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should i spend on high end tires?(14 posts)

should i spend on high end tires?colker
Jun 29, 2002 5:21 AM
ride on hutchinson excells. built the bike from scratch and saved on wahtever i could.didn't know tires would make any difference in ride quality. have only one bike and don't race. ride for pleasure and commute.
should i go thge open corsas continental 3000 way? they are $100 around here.. need a new cassette and $ is scarce.
re: should i spend on high end tires?Jekyll
Jun 29, 2002 6:16 AM
If you need a cassette(assuming due to wear), get a cassette - otherwise you will cost yourself more in the long run with shifting problems, accelerated wear of other drive train parts, etc. If you need a cassette (because you need a different gearing range) get the cassette - having the correct gearing ratios for your riding type and terrain is more important than anything a tire will ever do for you.
Otherwise get a set of good tires, they do ride and stick better. Your two choice are great tires, also add the Pro Race/Axial Pro to your list (Super Go $35).
What are your priorities?Spoke Wrench
Jun 29, 2002 6:31 AM
High end tires are thinner and more supple. They have better traction, better ride and lower rolling resistance. They also wear out more quickly and cut more easily.

Several guys on the board have recommended Continental Gatorskins as combining decent performance with good puncture resistance.
No way!!!MXL02
Jun 29, 2002 6:58 AM
IMHO, most high end cycling equipment is designed with one end in mind...speed!! Not durability or ride. So if money is an object and you ride for recreation, spending alot of money on tires to me is nuts. Get some cheapo tires like Vittoria Rubino and butyl tubes...they may not be the fastest tires but they will wear well and ride nicely. The Continental Gatorskin is also a good value, as has been pointed out.
more expensive tires can be worth itColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 9:09 AM
If you have the $ to replace em more often they wide much nicer and corner much better. When I can get Conti GP 3000s for $20 apeicce (overseas) I figure why bother with lesser tires? There is a difference.
where do you get GP3000 for $20 ???PeterRider
Jul 1, 2002 1:45 PM
I thought that the place was, but now they don't sell online any more :-( So I thought that the best place for those tires was at 29$ ?


yeah it was sdeals...but similar deals are to be hadColnagoFE
Jul 2, 2002 8:23 AM
from parker and totalcycling.
more like $27-28 though....still not too bad (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 2, 2002 8:26 AM
continental 2000's? 23'colker
Jun 29, 2002 12:27 PM
they are priced at $40 a pair. rubino pros the same.
$100???!!!!!!!Kerry Irons
Jun 29, 2002 6:22 PM
Conti GP3000, Michelin Axial Pro, Vredestein Fortezza TriComp are all less than $30 (each) at LaBicicletta.
$100! try Ebay too.. but...Old_school_nik
Jun 30, 2002 5:34 AM
Ebay has all 3 of those tires for less too... don't forget to check feedback of the seller and you can save a few more dollars over La Bicycle, Supergo et al.
$19.95 overseas...just buy enough to cover the shipping (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 9:09 AM
Conti Gatorskins nmDougSloan
Jun 30, 2002 11:14 AM
$100 for a set I hopeColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 9:07 AM
Better tires make a huge difference...but you don't need to go as far as to get a super high end tire. The Ultra 2000s (would recommend the folding over the wire bead) will be about as good as the GP3000s and will wear longer. On the other hand the GP 3000s will stick a bit better to corners. They have softer rubber. They will also be a bit lighter than the 2000s.