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Old 09-06-12, 11:04 PM   #1
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What type of tire are you running?

Iím sure this topic has being discuss before, I did a search without success, Just like the title said what type of tires are you using on your road bikes, I looking to get a good fast, lightweight performance and puncture resistance.
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Old 09-06-12, 11:39 PM   #2
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The popular answer is Continental GP 4000 S. If you're really worried about punctures, try gatorskins. I use michelin pro3 tires - love the ride but they're not the hardiest of tires.
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Old 09-07-12, 07:29 AM   #3
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Clincher: Michelin Pro3 (700x23) - especially now as they try to sell them off making way for Pro4's.
Tubular: Vittoria Corsa EVO-CX (700x23)
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Old 09-07-12, 07:39 AM   #4
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Running michelin Kyrlions, ride is a bit rough, but I'm happy with them
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Continental GP 4000s. Got 1500 miles on them and the rears should have another 500 miles in them and at least another 1000 on the front. There are little wear indicators on the tread to show you how worn they are. Expensive but can be gotten on sale.

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Some folks say the Michelin Pro 4 is a bit "hardier" than the Pro 3 in terms of punctures and rides just as well. I put Pro 3s on my road bike last year and found that they just didn't offer enough puncture protection for me. One of the flats I got was caused by a pebble that would literally balance on the end of my forefinger. That wouldn't bother some, but I found that tedious and went to Gatorskins.

You'll definitely notice the difference in ride quality, though.
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Old 09-07-12, 09:27 AM   #7
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I rode Continental Gatorskins for years and had mostly good luck, except for one production run several years ago that had threads coming out of the sidewalls.
Saw all the good reports the 4000S was getting in here and have been riding them for the last two years with good results. So far they appear to last just as long as the Gatorskins, but they feel squisher, grippier and a little more forgiving on chipseal & coarse surfaces.
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Old 09-07-12, 09:28 AM   #8
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Wow. Good question. Good tires aren't just about avoiding the PITA of changing a flat or saving money by replacing them less often ... there is a safety issue too. In any case:

I've ridden on Michelin Krylions, Conti 4000GPs, Conti Gatorskins, Michelin Lithions, and Michelin Pro-Races.

I like the Conti 4000GPs the best for a combination of flat resistance and grip. The Krylions were just as flat resistant, but the grip wasn't quite as good.

I use Gatorskins for commuting. Very flat resistant and they last a long time.

The Pro-Races handled great, but that soft rubber shoulder got cut up too easily for my taste. The Lithions are kinda like a cheaper version of the Krylions ... a good buy in you're looking to save money.

Can't say that any of them is head and shoulders above the others, though.
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I ride Conti Force and Attack on my road bike. Vittoria Corsa EVO CX 23mm on my track bike, you need a road tire for the SD Velodrome
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I'll be the lone dissenting opinion on Contis. I gave up on Contis around '03. They had great grip and seemingly long lasting tread. I say seemingly because the sidewalls were way too fragile and were prone to cuts. Fast forward to this year. As TrojanHorse noted, the Conti GP 4000S is the hot tire right now. A review I read even menioned that their sidewalls are more durable now. So I bought a pair in January. Don't believe it. Each one suffered a cut sidewall. I got about 1500 miles on the tires before I threw them out, but there was plenty of tread left.

I switched to Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX 320 tpi in the 25mm size (my Contis were 23mm) and so far so good. I have had them on for about 300 miles and I couldn't be happier. I've ridden the closed strech of Hwy. 39 (notorious for lots of sharp-edged rocks) several times without issue. I'm sure that part of the reason I love the Vittorias more than the Contis is the change in size and the corresponding lower tire pressure. But the Vittorias seem more supple and grippy in the corners.

Whatever tires you get, buy 25's.

Edit: They are available on Amazon for $60 and here is a review from Velonews:
http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/...vo-cx-ii_93362

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I'm currently running Hutchinson Atom Comp. As they say, you get what you pay for and I'm paying. Will probably need a new set soon and not looking forward to spending the $$ but will probably go with the 4000's or Gatorskins as I commute a few times a week. Wondering how the Gatorskins will feel on my non-commuting rides ie SART or GMR rides.
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I'm currently running Hutchinson Atom Comp. As they say, you get what you pay for and I'm paying. Will probably need a new set soon and not looking forward to spending the $$ but will probably go with the 4000's or Gatorskins as I commute a few times a week. Wondering how the Gatorskins will feel on my non-commuting rides ie SART or GMR rides.
$150 for a set of tires seems really steep.
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Currently running the bottom of the barrel Continental Sports. I've had a couple of punctures in the last 500 miles or so, and they are pretty beat up. I need new tires but I'm not sure which to get. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for all the recommendations.
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$150 for a set of tires seems really steep.
Good deals on PBK, would probably end up getting them from here

http://www.probikekit.com/us/tyres-t...ike-tyres.html
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$150 for a set of tires seems really steep.
They're actually pretty cheap and have been as low as $10:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...78_-1___400235
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Old 09-07-12, 11:18 AM   #16
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Thank you all for all the good replies looks like the 4000ís and Gatorskins are the most popular tires, one thing is for sure Like Genaro mentioned you get what you paid for.
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I'm running Conti GP4000s in 700x25. I haven't gotten many flats on them, and I love how they ride.
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Old 09-07-12, 04:23 PM   #18
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I just got me some Continental Gatorskin poly X breakertires from Performance Bike, the reason I decided to go with the Gator’s I live close to Griffith Park, so is very convenience to go for a quick ride and thereis a lot of glass and tree thorn on the road.
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been running Continental Sprinter Tubular this yr and they have been great so far
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Vittoria Rubino wire beads!!! cheap and they last.

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One bike has 25mm wire bead Gatorskins. GP4000S have a better ride but are hard to mount on my rims. I've tried most other popular tires and keep returning to Gatorskins.

The other bike has 35mm Panaracer Paselas. I've used Schwalbe and Maxxis tires on it and returned to the Paselas.
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It seems that every conti i have ever rode slowly de-threads itself. Especially the GP4000's. But this excludes gatorskins and hardshells which so far haven't done so. But at the moment I am running conti GP4000's in the back which is just about on its way out, and conti UltraRace in the front.
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I've got three road bikes and a fixie. They've all got different makes of tires. I can't tell a difference. I only know that when I've purchased sub-200 gr tires, they tend to last only a few rides on the mean streets of the Los Angeles Basin before they flat or are destroyed.
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Whatever I can find at a decent price from Ribble, PBK and the like. I'm running a Rubino 3 rear and Pro 4 front, simply because I wore through the other Rubino and had the 4 lying around Not sure what I'm going to get next, maybe some Diamante's.
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