I know it's been asked. I've searched and read a ton of older posts, but decided to start a new thread to ask the questions that I want to ask and to see if opinions have changed.
I live in Seattle and use my SS to classes and maybe ride 5-20 miles/day to get to parks/beaches/etc. I'm always on the street, sidewalk, or a paved trail. Currently, I have some 23mm Specialized Tri-Sport slicks up front and 32mm Bontrager Jones CX grippys in the back. I'm thinking of running 23's up front and 25's in the back.
I'm looking for tires that're pretty durable but more importantly handle well and are light.
From what I can gather from older posts, the most recommend tires are (in no particular order):
1) Continental Gatorskins
2) Maxxis Re-fuse
3) Michelin Krylon Carbon
4) Rubino Pros
5) Vittoria Randonneurs
Armadillos were suggested by some, but completely negged by others, so I've disregarded those.
I know that the Gatorskins and Re-fuses are extremely durable, but do they handle well? Also, from what I've read, they're pretty heavy. Are there any tires that sacrifice some durability for better handling and lighter weight?
I'm not trying to ask for the impossibly light, awesome handling tire that never gives flats, but I guess tires that'll let me zoom zoom and are reliable enough (I wouldn't mind a flat every once in a while).
Also, do you think 23 front/25 back is worth it for some control or is 23 front/23 back fine?