hey ya'll, im looking to upgrading the tires of my bike. Im sure alot of this has to do with preference, but i wanted to see if anyone could recommend a company or set that would be good for city riding. Im on a fixed gear but i dont do a lot of skidding. The tires i have on my bike now were stock when i bought it and they are pretty amazingly awful, so anything would be a leg up. Im willing to spend the money i need for quality, but i dont want to get to expensive.
I second the Ultremos. They are so ridiculously fast, lightweight, and puncture resistant. I have not flatted with them since I got them about 8 months ago. I ride all over the horrible streets of Chicago, about 15-20 miles per day. I never skid so they are the perfect tire for me. As Ken said they do develop small cuts, but none poke through.
Additionally, Schwalbe is sending me two brand new ones due to a recall. My pair did not even exhibit the problem that caused the recall, but since mine were made in the same time period of the defective batch, they didn't want me to take any chances. Great customer service.
As I wait for my replacements I have switched to white Continental Grand Prix 4000's. In comparison they do have a softer ride. But really I can't wait to put the Ultremos back on.
You didn't say what size you wanted, or which is more important: speed/weight or durability. I just got a Michelin City tire and it's a lot of tire for the money ($18 at Niagara - NY, $14 at Chain Reaction - England). Good thread, robust, but it's a little heavy. Great for bombing around though. I had it on my fixie until this week, when I switched it to my touring bike.
I've also got Marathons (maybe my favorite - moved them to my fixie), Conti Contacts (on my ss), Gatorskins (road bike), etc. Just purchased some Panaracer Pasela Tourguards and so far so good, and they're relatively light.
I just got my first pair... If they wear out like everything else, I will try Soma everwears.
If Soma everwears bite it quickly, I will run whatever cheap P.O.S. tire I can get my hands on.
Im starting to think that $40+ tires are a big god-damn scam. Nothing seems to last more than a month on the rear.