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The Pennypack Park Kid(8 posts)

The Pennypack Park Kidmy327vette
Sep 29, 2002 11:14 AM
Howdy, I need to replace the tires on my Trek 5200. I am now replacing my second set of tires in only 1200 miles due to slices in them (both front and back). Can anyone recommend a good tire to use that will handle and corner well and also last longer than 600 miles? I am 200 pounds and don't race if that will influence your opinion. Thanks!
Good Tireswink
Sep 29, 2002 2:01 PM
I have very good experience with my Specialized Armadillos. I currentlty have over 2400 miles on the set and never had a flat. (I hope this posting does not whammy me!) But I must say the last couple of hundred miles they have been a little slippery in the corners. I guess I need new tires every 2500 miles whether I need them or not!
re: The Pennypack Park Kidmickey-mac
Sep 29, 2002 2:04 PM
I go 175-180 and have over 4000 miles on my rear Michelin Axial Carbon. I've had one flat in the same number of miles and have been absolutely amazed at how well these tires well. They're pretty reasonably priced too.
Hey Mickeywink
Sep 29, 2002 2:09 PM
Hey Mickey,

How is the traction on those 4,000 mile tires? I ride in the morning with a lot of dampness on the road and my Specialized tires are getting very unsure.
Hey Mickeymickey-mac
Sep 29, 2002 2:39 PM
Living in southern California, I don't to a lot of riding on wet roads. However, the traction on Axial Carbons is similar to that of Axial Pros: it's not the best, but it's probably pretty run-of-the-mill for tires that aren't specifically designed for wet roads. I might switch to something else for winter if I were riding in Seattle or some other soggy city.
Hey Mickey - One More Questionwink
Sep 29, 2002 3:06 PM
What is your average speed and how long is your average ride?
Hey Mickey - One More Questionmickey-mac
Sep 29, 2002 3:09 PM
Average speed depends on terrain and distance. Weekday mornings I do 26-28 miles at 18.5 to 20 mph. On the weekends, I do 40-80 with more hills at 17-19 mph.
Axial CarbonsAndy M-S
Sep 29, 2002 6:33 PM
I've got a couple thousand on my Carbons, and that has included some nice rainy days, including an informal race through Evanston in the pouring rain, and some wet weather commuting.

I think the Axial Carbons are quite possibly the best overall tires I've ever ridden. Inexpensive, good feel, and durable.