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Old 03-21-18, 05:19 PM
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Vintage looking tires

Im looking for a decent tire that has that sweet vintage gumwall look but will behave/ perform like a modern tire. The Grand Prix classics are close but the brown is too root beer colored. Is there anything else out there that fits the bill?
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This is what you are looking for:

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/v...-tire-clincher
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Originally Posted by stykthyn View Post
Im looking for a decent tire that has that sweet vintage gumwall look but will behave/ perform like a modern tire. The Grand Prix classics are close but the brown is too root beer colored. Is there anything else out there that fits the bill?
Vittoria Corsa
Compass tires
Soma Supple Vitesse
Veloflex Master
Challenge handmade clinchers
Bontrager R4 320
Specialized Turbo Cotton

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Old 03-21-18, 05:37 PM
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Panaracer Gravel Kings
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Old 03-21-18, 05:44 PM
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Veloflex Masters
https://www.biketiresdirect.com/prod...xoC3FYQAvD_BwE

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Old 03-21-18, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Veloflex Masters

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That's what I'm talking about. Beautiful bike!
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Old 03-21-18, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by stykthyn View Post
That's what I'm talking about. Beautiful bike!
I fixed the link
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Old 03-21-18, 06:21 PM
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Vittoria corsa

Agree with first responder on the vittoria corsa tire. I run tubulars on that tire and they are delightful. Bought them on recommendation from a good friend who ran them as clinchers and he said the same. My comparisons are to Paselas, clement strava LGG, and continentals. They can be had a lot cheaper overseas but you have to wait for them a long time.

https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/vittoria-corsa-g-isotech-folding-tyre/

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Old 03-21-18, 06:31 PM
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I love my Panaracer Paselas. 1 flat in 1500 miles, they ride well and handle both dirt, gravel and pavement very well. $40 well spent (each tire) on my Raleigh. Durable, good looking, nice ride, what's not to like?
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Panaracer GravelKings

+1 to Panaracer GravelKings, just the right amount of aged brown gumwall, but I also love the Conti Classic too.
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Old 03-21-18, 10:27 PM
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A huge plus one to Vittoria Corsa G+ tires probably some of the best road tires I have used and I hope graphene becomes more standard for tires because the grip is excellent. Another plus one to Challenge but remember the name when trying to install them. They are well made tires and I am running them on two bikes and have 3 sets but the open tubular versions are a pain in the booty to install. Worth it for a nice supple ride though.
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Old 03-22-18, 07:20 AM
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+1 Vittoria Corsa G+ Clinchers. Tubulars are likely to follow.
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Love 'em, though they looked more vintage before they splashed the big logo on the tread area.
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Schwalbe Delta Cruiser. Available in gumwall and white wall versions.
Very affordable @ €10 each.
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I have had a set of these Bontrager Select B's sitting under my couch for the last 5 years. New. 700 x 25. Waiting for something to use them on. Not sure if they still make them.
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Check out the tires Compass Bicycles has for sale. They are available in the vintage brown gumwall side wall and allow you a choice between regular and more compliant (lighter) sidewalls. While the Panaracer Pasela is my absolute bomb proof winter tire, I ride the Compass tires in 32c/28c for all the rest of the year. Very fast and durable tire. When we switched from 28c to 32c tires on our tandem speed went up a mile to two miles per hour on average, fat tires properly inflated are quite fast on real road/trail surfaces, e.g., chip seal and rootlets, etc.
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I know these are a totally different type of vintage-style tire, but may be of interest to some: https://www.schwalbe.com/en-GB/newsr...sical-355.html

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Originally Posted by Revracer View Post
+1 to Panaracer GravelKings, just the right amount of aged brown gumwall, but I also love the Conti Classic too.
Those are awesome. Is the tread super aggressive?
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Old 03-24-18, 08:43 AM
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+ 1 for the Compass tires. While I have not yet tried, I am considering these. Love the gumwall look in a great rolling tire. At least that is what everyone says, but a bit pricey.

https://www.compasscycle.com/product-category/components/tires/700c/
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Those are awesome. Is the tread super aggressive?
No, the regular Gravel Kings have a traditional file tread pattern. Most people would call it a road tread.

There are also Gravel King SK and "Mud" tires that have more aggressive treads.
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No, the regular Gravel Kings have a traditional file tread pattern. Most people would call it a road tread.

There are also Gravel King SK and "Mud" tires that have more aggressive treads.
Agreed, the Gravel King (without the SK) looks to have an even smoother tread than the Panaracers which I really like. After riding a few hundred miles on the 32, they ride smooth, but I do feel the weight difference from the 700x22 tubular tires I was running on that bike, to be expected.
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Michelin Dynamic Classics are a good looking, budget type, tire. Don
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Schwalbe Luganos - available in gumwall finish, not expensive, and a very good tyre. Got them on my Peugeot and Gitane, and very happy with them.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
+1 Vittoria Corsa G+ Clinchers. Tubulars are likely to follow.
+2 Best tire I have ever ridden except maybe the silk Clement tubulares I race 40 years ago. The Corsas are good but the G+ is a step up.

I also like the Paselas a lot but there is no comparison. (In both directions. I feel much more comfortable riding my Paselas in the rain on debris filled streets!)

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My preferences. YMMV.

Veloflex Master for paved roads:



Challenge Strada Bianca for touring on all sorts of roads:



Panaracer Pasela PT Folding when things get serious:

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