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Tire Recommendations Please(14 posts)

Tire Recommendations Pleasekermit
Sep 3, 2003 1:18 PM
I'm looking for a set of tires for recreation/training. I will not be racing. Slow wearing would be my number one priority followed by puncture resistance. Cornering stability/feel/feedback is not important. I'm living in SW Florida where it is possible to ride 20 miles and not make more than 4-5 corners that have any noticeable lean angle. Weight is not so important as once you get up to speed down here you rarely have to slow down.

I'm about 190 so I'm leaning towards 25s for comforts sake. I don't want to have to run 120psi on a 23 to keep from pinch flatting.

Conti Gatorskindradrian
Sep 3, 2003 1:29 PM
I ride gatorskins on my road bike. They ride fine, not too heavy, wire bead though, a little tough to remove. I weigh 200, like to ride 28s inflated to max rating- never pinch flat, still comfortable. I just put Specialized Armidillos on my tandem. Tried them on the road bike- noticably heavy.
i can honestly say...The Human G-Nome
Sep 3, 2003 3:14 PM
that Conti Gatorskins are the WORST tire i have ever ridden. the ride quality is very poor and they've flatted more then any other tire i've ever owned. couple that with the fact that they're heavy and ugly. not recommended IMO. of course, tires are very hit and miss and my experience might not be the norm.
Same dealSpoiler
Sep 3, 2003 3:42 PM
I was hit with a rash of flats on my Conti GP 3000 tires, so I switched to regular Gatorskins. I got a flat within the first 10 miles. I've flatted on them just as frequently as any other tire. The tread life might be a bit longer.
I'm coming to the conclusions that you must sacrefice ride quality and weight for flat protection.
I had a pair of Armidillos on my commuter and I NEVER had a flat. They rode like rocks so I switched to Vredstein Fortezza's (not the tricomps) combined with thorn-resistant tubes and I never flatted on them either.
re: Tire Recommendations Pleasecyclopathic
Sep 3, 2003 1:33 PM
Performance Forte Kevlar cheap, reasonable wear/grip/rolling resistance, flat prove. Biggest you can get is 26mm actual size is 24.6mm.
I second the Performance Forte KevlarMikeBiker
Sep 3, 2003 9:23 PM
I have been using them for over a year (~3500 miles between 2 bikes) and have had zero flats. I use the 26mm ones. I run them at 95 PSI and they are quite comfortable.

Good luck with Serfas Secas right now....Chicago_Steve
Sep 3, 2003 1:39 PM
Specialized Turbo Armadillos - A little stiff but very long wearing. Pretty heavy.

Conti Gatorskins - Okay wearing good puncture resistance on the tread but a cut in the sidewall did these in at 1200 miles.

Serfas Seca RS - No flats in close to a 1000 miles. Good tread life. light and cheap on eBay... Plus there are some color choices! The only downside I can find is that no one's heard of Serfas tires....
Vredestein Fortezza Road. nmTREKY
Sep 3, 2003 2:05 PM
Panaracer Stradius Pros or Elites.KG 361
Sep 3, 2003 2:30 PM
Get 'em cheap at cambria bike. Good grip, wear great,look good, too. Did I mention they were cheap? That are light, as well. I have the pros and have had 1 fl*t so far this year.You can pump the bejesus out of them (140psi) so pinch flats are not an issue.....
Panaracer Stradius or Michelin Axial Carbonstarwheel
Sep 4, 2003 9:55 AM
I've also had good luck with Panaracer Stradius tires. You can buy them for $26 each full retail at REI. Michelin Axial Carbons have a good reputation for good handling, wear and flat resistence. Pretty easy to find for about $30 each and sometimes for $25.
2nd the Conti GataskinsdeHonc
Sep 3, 2003 3:16 PM
The Gataskins are a great training tire - long lasting, not too heavy, nice feel. They are cheap via UK net companies and highly recommended for your needs.

My standard responseSpoiler
Sep 3, 2003 3:18 PM
Specialized Armadillo's are the toughest, but they ride like their solid rubber.

I haven't tried Panaracer's Ruffy Tuffy tires yet
but it sounds like they might ride better and be just as tough as the Specialized. Plus, the size will fit your bike without clearance problems.
Conti Sport 1000's .. for training and recreation.MR_GRUMPY
Sep 3, 2003 6:15 PM
What can you say,......dirt cheap, and bulletproof. Very thick tread to protect you from flats, and to give long tread wear. You can pick them up for $13-$18.
I've given up on high priced clinchers for training. A 350 gram tire will help you go faster when you put on your racing wheels with light weight sew ups.
I'm running a 700X25 Sport 1000 in back and a 700X23 Ultra 2000 wire bead in front. I never carry a spare tire with me, so it doesn't matter that the tires can't fold.
Specialized Armadillos if you don't care about handlingKvonnah
Sep 3, 2003 8:09 PM
These are bomb proof. I ride them for my daily 30 mile commute. I have only had one puncture in 5250 mi this year and that was a shard of glass big enough to flatten a car tire.

Handling is definatly trickey though. Change them if you are planning on cornering alot.