100% asphalt on the way in, and about 50% asphalt, 50% hard-packed fireroad on the way home. If it gets too slick I usually stick to the asphalt. However, I want a tyre that I can take off-road if needed - I sometime ride some hard-packed single trail on the way home.

I've considered a thinner tyre (1.3" or less), but I think that this could lower the gearing enough for me to run out of gears (I ride at the top end now). Plus these models all seem to be heavier than the mythos and often have higher rolling resistance. I searched my online LBS who stock the Schwalbe Fast Fred 2.0" (bonus: increases my gearing slightly!). This seems light and low profile but perhaps not puncture resistance. Continental's Twister Supersonic looks similar.

Anyone have experience with these tyree? Or other suggestions?
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My SS commuter has Panaracer Mach SS semis on it, 1.95s. They're not too bad for that job. Reasonable weight (kevlar version), etc. I want more of a slick on it though.
If you can find some of the original Kenda Kosmic Lite's (1.9 or 1.85, fairly narrow). They're freaking light, and good sticky compound. I liked them on the commuter, as long as you aren't riding over a lot of glass, they are a race tire after all.
geax evolution

they are similar to the conti t&c
If it isn't a lot of uphill, Schwinn Typhoon Cord has the lowest rolling resistance of a tire its size. I've run 40 pounds front, 60 back (max is about 62 for that size tire in general) for several thousand miles with no signs of wear and only one flat. They're pretty fun up at 24 to 28 miles per hour on flat ground and pretty slow up hills because of 980 grams weight. My average downhill speeds range from 35 to 42 with 140 pound rider.

City riding is a good place for Panaracer T-Serv that has a far faster speed than a slick, plus the ability to stop in the wet. They do not slip. Gravel handling is above average for its size.

The extremely inexpensive Kenda Kross seems to have mastery of gravel plus pavement riding. Yet, I'm sure you could have that experience out of a classic velvet center knobbie, such as Maxxis High Roller Semi Slick.
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