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Commuter Tires(15 posts)

Commuter Tiresrickbr
Sep 30, 2002 9:32 AM
I use my CX for commuting/training ( maybe racing next year), what is a good commuter tire?

Commuter Tiresbuffalosorrow
Sep 30, 2002 9:42 AM
Wow pricy commuter.
Nonetheless Conti all seasons are great.
I am using Vittoria techno twin kevlar 25x700 (seemingly less piches) $15 from nashbar, can be beat.
Or if you are off road and on as I am sometimes, Vittoria Tigre Cross 27x700, they are fast and have little knobs for traction in dirt.
Vittoria QuestionJakob
Sep 30, 2002 9:53 AM
How difficult are the Vittoria's to remove/mount?

I bought a pair of the Ritchey Tom Max tires from Nashbar for my wife's commuter and they're pretty tough to get on and off. I don't really want her to have to mess with a tire for 10 minutes while she's standing in the rain.
With easebuffalosorrow
Sep 30, 2002 5:05 PM
The only pinch flat I had was well under five minute tube change, I find the vittoria's are easy to remove and remount, much easier that the difficult conti's, I scratched my rim.
re: Commuter TiresSteve_O
Sep 30, 2002 9:59 AM
For strictly road riding I've had good luck with

- Continental Gatorskins 700x25
- Any Specialized Road tires with the Flak Jacket Feature

I've had BAD luck with
- Performance Forte With Kevlar Belt

For commuting its nice to have tires with some form of puncture resistance (ie - It sucks coming to work late with brake dust all over your hands)...

Most cross tires have a thicker tread and, because of this, are relatively puncture resistance. If you don't mind the added resistance on the road Kenda tires can be found cheap and REI often has Ritchey Speedmax tires for $13-$18... I wouldn't spend a lot for commuter tires. It's not like you're in a hurry to get to work right? ;-)
Ditto SpecializedGlowBoy
Oct 1, 2002 4:10 PM
I've put thousands of miles on Specialized Armadillo (Kevlar-belted) tires in both 700c and 26" sizes. My commute is through an industrial area littered with broken glass, which you can't see at night, especially here in rainy Portland. I have never had a flat from glass with these tires, and only once, period. That was from a 3/4" construction staple. And my wife once got a flat with hers from a Philips screw. That's it. And the traction is quite good - the Turbos aren't quite as good in the rain as the Nimbus, but still quite decent.

On the other hand, they're heavy (520g for the 700x26 wire bead) so they could be overkill for your commute.

BTW, I don't find that tread helps THAT much with puncture resistance. I've gotten punctures while commuting on burly MTB tires on the occasional snow day - there's still gaps between the knobs where the casing can contact the road surface.

- Dan
Great Paint Jobpeter in NVA
Sep 30, 2002 11:13 AM
Early Fisher Mt Tam mtb(circa late 80's) had a yellow-green fade which I really admired. Looks like the same colors but different design. Is that a Woundup fork, and how do you like it?
Great Paint Jobrickbr
Sep 30, 2002 11:44 AM
IF Team Colors, it is very pretty.
The ride of the Wound-Up is great.
I'm having some front brake shutter
under hard braking...but I'm starting to think it is
the brakes from hell (SRP Mr Grumpy's). It may calm down once the Cool Stops break
in, I hope. What brakes are most people using?? Avid??

Shudder is Commonpeter in NVA
Sep 30, 2002 1:22 PM
I have a steel Ritchey Swisscross that exhibits hugh fore-aft front fork shuddering using Avid Shorty 4s. I think the shutter is probably good, a sign the rigid fork is absorbing the shock. I 'm guessing that was designed into the Wound-Up, since they must have control over how it reacts. I think the more braking, the more shuddering-I have never gotten used to it though.
Shudder may be common, but "good"?....SS_MB-7
Oct 2, 2002 4:45 AM
I'm using a True Temper/AME Alpha-Q all-carbon fork with XTR V-brakes with ceramic pads and Open Pro ceramic rims. The brake/rim combination is very powerful, but grabby. My front fork has yet to shudder, shutter, rattle, shimmy, vibrate, etc. While shuddering may be common due to powerful and unmodulated brakes, I don't see it as a "good" thing.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
My Rationalization!peter in NVA
Oct 3, 2002 2:50 PM
My fork is basically a road fork, and I think the brakes overpower it. But I think the flexibility contributes to the shock absorption. Could be carbon has the best of both worlds, absorption and no flex. The problem with all this is you never get to try different rides! My old Ritchey rigid fork mountain bikes did the same thing, though not as extreme. And for a rigid bike, they were very smooth.
why are you selling this??climbo
Oct 3, 2002 4:38 PM
just saw it on e-bay, don't know that you'll get $2,000 for it.
Oct 3, 2002 6:26 PM
Found on ebay as well, $2000 a tad high.
I only paid $1000 for my colnago, minus seatpost and front wheel.
why are you selling this??rickbr
Oct 7, 2002 6:08 AM
Chance to get a complete Ti IF from someone I know.
But I'm very happy with this one too!
$2K is just under what I have in it.
But I agree it probably won't sell.
re: Panaracer TServ for messenger..jrm
Oct 6, 2002 2:23 PM
700 X 28cc, armadillo casing, good wear & 270gr each. I've been on these about 5 months and they are great.