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Old 04-06-06, 10:36 AM   #1
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Anybody try these Vredestein tires?

S-Licks

They have a cool name and Vredesteins are the best tires I've ever had on a road bike. I'm happy with Marathons on the SpeedPro for now but I like to keep my options open. There's no pressure rating for these tires on the Nashbar page, but Vredesteins always manage really high pressures on road tires IME, and they weigh about the same as the standard Marathons.
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Vredestein has developed two tyres especially for recumbent bikes: the S-lick and the Monte Carlo. A strong sideways thrust is exerted on the tyres on recumbent bikes, and these bikes generally travel at higher speeds compared to other types. The S-Lick is a tyre with a sporty character, exemplified by its low weight. The S-Lick has a very low rolling resistance. The continuous modern tread ensures optimal road performance. Ultra-lightweight Competition tyre Expanded wrap tread for sharp cornering PRS anti puncture protection Maximum traction and minimum rolling resistance 425g
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I had 406 * 1.3" S.Licks on my Challenge Hurricane recumbent. They certainly rolled well, but since I had full suspension I can't comment on their comfort on a "regular" bike. I always had them pumped to 95 psi, I think the rating was 90 psi. In my time with that bike the tyres didn't wear out, so I can't comment on their rolling resistance compared to other tyres either.

They don't have kevlar, but there's a special second layer of rubber that's loose behind the outer casing - supposedly stops sharp objects penetrating through to the inner tube. All I know is, I biked for 18 months around central London with no punctures!
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That's a pretty good endorsement, thanks! I'm thinking they might be a good compromise between the super-fast stock Stelvios which get destroyed riding around NYC and the Marathons which aren't the fastest tire in the world. OTOH, they've barely worn down so it will be a while before I make a switch!
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S-Licks

They have a cool name and Vredesteins are the best tires I've ever had on a road bike. I'm happy with Marathons on the SpeedPro for now but I like to keep my options open. There's no pressure rating for these tires on the Nashbar page, but Vredesteins always manage really high pressures on road tires IME, and they weigh about the same as the standard Marathons.
S-Lick is my preferred tire. Low rolling resistance, yet a durable tire. Usually very hard to find in the US as the tire was only distributed in the US via Optima dealers as the tire is original equipment on that recumbent.
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