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Michelin Axial Carbon or Vredestein Tricomp?(10 posts)

Michelin Axial Carbon or Vredestein Tricomp?bcm
Sep 30, 2001 6:59 PM
Have a CAAD4/Ultegra setup with Mavic Ksyriums/Conti GP 3000s, but am looking for a change ?something a little longer lasting.

Have been looking at either the Michelins or Vredesteins, or as an outside chance, Hutchison Gold.

Any opinions?

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re: Michelin Axial Carbon or Vredestein Tricomp?ganderhead
Oct 1, 2001 3:29 AM

try "TUFO" or "VELOFLEX" tyres.

These are a bit better than the Contis and and much better than the Michelins/ Vredesteins.

I'd vote for Michelinpmf1
Oct 1, 2001 4:23 AM
I've tried both of these tires. I think the Michelin are slightly better. They ride a bit nicer and do not shed threads like the Vreds do after 1000 or so miles. This doesn't affect wear though, its just annoying. Both are good and last a long time. The nice things about the Vreds are 145 max pressure and lots of color choices. At least Axial Pros now come in something other than green.

I bought a case of Hutchison a few years ago (Krono Gold?). They were good tires also.

You can get either Vreds or Michelin at for around $35/tire.
Wow, LBSKeebs
Oct 1, 2001 6:50 AM
Thanks for posting that link. It turns out that, for me, La Bicicletta is a LBS that is 5 minutes from where I work.

I was just about to buy a Axial Pro for $45 today. La Bicicletta has them for $30. Good save.
Must be a great shop ...pmf1
Oct 1, 2001 7:17 AM
I'm jealous, wish I had a LBS like them around. Are you in Toronto or Niagra Falls?

I've bought tons of tires, wheels, parts and a LS Ultimate frame from them over the past few years. Always a pleasant experience. The employees are knowledgable and friendly and the stuff comes in the mail quickly.

Just out of curiosity, what does the place look like? A barn, hole in the wall ...?
"Shedding threads" ?scottfree
Oct 1, 2001 8:29 AM
What are you referring to here? I just noticed that my cheapo Axial Sports (1200 miles on them) have fuzzy white threads popping out all around their circumference, where the sidewall meets the tread. Is this what you're referring to, and is it 'just annoying?' I was thinking the tires might be about to separate!
"Shedding threads" ?pmf1
Oct 1, 2001 9:37 AM
No, what you're seeing is normal wear. Your tire is not going to separate on you.

For some reason, Vred Tricomps start losing threads around the side near the bead after a while. You see one, and yank it off. It doesn't appear to affect wear, but it is kind of annoying. I've never seen any other tire do this. Someone else noted this here on the forum a few weeks ago.
My Conti GP's do the same thing, nmMel Erickson
Oct 1, 2001 12:43 PM
how about Vittoria Rubnino pros?k
Oct 1, 2001 6:27 AM
An alternative to Axials, I've had mine for 2000 miles. Multi color, 120tpi, 125psi cost was $35 tire at shop. I think the Vrededs (the Fortezza_) are better performers but be ready to replace much sooner. The Axials and the Hustchinsons developed alot of cuts that tearned into tears. I bought the Vittoria's on recommendation and was pleasantly surprised.
how about Vittoria Rubnino pros?Tig
Oct 1, 2001 6:34 AM
I just bought a pair of them and like them so far. I'll know more about them after riding them this fall and winter. It's far too early to write anything usefull on them just yet.