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Old 09-08-07, 05:40 PM   #1
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soma everwear tires the side wall blows before .....

..... you can skid through it.
the side wall on my everwear blew out from drying and cracking way berfore could skid through it.
to bad it was only a few months old.
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Old 09-08-07, 06:01 PM   #2
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I think I've actually heard of this happening before with the everwears. I might be wrong though.
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Old 09-08-07, 06:09 PM   #3
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The sidewalls are ****ty.
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Old 09-08-07, 06:16 PM   #4
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oops just bought one today
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yeah, they suck. not from my own personal experience....but yeah.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:20 PM   #6
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Whatever you do, do not buy them!! They suck so bad, my sidewalls fell apart so fast. Funny thing is the 5 mm tread is awesome, not a problem there, but multiple holes all over the sidewalls, not so good.

My dumpstered Bontrager race lite's are so much better.
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^^^yeah, that's the experience i observed and learned from.
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I like running a hardcase up front and an everwear in back, heavy as hell but I never have to worry about skidding through a tire or a front flat.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:26 PM   #9
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It's also nice that you can pump them up as high as 140psi.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:27 PM   #10
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Hmm. I had one of the original all black ones for over a year which died from getting a piece of metal in the sidewall. the sidewall looked a little stressed during the autopsy, but no tears besides the fatal one and no other problems. Curious. Are these the new ones with the colored rubber?
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might the sidewall damage be related to people not pumping them up to 140? i know for sure humangirl totally didn't.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:35 PM   #12
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then again, a lot of people don't even pump to 120.
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Old 09-08-07, 07:38 PM   #13
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might the sidewall damage be related to people not pumping them up to 140? i know for sure humangirl totally didn't.
The max PSI is only 110
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well, that was the wrong direction to take this thread. oops.
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I've got one on my commuter, which is holding up fine. I also ran one on my track bike, but it became too unstable during hard stopping after it went evar-square.
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I have them on ever track bike I own.
I keep them pumped to 130psi all the time.
this is the first and only problem I have had.
but I'm gonna keep a close eye on my side walls.
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Yeah I don't go over 120 for fear of sidewall blowouts. The recommended PSI is 90, but it says max 140.
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it seems they just dry out fast.
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What about duct tape for the sidewalls?
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The one Everwear I had also blew out on the sidewall. They're a decent tire for skid durability, but seeing as they're around the same price range as Gatorskins, I don't see why not to get Gators when Everwears are a decidedly cheap/overpriced tire for what you're getting. After reading this thread I don't think I'll buy one again.
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Old 09-09-07, 12:39 AM   #21
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Whatever you do, do not buy them!! They suck so bad, my sidewalls fell apart so fast. Funny thing is the 5 mm tread is awesome, not a problem there, but multiple holes all over the sidewalls, not so good.

My dumpstered Bontrager race lite's are so much better.
Man I dumpster those like once a week. Why are they always there?
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yeah, i've got a bunch of dumpstered bontragers.....selects, race lites, race lite ac...full sets of a couple of those...i dunno, it's fine with me. i know hardcases have skidded through for me relatively quickly before, but those also last a year for me as a front tire, so that might have made the one tire brittle when i put it on back.
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I had an Everwear that did this too. I can't say when it would actually have blown out, since I changed it when the sidewall started to split, but it was long before I came close to skidding through it, and that was when I was skidding a lot more than I do now. Has anyone ever had a good experience with any Soma products besides the frames?
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I'm gonna stick my neck out here and suggest that sidewall blowouts are actually related to underinflation rather than overinflation. The more underinflated you tires are the more the sidewalls will flex under your weight with each revulution of the wheel, until they are fatigued and begin to tear.
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Has anyone ever had a good experience with any Soma products besides the frames?

I have a Soma cog on one of my bikes...it works basically as well as any other cog I've ever owned (EAI, Surly, etc.)
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