Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
RCF; I went to the Specialize Website and it does appear they no longer make the folding version of the 700x23 Turbo Armadillo-to bad, it was a decent tire. I also weighed my tires on a digital postal scale, not sure how accurate that is but I never had mail returned for insufficent postage.
>I wonder if there is any difference in how the sidewall are on the different sizes. I'm worried about the reports some make about them not holding up.<
I heard those same stories but from experience I never had a problem with the sidewalls seperating. I have used all the 700 sizes and never even seen a problem looking like it may happen and I have ran the tires till wearout. I also asked 2 LBS's about that concern and the none of them had seen any Specialize tire to that and one LBS that recommended them and use them doesen't even sell them!!
I now have over 13,000 miles on the Armadillos and even with using ultralight 65grm tubes I have not had one flat-except for one flawed tube, but I don't count that.
Also the 28 is a slightly taller tire than the 26 but not wider and I measured these with calipers; so since I don't need a taller tire I will switch back to 26's all the around. I also run about 130 psi in the rear and 120 in the front.
GreyWolf: I ruled out the GatorSkin tire without even riding it because I found the sidewalls to be paper thin and I was getting stuff damaging the sidewalls on tires so knew those just would not last since I had experienced that with a Conti 3000.
By the way to those that want to know; I use to race back in the early 70's through to the early 80's and know from that experience how to handle a bike in fast turns. I no longer race, but I do know that I can trust the Armadillos to handle just fine. I got into a fun race on the bike path about 5 months ago and entered a section of the path where there is a series of 3 S turns in a row and the person I raced through that could not keep up with me and he was riding on Michelins. Not I am not saying that due to that experience that I feel the Armadillos could be raced on fast turns, but I am saying that they are plenty fine in the traction department for the normal bicylist. I also had to ride home during a surprise rain storm (as a rule I avoid rain), and did not experience any real problems that other tires do not experience.
Last edited by froze; 06-01-03 at 11:18 PM.