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Are cheap tires more flat-prone?(11 posts)

Are cheap tires more flat-prone?Spectre
Jan 1, 2002 9:27 AM
I've been riding Michelin SuperComp HDs for the past 5 years & they have been great in terms of flats. I've switched to Michelin Axial Pros and they've been pretty good as well. Recently, I've been using a cheap Performance tire in back and I've been getting flats left and right. Are cheaper tires with lower thread count casings more prone to flats?

re: Are cheap tires more flat-prone?mackgoo
Jan 1, 2002 11:50 AM
My experience no. For me it was more with keeping the tires inflated correctly.
Jan 1, 2002 12:39 PM
one man is a very small sample size. My experience has been that cheap tires give more problems of all sorts. This is going back a lot of years, so the market landscape has evolved, but I think the generalization is accurate.

The cheapies often have less effective compounds, and lack extra threads/belts/layers or other puncture resistant tech that more pricey tires have. Of course, there ain't no guarantee that all the belting will work every time, but it does give you a stronger starting point. Agree about keeping the pressure up and watch where you ride!
I think not.Steve98501
Jan 1, 2002 8:17 PM
I have very cheap tires on my '71 Raleigh, and it rarely flatted. I think the cheap tires are heavier and thicker, and less prone to puncture. The tires on my newer road bikes cost about 5 times more, are thin and light, and still don't flat all that often, about one in 1,000 miles it seems.
I think sopmf1
Jan 2, 2002 5:33 AM
And the money you save is spent on tubes, so there is little savings. Higher end tires typically have better rubber and a higher thread count. If you keep your eyes open, you can buy good tires for $25-$35 per tire instead of the $45-$50 retail price. Performance is selling Michelin Axial Pro tires for $22 per tire. They retail at $45. They're the ugly green version, but quite good tires I think. always has decent deals on tires, especially by the case.
The bombproof-est tires I own are the cheapest. Michelin Axialsbill
Jan 2, 2002 12:59 PM
They were about $25 each, which was full retail. I've seen them sold for much less. As far as I can tell, they're indestructible.
I'm sure that you can find tires that try to be light and cheap. They're going to be flimsy (remember? out of light, cheap, and strong, you get to pick two). A more expensive light tire is probably going to be stronger. Cheap, though, often means heavy and strong.
Michelin Axials - full name?Crankist
Jan 2, 2002 1:44 PM
Yeh. Nothing else. They're the same tire as sold underbill
Jan 2, 2002 6:40 PM
a different name (Len may have it right -- Axial Selects), but now they're just plain ol' Axials. They're good tires -- feel pretty good.
Ditto on the Axiels...........Len J
Jan 2, 2002 1:47 PM
I have them on a beater set of training wheels and they are bombproof. They have Kevlar belts (not beads, belts). I took they to Alaska and rode on some of the nastiest gravel roads I've ever been on with no flats.

Ditto on the Axiels...........Len J
Jan 2, 2002 1:55 PM
Here is a link to the tires that I was talking about:


P.s. I have seen them cheaper elsewhere, this is just for the spelling.
Axial Carbonsmickey-mac
Jan 2, 2002 10:09 PM
About 5 minutes ago, I mounted a set of Axial Carbons after experiencing a rash of flats with Open Corsas. I'm hoping the Carbons will get me through winter without many problems. I only wish Michelin made them in all-black. Why the silly little yellow strips on each side of the tread?