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    Tires with performance help....Thanks!

    Just purchased a Focus Mares about 3 weeks ago (a change from a Mt. Bike) and had about 3 flats and 2 wipe outs (cornering turns) in under 300 miles. 2 of the flats were from thrones and the last one from shattered glass on the road. I mostly ride on pavement/road, and some light off road. The bike came with Conti Double Fighters 2 (28x1 3/8x1 5/8)/(tubes are 700x28x32), I feel that these tires are not sticking to the ground while I am negotiating turns and feel the tires slipping. I also noticed that both of my wipe out were early in the morning and perhaps the pavement was slightly wet, although, I can't really tell.

    I ride approximately 85% Pavement/Road and 15% Light Off-Road.

    I am looking for some better tires that won't get so many flats and can stick to the ground, a tire that can perform. Also, I like to know if I can get more narrow tires for the wheel set that came with the bike.

    Here's a link to the bike I have, if it's any help http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1088626_-1___

    I really would appreciate any recommendations on a good set of performing tires that I can depend on, and how narrow in size of tire I can have.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

    Be safe all.
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    Seriously, you need to improve your cornering skills. Learn the limits of your equipment.
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    Sounds like you are just learing your new bike. I have found most cross tires I have used suck in the flat department and are ok to sketchy at cornering on wet pavement as you have found. My favorite all around tires have some of the exact same issues, ritchey speedmax. I run my touring tires when I get sick of flats and some better cornering but then they kinda suck in the muddy stuff and cornering off road. Probably letting us know what kind of terrian you ride would give us a better idea what tire might better suit you.

    Rereading I the the op original post I see he did state terrain I run touring tires and I am kinda partial to maxxis overdrive though I always keeps some narly off road tires on hand when I do decide to do mostly off road just switch tires. I would really recomend keeping a few different types tires on hand assuming your cross bike is your main ride.
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    Those "hybrid" tires with knobs on the sides are terrible IMO. They hardly add traction for off-road but they make cornering on pavement an adventure.

    Get a fat slick or semi-slick like the Panaracer Pasela in 700x32. Or the Jack Brown, used and approved by none other than Andy Hampsten:
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/articl...ianca-ti-16577

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    Or just throw on some Gator skins or Armadillos 700 x 25. If you're mostly on pavement, you don't need the width even though they both go wide as well.
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    Thanks for all the comments. Anyone else with recommendations?

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    I wish they still made the Forte VersaTrac, but alas, they discontinued it. I am still looking for a suitable replacement. These are 26" MTB tires on my MTB/Cyclo build, and I am still looking for a solid 700C cyclo tire that will ride well on the road as well as dirt. I rode the Forte Gotham for a while, and it seems ok for road but not for loose gravel. I currently run Michelin City 32's, but they are worthless in dirt/light trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asiamj View Post
    Thanks for all the comments. Anyone else with recommendations?
    Search for Will Dehene's (sp?) thread on Duremes. Or Flargle's advice is good. Forget the idea of 25mm tyres for a bike the you ride off road even 15% of the time.

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