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    Tire suggestions based on these needs...........

    I ran over a staple today and got only my second flat of my cycling career (only 4 years). I needed new tires so this is my sign that I should buy them


    Here's what I want:

    1) slicks
    2) all black
    3) no more than $60 a tires
    4) doesn't have to be feather light, but don't want heavy
    5) folding clincher


    Currently have vittoria rubino pro slicks and would like something else. I was looking at the Schwable One but they are a little too expensive for me. I keep hearing about the Michelin Pro 4 Service Course as a good all round option.

    Let me hear what ya got!!!!

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    GP4000s II of course.

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    Michelin Pro 4 Service Course or Endurance. Or GP4000's. (the black, not colored) As it turns out, between myself and my pair of 22 year-olds, we are running 1 pair each and agree all 3 are good tires. If I look at the rolling resistance charts seems the GP4000 comes in a little better but I really couldn't tell you if it makes a difference. Note the P4SC in 25 is over-sized to about 27, but I have not read anyone say the 23's are over-sized at all.
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    I have been running the Vittoria's you mentioned and like them a lot. Not sure why you don't. I had been riding with the Michelin Pro 4s and they were a major PITA to mount. A friend of mine is a bicycle industry Rep for a variety of companies like Ritchey, Bianchi, GU and Speedplay. He used to own an LBS before he got into his current job. He swears by Michelins but also says my experience is pretty common. Once ridden on they are much better to deal with but that initial mounting really sucked. I've also used the Conti 4000 which were not as bad as Michelins to mount but more difficult than the Vittorias. Once on the bike all three tires were just fine. Just my experience.

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    You can get the Schwalbe One @ $60

    Clincher tires only
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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    GP4000s II of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    GP4000s II of course.
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    GP4000s II of course.
    Yes, excellent tires, but in the 25mm size!
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    Agree with Continental GP 4000s.

    BTW anyone know if the "II" really gives any advantage over the previous one??
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    What don't you like about the Vittorias your using? BTW a staple is going to puncture any tire worth riding. For under $60, the best riding tire is Vitoria Open corsa with a hearing bone pattern purchased from various UK websites. Continental Gp 4000 are technically not slicks either but will last longer than the Vitorias and would also be a good choice.

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    The Bontrager R3 tubeless (or Hutchinson tubeless) fits all of those except $60 a tire. Unfortunately if you want to go tubeless, you need tubeless ready wheels. But IMO, it is a worthwhile investment. If not for the fewer flats and/or lighter weight, the improvement in ride quality is phenomenal.
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    I understand that running over a staple will give me a flat with most tires. The best tires I have ridden were Hutchinsion Fusion 3 slicks (i think that was the model). I read reviews about the sidewalls failing and that happened to me. When I mounted them I even thought the sidewalls were very thin. However, those tires felt great and rolled very well compared to what I have ridden. I am just afraid of having a sidewall blow out again. It happened when I was coming to a stop (less than 15 mph) and if it would have happened a mile earlier I may have been in really bad shape.

    Are the Pro 4 Service Course's sidewalls exceptionally thin compared to my Rubino Pro Slicks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by znomit View Post
    GP4000s II of course.
    700x25, most definitely. These tries are great.
    Bought a set two weeks ago from ebay for $98.84.

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