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Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?(6 posts)

Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?cycleaddict
Mar 22, 2003 10:52 AM
I'm headed for two weeks of light touring in Provence that will include several days of fast-paced rides with a local French cycling club. We will be climbing Mt.Ventoux several times and I'm looking for a tire that presents me with a good compromise between touring and fast decending. I weigh 170# and will normally tour with another 30# of weight on the bike.
Any suggestions?
re: Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?Spoke Wrench
Mar 22, 2003 11:56 AM
Somewhere down below, I have a post that says that if I were buying tires today I'd get a pair of Continental Gatorskins. The people I know who have used them are uniform in praising their combination of good performance coupled with good puncture resistance.
re: Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?cycleaddict
Mar 22, 2003 12:20 PM
Thanks SpokeWrench,

I'll check and see if the Gatorskins come in a 700-28 size, if not, 700-25 will be OK too. Are these the same tire as the Continental Four Season?
re: Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?Trent in WA
Mar 22, 2003 9:25 PM
700 x 28c is something of a "sweet spot" for tires--there's a variety available that will suit your needs. The Avocet Duros are very, very nice, as are Panaracer Paselas and the Panaracer / Rivendell Roly Polys. Conti's Ultra 2000's are also good, though they might be a bit more fragile than the above. Some of Hutchinson's tires are available in 700 x 27. Most of these will be available both with and without Kevlar beads and belting. I've used the Avocets and the Paselas in 700 x 32 and like 'em both a lot. The next time I need tires, I'm going to try the Rivs, which I might recommend for you if only because everybody I know who's tried them swears by them. They're almost perfectly round and apparently grip like nobody's business. All of the above are available from Harris Cyclery.

Hope this helps,
who loves to use big squooshy tires
re: Best choice in 700-28 sport/touring tire?Steve Bailey
Mar 23, 2003 6:15 AM
Ditto the Riv's.

I've used the Ruffy Tuffy's a year now and can say that it's the first road tire I've used that felt like it was better then what I had before. It really does corner well and is durable. 700/27.

Steve B.
re:RuffysHENRY K
Mar 23, 2003 5:42 PM
I have not tried the Ruffy-Tuffys but I have been using the Rolly-Pollys and they are the best tire that I have ever had on any of my bikes. I agree, the first tire that feels different than all of the rest.