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Old 04-11-12, 06:26 PM   #1
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They're Here!

Well, ordered late on a Fri nite so figuring the order wasn't placed till Monday, only a week and two days to show on my doorstep (Wed).

Not bad, saved $73 by ordering on line and no nasty LBS chick at the front counter telling me that I'm lucky they forgot to raise the price tag or I'd be paying more!

PBK out the door.....$89
LBS $75 each plus tax.....$162 (I wasn't really that crazy about supporting that nasty chick and her kids anyway )

I inspected the suckers, look pretty good. Hopefully they last and ride as well as they look.


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Old 04-11-12, 06:52 PM   #2
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keep me updated, please.

I dont need tires yet, but a few people have recommended them too me. I am on 23's Vittoria Zaffiro Slick's that came with the bike i am hoping 25's conti GP4000 will help the comfort
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keep me updated, please.

I dont need tires yet, but a few people have recommended them too me. I am on 23's Vittoria Zaffiro Slick's that came with the bike i am hoping 25's conti GP4000 will help the comfort
I have been running a GP4000 on the front of my bike. When I switch from the Ultra Race, I didn't notice a difference in comfort. If I do notice a difference in comfort after switching the rear, I'll let you know, but I doubt it.

I'm going GP4000 in the rear more because I have been getting an uneasy feeling with the rear Armadillo that I have been riding. I think the big ridges on the tire make for an unsmooth descent on the fast switchbacks of GMR. I didn't get this feeling with the Lemond but the Madone is twitchy in comparison. I swappped out the 'Dillo for a Conti and the feeling is gone so I'm trying the GP4000 now.

In the past I have used 23's 25's, different brands and never noticed a difference in comfrot. Rolling resistance maybe but not comfort. I also switched Gina's tires from stock Bontragers to Conti 3000's then the 4000 and she doesn't notice a difference either. Maybe we just have insensitive butts....My reason for switching was traction on the descents.
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My understanding is the bigger tire i can run at a lower PSI and in theory would result in more comfort over bumps and rough roads?

but again being a clyde its best to sway on the higher side of the PSI.

Thanks for the info Beanz, i will look forward to your field test inputs. Let us know how many mile you can get of them too.
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My favorite all around tire. I have never had any issues, I had one with 17000km on it before it finally split.
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you will love those. amazing tires.
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Thanks, now I've got some faith in them tires.
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Always nice to ride a new set of tires . I still have another set of pro race 3's to go through before I get new tires.
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I thought you didn't like these, and that you've kind of been poo-pooing GP4000s?

Anyway, they're excellent tires. I think they're the best tires you can get for clinchers, at least out of all the ones I've ever tried.
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I thought you didn't like these, and that you've kind of been poo-pooing GP4000s?.
I never poo=pooed the tires. I migh thave said I didn't want to spend the money on them as I had no problems with Serfas Secas. After problems with the Secas, I figure I'd give them a try at this price.

FTR, I've always used them on Gina's bike figuring they'd wear slower than under my wieght, but never poo-pooed the tires.

I did Poo poo Gatroskins and still do. Along wth Specialized S Works, they suck.
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I may have been confused. Happens to the best of us.

By the way, I don't like Gatorskins, either.

So, when do you think you'll have a few hundred miles on them? I fell in love with them the first day, partly because they replaced a set of Gators and the difference was night and day. But I'm curious to hear what you'll think of them after you've put some miles behind you.
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I may have been confused. Happens to the best of us.

By the way, I don't like Gatorskins, either.

So, when do you think you'll have a few hundred miles on them? I fell in love with them the first day, partly because they replaced a set of Gators and the difference was night and day. But I'm curious to hear what you'll think of them after you've put some miles behind you.
As mentioned above, I do have a GP4000 on the bike I've been using. I didn't notice a difference in comfort but dh on fast switchbacks is much better than the Armadillo I had been using. Currently on the rear I have an old 2000 (slightly used). I've had GP4000's before and I don't really notice a difference from the 2000 other than price.

Old 2000's, GP3000's were nice too.
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I gotta ask... What is it about the Gatorskins that you don't like?

I've heard others make the same comments but I'm not sure what the problem is...
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I gotta ask... What is it about the Gatorskins that you don't like?

I've heard others make the same comments but I'm not sure what the problem is...
Me, I thought they rolled nicely, but flats! I got one on the very first ride via itty bitty grain of glass on smooth trail. Another about 2 weeks later. Then the threads were exposed no more than 500 miles later. They were 25's. I had 2 that I used on the rear of my bike. Both same results.

They were wire bead and as a few other posters have mentioned, there was a bad batch maybe. But for the price, I wasn't willing to take another risk.

That was my experience, but others love them.
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Mr. Beanz! Can you link us to the site you bought them from? My tires need to replaced and are almost completely worn out.
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I've only known Armadillo's. The LBS was a friend and it was all he sold. But, he sold the business and I feel no obligations now. Maybe I will give them a shot next time. My commuter had 2500 miles on the dillo's with no flats. I had to change tires when I noticed the rubber was splitting and I could see the kavlar liner. I thought I was going to lose traction. It pretty much sold me on them. I have over 10K miles on it and am on the 4th set. I now run 35's (biggest size that would fit between the forks) on the commuter and a 23/25's on the road bike.
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Mr. Beanz! Can you link us to the site you bought them from? My tires need to replaced and are almost completely worn out.
I got mine here (Pro bike kit).......be sure to use the currency changera top if the money is other form

56.37 each but a little lower it says buy 2 for 44.49 each

http://www.probikekit.com/us/tyres-t...tyre-25mm.html


Also another UK site Ribble has them at good prices. not usre if they are in stock, need to check


buy a basket over certain price and pay less ($37) check stock
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...re/CONTTYRF321
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I've only known Armadillo's. The LBS was a friend and it was all he sold. But, he sold the business and I feel no obligations now. Maybe I will give them a shot next time. My commuter had 2500 miles on the dillo's with no flats. I had to change tires when I noticed the rubber was splitting and I could see the kavlar liner. I thought I was going to lose traction. It pretty much sold me on them. I have over 10K miles on it and am on the 4th set. I now run 35's (biggest size that would fit between the forks) on the commuter and a 23/25's on the road bike.
I use the dillo in the rear to prevent flats. Last tire I got 5000 mile no flats!

They do seem to be a little more of a slow roller tire but not that much. But like I said, the fast switchback descents feel strange on my Madone for some reason. I didn't have that feeling with the Lemond. Must be the more race like geometry. That's why I'm using Conti's now.
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Always nice to ride a new set of tires .
Incorrect. Wish I could say that about the Vittoria Rubino Pro's that I purchased. They seemed to get lots of positive feedback. Even one of my riding companions endorsed them. Not until I mounted them up and started sliding around did I find the more critical reviews of them. Oh well, I'll attempt to ride them into an early "dry conditions only" grave.
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So who's ridden the Michelin Pro 3 *and* the Conti GP4000?

I've been happy with my pro 3 tires and they appear to be wearing well. (fingers crossed). Comfy, grippy etc. No complaints but they are wallet drainers if you buy them at full price. No tread. What the heck do you need a tread pattern for on a road bike?

I used to ride on conti tires all the time, just wondering what the difference is now.
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Holy Moly them things are narrow! And to think, I got nervous putting on my new "narrow" 700x38c Schwalbe Marathon Plusses last year. LOL

One day I'll have to give those super skinny tires a shot, maybe.
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I just ordered a set from PBK for $81 and then used coupon code "bicycling10" for an additional 10% off. Total OTD $73 :-)
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I picked up a pair of them from Ribble a few weeks ago for $83.91, shipped. Haven't mounted them yet. I only got them when I did because of the deal. I have OEM Schwalbes and a new pair of Vittoria Rubinos to go through before I get to these. Unless I lose patience first.
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I just ordered a set from PBK for $81 and then used coupon code "bicycling10" for an additional 10% off. Total OTD $73 :-)
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I picked up a pair of them from Ribble a few weeks ago for $83.91, shipped. Haven't mounted them yet. I only got them when I did because of the deal. I have OEM Schwalbes and a new pair of Vittoria Rubinos to go through before I get to these. Unless I lose patience first.
Nice! Yup, tha t is me, I just put them on cause I didn't want to wait till I wore out the other stuff I had on.
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I just ordered a set from PBK for $81 and then used coupon code "bicycling10" for an additional 10% off. Total OTD $73 :-)
Thanks tunavic, I just ordered a set with the "bicycling10" code for $73.
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