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Old 05-30-09, 02:23 AM   #1
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maxxis re-fuse or conti gatorskins?

which of these would be better for everyday commuting and rec? thanks
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Old 05-30-09, 06:25 AM   #2
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gatorskins have better puncture protection and will last longer than the re-fuses if you skid often, but have been know to have sidewall issues. i've have mine on for 6 months with no problems though. I think the gatorskin is a better tyre overall, but the re-fuse isn't bad. you would probably be happy with either.
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Old 05-30-09, 06:48 AM   #3
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I've ridden Gators exclusively for 2 years now. I'm on my....I wanna say 2nd front and 3rd rear. Very few flats, but yeah the sidewalls get...funny. They are not magic though I have slashed them open on glass before. No tire woulda held out against that though. Except maybe a factory-use tire....anyone ever had any Top Contacts or similar?
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Old 05-30-09, 09:27 AM   #4
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I've had a sidewall slashed when my wheel went into a grate with Gatorskins, but I doubt many tires would have fared better. But I like the ride and they've worn really well as both a front and rear (with moderate skidding) tire.
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Old 05-30-09, 10:46 AM   #5
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I've ridden Gators exclusively for 2 years now. I'm on my....I wanna say 2nd front and 3rd rear. Very few flats, but yeah the sidewalls get...funny. They are not magic though I have slashed them open on glass before. No tire woulda held out against that though. Except maybe a factory-use tire....anyone ever had any Top Contacts or similar?
Yes, I have. No flats.....ever, and they wear forever.
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Old 05-30-09, 11:11 AM   #6
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8/10 gatorskin owners complain of sidewall tear.

ive switched to refuse myself.
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Old 05-30-09, 11:12 AM   #7
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If they're available in your area, I like Vitorria Randonneurs. I know Gator Skins are popular in my area too.
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I haven't tried the Gatorskins, but I've been riding the Maxxis Refuse in pretty harsh NYC conditions for close to a year with no flats or any problems.
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another vote for the refuse. they've done me well. provided by everyday commuting you don't mean going out and doing mad skids all day.
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hahaha, nah. i need something for everyday riding. i went with the refuse. thanks guys
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good selection. 8 months and no flats. I replaced the rear after 6 months. it was missing chunks of rubbering in three or four places and was so wore down that it changed how the tire rode.
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Old 06-01-09, 12:19 PM   #12
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i love my randonneurs...they are super tough and i can ride on trails...i don't skid often but i when i do i know that there is plenty of rubber to skid through and they slide nice
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Old 06-01-09, 07:58 PM   #13
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never knew about the sidewall issue until i popped into this thread -- by 25c gatorskins tore last month at the sidewall. fortunately the shop switched it out for me. unfortunately they threw on a 28c without my knowledge. >=(
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23c and 25c gatorskins all have had sidewall tears. but my 28c haven't.
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panaracer t-serv.

or, refuse in the front, gatorskin in the back.
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I am running gators right now and they are doing really well. But I have only had them on for a few weeks. My GF is running armadillos, and those seem to be indestructable. Lots of good choices out there, and I don't know if all of these are really that different. For 27 bucks from probikekit, the gatorskins seem to be the best deal, though.
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