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Old 04-03-14, 12:55 PM   #1
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Bontrager AW2?

Does anyone have any experience with the Bontrager All Weather 2 (AW2) tire? I need 2 new tires ASAP. I'm not patient enough for an online order, plus I like to support the LBS if possible.

I called a couple of places at lunch. One has the Bontrager AW2 for $40. According to Bontrager's website, it has some puncture resistance but with low rolling resistance.

I would like to keep the total cost under $100 (for two), while also being conscious of getting a decent tire too. I ride 100+ miles per week on mostly decent asphalt roads. I've been riding 700x23 trainers, but will probably go with 700x25.

I'd like to get the Gatorskins, but they run $60 per tire at another shop. I didn't ask what else the shops have in stock. I'm going to one or maybe both shops after work tonight.

Basically I'm looking for opinions on if the Gatorskins are worth the extra $20 per tire?
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Old 04-03-14, 01:33 PM   #2
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If you buy online and shop around, you should be able to get Gatorskins at a better price. Biketiresdirect has them for less, e.g., 10% on next order and free shipping and no tax. 700x28 folding bead come in at $104 delivered (member price) plus 10% off next order. Can't remember the last time I bought tires at a store.
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The description of the Bontrager AW2 seems to fit what you need. Unless you ride in really flat-prone areas or huge miles/yr, at worst, these seem like they'll last at least a couple of years giving you plenty of time to consider how these compare with others. I like my Schwalbe Marathons but I find them a bit heavy and, I think, because the rubber compound is quite hard (therein lies their durability), I've lost rear tire traction during a hard stop a couple of times (but I had time to recover). I say, go for it and let us know what you think after a few months.
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The Bontragers look fine to me treadwise, but a TPI of 60 would put me off unless I really needed durability. I'd probably lean towards the AW3 to get the lower rolling resistance.
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I went with the AW2. I hear ya on the AW3 rolling resistance, but the extra $25 per tire wasn't worth it.

I reckon I'll have to develop the strength to overcome the resistance. Or just take a bit longer to get to and from work.
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I was using AW2 hardshell lites 700x25 and they were awesome. I am going back to them after trying two types of Continental Tires. I ordered a new set of AW2 tires because the other brand is expensive and over rated! I swear they pay people to promote their tires on here. LOL
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What's your impression on the AW2 after a season?
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I found the ride quality inferior to marathon supremes, but I think I had 25mm AW2's vs 28mm MS's. No complaints other than that though, it was still rideable and not prone to flats.
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I run 700x28 AW2 on both my commuter bike, and my Cross-Check. No complaints yet
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