2006 Marin Lucas Valley Compact, 2010 Specialized TriCross
Specialized Roubaix Pro Tire for commuting?
I picked up a 2010 Specialized tri-cross and wanted to start riding home from work with it. I did the ride on a Sunday afternoon to test how the bike performed. Bike did good, I did not do so well. I completed the 19.8 miles ok on the 700 x 32's. Little slow for my style so I wanted to ask you guys if the Specialized Roubaix Pro Tires would do better for commuting? I will also bump down to a size; 700 x 25/28.
There is not much info out there on the net and the little I found was not positive regarding this exact tire... anybody?
My son used the Specialized 23/25 on his Roubaix. I thought he got mediocre wear and flat protection, but he loved the way they handled and road. I think he replaced the rear at 3000 miles. My tricross sports gp4000s, but I have used 28mm Gatorskins on bad roads. I like the bike much better with gp4000s.
Coincidentally, I just make a post in another board about riding this same bike with a heavier 36h wheelset and 32mm tires - I'm not a fan. Slowsville. For whatever reason, the TriCross is not naturally a fast bike, you have lighten up the wheels substantially to get any performance out of it.