I think the Stock Tires on my 14 Giant Escape 0 are awful, they are Giant S-X2, puncture protection, 700x32. Overall mixed terrain in the city I have had a few Oh Man moments. So I have Michelin Protek Cross on the way. Anyone else get rid of the stock tires fast? Are the Michelin Proteks good, at 24 bucks each it was excellent price for a name brand tires.
Hmmm, I can't speak to them and can only speak to my current set on my Quick 4 which are the Kenda Kwik Trax 700 x 32. I thought I'd want a smoother tire, but actually I've been quite satisfied. As I have mentioned before 32cm is just perfect to me. I've ridden 90% road and about 10% trail so far and the Kwik Trax have done great on both. (Kinda made me glad there was a "little" bit of tread on the Trax for the dirt I rode on).
I was wondering what you thought of the Kenda Kwik Bitumen on your Quick 3??
I'm sure the Michelin are a good tire, I just think you'd almost have to try the dozens of bike tires out there side by side, one after the other on identical bikes just to get a feel for what you like. (nearly impossible).
So like a lot of buying situations, we take our best shot & hope we get what we want out of the purchase. Of course, if anybody has direct experience with the Protek Crosses, maybe they can *help* your decision & confidence.
(I'm sure a lot of purchasing decisions have easily taken years off the end of my life.....I'm sure of it) ;)
The stock tires on the Quick 3 Kenda Bitumen ( can you think of a weirder name?) are actually very grippy. I often do the do you trust your tires quick u turn and in the parking lot of REI where I bought my bike the Kenda Tires performed excellent. Nice feedback and solid feel. I think Giant tires are strictly OEM stuff, never heard on this board something rebuying OEM tires but again I just joined in November 13. I figure you cant go wrong with the big names. Oh yeah on the Giant Escape I went bigger size 35mm instead of 32. The Escape feels long and the ride needs a bigger tire, the bike has the longest top tube I have ever been on.
I bought my hybrid used, but it still had the nearly unused Specialized flak jacket armadillo something tires on it in 35mm. They were PIGS. Maybe that's why they were barely used?
Next day I picked up a air of Serfas Seca's in 28mm. They tended to be very flat prone even though they had a "Flat Protection System".
After about a week, I ordered these and have been extremely pleased with them. Only flat was self inflicted because I used too narrow of a rim tape on my home built wheels.
I'm expecting 3000+ miles from them, based on current miles (1800ish) and apparent wear. I weigh 220-240 depending on time of the year.
Very light tires. I only ride pavement.
They have paper thin sidewalls that get punctured if you look at then too hard.
Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
So, do you have personal experience staring at them too hard?
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Ran over a tiny twig when they had less than 100 miles on the front tire.
Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
Went in at the side wall at the bead. Destroyed the tire..
Its not un common to have a different tire upgrade at point of sale ,
before you take the Bike Home from the Shop.
Here is a pic of the tire just put on today.
They grip many times better than the stock Giant Tires its not worth contesting. The speed due to design of the tire and more width 35mm vs stock 32mm slows the bike down just a bit, not something that would make me change it back to a smoother road design. They are great tires for those that ride all kinds of terrain from bumpy sidewalks to jumping curbs to wet leaves. A plus grade to Michelin.