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I need a tire that does the impossible(6 posts)

I need a tire that does the impossiblecollinsc
Aug 8, 2002 12:47 PM
I am absolutely hooked on the ride of my Open Corsas, but they seem to wear pretty quick (the rear anyway) and even faster when I relocate my riding farther north and take up the chip-seal roads.

Because I love the Vittorias so much, I am interested in the All Weather variety, which sounds like it is a bit more durable. Can anybody add some anecdotal info on these?
What is the real difference between them and their Open Corsas counterparts?

Is there a tire out there that I can count on for stick cornering and lovely ride without grinding all the rubber off in 20 minutes? (Yeah, I know the answer is "no" so please just tell why I should or shouldnt use the All Weathers, thx)
widthDougSloan
Aug 8, 2002 1:35 PM
I think Vittorias run wide for the nominal width. That makes them seem relatively more comfortable. I think a 25 Conti or Michelin is comparable to a 23 Vittoria.

So, you might try a 25 mm Gatorskin, for example. That width will likely make it feel nice.

Doug
Girth?spyderman
Aug 8, 2002 9:24 PM
IMHO: Panaracer Stradius Procoonass
Aug 8, 2002 6:24 PM
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Good God don't jump...Crankist
Aug 8, 2002 7:29 PM
The CX's indeed run very close to a 25c width, which I think partially accounts for that great suppleness. I have these on my bike now and I love 'em, except for when I hate 'em which is during each post-ride inspection. Too many cuts!
I also find that (in spite of many opinions contrary) that
they just don't corner as well as the Michelin Pro Race or APs. When I push the limits there is sometimes a little skip of the rear which admittedly has thus far been managable and predictable (120 psi rear, 110 front).
But the PRs are a better tire I think; more cut-resistant, better mileage, better grip, and only slightly less resilient. And a hair lighter too I think. Give them a try and let us know what you find.
Mike
re: I need a tire that does the impossibleMe Dot Org
Aug 8, 2002 8:45 PM
I also love the ride of Open Corsas, but after numerous flats this winter I gave up on them. I still had two that I had ordered from England, so recently I put one on the front, after the last of my Michelins gave up the ghost. Still a wonderful ride, maybe a better summer tire, but I prefer Michelins Axial Pros or Contis GP3000s for wear.

Anyway, the July issue of Cycling Plus had a tire (or should I say tyre) comparison. Their 'best buy' was a Veloflex Pave Kevlar. Very high thread count - 300 tpi - should mean supple. Not cheap, but probably worth a look as a good riding, yet good wearing tire.

The best touring tire I've tried is the Panaracer Pasela TG. Wear is exceptional, rolling resistance very good for a touring tire. If you buy, they size small: their 25cm is like most other's 23cm. But the ride is not as supple as the Vittoria.

One other tire that has gotten generally good reviews on this board (with some exceptions) is the new Michelin Pro Race, which seems to be supplanting the Axial Pro. The new compound is supposed to be a little longer lasting. Haven't tried them yet.