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Old 09-11-10, 03:48 PM   #1
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What is a "hardcase" tire?

And what are its advantages/disadvantages?
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Old 09-11-10, 05:42 PM   #2
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And what are its advantages/disadvantages?
I think Bontrager uses that term for some of their tires. It is nothing more than a strip of Kevlar designed to reduce the frequency of flats. Catchy moniker though. Other manufacturers have similar designs but with different names.
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Thanks, Talldog.
Yes, my Trek FX that is on order supposedly has a so-called Bontrager "hardcase" tire. Looks to me like it would just be better to call it a "Kevlar-reinforced tire"......as hardcase makes it sound like it would be stiff to ride on.
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Yes, my Trek FX that is on order supposedly has a so-called Bontrager "hardcase" tire. Looks to me like it would just be better to call it a "Kevlar-reinforced tire"......as hardcase makes it sound like it would be stiff to ride on.
Bicycle tire manufacturers each use a proprietary system of names to denote their puncture resistance systems. They do this for marketing pizazz I suppose, I doubt that Bontrager stopped to consider that their name might have the connotation you assigned it! If they had they might have chosen another. Another example is Vittoria's ratings on their trekking/city tires. You can get rubber shielding, ultra shielding, double shielding, or triple shielding. Care to guess which is the best for puncture resistance by their own rating? Would it help if I told you their top of the line tires use triple shielding? No, it wouldn't because double shielding is actually their most puncture resistant product even though from the names you would probably put it second from the bottom! In reality ultra and triple shielding have the same rating and are in second place!! And don't even try to compare the shielding on their road tires to that on their trekking tires.

This is pretty typical behavior by all tire manufacturers so your only recourse is to study their web sites and catalogs carefully because the "rosetta stone" that allows you decode the marketing names is almost always there somewhere, or do what you did and ask other cyclists.

Now if you want to start a fight, ask us which is faster: wide tires or narrow?

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Big, fat, Schwalbes ,,,,,,,, oif course - but you gotta pump 'em up!!!!
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Just ride the tires off of that 7.5FX and enjoy it. Its a great bike, I absolutely love mine. Congratulations!
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It's "only" a 7.3FX, but so far I'm loving it! I think the 32mm slicks are just perfect for what I need.
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Glad you like the bike...and the tires. I had a set of the Bontrager hardcase "lite" in 28mm. Put 5600 miles on the rear tire before moving the decent front tire to the rear for several thousand more. Never a flat. A somewhat harsh ride...thanks to the stiff sidewalls and low TPI. Also a pain to mount. The tread delaminated from the casing.
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