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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-15-08, 08:22 PM   #1
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Armadillo back tire?

Curious, has anyone ever used an Armadillo as a back tire riding fixed? If so whats your feedback?Thanks
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Old 08-15-08, 08:24 PM   #2
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They ride like $hit.
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Old 08-15-08, 09:22 PM   #3
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I am and i've still had tubes pop with it.
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Old 08-15-08, 09:45 PM   #4
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I'm running an Armadillo Elite All Condition set of tires currently. I've found its a good balance of handling, speed and comfort. No flats yet 300+ miles so far.
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Old 08-15-08, 11:26 PM   #6
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i ride with a rear armadillo and haven't had flats since. i don't skid though, but i like them.
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Old 08-16-08, 01:29 AM   #7
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bought my first and still doin fine
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have it, i moderately skid and still goin' fine.
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I used Armadillos a few years back. They are extremely puncture resistant, but they don't roll worth a damn, and I always wore through them very quickly, even with minimal skidding. I suggest a getting a Conti Gatorskin instead.
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Old 08-16-08, 06:40 AM   #10
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They ride like $hit.
yes, especially in the front. it's like cornering on a solid tire. gatorskins are better, and pretty much the same price.
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Old 08-16-08, 07:09 AM   #11
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i don't skid stop, but after 3000 miles I've had only one flat (which was probably due to low inflation).


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try the panaracer palsea. great tire. haven't had a flat in over over 4 months. its on my commuter, and a lot of my friends are riding them on fixed now. skids easily, but makes a hissing sound. LBS sells them for $25. either that or an everwear.
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i've tried them.. they slide alot when skid stopping. No problems on flats for sure though.

Also i was expecting them to last a bit longer.

+1 on randonneur for rear
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i've never caught a flat on an armadillo in my life, after a half dozen pairs on various bikes. when i started riding fixed, i switched to gatorskins on the back though. i use an elite in the front, but the plain armadillos just roll too sluggish, skid poorly and wear away a whole lot faster than you would expect for such a solid tire.
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Haven't tried them, but I have a friend who really likes them. I ride gatorskins and swear by them (my rear wheels seem to last a lot longer, but maybe I skid less.) I've never had a flat while riding a gatorskin.
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The ride terrible, handle terrible, and are a beast to mount on Italian rims. I have flatted with them several times.
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I've had ARmadillo Elites for eight months now, I don't skid and they're not the fastest rolling things, but I love them and I've had no flats with everyday ridingl
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What a coincidence.

I flatted a gatorskin today. I thought "Maybe I should start running Armadillos on the rear."
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Trying my first pair of Armadillos this year. I bought them in May and now have over 700 miles on them and have not had a flat yet. I cant say how they would hold up to skidding as I run a 48/16 right now so I make no attempt to skid. I think they ride great as long as the pressure is up. I find it more important then usual to check the pressure and keep them aired up. They dont ride worth a darn even slightly low.
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