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    Soma Everwear

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    I wanna know people's recent experiences w/ these tires. i have read past reviews about sidewalls giving out, but I haven't seen anything recent. Also, how do y'all think they compare to the gatorskin? I can get gatorskins for 30 bucks and everwears for 35 bucks. I was thinking about an everwear for the rear tire b/c I skid on it and wanted to know what y'all think.
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    I have/had this tire.

    Despite skidding (I don't skid religiously, in fact, I avoid it, but I do ride brakeless with 15 skid patches), it took about 5 months for this tire to crap out.

    But I did have the sidewall problem. I am not sure what did it, but something in the sidewall got punctured and the inner tube started to stick out in one place. Like a goiter. Gross.

    Anyhow, it was rideable but it made me paranoid so I replaced it with another Soma Everwear. So I would say for a moderate to low amount of skidding, these tires will last you quite a while. And for people who skid a lot or only have a few skid patches, they will last as long as any other tire.

    Some of my friends have Gatorskins though and I hear they are pretty good too. For $35 I think you are getting a fair price either way. Where I am from they cost at least $40.

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    I've been running them on my bike since November and just recently had an issue with my front. The bead separated from the rubber causing a huge bulge in the side. I tried to have them warrantied but was told they don't do that on rubber...so I returned that one. I'm planning on ordering another one sometime, but a free Bontrager's working just fine for me right now.

    Also, my girlfriend's been running them for about 9 months and hers are going strong. She's never used her brake either, fwiw.

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    I'm ridng my 2nd set of Gatorskins now and love them. 23s. awesome tires out here in the desert.

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    I went through an everwear in about 2 weeks, but I ride a lot (a LOT), and don't run a brake (and I live at the top of a hill...), but I have 17 skid patches.

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    Whoa someone needs to shred less.

    My stock Kenda tire did last about that long though. Course, back then, I was skidding more.

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    I've had everwears for close to a year now. No flats. No problems. No brakes.
    and yes, I ride my bike nearly every day. I personally love them.

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    I had sidewall problems with my everwears, but that was quite a while ago. I don't know if they've gotten any better. I know what won't get better, though, and that's how crappy the ride quality is on a skidded everwear. They really, really square off after a while and cornering ability goes way down. They aren't a good riding tire. I would never have one on the front. I prefer gatorskins to everwears in general. Gatorskins also ride better in wet conditions.

    I started buying expensive tires (like conti gp 4000 & michelin pro race 3). Once you spend that much on tires, you try to not skid so much and then tire life goes up. Also, you get the benefit of a superior riding tire for that longer period of time. Win/win in my book. I just put my pro-races on last week. They are grippy and awesome! I feel like I could take a corner at 50 mph with those guys.

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    I've only heard about Soma's bad sidewall history, but I've never ridden them. Having ridden a Gatorskin in the rear, I'd say get that. It's tried and true and will last a while as long as you dont abuse it. Plus its cheaper

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    i used the everwear for about 6 months, then gave it to a friend who is still riding it after about a month. i skidded, i used my bike everyday. if you skid a lot, they will be one of the longest lasting tires you can buy. but, the ride quality does suck- they get squared off, as stated above, rather quickly, but still last a LONG time.

    if you want to skid a LOT, they are a great tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droptop View Post
    i used the everwear for about 6 months, then gave it to a friend who is still riding it after about a month. i skidded, i used my bike everyday. if you skid a lot, they will be one of the longest lasting tires you can buy. but, the ride quality does suck- they get squared off, as stated above, rather quickly, but still last a LONG time.

    if you want to skid a LOT, they are a great tire.


    I have a everwear 700x23 in the rear now. it replaced a 26 everware.

    I agree with the ride quality comment. My 26 got squared off after a while and seemed to slow me down. I replaced it with a new 23 for that reason. I figured if they are gonna square up, might as well save a couple mm's.

    I like to skid and prefer to use these tires for that.

    The gatorskins are good to, I have a set on my road bike. but they are more for flat protection. Ill probably end up with one in front of my fg.

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    My gatorskin lasted me about 2 months on the back tire. I really liked the way that tire felt, especially in the rain. Right now I'm riding a Rubino, and it's lasted as long as the everwear (so far) without even showing the threads. The hole I ripped in the everwear was about 3 inches long (and after only 2 weeks).

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    Well. My rear everwear's sidewall went out at the 7 month period. I skid very, very rarely. My front everwear has been going strong now for 9 months.

    Never had a flat with either.

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    OP is currently riding gatorskins... but it's about time for a new set of tires, so he's wondering if he should try the everwears or stick to gatorskins; he already knows gatorskins rock.
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