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fave clincher?(15 posts)

fave clincher?treadkindly
Mar 1, 2002 8:22 PM
what gets your vote for your favroite clincher?
I have always used continental grand prix (for training and racing) and i love them....
I do.

but I know there are other brands that others love more
(this should be flame proof)..
also- I wish you could all live in so. cali.. winter is like summer and there are mountains in every direction.. hell I already have a farmers tan and its only march :P
(ok.. flame away)
and yes in a perfect world I would ride only sew-ups but..the world isnt perfect
re: fave clincher?weiwentg
Mar 1, 2002 9:13 PM
consider the Michelin Axial Pros + Pro lights. it is, sadly, the only race clincher I've yet tried. I'm going to get some Contis next season.
re: fave clincher?R-I-D-E
Mar 1, 2002 9:18 PM
Me too...the Axial Pro has been a great tire for me. Initially, I experienced a few flats right off the bat and was dissapointed. I had heard that they cut easily, and were more prone to flatting. But of late, I have had great luck with them.

Right now, I am considering either the new Axial Race, or perhaps switching over to Conti 3000s.

With tires, it is nice to change from time to time to see what else is out there.

re: fave clincher?pedaler98
Mar 2, 2002 6:13 AM
Panaracer Stradius Blue----I tried these last year because i wanted a high pressure tire (this will take 150psi) although i usually only ride them at 120 or so. they have worn well and have had 0 flats. oh, and the blue accent matches my bike (we're all so anal to match aren't we? :)
Mar 1, 2002 9:44 PM
Pave and Record
ditto on VeloflexCT1
Mar 1, 2002 9:46 PM
Got over 10K miles on Paves in the last year. Great tire for me.

Get about 1500 miles on the rear. 135PSIG rear 115PSIG front. Sweet ride and very consistent weight.

re: fave clincher?Woof the dog
Mar 1, 2002 9:47 PM
I'd say it is Vredestein Fortezza. They go to a higher pressure and wear nicely - even if the profile flattens out, there is some life left.


Second the Tricompslook271
Mar 2, 2002 4:37 PM
I put a set on my Look @ the middle of last season and so far, so good. Nice ride, 140 psi, no flats (yet), plus they are all black and look really good on my K's!
re: fave clincher?jim hubbard
Mar 1, 2002 10:15 PM
Well have tired many brands. And axial pros get my vote because of their profile, their ride is comparable to tubulars. Why don't they make them? anyone got an answer. I have also tried the veloflex criteriums and these would run a close second. They are not as sticky in the corners, but the compound it still very good.
re: fave clincher?Eric16
Mar 1, 2002 11:23 PM
Vittoria Open Corsa CX
re: agreedcollinsc
Mar 2, 2002 11:04 AM
aqua boogie baby are 3 good tires for different purposes.Greenie
Mar 2, 2002 8:29 AM
#1 I like the roundness of the Fortezzas, but they cut up quickly in places with lots of glass and rocks. They may work better in socal where the number of rocks is far less than say AZ (I've lived in both places). Fortezzas are heavier than other tires but you can run higher pressures. I only pump them to 110 or so. Perhaps for the budget time trialer, one could take advantage of the high PSI. For training rides, however, I wouldn't pump them up so hard as the ride is rougher. Fortezzas = Time trial clincher??

#2 The vittoria Open All-weathers are nice riding tires. They come only in 22mm and green, but the RIDE... I have a friend who has been riding them exclusively for years and doesn't get many flats. They are easy to pull on and off the rim and they cost a bunch $$$. If you want to try them, get them from La Bicicletta for $39( Great tire for wet, dry, whatever, and you look like you are ready for Paris-Roubaix. Light, grippy, and Green! These are probably tougher than Open Corsas.

#3 The other tire that gets my vote are the Conti Ultra 2000 folders. Light, decent ride, and they are tougher and cheaper than race tires. The upshot is fewer flats with the loss of a little grip. For training, these kick a$$ and cost $30 retail. Can't ask for much more. The only problem is that some people historically have had sidewall cut problems with Conti. I haven't, but I watch them sidewalls. The harder rubber gives you lots of miles and resists cutting from small rocks.

Big up on the Conti Ultra 2000s.Sintesi at home
Mar 2, 2002 4:09 PM
Best trainer I've encountered. You could race on them easy.
yup nmgtx
Mar 2, 2002 6:07 PM
re: fave clincher?DINOSAUR
Mar 2, 2002 8:34 AM
I've always been a Conti GP3000 fan. I was using Performance Forte Pro Kevlars (purchased them on sale for $19.00 each) and I recently installed some Michelin Hi Lite Prestiges and boy are these great tires for the money. I like the smooth tread and they are wider then the Conti's. Unfortunately Michelin doens't make these or the Axial Pros anymore, but for my new bike I'll think I have my LBS dig up some Axial Pros. Think I'll switch over to Michelins, I just like the way they ride. As for the Performance tires, not again for me. I recently noticed that Performance tires are made by the National Tire Company, who also makes Panasonic tires. I purchased some Panasonic tubes on sale for $1.98 a piece last summer and they are working out. Wish I could find some more at that price...