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Commute Tire?JerBear
Mar 22, 2003 10:21 AM
I just got my spankin' new Poprad last Friday and already outfitting it for commuting. The CX tires that came on it work great offroad but I'm looking for something a little smoother/faster rolling for the commute (15 miles round trip w/some hills/climbs)...Any suggestions? Have heard Michelin stuff is great but run down fast...
re: Commute Tire?keeshadog
Mar 22, 2003 12:07 PM
if you dont mind going real fat, the continental avenue is a great tire and nashbar has them on sale for $9.95 this weekend. they're a great tire.
i ran their mtb version for years on an old mountain bike. i retired them 3 times over a span of ten years and always went back to them when i had problems with other slicks i'd tried to replace them with. after ten years there was still good rubber, although the sidewalls were starting to go. that old bike was finally stolen a few months ago, with the contis on it.
the 700c 40 mm continental avenues i'm running on my commuter bike are comfortable, grip great in all this wet seattle weather, give me a real sense of confidence screaming down the hills and i havent had a flat in the month i've had them on my bike. the old contis i had were similarly puncture resistant, even though there's no reinforcing stuff like kevlar. cant beat that continental rubber and the fat tires are like riding on suspension.
i also ran specialized armadillos and they are also nice commuting tires, absolutely puncture proof. it got to the point where i'd intentionally run over crap on the road just to see if i could get a flat and i never got a flat in about seven months of riding on them. they are heavy though and they do give you a harsh ride, although i dont know why that is the case.
Absolutely flat proof?.....AlmostTWD
Mar 24, 2003 10:07 AM
I've run two sets of the Armadillos and a set of the conti Travel Contacts (also supposedly flat proof).

They both work great at preventing flats, but they aren't flat proof. They'll prevent flats immediately, but I've gotten several flats from glass getting imbedded in the rubber then just grinding away until it gnaws through the flat proof casing. Takes a while but eventually it happens just the same.

You need to be just about as carefull around glass especially if your running fenders and can't clear your tires with your glove while in motion.
re: Commute Tire?Hardtail
Mar 24, 2003 10:32 AM
Specialized Armadillo....While no tire is flat PROOF, I use these on commuter bike 250 miles a week + or - a little and havent had more than 1 or 2 flats a year ( I dont even try very hard to avoid glass chunks anymore)
agreedGlowBoy
Mar 24, 2003 11:54 AM
The Armadillos are pretty close. I've commuted on these (both Nimbus and Turbo) for the past 3 winters and they're as close to flat proof as you can get.

I've had exactly one flat, and that was a 3/4" construction staple. I ran over another staple last summer - I felt it go into the tire, yet it didn't penetrate the Kevlar belt and was instead deflected out the sidewall. Simply incredible. My commute is strewn with glass - and when it's dark and rainy you have no choice but to ride through glass because you cannot see it. Prior to running Armadillos I would have a glass flat a month, and I haven't had one since.

Heavy and not very nice-riding though. Tradeoffs. Do not believe Specialized's claimed weights: my 700x26 Turbo Armadillo weighed in at 520g, a far cry from the 370g advertised weight.

- Dan
agreedatpjunkie
Mar 24, 2003 12:16 PM
running Geax Blades. good in dirt, road. not flat proof but you can put Skinz in them and thorn proof tubes. I rarely flat on mine (and I'm running standard set up), it's a 22 mile commute each way I can't compare glass quotients.
good tires...Steve_O
Mar 24, 2003 1:21 PM
Here are my last 3 road tire choices...

Specialized Armadillo... Got the Sports? in 700 x 26c off Specialized website. No flats and very slow wearing

Conti Gatorskins... My current road tire (going on soon with the spring thaw). These seem to wear out quickly but they are very narrow and light for a 700 x 25c tire. I have gotten a couple of flats. One from a staple/wire and one from glass.

Performance Forte Kevlar... Cheap but many flats. Supposedly has a kevlar belt to prevent flats. Not on my ride!

Commuting conditions... 20 miles per day 3000 miles/year from Chicago to suburbs. Lots of glass, trash, and angry drivers.
I use the Specialized Crossroadsgreg n
Mar 25, 2003 9:28 AM
They have a solid center for low rolling resistance, knobs on the sides and the armidillo flat protection. They are pretty heavy. Not ideal for using for training also. Although I have and do. My commute is a mix of pavement, gravel/glass and occasionally off-road when traffic backs up. These tires have worked great for me. Granted, I have had a couple flats, but no tire is completely "flat-proof".
re: Two suggestions..jrm
Mar 25, 2003 4:13 PM
1. Panaracer Tserv, 28c & 32c, hold 120psi. Pretty bullet proof and last long.
2. Michelin Axial Carbons, 20c & 23c, hold 120psi. There less supple of course but they roll very well.