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CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A GOOD 27" TIRE??(6 posts)

CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND A GOOD 27" TIRE??Large Cyclist
Jul 16, 2001 2:38 PM
I put on a pair of Specialized Armadillos about a year ago. The rear tire has bubbled out considerably, and my LBS is going to replace it with a comparable tire of my choice. I happen to have the latest Nashbar catalog on my desk, and they have something called the Continental Sport 1000 road tire. It comes in both 27 1/8" and 27 1/4" sizes. I've had Continental tires on my mountain bike in the past--the Continental Town & Country. I've always been impressed by the longevity, reliability, and durability of these tires.

If you know of something better, I'd like to hear about it. Thanks! :)

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I FORGOT TO MENTION...Large Cyclist
Jul 16, 2001 2:40 PM
that this is the second Specialized Armadillo that my LBS has run across with this problem. Maybe it was a bad batch...?

Large Cyclist
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Conti 1000's...d_alex
Jul 17, 2001 4:53 AM
...are a really cheap tyre. They are thin, and puncture very easily. Since they started making them in Thailand, the quality of them has gone right into the toilet. It's not surprising that the LBS suggested them-they are 1/2 the price!! I have been using Specialized Turbo Armadillos, in 27x1 1/4 for a year now (since switching from those awful conti's), and have had no problems, no flats. Get another armadillo-they are the best 27" tyre available.
MY LBS DID NOT SUGGEST THEM...Large Cyclist
Jul 18, 2001 7:06 AM
My idea, 100%... based on the excellent experiences I've had with their 26" Town & Country tires.

As to the Armadillos... this was the 2nd incident of "bubbling over" that my LBS has noticed on those tires. I think I'll wait, and see if that was just a bad batch, or if we have a recall in the making...

Thanks for the input about the Contis, though, d_alex. If I could just find a way to convert a 27" frame to take 700cc wheels...

Large Cyclist
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people convert them every day!d_alex
Jul 18, 2001 7:08 AM
If everybody needs 27s, how come they don't make more?cory
Jul 18, 2001 8:01 AM
Seems like the quest for 27s pops up here every couple of weeks. I still use them on an old beater/commuter/rain bike, and the choices are getting pretty slim...
I agree about the Armadillos--I've used them a lot in 27 and 700 and never had a problem. I've also had good luck with both Nashbar and Performance house brands (Perf's are IRC, I think). But they're so cheap I just ride them until they give me trouble, then throw them away.
Another possibility is Schwalbe Tire (www.schwalbetires.com). Haven't tried them, but a couple of friends use them a lot and like them.
If the bike has canti brakes, you might be able to swap straight over to 700c wheels when you finally get tired of the search. I did it with my Trek tourer--all it took was adjusting the brake pads down a little bit. Works perfectly, and I have a huge choice of tires in 700.