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Old 05-23-13, 12:08 PM   #1
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Tyres for Stelvio Pass in snow

Hello! I'm going to cycle up the Stelvio pass this weekend with a good chance that it will snow. What kind of tyres would be most suitable to get me up the moutain efficiently and down the mountain safely?

I have a steel road bike with Michelin 4 tyres on the front and Gatorskins on the back. Would this setup be okay? Otherwise I have Swalbe Marathons but they are much heavier and would make it much harder to get up the mountain.

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Pros use Tubulars , fine file tread like Vittoria http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...0&category=586


bring a 3rd tire if you feel a need..

clincher version http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=2662

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Hello! I'm going to cycle up the Stelvio pass this weekend with a good chance that it will snow. What kind of tyres would be most suitable to get me up the moutain efficiently and down the mountain safely?

I have a steel road bike with Michelin 4 tyres on the front and Gatorskins on the back. Would this setup be okay? Otherwise I have Swalbe Marathons but they are much heavier and would make it much harder to get up the mountain.

Thanks!
I would avoid an ultra-flat-resistant tire, like the Gatorskin or Marathon. These have a hard tread compound that has reduced traction in wet and cold conditions.

Consider a 4-season tire like the Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech or the Continental Grand Prix 4-season.

If you can fit a 700x35 tire, the Continental Winter Top Contact would be ideal.
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yeah, the rubino protecs from vittoria have a nice soft rubber compound, as do - if they still make them - michelin's rain tire.

The Rubinos protechs ride much nicer than conti four seasons.

my first choice would be rubino protechs in a 25 if your bike will fit them. Vittoria paves are super nice, too nice for me, but probably the premier choice for a bike with clinchers.
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