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Old 05-26-08, 10:13 PM   #1
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WOW! have you seen this? "Lance Armstrong shatters HPVA 1 hour record"

Gotcha!

....since you're here, what is a good (i.e. fast ) 20" front tire for smooth pavement commuting?

my new 'bent comes with a Kenda 20x1.5 I've never heard of that brand, is it any good?

The 26" rear wheel will get a Continental sport contact (because I have 2 brand newies sitting here unused)

P.S. Sorry 'bot the Lance Armstrong thing
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Old 05-26-08, 11:54 PM   #2
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For smooth pavement something like Primo Comets or Schwalble Marathon Racers may suit you. Schwalbe Stelvio's are reputed to be fast but a bit fragile - I have never used them, so this is only hearsay.
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Old 05-27-08, 04:25 AM   #3
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giro 20 has kenda

my giro 20 has kenda kwest and their not too expensive and have more tread than my RANS Screamer's primo comets. I like the kenda's because I ride for relaxation and I like to corner sharply for the rush. Hard to do that on the screamer.
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Old 05-27-08, 08:04 AM   #4
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Schwalbe Stelvio's are reputed to be fast but a bit fragile - I have never used them, so this is only hearsay.
I've heard that too, but after putting almost 1900 miles on a pair of 26x1.1 Stelvios this spring, I am having exactly zero problems, and they're almost beginning to show appreciable wear. I use these tires for commuting, training and randonneuring, so they've been through the mill. Is it maybe just the 20-inchers that are problematic?

Admittedly, I tend to be easy on equipment (except for the ISIS bb that pooped out on me this past weekend during a 600k. I finished the ride, but the noise got to be a bit of a bother.)

As with anything, YMMV.

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Old 05-27-08, 06:04 PM   #5
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Ugh. I dislike kendas. They always seem to ear out fast fast fast. For those tires you are either stuck with primos (kevlar version ONLY) or schwalbe. I've never had a problem with stelvios before at all.
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Old 05-27-08, 06:36 PM   #6
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Schwalbe Stelvio's are reputed to be fast but a bit fragile - I have never used them, so this is only hearsay.
Stelvios use to suffer from bulges and cord damage when used on bad roads, but that was several years ago, now. I use 406 Stelvios on the front of my Fujn and my Velokraft and get excellent mileage out of them.
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Old 05-29-08, 08:04 PM   #7
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I've got Stelvios on pretty much everything I ride now and the original Stelvios on my trike have almost 7000km on them and they're still good to go. No flats either.
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There's two kind of Kendas. There's the low pressure and the high pressure. The high pressure ones will hold 100 lbs. of air. I don't use Kendas on my trike, but on my Easy Sport, the 20 inch one I had on the front never had a flat and had put on about 2700 miles on it and still had quite a bit of life left. However, the 26 one on the rear was a problem.
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