Posting in the Clydes section, as i believe the heavier you are, the quicker you go through tires, so...I own an '07 Trek 7.2FX that came with Bontrager Select Invert-B 700x35c tires...i've put 2000 heavy-ridden miles on them so far (100's of them on packed dirt and gravel MUPs) I recently rotated the tires to give me the better tread at the rear, hopefully wearing them down evenly to their bitter end ...i fixed up a donated walmart trail bike to use for the rougher trails, and am now keeping my Trek to the asphault exclusively and am looking to upgrade to a skinnier, better rolling tire, but with good puncture resistance...i weigh 260lbs, the stock tires look to weigh in at around 430gms each (total bike weight close to 30lbs), so i want a tire thats equal or lesser weight ..i exercise, cruise on the weekends and also commute to work with this bike(12miles one-way)....the only catch is, i've priced some of the hardier tires recommended by forum members and others (gatorskins, armadillos) and i simply dont want to spend more than USD$20/tire...i think the more rugged ones are great for those that ride in constant glassy and other nasty turf, but my stock tires have held up quite well for the year i've owned the bike(i've been pretty careful(but lucky) with the roads i ride)...but i am looking for an overall improvement when i switch...to make it easier, here are my criteria, starting with most important:
2. Reduced rolling resistance
3. Equal or lighter weight for better accelerating/uphill performance
4. Durable ( doesnt have to be bullet-proof)
5. Good wet-road traction(i dont usually do hard-cornering in the rain as i rarely ride in the rain anyways, so this is more of "straight-line" stopping concern if i needed to get to work in one piece )
The now-front tire is about to square-off and it wont be long for my rear(recent flat i fixed is barely keeping the air in) I typically ride hilly back-country roads, not the hardcore urban jungles alot of commuters here typically endure.