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Old 07-28-10, 06:28 AM   #1
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tire recommendations

ok....let me first start off by saying ive only really put any real long hard miles on the Performance Bike house brand Forte. I have those on all my bikes (some kevlar and some standard bead). Most of them are running 700x23c. My reason for these tires has always been the excellent price and the durability. I have 1000s of miles on them with no problems.

That said....i think i want to upgrade my main road bike. IM thinking of the Conti 4000 or 4000s, gatorskins or the Vittoria Corsa Evo CX....

IM not a racer but like most i like good performance and i like to go fast I cant call myself a racer.

Any recommendations? I have read that the conti 4000s are great in the corners. IM leaning toward them but wanted other opinions since all i have to go off of is the reviews i read online.
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I just recently put the 4000s on and have about 150 miles on them. A few things I noticed, the tires seem tough so there aren't as many rocks embedded in them (i ride on the shoulder), i don't really feel any rolling resistance, no flats so far, so overall they seem like a pretty good tire. Were they worth the $56 each? With a $20 off $100 coupon definitely!
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If you are looking at 4000's and Gatorskins, why not check out the 4 Season? Casing protection like the Gatorskin, and grippy tread like the 4000.
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Old 07-28-10, 07:20 PM   #4
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will do. Thanks!

right now im on a mismatched pair. I have some weird Serfas in the front and a worn down Michlien in the rear. ANythign has got to be better than what i have now. I found a place online that claims to have the conti 4000s for 28 bucks per tire. Im looking now and they also have the 4 season at 25 bucks per tire
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noticing now after reading the reviews that the serfas tire isnt too bad. Im running one in the front and have only been using it for about 300 miles. Maybe i get another for the rear and call it done. The Vredestien Fortezza Special Editions are on sale at performance right now and have got pretty good reviews. Heck for that matter the cheap Forte road tires got great reviews on the performance site. I suppose.....they are cheap and last a long time which = more buyers and as a result more reviews. I guess i dont race....and have never been on a "race tire" so i dont know what one should feel like. Maybe i just buy another set of Fortes....

so many choices....ugh.
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I use Vredstein Fortezza's exclusively. They last 3500-4000 miles and roll/wear well.
And they are on sale for $29.99. Coupon code of 709 gets you another 10% off.
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vittoria randonneurs are the best tires I've ever ridden.
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thanks...that addional 10% makes it a great deal!

wow. i just noticed those are 160psi tires! That is pretty high. Ill bet the ride quality is much different at that pressure. Typically with my fortes i run about 110psi and that is about right. THE Fortezzas are 115psi min

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will do. Thanks!

right now im on a mismatched pair. I have some weird Serfas in the front and a worn down Michlien in the rear. ANythign has got to be better than what i have now. I found a place online that claims to have the conti 4000s for 28 bucks per tire. Im looking now and they also have the 4 season at 25 bucks per tire
Maybe someone else can comment, but I find it hard to believe those prices are legit. The 4000s retails at $65/tire. I think I've seen them in the $40's sometimes, but $28 is hard to believe. Ditto pretty much with the 4 seasons. Maybe someone else knows something I don't, but I would wonder if it's a scam, if the tires aren't knockoffs, or if there's some sort of hidden fees like huge shipping costs or something.
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well i ended up on the Vredestein Fortezza Special Edition tires that are advertised at performance this week. I got them in 700x23c. I guess they are not bad. They seem like a pretty fat tire. Im used to riding on Performance Bikes Forte GT2 tires. (the cheap ones).

I gotta say i like the Fortes better. They are much much skinnier and im running 700x25c in that brand (they are known for being extra skinny).
They seem to have less rolling resistance and are less harsh at 100psi. The Vredestein Fortezza Special Edition are 160psi tires. I have them at 140 and you feel everything. They do grip pretty good in the rain. I can tell you that. Im sure they will grow on me but im not overly impressed. I have the Vredestein Fortezza SE tires (the blue ones) on a 3rd road bike and they are alot skinnier and those are not bad at all. Not sure what it is about the Vredestein Fortezza Special Edition tires that are different.

Oh well.....live and learn. At least i got them onsale.
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Scale. I am suprised by your comments. I run them at 120-125 psi and they are just fine. You mentioned performance of the tire. Check back with me after 3500-4000 miles and see if they keep up till then. I like the SE's and the special edition the same. Maybe I should take another feel test.
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Vredestein Fortezza Special Edition are 160psi tires. I have them at 140 and you feel everything.
Well, yeah. I have Vredestein Fortezzas in 25c. I run them at 90F, 100R and they work fine (I'm 140 lbs btw).
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THE Fortezzas are 115psi min
That had me scratching my head too. I can understand a maximum, but not a minimum. As I said above, I run them at 90, 100. Have 2600 miles on them. Had 1 flat on my second ride with them. The tube split at the seam. No problems since.
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