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    Best Puncture-Resistant Tires

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    I am going to start commuting (app. 25 miles/day) and I am going to use my Cannondale roadbike. I would like to get the best puncture-resistant tires that I can as my schedule does not tolerate lateness to work. Although this is certainly a realistic concern for any commuter, I'd like to minimize my chances of flats in the future. I have heard that Specialized Armadillos are good. My LBS is recommending Bontrager Hard Case tires, which everyone who uses commends for their puncture-resistance, but say the tire is super-heavy and bad in inclement weather. Which of the tires do you recommend, and can you recommend others?

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    I've been using Continental Gatorskins and 4-Seasons for years. Average 1 flat per 10,000 miles. 4-Seasons have a little more grip in wet conditions.

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    Specialized Armadillos, in my experience, are the most puncture proof. Gatorskins represent a more balanced compromise (less weight and better rolling resistance).

    The newer Armadillos are lighter than the older ones (still heavy). The newer gatorskins are about as light as anything out there.
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    best tire for all round use with low rolling resistant and good puncture resistant that i found is MICH. krylion carbon

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    Armadillos in my experience, I use mine in all the crap weather and also use them on paths, dirt roads etc. etc. on my road bike. Gatorskins wernt puncture resistant on my terrains, not punctured the armadillo yet in over 2 years use, about 12,000 mile use. Found a stone lodged in the tire the other day, i picked it out, the tyre stayed up. thick rubber, not a fast tyre but not that slow either.

    Great for when you dont want a puncture in bad weather.

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    I own a set of Specialized Armadillo All Condition 700x25c slicks on my Cannondale hybrid, and a set of Continental Ultra Gatorskin 700x23c slicks on my Cannondale road bike.

    The Armadillos simply feel bullet proof. But they also feel hard as a rock, though rolling resistance is a little worse than the Conti Gatorskins.

    The Conti Ultra Gatorskins feel a lot more supple, and yet the rolling resistance feels like it's an improvement over the Armadillos. They probably aren't as bomb proof as the Armadillos, but they're also less than 2/3rds the weight of the Armadillos.

    There is a new Specialized Armadillo Elite available, but it's still heavier than the Gatorskins, and though I haven't used them, I suspect that they're probably more in the Gatoskin category of flat resistance (as opposed to the impervious Armadillo All Conditions).

    With my Gatorskins I routinely cruise along at 19-21mph. And I've climbed some nice hills with them too. I think they're a great all-around tire. But if your life depends on never getting a flat, leave home 2 minutes earlier and ride on the Armadillos. Oh, and make sure your fillings are secure; the tires are pretty stiff.
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    Chalk up another one for Gatorskins. I put them on about 4000 miles ago and have not had a flat yet. (Of course tomorrow I suppose both will fail after this!)

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    You're going to have to sacrifice most performance criteria if you want ultimate flat resistance. Flat resistant tires are going to be heavy and hard. Use the widest tires you can fit in the frame, drop your pressures a little and use the thickest (heaviest and probably cheapest) tubes available. Your commuter bike or you yourself are going to be heavy in any case, so you shouldn't worry about weight at all, it's not that important.

    I haven't used the current ones, but the 25c Armadillos I used a long time ago never flatted. I only weighed 130 at that time, so that contributed something. The 28c GP 4 Seasons I've been using haven't flatted either and I weigh 160 now. They're too expensive for a utility tire though.

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    Race you back to TCC

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    For commuting I'd go with Armadillos, the 25c ones. I ride gator skins now and I did have a piece of metal puncture it within the first 100 miles (plus a side wall puncture). But no flats since I got then in mid may.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
    Specialized Armadillos, in my experience, are the most puncture proof. Gatorskins represent a more balanced compromise (less weight and better rolling resistance).

    The newer Armadillos are lighter than the older ones (still heavy). The newer gatorskins are about as light as anything out there.
    Re: Armadillos. My Specialized Mondo Pro's are just about kaput.. Was considering Armadillos. Are they good for aggressive riding? I'm no Pro. I don't race, but I like to keep a good pace. Will I lose any performance with Armadillos?
    Just trying to be a good rider

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    You might also consider the schwalbe marathon plus. They come in a 700X25. I run a 28 on my commuter/tourer. I also use the gatorskins on my road bike and never flated due to puncture(one pinch flat).

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    I have used the Bontrager Race lite Hardcase and the Armadillos. The Bontragers were much faster. I mean very noticeable. Have not gotten a flat with either one. I am now using Huchinson Fusion 2 carbons. These tires are the fastest I have ridden, but not great puncture resistance. I would go with the Armadillos if you can deal with their heft. Bontrager's are a good compromise if you want some speed.

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