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Spinskins -- What's the consensus?(11 posts)

Spinskins -- What's the consensus?steve1244
Mar 29, 2002 9:46 AM
At $32, they seem kinda spendy. They are light, though. Do they really prevent flats? And, how are they in terms of durability?
re: Spinskins -- What's the consensus?Crankist
Mar 29, 2002 9:51 AM
First rule for longevity: ALWAYS maintain 100 psi or greater or they will be rubbed into a powder resembling cocaine, yet connot be ingested :(
Small nuisance to install. They have been inadequate for preventing goathead flats.
didn't work for meRideLots
Mar 29, 2002 9:52 AM
I'll be more frank, though -- they were total crap for me. Did not prevent flats - at all; made installation a pain; made fixing a flat on the road a real pain.

Get some Conti Gatorskins tires and you won't have to mess with them.
Works well for me. . .js5280
Mar 29, 2002 10:16 AM
Put them in begining of last season. While I had some flats, I think they were worth their price. I find a lot more cuts in the tire than I've experienced flats. You might consider getting the Touring or Cross size for the extra coverage they offer. As for durability, the belt is fine but the white material slowly freys apart. The belt is the important thing though. I think they are better than Mr. Tuffies and MUCH lighter. Mr. Tuffies do offer a little extra coverage area but just aren't as puncture resistant as the Spinskins.
If you are worried about flats --Gregory Taylor
Mar 29, 2002 10:21 AM
Forget liners. Go with the Specialized Armadillos, or the Conti Gatorskins. No fiddling with liners. I've used the Armadillos, and they are tough tires. Work well.
Don't know yet, but...dsc
Mar 29, 2002 11:21 AM
I picked up a pair on sale @ Performance awhile back for $19.00, but have just had them sitting on the shelf until recently. I run Axial Selects (kevlar belted), which do a decent job preventing flats on their own, but get pretty cut up on the roads around here. Last week I replaced the tires, and decided to give the 'skins a try. Pain in the a$$ to install properly, and I am NOT looking forward to having to having to deal with them out on the road, should I get a flat anyhow.

I've only got about 100 miles on them so far, so I really can't comment on their flat prevention capabilities. I have heard that their lifespan (for the race series) runs about 1000 miles.

In a nutshell, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for them, and once they're done, I'll just be sticking with belted tires for training. My 0.02.

re: Spinskins -- What's the consensus?grzy
Mar 29, 2002 11:27 AM
They work great, but do not last very long. I've had two sets and they don't make it for a full season, but then I never get flats. Yep, kinda pricey for flat prevention - assuming you can put a price on flats.
re: Spinskins -- What's the consensus?curlybike
Mar 29, 2002 12:04 PM
They help prevent flats, until the belt gets crappy and starts causing flats. Seen that, the spinskins wore out before the Axial Pro. That makes them real pricey.
Another vote for "sucks"Snirp
Mar 29, 2002 12:10 PM
My cycling buddy gave me a set for my birthday last June and after reading the installation instructions I put thm aside for a while. Of course he started asking why I wasn't using them, so I said I would if he would install them. (Pretty good thinking, huh?) He is a very meticulous artist, but also agreed that they are a major pain to install. You have to use this powder or the kevlar can cut the tube, the skin can't move around, can't this, can't that. To me, not worth the hassle or the money. Get thicker tires/kevlar belt as previously mentioned and save some hassle.

All my opinion.
What? Are you trying to install them while riding the bike?js5280
Mar 29, 2002 1:35 PM
Why do people think they are so difficult to install? Okay, the first time you unwrap them then tend to curl because they are rolled up when packaged. A little tape where the ends meet will take care of that. Toss a little talcum powder in there before hand, no big whoop. Inflate the tube just a little and make sure it doesn't get too wildly out of place. Maybe if you're overly paranoid about placement it may seem a big deal. I would think the liner would be forced to where it needs to go for the most part when inflated.

As for flats down the road, I find that the liner (this is true for both Spinskins and Tuffies) take the shape of the tire so you don't even know it's there. I've had one pair in two different sets of tires (Axial Pros and 140psi Vreds), about 2000 miles total, with no problems. I don't see a need to replace them and they have never caused a flat to my knowledge. I wouldn't say my rides are particularly nasty for flats so these work fine. If you do ride on nasty roads, then the tires might be a better idea if you happen to like the ride of those tires.
What? Are you trying to install them while riding the bike?grzy
Mar 29, 2002 2:33 PM
In about another thousand miles or so you're going to find that they've self destructed.