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toughest tires on the market?(11 posts)

toughest tires on the market?cyclinseth
Jul 28, 2003 9:04 AM
I'm looking for a new pair of 700x23 clinchers for my commuter and am looking for the most puncture-resistant tires. I don't care about wieght. I've heard of the armadillos, are they really that much tougher?

Jul 28, 2003 9:11 AM
Steve_O, have you tried these?velocity
Jul 28, 2003 10:46 AM
Can anyone provide a testimonial?
no; sorry. nm.Steve_0
Jul 28, 2003 10:48 AM
I recommend the Armadillos........very tough.....nmTower
Jul 28, 2003 9:34 AM
second the Armadillosvelocity
Jul 28, 2003 10:43 AM
Put 'em on the commuter in May and haven't flatted since.
get Mr. Tuffy tire liners and use whatever tire you want.Dave Hickey
Jul 28, 2003 10:51 AM
I've tried Armadillos, Gatorskins and Axial Carbons and I've had flats on all three. They are better than others but they still will puncture. If you really want to limit flats, get Mr.Tuffy tire liners. The orange ones are for road bikes. My current setup is Axial Carbons with Mr. Tuffy's. Knock on wood, no Fl@ts in over 3,000 miles..
Mr. Not So Tuffy'smapei boy
Jul 28, 2003 2:49 PM
I used to constantly get flats on my old 1988, unsuspended Rock Hopper mountain bike. The Mr. Tuffy's I regularly stuffed between cheek and gum never did a thing to help. All they did was make a 31 lb. bike a 32 lb. bike. (Yeah.. Yeah... maybe I should'a put the Signore Tuffy's between my tires and tubes...)
I swear by my Mr.Tuffy'stimfire
Jul 28, 2003 6:20 PM
I agree that Mr.Tuffy's are the only way to go. Over the last 15,000 miles that I've been riding with them, only once has anything ever punctured the Tuffy's. Sure, I've gotten pinch flats, but over the last 5,000 miles I've been good about checking my tire pressure once a week, and haven't had a flat since.

The advantage I see of using Tuffy's over those special- "tough" tires like Armadillos and those new "courier" tires (I forget who makes them), is that you can pair the Tuffy's with high-performance tires and get better grip than you can with the "tough" tires.

One warning, though; after about a year they can get kinda brittle and can start to crack. When that happens the crack will pinch the tube and cause you to get really tiny tears. When that first happened to me I started getting flats like every week before I realized what was happening.

Also, I use the red ones with my 23-road tires. I like how they are slightly wider.

get Mr. Tuffy tire liners and use whatever tire you want.torquecal
Jul 28, 2003 6:28 PM
I'll second the Mr Tuffy recommendation - they're great. But, for most of the year I can get by with any regular tire with Specialized AirLock tubes. I've taken one out that had seventeen little sealed holes that saved me a flat. Of course, come fall, when the goatheads flourish, I usually need the Mr Tuffy's.
re: toughest tires on the market?emckee
Jul 28, 2003 11:16 AM
I use Michelin Axial Select Kevlar (now Erilium, I think) on my bike, used for both commuting and club rides. Over the 1.25 years I've had them, I've only had one flat (a 2" finishing nail) and I'm not particularly cautious about riding over glass, debris, etc. Ride is good too.

The rear tire squared has squared off, but the overall characteristics of the tire have been great.

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