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lightest, most durable everyday tire(11 posts)

lightest, most durable everyday tirerm6rider
Sep 1, 2003 2:24 AM
just want to ask what tire you guys recommend for everyday use on a 700X23 that's light but has good resistance to flat.
Michelin Pro Race nmthe bull
Sep 1, 2003 3:12 AM
re: lightest, most durable everyday tireedmundtan
Sep 1, 2003 6:19 AM
Performance Forte Kevlar road tire is not bad. I actually went touring with these.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/Profile.cfm?SKU=4569
I am on somje Avocet carbons that I like so far nmLeroy
Sep 1, 2003 7:18 AM
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Don't you mean "best compromise"?Spoke Wrench
Sep 1, 2003 11:38 AM
Lightest and most durable aren't going to be the same tire. When you start to compromise between the two, I think that it depends a lot on where you ride. If you live in goat head country or if most of your riding is in urban areas with lots of broken glass, you'll probably be more interested in puncture resistance. If you race and train on smooth rural roads, you might want a lighter, more supple tire.

There are lots of tires and each one has it's advocates. I'd be as interested in the kind of riding each poster does as I would be in their recommendation.
Light and durable don't go together! good luck though!roadeeforlife
Sep 1, 2003 2:19 PM
2nd the ProRacedeHonc
Sep 1, 2003 3:56 PM
I'll back the Michelin ProRace - I train and race weekly on them - Roads reasonable quality and I weigh 172 pounds and I've found them to return around 4500km easy. Add to that the price - Internet purchasing from the UK and I pay about 25.00US each for them - so why not use them all the time?

I reckon that whilst weight and durability are a compromise - one should perhaps be more interested in sticky supple "feel" tires as they will be the best options in some nasty situations.
Michelin Pro Race get my vote. (nm)Al1943
Sep 1, 2003 5:06 PM
Try Iron CloaksSherpa
Sep 2, 2003 1:00 AM
I LOVE pro races. I use them for racing. They are sticky and roll like a champ. I also commute about 3K a year and started using Kenda Kaliente Iron Cloaks. They have been awesome for me know for 1,200 miles - no flats. They are light (lighter than pro races), have a nice tread pattern (minimal) and grip nicely (not at nice at PRs). Here's their schpeil below.

"The Kaliente is protected by Kenda's new Iron Cloak technology, a hi-tech bead-to-bead material which is both light-weight and puncture resistant. A special rubber compound and unique tread design offer less rolling resistance, longer tread life, and great grip in both wet and dry conditions. Kaliente's high thread count casing offers excellent handling in the turns."

I can backup the puncture resistance claim. On close inspection of the tire the other day, I found shards of glass embedded in the tire as the result of picking up glass after riding on a mile of sticky freshly paved road. I pulled the shards out after I got to work (12 miles later) and these tires kept the glass from reaching the tubes. Awesome! Kendas aren't that sexy, but they got it right with these ones (some of their other models suck - stay away from "Koncepts").

Good luck
Fortezza -- not necessarily the tri-comps, but the cheaperbill
Sep 2, 2003 7:28 AM
ones. Good road feel, durable, nice tires.
2nd the Vredstein Fortezza --bimini
Sep 2, 2003 10:07 AM
I've got a set of the TriComps 2 months ago and have about 2000 miles on them.

I like them a lot better than GP 3000s. No significant wear in the center yet. I am 180 lbs so I run them at full 145 psi on races and smooth roads. Only one flat so far (could not find the hole in the tube so it must have been small).

They have good road feel and are great in the corners. They claim ultra low rolling resistance but can't say for sure if there is any difference. They do have good smooth road feel at 125-135psi. A bit harsh at the full 145 psi.