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Old 10-18-16, 07:41 PM
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Yup, at least one of my flats last year was from wire or a tiny shard of metal piercing between the tread. The 1 mm puncture shield couldn't stop that or grass burrs. Four flats in one month, three in one weekend, last fall. That got old, quick.

I went with thicker rubber overall and a 5 mm puncture shield tire. Heavy but reliable. I've dug out a few wires, metal shards, glass splinters and goatheads, but nothing has completely penetrated the puncture shield.

I was about to buy a pair of Panaracer T-Servs for the second bike a couple of weeks ago but couldn't pass up a twofer deal on Continental Speed Rides. So far, so good, with a smooth rolling and comfortable ride, although I doubt the Conti's diamond file tread pattern rolls quite as smoothly as the Panarcers. It just seems like that diamond file tread would be a bit squirmy and inefficient on pavement since it was originally intended for cyclocross.
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