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What's a good low pressure tire?(8 posts)

What's a good low pressure tire?The Human G-Nome
Dec 17, 2002 5:31 PM
if i'm only planning on runnning ~100 psi, is there a tire that is better for this relatively low pressure in regards to both wear and ride quality? which tires should i stay clear of?
Michelin says 110 max on their racing tiresKerry
Dec 17, 2002 6:01 PM
So their tires might be a good choice for you. If you are heavy enough to worry about pinch flats at that pressure, then step up to a larger tire (25 vs. 23, etc.).
re: What's a good low pressure tire?supercorsa
Dec 17, 2002 6:32 PM
Hit Rivendell Bicycle's website and take a look at their Rolly Polly tires. 27mm, nice round profile so they corner beautifully, high volume for a plush ride, sticky yet long wearing rubber compound, sweet tires. I run them at 90psi on my track bike on the road, they really help take the edge off. They also have the Ruffy Tuffy, a kevlar belted version with a slightly thicker tread cap as well, they're perfect for my commuter bike. Check 'em out, you'll dig 'em.

re: What's a good low pressure tire?gtx
Dec 17, 2002 6:35 PM
I like my 700 x 25 Conti Ultra 2000s at 100psi. Mmmmm, comfy.
re: What's a good low pressure tire?desmo
Dec 17, 2002 8:06 PM
Had great luck with the Michelin Kevlars (the gum wall ones with the red stripe). Beefy 23's that run nice between 90-100 lbs. Cheap and hold up great. Got a huge nail in one the first day mounted which left a hole that would have junked any "racing" clincher. I thought it would be a goner but that hole never split enough to junk the tire until the thing was completely worn out anyway. I was impressed! They have a nice "retro" look as well.
Axial Pro 25s at 95Luis
Dec 17, 2002 9:17 PM
It's winter and it's hard to get a flat on the trainer or rollers, so I'll chance this: I've got over 2,000 miles on a pair of 25 mm Axial Pros that I run at the recommended 95 psi. No flats (even with some fast gravel-road miles), confident cornering and descending, great in the wet and comfortable.
bigger is bettercyclopathic
Dec 18, 2002 7:13 AM
go with 25 or bigger (if you have enough clearance). Second look for high TPI count at least 127 or 250. Low TPI (33/66) tires give choppy ride and have high rolling resistance, esp on coarse pavement. With respect to brand I love contis, I had a set of 28mm GP3000 (mounted size 26mm) and those were very very fast at 95psi.
Roly Polys or Panaracer Paselasretro
Dec 18, 2002 8:56 AM
Somebody else suggested Rivendell's Roly Poly or Ruffy Tuffy. I haven't tried those, but they should be good. On Riv's recommendation (before they got their own tire), I've had two sets of Panaracer Pasela TGs. The 32s are really only about 25mm wide, so they'll fit on most frames (Roly Polys are 27, I think), and even at 225 pounds I can run them as low as 85 psi. The 35s are 30mm, and I ride them at 75psi most of the time. Nice, cushy ride, good traction on bad surfaces and pretty low weight and rolling resistance.
Riv is getting about $45 for its tires, $30 for the Paselas, but you can find Paselas online for ~$12 (no belt) to ~$22 (Pasela TG w/kevlar belt).