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Performance Forte Pro tires(8 posts)

Performance Forte Pro tiresDoug Boduch
Apr 24, 2001 8:09 PM
Has anybody tried the Performance Forte Pro road clinchers? I'm looking for a decent training tire, but I don't want to give up performance and feel.
funny you should askIxnixit
Apr 24, 2001 8:15 PM
Just put a pair on my bike and rode them today. They seemed to handle well, I did not get a flat and the felt pretty smooth. At the start, the seemed a little gummy, picking up lots of little crap off the road but that ended once they got a patina of road dust on them. Overall, can't say anything bad and they've lasted 40 miles so far. I plan on buying a second pair for one of my other bikes. As a comparison, I normally ride Techno Pros or Axial Pros. I can't say these felt significantly different than either of those two. We'll see how they last.
re: Performance Forte Pro tiressteeveo
Apr 25, 2001 4:52 AM
I've been running a pair for six weeks now. Had a devil of a time getting one of them to seat on the rim, but it finally took on the fourth try. I'd say performance and feel are average or a little above. Good training tire.
Identical experience; still impressedCory
Apr 25, 2001 8:26 AM
Put a pair on my wife's bike about two months ago. The rear wouldn't seat--the bead slipped off overnight (fortunately not while riding) two or three times. Couldn't see anything wrong with it; it finally held and it's been on now for 6-7 weeks with no trouble.
I've used several Performance tires over at least 10 or 12 years, and I've always been happy with them. I usually can't tell the difference in feel or wear between those and name-brand tires that cost quite a bit more.
Bead problemssteeveo
Apr 26, 2001 10:15 AM
Once you got your tires to seat, did they stay seated? Mine's been fine for several hundred miles, but I still worry about it on fast descents.
Tough to seat (STRONG bead), but once they're on, they're on.boy nigel
Apr 26, 2001 7:18 PM
I had a pair on my old bike (the Forte Pro Kevlars). One was also quite tough and frustrating to mount--seems to be a thing with them, since a few people say the same thing (I thought it was just me). Once I got the difficult one on, though, I got ZERO flats and good, supple rides out of them for the 1,000+ miles I rode on them before getting my new bike. When I need to change tires on the new one, I may just switch them over.

I found them really comfortable, dependable, and again, flat-proof for me. I also ride with proper (high) pressure in them, which helps with any tire.

Try them, they're very reasonably priced for such a nice tire.

Good luck,
Nigel
They're made by PanaracerJon(unregistered)
Apr 25, 2001 12:28 PM
and are basically the Stradius (Forte Pro) and Category Elite (Forte). I just got a Stradius to try out, and had the same loose bead problem - luckily it blew off after the ride, and not during. The tread compound does pick up a lot of dust, but it rides nicely and corners very well, so for the price, I think the Performance tires are pretty good.
Personally, I train on Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige tires (also from Performance, and on sale for $17.98 each right now). They're basically an Axial Supercomp with a different casing. Excellent feel, though, and pretty durable, at a very competitive weight.
Save a little more and get the Forte Kevlar (not the "Pro")shmoo
Apr 25, 2001 6:49 PM
They're the yellow ones. A great tire for the money. They roll nice and feel good. Smooth. A little soft though. No f**ts in 750mi so far. Currently on sale for $15 (yesterday on-line). They seem to be on sale at that price 2 or three times a year. The 215gr listed weight is accurate (I weighed them on a digital postal scale).