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    Best Value for Money Tire?

    Hi All,

    My bike came with mediocre Kenda Kwest tires. I'm looking to upgrade and wanted to know the best value for money tire out there.

    So I don't mind paying more but it has to be worth it. Worth it can come in multiple form: i) Puncture resistance (saves time), ii) Roll quality (better ride) or iii) Looks sharp.

    I've read on this forum that Panaracer Pasela Road fit the bill quite nicely $25, look good and puncture resistant. Is there anything better?

    I'm looking for 25-28mm tires.

    Thanks!

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    Best value dependent how much you pay. I bought Michelin Pro 4 for $30 which is a great value imo. But I also have had two sets of Continental Ultra Sports that retail for $20 and they are also a good value for the amount of miles I got for the price. The best value is riding the current tires until you wear them out

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    Item i) Flat protection and ii) Roll quality are basically mutually exclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
    Hi All,

    My bike came with mediocre Kenda Kwest tires. I'm looking to upgrade and wanted to know the best value for money tire out there.

    So I don't mind paying more but it has to be worth it. Worth it can come in multiple form: i) Puncture resistance (saves time), ii) Roll quality (better ride) or iii) Looks sharp.
    Continental GP4000s are fairly nice tires that are also flat resistant and long lasting (I got 5257 miles in back afte 1037 up front out of my first one) when you don't damage the side walls. $40-$45 from Europe.

    Obviously, $40-$45 tires good for 5000 miles are less expensive than $25 tires that only last 2500.
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    Michelin Pro4 Endurance fits this bill.
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    Serfas Seca 700x28. The gray/blacks are under $19 a tire at Amazon. They were the favorite in Slowtwitch.com's 28mm tire shootout, "Serfas gets the award for having the most accurate width, the lightest weight, and the lowest price by far. They also installed incredibly easily. Remember that Shimano wheel on which I was completely unable to mount the Challenge Paris-Roubaix? The Seca RS went on in seconds. I never flatted on the tire ľ but if I ever do, changing the tube will be painless. " These sat in my cart for some time before I went tubeless.

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    I recently got a pair of Michelin Pro4 with free inner tubes from Merlin for $57 + $7 shipping. They have Endurance or Service Course for that price.

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    I know it's ~$80 per pair, but I'm a strong believer in the Conti Grand Prix 4000S. Puncture protection, rolling resistance, and high mileage. All together? It's a long-term investment that's cheaper in the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
    I've read on this forum that Panaracer Pasela Road fit the bill quite nicely $25, look good and puncture resistant. Is there anything better?

    I'm looking for 25-28mm tires.!
    I think the Panaracers are probably the most cost efficient tire you can get. Make sure you get the "Tourguard" version - the non tourguard version lacks flat resistance.

    It will say either "Tourguard" or "TG" in the title and on the tire, like here:
    http://www.amazon.com/Panaracer-Pase...Road+tourguard

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    What about Continental GP 4 Seasons? Too expensive (even with mileage they last)? I'm happy with those. Very comfortable, pretty fast rolling and very good flat protection (28 mm version).
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    I think they've switched from calling it tourguard to calling it PT, at least on the paselas with folding bead.
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    Hard to beat the Panaracer Paselas (non-PT/TG version).
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    I bought these for my rain bike. Put them on my main bike in an emergency and they are actually outstanding. I think they're really made by Kenda. If you don't care about a name brand that no one but you will really notice then they're a good deal. @ $21/tire right now.

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    I'm a big fan of Michelin Lithion 2's. They can be had for about $20 per tire. They are light and racy and cheap, and ride very smoothly.

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    I bought Conti Ultra Sport ii's for $23 each on amazon, happy with the purchase.
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    I think the Paselas are probably the best tire for the money, but I don't have them on any of my bikes right now because there are better tires out there. In the 25-28c range Schwalbe Marathon plus is the best commuting tire, Compass is the best rolling, Michelin Pro4 Endurance or Conti GP4000s are good compromises.

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    Vittoria Rubino Pro 3

    Get them at Ribble. Amazing price at less than $22.00 per tire. I like them better than the Michelin Pro4 Endurance.
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    Pro4 Endurance 2 for $75 from the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaninar View Post
    What about Continental GP 4 Seasons? Too expensive (even with mileage they last)? I'm happy with those. Very comfortable, pretty fast rolling and very good flat protection (28 mm version).
    They're a slow tire (Tour Magazine measured 54W of rolling resistance at 35 km/h with an 85kg load versus 34W for the GP4000S) and have half the life of both Gatorskin and GP4000S/SII (2500-3000 miles versus 5000-5500; after my GP 4 Season experience I was surprised GP4000S tires lasted as long as Gatorskins) so they cost much more.

    The GP 4 Season offers slightly better wet traction, although with no tire able to save you from things like oil slicks and utility covers that doesn't let you ride faster in the rain. Versus the GP4000S Tour magazine took a wet corner at 33.2 km/h not 33.0 km/h.

    I'm undecided whether the GP 4 Season is nicer riding at the same pressure versus Gatorskins, although the GP4000S is definitely better.

    If you want a fast tire that happens to be puncture resistant*, buy GP4000SII tires (available in widths to 28mm).

    If you're worried about side-wall damage and/or want a puncture resistant tire that rides reasonably in spite of that, buy Gatorskins (available with folding beads tires through 28mm).

    * I haven't noticed a difference in flat frequency between the three tires, although the heavier carcasses on the Gatorskin and GP 4 Season should do better.
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    From what I gathered, 4 seasons is somewhere halfway between 4000 and Gatorskins. Not as fast as the 4000, but a bit more puncture resistant and a bit longer lasting. Then come Gatorskins as the longest lasting, the most puncture resistant (of the three), but a bit less comfortable and a bit heavier.
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    I've paid as little as $16.99 for Vittorio Rubino III tires, and as little as $14.50 for Forte Pro+ wire bead tires. As those prices, I think they're the best values around. At what they normally go for, which is $30 and $25 respectively, maybe the Panaracer Paselas are a better deal. Which tire is the best deal is directly a function of the best prices you can find them at. There are plenty of good tires that list for $25-35 dollars, but I buy them when they are available for cheaper than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    Item i) Flat protection and ii) Roll quality are basically mutually exclusive.
    Have you ever had a set of Schwalbe Marathon Supremes ?? They refute your statement!

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    Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick mail order from ribblecycles. Check it out. The Paselas are a safe bet though and offer good puncture-resistance at the expense of a weight penalty. Expensive Continental GP4000S are a good value if they reduce the number of times you flat, and they do seem to have excellent puncture resistance. Michelin Pro4 Endurance are good tires but they have no kelvar breaker under the tread, then again neither do the Rubino Pros. There's a false economy in inexpensive but puncture-prone tires but a lot depends on how often and where you ride. If you ride in the mountains weight is probably the most important consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
    Serfas Seca 700x28. The gray/blacks are under $19 a tire at Amazon. They were the favorite in Slowtwitch.com's 28mm tire shootout, "Serfas gets the award for having the most accurate width, the lightest weight, and the lowest price by far. They also installed incredibly easily. Remember that Shimano wheel on which I was completely unable to mount the Challenge Paris-Roubaix? The Seca RS went on in seconds. I never flatted on the tire – but if I ever do, changing the tube will be painless. " These sat in my cart for some time before I went tubeless.

    Thanks as usual for great feedback. I ended up purchasing a pair of "Serfas Seca Wire Bead Tire with FPS, Black/Grey, 700X28" for $36 which is hard to beat. The reviews/comments said the puncture resistance was good as was the look. Rolling resistance was average.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
    Thanks as usual for great feedback. I ended up purchasing a pair of "Serfas Seca Wire Bead Tire with FPS, Black/Grey, 700X28" for $36 which is hard to beat. The reviews/comments said the puncture resistance was good as was the look. Rolling resistance was average.

    Thanks again.
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