Car free since 1995
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Birdy Yellow, Birdy Monocoque
I should have bought the TR version with the Kevlar belt that you bought, James. These tires should be called the Greenspeed Hisser, because they are constantly making a loud sound as air escapes.
I've put just 150 miles on them, but have had 10 flats, for an average of 1 flat every 15 miles. Once, I got 2 flats on my 10 mile trip to work. They have a wide contact patch and almost no rubber, so they pick up glass like crazy. They are also quite heavy for such a thin tire.
So, I feel stupid for wasting money on them. I like the ride a lot, though. They are indeed extremely fast, making a notable difference in average ride speed. If they had decent puncture protection, I would have stuck with them. They are also acceptable on wet surfaces, and corner well.
I bought them from Harris, and kind of feel like they should warn consumers about the puncture protection issue.
Does anyone have a favorite 349 tire to replace them with? Comets?