Wow I love these. I've ridden so many puncture resistant tires, Vittoria, Bontrager, Contis and Michelins. I finally got hip to these. I bought them in 35mm wide for my winter bike just to push the envelope and see how the bike would ride. I replaced Vittoria Randoneurs with the Tservs and they are much lighter. The bike rolls faster now too. They roll over anything, no problem. Not expensive either. http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wh...9_2489crx.aspx
Last edited by Ride Among Us; 01-25-09 at 09:46 PM.
Ive got around 1500 miles on a pair, got a flat on the rear today, not sure if I like them or not. Second flat in 4 weeks. Definitely better after they are broken in, they squeal pretty loud when new when you skid. Decent grip in the wet/snow/slush crap so far this winter, they do seem pretty durable too. Better than the gatorskins I had before these. I shredded the gatorskins pretty quick and they never really did ride all that great, grippy in the dry, slippery in the wet and not too durable. For the money here lately I think in the last 4 or 5 sets of tires Ive used the el cheapo zaffiro's from the LBS for $16 each have been surprisingly good for the $$. At that price I don't care if I kill the rear in 4-5 weeks.
Univega Gran Premio, Custom MTB/SS/Commuter, Vintage Miele Fixie under construction
I have heard from a few people that used to messenger years ago that T-Servs were the tyre of choice, back in the day. As much as I like Randos (Ill run them front and rear in the winter) they dont roll very well, and are on the heavy side, but are awesome at just getting around town.
I dont think that any shops in the Bay Area stock T-Servs, so Im going to order a pair from Universal Cycles once my current Vittoria's run down on my only running bike, they are pretty cheap. I think Im going to try one of these in the front (T-Serv Protex)
Pake Track; Bianchi XL EV2 El Reparto Corse, Kona Jake the Snake
I have been using them for about 3 years now. I use them in 28's. At first I had them in both the front and rear, but the rear held up so long (I skip mostly and occasionally skid) that when I need to replace it, I just put the front in the rear. It am still using it now, but will probably need to replace it soon. I will be putting another one of these on it. They are great tires.
Originally Posted by diff_lock2
so what if it's custom, are you suddenly NOT a jackass?
I have TServs on my Rob Roy and have nothing bad to say about them. They are cheap, they are incredibly durable. The ride quality is plush. They still grip great on slushy roads. It's everything one could ever want in a commuter tire.
"Quäl dich, du Sau!" (trans.: "Suffer, you swine!") - Udo Bölts
In my experience, the T-serv tires are basically Pasela Tourguard with beefier sidewalls (the Paselas have paper thin sidewalls and are prone to cuts compared to Marathons, Gatorskins, etc). They've also gone from Aramid to Protex for the puncture strip. Comparable materials for flat protection.
That said, the Pasela Tourguards are lighter and ride a bit better than the T serv. So if you're in an area with a lot of glass and debris, you may prefer the T serv so you don't get as many sidewall cuts. Otherwise, the Pasela Tourguard are plenty flat resistant and have the same tread/texture.
I don't think Panaracer makes the T serv Messenger anymore; they changed the tread a bit and now it's the T serv Protex, although universalcycles still have Messenger tires left over.