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?