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Good Glass Resistant Tires...(17 posts)

Good Glass Resistant Tires...miposy
May 3, 2002 12:09 PM

What are some good training tires to use in an area with lots of glass and gravel on the roads. I am using Vittoria Rubino Pros right now, and they are pretty good, but I'm wondering if there is something better.

Any suggestions?

good luck with Conti Gatorskins nmDougSloan
May 3, 2002 12:11 PM
ditto on Gatorscyclopathic
May 3, 2002 1:16 PM
also GP 4-seasons (24$ at sdeals good deal)
Forte Kevlar had been not bad so far, but they don't have reinforced sides like Contis only kevlar belt
Michlein Axial Select kevlarSTEELYeyed
May 3, 2002 12:31 PM
Colorado Cyclist has them on sale for $19.95. They are a little on the heavy side though.
Thanks guys! More suggestions please from others?miposy
May 3, 2002 12:41 PM
Thanks guys! More suggestions please from others?boneman
May 4, 2002 1:08 AM
Michelin Select Kevlar- The model introduced last year's not the same as is the one before which had good resistance to glass cuts due to the kevlar belt and the thickness of the tread. Ride quality and responsiveness are not high priorities with this tire.

Conti GP4- Nice tire, subjectively fast and almost as good as the old Select against glass. No kevlar belt, that's found in the Ultra Gator Skin, but the Gator Skin does protect the sidewalls so the old GP 3000 sidewall issue is reduced. Despite what Conti claims, I don't find them to have great traction in the wet. Ride quality is okay but not great however they are very responsive feeling. I haven't tried the Ultra Gator Skin as it's fixed bead.

Vredestein Fortezzas- King of ride quality, they are also quite good against glass. The caveat is that once the center tread runs down, the PRB (puncture resistant belt) is only so thick and you will find yourself flatting with greater frequency. For me, that comes at around 1,000 miles on the rear. If only used on the front, they go quite further before the tread wears down.

Specialized Turbo w/Armadillo- So far, at least as far as resistance to glass goes, the tire to use. Traction's good in wet conditions. Ride quality's okay but they're not for racing or those Sunday rides.

Schwalbe Blizzard Neo Pro- Not widely distributed, at least not yet, in the US. German manufactured with a kevlar belt. Highly responsive tire which is subjectively fast to ride on and yet ride quality is very good. Resistance to glass cuts is good due to the kevlar belt. Wet weather traction is not great but no worse than the others. My current favorite all around tire.

FWIW, I'm in London riding everyday in the City during the week and then out to the west on weekends. I'm from NYC and then spent 12 years in Boston before heading back to CT and NYC. London's the worst for glass and needless to say, riding conditions are wet and greasy. For 30 years I only rode tubs in the States. That ended after a year in the UK.

Good luck as there's no perfect solution. I carry a 5-pack of Park Super Patch's in addition to a spare tube on every ride as I've had more than a couple of two flat rides.
thanks for the detailed reply...miposy
May 6, 2002 1:47 PM
I appreciate it.


Ditto on the Michlein Axial Select kevlar.Len J
May 3, 2002 12:44 PM
Rode then across Alaska on some pretty crappy roads without a problem.

I think they're discontinued nmDougSloan
May 3, 2002 1:03 PM
Still available, but...dsc
May 3, 2002 2:14 PM
only with wire bead (still has the kevlar belt, of course).
They're quite a bit heavier than the folding ones were, but a lot cheaper. Performance usually has them for $19 apiece.

Performace Forte KevlarMiklos
May 3, 2002 1:32 PM
is what works for me as a balance between performance and economy. I have noted that any tire I have ran gets glass punctures much easier at higher pressures. Lower pressures can result in snakebites. Experment with differnt pressures to find a balance between the two.

Panaracer Pasela TGsMe Dot Org
May 3, 2002 1:47 PM
A touring tire with suprisingly low rolling resistance...
Specialized ArmadillosSpoke Wrench
May 3, 2002 3:30 PM
These are the most puncture resistant tires I have used, but I wouldn't call them high performance. They are heavy and have quite stiff sidewalls. I take a much more casual attitude about riding through broken glass when I'm riding a bike with Armadillos and have nad no punctures at all.
Second thatWoof the dog
May 4, 2002 12:23 AM
they are so nice and thick. They just never wear out either.

Rock out with your cock out

Michelin Axial Carbonmickey-mac
May 3, 2002 8:32 PM
They're close to puncture-proof, they wear forever, and they're relatively inexpensive.
Michelin Axial Carbonnoupi
May 4, 2002 3:52 PM
Ditto, a great tire for the price.
re: Good Glass Resistant Tires...DKF
May 4, 2002 2:39 PM
Michelin Axial Pro's.... Arr! Arr! Best riding clincher on the market, but if you have to pay retail... forget it. In my area I get a fatal glass cut about every 1000 miles. That's an approxamation, so please give me some lattitude; last week I wasted one that had about 100 miles on it.