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Old 09-07-15, 09:09 AM   #1
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How many miles can I expect from my new bikes tires?

My Trek Domane came with Bontrager R1 Hard Case Lite tires. I had to have the front one replaced at 600 miles because there was a bulge in the tire. The bike shop replaced it under warranty. So, now I have a total of 1,112 miles on the bike with the rear tire having that as total miles and the front having 512 miles. How long do you usually go on your tires before replacing them? I'm guessing this question may have two answers.....new tires that come on the bike and an answer for your replacement tires. Although I can't complain about these tires, other than the issue mentioned....which I'm sure could happen to and tire. I'm going to put Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires next time because of good things I've read and heard about them.
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I've been riding on GP4000s for many years. GP3000s in the early/mid 2000s before the 4000. Awesome tires.
Your mileage will depend on where you ride (clean bike trails, pothole filled roads, crappy roads with lots of glass and metal debris, etc).
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When I only had one bike, I used to try to ride the tires until the threads showed on the tire, I would start getting lots of flats before the threads showed. I normally replace tires after 3000 miles or annually then I wouldn't get a bunch of flats. So for me about 3000 miles but it would depend on the your weight and tire size.
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It varies hugely with the tyre. Soft compound racing tyres will wear faster than some others. I've never bothered to check how many miles I get, but it'll be several thousand. Just replace them when they're obviously worn. If you don't change both at once (the rear tyre will wear faster) put the newer tyre on the front.
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Old 09-07-15, 09:59 AM   #5
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Noooo .... You WON'T be finding any defective Schwalbe tires. Any tire can get metal flats.
My Marathon Plus tires get around 7,000 miles no problem. My Conti tires ALL cracked, but not always fatally.
Most tires cost about 1 cent a mile.
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Depends on your terrain also. Many discussions here between performance and mileage. I get about 3 to 5k out of gatorskins, but only 1k on a set of Michelin Pro's. Ask mister Owl... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ0epRjfGLw
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Depends on the road conditions, your weight, tire pressure, temperature, your stopping technique, and weather
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OK..to provide more details.....

I weigh 175. I ride the paved bike trails in my area. I keep the pressure in my current tires at 95 psi for the front and 100 psi for the rear. I ride in dry conditions. (got caught in a downpour a month ago....5 1/2 miles back ugh ). Temperature... I live in Florida. Current tires are Bontrager R1 Hard Case Lite 700x25.

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Noooo .... You WON'T be finding any defective Schwalbe tires. Any tire can get metal flats.
My Marathon Plus tires get around 7,000 miles no problem. My Conti tires ALL cracked, but not always fatally.
Most tires cost about 1 cent a mile.
I've read a lot a good things about the Schwalbe tires too. They are probably a possible choice as well.
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Don't forget to rotate 'em! (from front to back...not round and round)
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My Domane came with Bontrager R2's, I'm not sure how they compare with the Hard Case Lites. I'm the same weight but ride at around 90 psi. The rear tire showed threads at 3000 but never flatted, the front still looks okay at 4500 with no flats yet.
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My Domane came with Bontrager R2's, I'm not sure how they compare with the Hard Case Lites. I'm the same weight but ride at around 90 psi. The rear tire showed threads at 3000 but never flatted, the front still looks okay at 4500 with no flats yet.
My Domane came with R1's. When they replaced the bad front, they replaced it with an R2 because they didn't have any R1's in stock.
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I could not believe how much better my domaine road when I replaced the original tires with GP4000. It road smoother, handled better, and it made a great bike even better. If there is any doubt then go ahead and get new tires. You will not regret it

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Don't forget to rotate 'em! (from front to back...not round and round)
The more you rotate them (round and round), the sooner they will wear out. Just Sayin'
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I could not believe how much better my domaine road when I replaced the original tires with GP4000. It road smoother, handled better, and it made a great bike even better. If there is any doubt then go ahead and get new tires. You will not regret it

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Life is short, buy the Conti's now and ride happy. Hell, you should splurge and put latex tubes in them and really be wow'd.
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If you want a recommendation on what to buy, you'll get a ton of people telling you to get the GP 4000s, and they are certainly very good tyres. However, for a little more money (and if you're prepared to buy online) you can have Challenge Criterium open tubulars. They're a clincher, but are manufactured like a tubular (hence the name) and they're the best riding clincher I've ever used. Very high thread count, too, so quite puncture resistant despite being extremely supple.
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Drop the Expectations and just ride the bicycle.

tire rubber has a range of Durometer ratings Rubber Hardness Chart, Rubber Durometer Scale ? Mykin Inc

to corner fast you may like a stickier compound, for long wearing you may sacrifice some of that.

I have a pair of Suomi-Nokian Studded tires, still fine on their 25th winter..
Toured all summer on a 622-40 studless version [A10] still look like New.

Not 'fast', but that was not the point.

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I have run a lot of tires in my lifetime and changed out thousands of them, I always come back to Schwalbe if I am looking for a nice blend of performance and durability and some have surprised me.

Their CX Comp and Hurricane have lasted me well in excess of 12,000 km ( 7500 miles) which puts them in the Marathon category for mileage life, the Marathon plus lasts even longer but you sacrifice a lot of ride quality.

I have seen a few failures in Schwalbe tires but they have been good to warranty them.

When it comes to high performance tyres you are going to sacrifice tread life for performance... GP4000's probably get some of the best reviews in this area.
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Life is short, buy the Conti's now and ride happy. Hell, you should splurge and put latex tubes in them and really be wow'd.
Continental has earned my business. I really like the ride and I have had incredible good fortune in regard to both flats and longevity.
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Continental has earned my business. I really like the ride and I have had incredible good fortune in regard to both flats and longevity.
Same here. 4000s is now my favorite tire. Try them.
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