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700 x 25c tire options?(11 posts)

700 x 25c tire options?JML
May 16, 2003 11:36 AM
I have to replace well-loved Panaracer Category Pro Kevlar, 700 x 26c, tires with something new. I'm riding a 3Rensho SR Export, but not racing; I weigh about 165 lbs. Before the Panaracers, I used Michelin SuperComp HD tires.

I cannot mount something larger (i.e., Rivendell Roll-y Pol-y), as there's not enough clearance, and don't want something thinner than 25c. The Panaracers measure 24.6 wide. The Panaracer and Michelin tires I had were almost bullet-proof and rode beautifully, especially when used with latex tubes. I can't stand the multitude of weird-colored tires, so factor that into the mix.

I seem to have few choices, and would appreciate any information about the Avocet Carbon12 FasGrip SL or SL-K, and Michelin Axial Carbon, all in 700 x 25c. Or are there any other options? And do these run true to size?

Thanks.
conti ultra 2000s work well (nm)ColnagoFE
May 16, 2003 12:29 PM
Axial Carbon...Andy M-S
May 16, 2003 1:19 PM
I'm running an Axial Carbon 25 in back (23 in front) and it seems maybe a little bit larger than 25 (26-7 at most). It works fine, and if my last set (now on another bike) of 23s is anything to judge by, the 25 should last forever.
re: 700 x 25c tire options?Spoiler
May 16, 2003 2:38 PM
This page
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/622.html
has information on the Avocet and several 700x25c options.
The Ritchey Tom Slicks are really nice tires,they last a long time and the quality control at Ritchey is great.

I can't really recommend the Conti Ultra Gatorskins. They are advertised as being durable and more flat resistant, but in my experience, they are no more flat resistant than any other tire, maybe even less. I got a flat within the first 10 miles after I installed one on my front wheel. I figured it was a fluke and went ahead and installed one on my rear wheel as well. I've had flats at a regular rate. In fact, I've had 5 flats on them in my last three rides. The flats were caused by small tiny thorns, staples, and small glass chips, the type of things these tires are supposed to resist.
re: 700 x 25c tire options?JML
May 16, 2003 3:35 PM
I had Conti tires on the bike briefly a few years ago. I hated them - they flatted, they were a royal pain to mount, and they were ugly. I also tried them on my mountain bike and was not happy either, for much the same reasons.

Thanks.
Contis work great for meKerry
May 16, 2003 5:28 PM
Must be a parallel universe problem.
Contis work great for me - Second thatFez
May 16, 2003 7:05 PM
I have ridden two sets of Conti GP3000. Both sets were fine.

They certainly rank up there as one of the best tires I've ridden. Soft and comfortable, yet extremely responsive.

I only rode each set about 1,000 miles. Since they have tread, I noticed a little bit of wear. Kind of a hard comparison to make against slicks, since there is no tread to begin with. Based on riding the 2 sets of tires, I would extrapolate the treadwear life on the rear tire to be 3,000 miles for my 155lb self. No cuts on the tread or sidewall during my 2,000 mile test.
It's a crap shootSpoiler
May 16, 2003 5:43 PM
I actually like the Conti Grand Prix 3000 tires. They rode well and had average wear and flat protection and they mounted easily on Open pro, Velosity Aerohead, and Sun Venus rims. I've tried the Ultra 2000's and they really sucked. The sidewalls would tear if you so much as brushed them with your bare feet, the tread would tear and cut if you so much as rode over the yellow line on the riad, and they were a pain to mount. There doesn't seem to be good quality control and general consistency with bike tires from most manufacturers. I'd get a good set of one brand, declare them great, then the next set blew. I really should learn to stop rating or giving advice on tires.
Try the AvocetsLeroy
May 18, 2003 9:03 AM
I've got a set of fasgrip sl on one bike and a set of mulitgrip sl on another. Mine are 23's. They are both fine tires and ride quite similar to vittoria open corsa evo cx. I like them. Have not tried the sl-k yet, but these sl's are doing just fine. A nice ride. They come in 25's.
re: 700 x 25c tire options?Rob Sal
May 20, 2003 12:15 PM
I've been very happy with my Continental Gatorskin things. They are wearing well and very comfortable, they fit easily on OPs too I bought them because they looked good and I like 25s. I knew nothing about them being supposedly puncture resistant. I believe there is a narrow strip of kevlar under the tread, this will not prevent sidewall blowouts or pinched tubes, some people expect too much!!
2nd Conti GatorskinsDougSloan
May 20, 2003 1:00 PM
On Michelin Axial Pros I was getting a flat every week; on Gatorskins for over a year now, and only 2 flats the entire time. One was a pinch flat from hitting something really, really hard.

Doug