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Criterium tires(9 posts)

Criterium tiresnexter
Dec 23, 2002 7:08 PM
Other than Michelin Axial Pros (these tires are very sticky and great for cornering)are there other tires that are recommended for crits?
re: Criterium tiresMcAndrus
Dec 24, 2002 6:11 AM
There are several very popular racing tires: the Continental Grand Prix 3000 comes to mind. I use a Hutchinson Air Light for my front tire and a Michelin Axial Pro for the rear, which takes more of a beating.

On the front the Air Light wears well, is light at 180 grams, and corners very, very well. The Air Light doesn't do so well on the rear, though. Don't confuse the Air Light with the Carbon Comp, though. The Carbon Comp is a POS in my opinion.
re: Criterium tiresBrokenSpoke
Dec 24, 2002 6:36 AM
Continental GP 3000. Love them, great sticking ability and never had a problem with them. Best place to but them is www.totalcycling.com They have them for $29.50 and they trow in a free Vittoria ultalite tube. I have ordered from them in the past and they are great to do business with. Since you mentioned the Axial Pro's, TotalCycling has the Michelin ProRace Clincher Tire for $31.00
re: Criterium tiresspeedisgood
Dec 24, 2002 8:05 AM
I also like the Axial Pros, the best all around clinchers for crits. The best IMO are the discontinued Michelin Service Course tubulars (yes, I prefer tubulars, especially for crits cuz I think I feel a difference in hard cornering between clinchers and tubies) which were the model for Axial Pros from what I hear. I've also tried the Axial Pro Winters (basically the AP w/ softer rubber compounds). I figured a softer rubber compound would stick better in the corners.

However, these got way too many nicks and cuts in them and they were actually a little too soft and slick on the edges, at least in the summer. Same with Vittoria Twin Treads, a little too squishy for me during hard cornering, but at least I find it to be consistent so I'm used too it. Of course, I'm around 175# racing wt. so YMMV. I'll prolly go back to AP's next year for my clinchers and I'll stick to the Twin Treads until I find a replacement for the Service Courses.
Supersonics, not that it matters.53T
Dec 28, 2002 5:37 PM
I use supersonics for crit and road coarses. They work very well in crits and suck on the road. That is I do well in crits and poorly on road coarses. I may have more to do with my training than my tire choice. I suspect the same will be true in your case.
Supersonics, disagreep lo
Dec 29, 2002 7:17 PM
i had no luck with those tires at all. they are so thin that i got flats in the 3 out of 5 times i rode them during 3 weekends of racing. the two times they didn't flat were a hillclimb and tt. i got flats during 2 crits and a road race. i haven't used then since. If anybody wants them, i have 4 of them.
Supersonics, disagree53T
Dec 30, 2002 6:17 AM
Flats in a crit? Pinch flats?
I'll take them off your hands. Got an email you don't mind posting? I don't right now.
Supersonicsp lo
Dec 30, 2002 6:35 AM
the roads in colorado are pretty crappy and there are alot of torns/graval/etc on the roads in the spring. if i remember correctly the flats were all due to torns (or similar) going through the casings
Supersonics53T
Dec 31, 2002 6:26 AM
I'm in Mass, I don't think there has ever been a flat caused by a thorn in the entire history of the Commonwealth. I'm not sure we even have thorns here. We do have roofing nails, broken bottles, bailing wire, random pieces of sheet metal, and that's in the rural areas. Boston has its own set of hazards.

However, we do sweep up before a crit. If you get a flat in a crit around here, you either started with some glass in your tire, or you hit a manhole too hard and pinched.

Seriously, I'll buy the supersonics from you, if the're cheap enough.