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Old 06-18-09, 02:23 AM   #1
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Best tire for your buck!?

So, I'm on the look out for a good affordable tire. Possibly with Kevlar components. I've heard some good things about the Ultra Gator Skins by Continental. Anyone have any input on those or something better?

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Old 06-18-09, 02:23 AM   #2
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Also, how much do tubes make a difference when it comes to reliability, performance, and other issues like that?
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Old 06-18-09, 03:30 AM   #3
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Its all about the Soma Everwears.
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Old 06-18-09, 05:50 AM   #4
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best i think is rubino pros for 25 bucks at pbk.

though my fave is a used conti grand prix 4k i got used for 5 dollars. maybe too worn for racing, but perfectly fine for commuting.
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best i think is rubino pros for 25 bucks at pbk.

though my fave is a used conti grand prix 4k i got used for 5 dollars. maybe too worn for racing, but perfectly fine for commuting.
i got diamante prolights from them for cheaper! maybe theres something i dont know about them.
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I got a whole bunch of Michelin Dynamic tires for $8 a piece. Pretty good for that price.

It just depends what kind of deal you can find out there.
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Michelin Krylion Carbon. Good mix of low rolling resistance and puncture resistance.
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Michelin Krylion Carbon. Good mix of low rolling resistance and puncture resistance.
ive been wanting to give these a try. ive heard nothing but good things.
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I want to try Krylions as well.

My girlfriend just got some Grand Prix 4000 s tires and they are great. I, personally, will only run gatorskins. Right now, you can get them at PBK for $24. I'm pretty sure that will be the best bang for your buck as far as tires go. Decently well performing, no flats, and long lasting. And they look cool.

I thought abuot trying everwears but then realized they weren't for me. Just too low performing for my taste. The thought of being able to skid a lot on a tire is cool, but then I realized the downside: the tire will square up just like any other tire will. I hate riding on tires that are completely squared up, so I would probably throw away the everwear before I even had a chance to completely skid through it.
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Maxxis Refuse. 9 months, no flats, on the second rear tire after about 6 months on the first one and I ride brakeless and do skip and skid a decent amount (though certainly nothing like people who do it for tricks or as their only method of slowing down).
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The best value tyre is..... a free one!

Go dumpster dive behind bike shops until you get a bunch. Most aren't used too much and still have lots of life in them. Then skid to your hearts content and change them up regularly. We used to do that as kids, no reason to stop now.
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Michelin Krylion Carbon. Good mix of low rolling resistance and puncture resistance.
this is best tire for your buck thread.

krylion carbons got way too expensive in the last year.
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Old 06-18-09, 04:46 PM   #14
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I began using Gator Skins the first of the year. They are paying for themselves, no flats so far. (+200 miles a month) I used Michelin Krylion before that. I think the Gators roll better, at least for me. I was getting 1 flat a month on the Michelins.
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this is best tire for your buck thread.

krylion carbons got way too expensive in the last year.
$29 a tire too expensive?
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$29 a tire too expensive?
link. in stock too.
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Its all about the Soma Everwears.
I hear their side walls are weak
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link. in stock too.
I got some from performance last month when they had the buy 2 tires and get 10% off and used a 10% code also and they came out to $29 and some change a tire.

I just looked at their site and its $49.00 a tire now
I guess you're right, they really jacked the price on those. PBK still has them, $35, a reasonable price for krylions with free shipping.
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why pay 35 for Krylions when you can get Gatorskins for 25? Are they that much better?
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im gonna have to go with Conti Gatorskins from PBK for 25$ for the 23c folding kevlar bead ones. What a deal.
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I know I am gonna slap my forehead when I hear the answer but....whats PBK?
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why pay 35 for Krylions when you can get Gatorskins for 25? Are they that much better?
gatorskins feel like rolling on garden hose.
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i don't wanna make a new thread, but who makes those cheap colored tires on ebay? i think it's a chinese brand?
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gatorskins feel like rolling on garden hose.
I don't think they're that bad. At least not the folding 23c ones. I will put on my Vittoria evo corsa CX tires for races, though.

PBK= probikekit.co.uk---a British site that does free shipping to the US. Cheapest gatorskins in the world
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