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best tires for criteriums?(6 posts)

best tires for criteriums?badgerbike
Aug 6, 2002 12:56 PM
I am getting ready to race my first criterium in a couple of weeks and follow that up with a short time trial a week later. Which tires do you recommend (don't want to spend $50 each if I can help it)? My Michelin Axial Selects that came w/my bike are getting worn out. What makes a good tire for crits and time trials? Thanks.
re: best tires for criteriums?brider
Aug 6, 2002 1:26 PM
Well, you'll probably go with something narrower for the TT than the crit, at least I always did. 23s for the crit, 20s for the TT. Just about any Conti tire would work well. Michelin Axials are fine. I used Specialized a lot, and had good results with them for road races and crits. Vittoria also. Basically, any good tire will work for you, the differences will be small enough that you'll be hard-pressed to feel a difference.
re: best tires for criteriums?jtkirk15
Aug 7, 2002 5:17 AM
I just got a pair of Michelin Pro Races and really like them so far. I got them from and they are advertised at $35/ea shipped. My LBS has them for $60. You can give them a shot.
Use 23'skaiser
Aug 7, 2002 6:07 AM
Ride 23's for the crit. Definitely. 20's are too narrow to be of much help in sharp turns.

If you're looking for the same tire to accomodate you for both TT's and crits, then don't go looking for the absolute lightest tires you can find. Super light tires are way more prone to punctures. Crits often have poor road conditions. Holes, bumps, etc.

Run slightly higher pressure in the TT than in the crit. Inflating your tires to the absolute maximum pressure in crits is just asking for a puncture. Feel free to ride a bit below the max. Your 'boys' will thank you too :•)

And you do not have to spend $50-60 per tire. There are so many tires that are more than adequate for $25 and up.
It makes little differenceSherpa23
Aug 7, 2002 7:54 AM
I don't think that the size will much of a difference in the crit. I regularly use 19mm tubulars in crits. In is a bit of a misconception that the difference between a 22mm and a 19mm will cause you to lose traction in a sharp turn. The bigger tires are better for rough roads. There is a moderate aerodynamic advantage with the narrower tires but that is largely dependent on the width and profile of the rims used. I have some all carbon prototype rims (the line will be lauched at Interbike) that are most areodynamic with 22mm tires. The important part is to use a nice rolling tire. Since you are using clinchers, just about any of the expensive ones should work. I only use clinchers for training so I use the heaviest and slowest ones I can find - Specialized Armadillos. They increase my effort by 20 watts over Michelin Winter models. Oh, and they corner like crap, too. Great training tires.
Narrow tubies =/= narrow clincherstihipscrew
Aug 9, 2002 3:04 PM
19 tubies are fine for most courses, but they ride A LOT nicer than 20 clinchers IMO. I don't think you can equate the two. The difference between 22 tubies vs 23 clinchers is not quite so apparent, tho the tubies are nicer. And tubulars always lighter.

FWIW, I gave up on sew-ups for labor/$ savings years ago anyway.