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Old 01-05-14, 10:51 AM   #1
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Tires: ultremo zx or spesh s-works turbo?

Shopping around for tires to go on some 202s. Looking for light and fast but good cornering feel. Torbo pro tires came on my tarmac and I like them so I'm wondering what the s-works version would feel like. I've had ultremos before, a couple years ago and I liked how racey they felt. Not interested in gp4000s so please don't try to sell me on them, I've read plenty of reviews on them.
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Old 01-05-14, 12:12 PM   #2
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Not trying to sell you on anything (just relaying my experience) but I tried a Ultremo ZX 28c. Not a bad tire but at 80psi it didn't ride or roll as well as a 25c GP4000s at 90psi.
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I'm on tubeless ZXs and will report the exact opposite of the post above mine.

80 PSI and I'm never going back to gp's.
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The Specialized turbo felt good to me bit if I remember correctly is not a light weight tire. I liked how it felt, but in would chose the GP4000s or vredestein tri comp over the turbo if I had to chose. The ultremois supposed to be a good tire from what in have heard, but not extremely durable (again only from what I have heard. Never ridden schwable)
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I'm looking at deciding between the same two tires to open next season with, and I think I'm going with the '14 S Works Turbo, both because it turned in a low rolling resistance number in Anhalt's testing (see bikeblather.blogspot.com) and because it's a 24 width, which is probably better at my 220lb weight. Specialized says they weigh 205gm, which is quite light by my reckoning.

Oh, and just make sure you get the 2014 model if you go the S-Works route; it's a totally different and better tire than previous incarnations.
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I went with the Ultremo ZX. I got them from PBK (2 for 70). I'm going to use them as race tires while GP4S for training/club rides.
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The Specialized turbo felt good to me bit if I remember correctly is not a light weight tire. I liked how it felt, but in would chose the GP4000s or vredestein tri comp over the turbo if I had to chose. The ultremois supposed to be a good tire from what in have heard, but not extremely durable (again only from what I have heard. Never ridden schwable)
These 2 weigh in about the same.
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I'm looking at deciding between the same two tires to open next season with, and I think I'm going with the '14 S Works Turbo, both because it turned in a low rolling resistance number in Anhalt's testing (see bikeblather.blogspot.com) and because it's a 24 width, which is probably better at my 220lb weight. Specialized says they weigh 205gm, which is quite light by my reckoning.

Oh, and just make sure you get the 2014 model if you go the S-Works route; it's a totally different and better tire than previous incarnations.
Yeah, I saw the 14s have a new compound that is getting good reviews. One I read mentioned it didn't take long to wear out, which I would believe because I just got my Tarmac in late July and it already has a wide flat center. It also mentioned it weighed a little less when they put them on their scale.
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I went with the Ultremo ZX. I got them from PBK (2 for 70). I'm going to use them as race tires while GP4S for training/club rides.
Is that sale still going on? I've been seeing them for $90/pair, if I could get them for $70 that would be enough to sway me. I don't think I could find a sale on the s-works tires online.
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I love/hate my Ultremo ZX's. I had one tire that had 2 flats and then broke apart after 1000 km. The replacement has been trouble free for over 2000 km. Decent grippy tire IMO but kinda pricey.
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I've had great results with the Ultremos zx. Get reasonable kms out of a great handling tire. I inflate the 23 mm ones 98f 104r. Bought my last 4 at pbk $ 31 each.
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Is that sale still going on? I've been seeing them for $90/pair, if I could get them for $70 that would be enough to sway me. I don't think I could find a sale on the s-works tires online.
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I've had great results with the Ultremos zx. Get reasonable kms out of a great handling tire. I inflate the 23 mm ones 98f 104r. Bought my last 4 at pbk $ 31 each.
pededes got his with the 20% off discount. I got mine with the 10% discount. I think that sale just ended last week. Since it's my first time using Schwalbe tires I just got 2. I'm a huge fan of Vittorias but since all these sales pretty much put them around the same price I thought it wouldn't hurt to experiment a bit.

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I've had great results with the Ultremos zx. Get reasonable kms out of a great handling tire. I inflate the 23 mm ones 98f 104r. Bought my last 4 at pbk $ 31 each.
I tried those pressures but thought it was better with 96.5psi in the front
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I would try out the new Spec tire. I have ridden the Ultremo ZX as well as the Spec tire and I prefer it over the Ultremo.
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I really love my Ultremo ZXes. They're incredibly light, roll superbly, confidence inspiring on descents and have had no flats on one tire but had to bin a tire early in its life because of a sidewall cut (but then there's a lot of glass strewn on the roads where I ride). I'd recommend them without a second thought.
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The turbo wear out really quick and cut easily. But they're a race tire. I'm using the roubaix pro 23/25. I like it and it last longer than the turbo.
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I love my Ultremo's. Don't know exactly how much mileage they have but I think over 2-3k miles. Have only gotten one flat on them, and they ride fantastic. I pump them up to 120f and 130r (I like them like that high) and the ride is great. The ride isn't the most comfortable but I don't ride recreationally so I don't care. Speed > Comfort right?
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This will be my everyday tire but I like the racey feeling stuff. My roads are excellent so I never really have to worry about punctures. Short life span doesn't really bother me either if I like the way they feel and roll out. Thanks guys, I'll look around for sales on the ultremos and if I don't have any luck I might experiment with the turbo tires.
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Oh what about the Zipp tires that pair up with their wheels? Have y'all ever tried those?
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