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Old 09-16-09, 02:59 AM   #1
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Picked a tire (Michelin Krylion), width question

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My Conti Gatorskin Ultra front tire is looking pretty ragged and I've heard good things about the Krylion tires so I thought I'd check them out. I'd convinced myself that I should go with the 700x25 size since I'm an all-weather San Francisco city commuter, but silly as it may be, they only come with a gray stripe, not the other nice colors that are available in the 700x23 size.

So help me out, I'll notice a little softer ride and slight increase in puncture resistance if I buy the 700x25 size, correct? I should probably just suck up the less desirable color.

More about my riding: I commute daily in the city, riding over lots of broken glass bits, potholes, and god knows what else. It doesn't rain much in SF but I also ride in the rain/wet in the winter.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-16-09, 05:26 AM   #2
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On my road bike (Jamis Quest, steel frame) I can't tell any difference between 25s and 23s. YMMV.
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Old 09-16-09, 07:44 AM   #3
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You might want to check the road forum. There's a thread over there about how the Krylion quality has gone in the toilet.

Edit: Here... helps you get by all the mindless PCad posts..
The "new" Michelin Krylion Carbons
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I did forget to add that unless you dislike the Gatorskins you may consider sticking with them. The 700x23s I have are great... if you want something racier you could try the GP4000s.
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There wasn't any useful info in the road cycling thread pertinent to the current tires.

Anyhow, like that thread I disliked the gp4000 I had and the krylions have been fine. They do seem to wear out quickly. I do believe that gatorskins have better puncture resistance and tend to run wider than krylions. My 700X23 krylions are narrower than the gatorskins of the same size.
Personally, for a commuter I think gatorskins are slightly better. I run krylions on my CF bike.
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