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what's a good weight for a road race "tire"?(7 posts)

what's a good weight for a road race "tire"?skippy pinfish
Sep 24, 2002 5:50 PM
looking for a light tire for racing, but don't want something that's going to flat in a heart beat. thanks for any suggestions.
depends on your weight and road conditionsweiwentg
Sep 24, 2002 6:50 PM
many people in Singapore use 20mm (!!) Conti Supersonics (!!) for road races - the roads are very smooth and debris free. plus most of us are not very heavily built. I've used 23s (~155g) without problems. I think the next step up is something in the weight class of the Axial Pro lite (~190g), then the Axial Pro/ Pro Race (~230g).
re: what's a good weight for a road race "tire"?McAndrus
Sep 25, 2002 4:44 AM
weiwentg makes some good recommendations. I'd like to include the Hutchinson Air Lights. They wear well for a racing tire, are 180 grams, and handle very well. I've had one on my front wheel all summer and it's not showing any signs of wear.

I had on on the rear for a while and it wore out in a few weeks but then the rears wear faster. I'm starting to become a fan of the idea of putting a light tire on the front and a more durable one on the back - like the Axial Pro Race.

By the way - if you do look at Hutchinsons - stay away from the Carbon Comp. The Air Light is a good tire but the Carbon Comp is a piece of crap.
Hutch Air Lights, where to get and how much $$? nmweiwentg
Sep 25, 2002 11:15 AM
Supergo for $24 or soMcAndrus
Sep 26, 2002 6:40 AM
I think the MSRP is $40-something but Supergo has them in the 20s. As I said earlier, I think they make a great front tire and a just-okay rear tire.

Personally, I wonder why Supergo is selling them so cheaply. I'm wondering if the reputation of the regular Carbon Comp is hurting the reputation of other Hutchinson tires?
risk/benefit analysisDougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 6:03 AM
I'd use the lightest you can get that won't likely get a flat under the conditions you are racing in; maybe go a little heavier for unsupported races, lighter for crits where they have the "free lap rule" and you have an extra set of wheels. For some areas, that may mean a 155 gram Continental Supersonic. For others, that may well mean using a 280 gram Continental Gatorskin, or equivalent (if we are talking about clinchers). For most conditions, though, I think something around the 180-210 gram Michelins and Vittorias work well enough, being a good balance between performance and flat resistance. It really depends on the conditions.

For tubulars, the 215 gram Tufo S3 Lite works well, as you can add about 20 grams of sealant that should help to seal small punctures.

Depends on where/whatmass_biker
Oct 3, 2002 11:36 AM
Like the other posters say, it really depends on a lot of things. Not the least of which is road conditions in your neck of the woods.

I never race on anything less than 700x23, and favor (light) weight and durability over such ephemeral factors like roundness or road feel. Tire of choice for many seasons now - Axial Pro. Not the lightest, but super dependable/durable, and definitely within range of other lightweight contenders.

If you're training to race, and perform well, don't let your stupid light tires let the rest of your equipment (legs, heart, head) down.

My training wheelset is my racing wheelset, and I have been quite happy with Michelin Axial Pros for many seasons now. Tried Vittoria Open Corsas (too many flats) and Vredestein (wore out too quickly) before that and for now, I think I am set.