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Favorite crit tire?(12 posts)

Favorite crit tire?carnageasada
Feb 12, 2003 7:22 AM
I've been using about everything under the sun, usually what ever I got on but I got a big gift certificate at the local bike shop so I thought might drop some mullah on some nice tires and tubes.
I feel dumb asking this....asphalt assault
Feb 12, 2003 7:50 AM
...But I'm new to some of this roadie lingo.

What is a crit? I know it's short for criterium...some sort of race. Could someone please explain to this newbie what it's all about?

I figure it must be something pretty good cuz I hear it mentioned around here at least 10 times a day!
I feel dumb asking this....AFrizzledFry
Feb 12, 2003 7:56 AM
crits are short road races, usually on a closed course. usually have 4 tight turns. i'm sure someone else will explain it better.
no dumb questions, only dumb people.jw25
Feb 12, 2003 8:01 AM
A crit, or criterium, is a race run on city streets, usually on a mile or so loop. This involves lots of cornering, as you can imagine. Since you don't want to be braking and accelerating into and out of every corner, sticky tires (and good technique) are a must.
Sadly, since it's pretty hard to get long sections of road closed for a race in the states, most events tend to be crits. I'm generalizing for the eastern seaboard, since that's where I am, but most events I see advertised are crits or circuit races.
Vittoria Corsa CX (nm)sacheson
Feb 12, 2003 8:40 AM
re: Favorite crit tire?No_sprint
Feb 12, 2003 9:01 AM
I use Michelin Pro and Pro Light on one set, Conti 3000 GP on another and Specialized Turbo Pro Cipollini on yet another. The Turbo Pros are significantly lighter than the 3000s. I'm just breaking them in and like them so far.

Favorite? None. Preferences? Mich Pro and the Turbo Pro.
re: Favorite crit tire?McAndrus
Feb 12, 2003 10:11 AM
Hutchinson Carbon Comp Air light on the front (note: not the Carbon Comp, which I don't like at all). Michelin Pro Race on the back because it can take a tougher beating.

I've taken corners so hard on that front tire I swear could feel the Gs increase in my inner-ear.

I may pick up a Michelin Pro Race Light this year to see how it compares to the Hutchinson.
Vredestein Fortezza TriCompWheelz
Feb 12, 2003 11:15 AM
Real sticky and you can put up to 145psi in them. Pricey though.

@ 145 psi you'll likely lose traction in the corners. No advantage either! -nmTig
Feb 12, 2003 1:21 PM
re: Favorite crit tire?MR_GRUMPY
Feb 12, 2003 11:34 AM
If it's smooth, I use Comps. If not, I use Vittoria CX's.
Conti Grand Prix 3000's @ 105 psi back, 100 front. -nmTig
Feb 12, 2003 1:24 PM
Dugast tubulars (nm)DMoore
Feb 12, 2003 6:57 PM