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Old 09-30-08, 03:47 PM
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Best inexpensive race/training tires?

I'm on a pretty tight budget (can't spend more than $60 on a new set of tires). My Zaffiro Pro's are on their last legs, and I'm getting a new wheelset, so I'm looking for a new set of tires as well.

I basically need a solid set of tires to be able to last a while for training and racing. What are the best options?


So far, I've found Vittoria Open Corsa CXs for $33 each (without shipping), which puts it at about 70 bones for a set.
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Old 09-30-08, 04:47 PM
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Vittoria CX's are fantastic tires but you wont get much milage out of them.
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I have a pile of Michelin Speediums and Speedium 2's.

They work well enough to warrant me purchasing more of them every year.
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Continental Ultra Race. Great training tire, decent racing tire.
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I've been happy with the Vredestein Fortezza SEs from Performance. I switched to a different color (SEs are blue) with my new bike, but the Vreds are a great tire. I won two rain races and a dry race on them.

On sale, they're about $25 each.
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Buy the cheapest Continentals you can find. Even the $10 Continentals are tough, durable training tires.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
I've been happy with the Vredestein Fortezza SEs from Performance. I switched to a different color (SEs are blue) with my new bike, but the Vreds are a great tire. I won two rain races and a dry race on them.

On sale, they're about $25 each.
yeah I've ran the vredesteins' before and I think they make a great crit tire.

To the op:

Have you been racing much? Reason is, if you're any good you might be able to land some kind of sponsorship with a tire manufacturer and they would mail you their stuff. Worth looking into at least.
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Rubino Pro or PR2... Or treat yourself to Gommitalia K's
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Personally, and it is a personal choice:

Conti Gatorskins for high mileage bulletproof tires I'll never race. I'm not sure they'll ever wear out.

Conti GP4Ks for tires I'll ride lots and race without a second thought.

Really, depends what's on sale and in-stock.
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Vittoria CX for crits and RR's. Conti GP 400's for everything else.
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Vredsteins are a great value. Especially on sale. I just wish I could find them on sale, in blue, in 25mm size.
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I am approaching "stupid mileage" on a set of Vredesteins. I don't know how much exactly but they were on one of my bikes when I bought it. I have abused them in all sorts of training conditions, raced on them, and rode them 53 mph down the back side of Hogpen Gap this past weekend. Have never had a flat with them. Of course, I will go out now and they'll blow up spectacularly...
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