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Old 12-16-11, 12:17 PM
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How would you rate these tires?

I realize this subject is going to get different response but I just wanted to get an idea about the quality of the Specialized Tri-Sport 700 x 26C tires on my Paramount. What tires are you guys putting on your Paramount bikes?
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What's your budget per tire? Looking for a 25-26ish size? Little experience with Specalized tires in general, there's a set on my schwinn hybrid, but that's no even close to a direct comparison to what you're looking at.
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They're not on the Specialized web site anymore so if you fall in love with them expect finding more to become increasingly difficult.

My favorite 700x26 tires are these: (I like my tires cheap)

http://www.amazon.com/Panaracer-Stra.../dp/B000Y16F9K
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Originally Posted by cuda2k View Post
What's your budget per tire? Looking for a 25-26ish size? Little experience with Specalized tires in general, there's a set on my schwinn hybrid, but that's no even close to a direct comparison to what you're looking at.
I have no budget for making this Paramount as correct as possible. The '78 Paramount specs calls for Schwinn Approved 27" x 1" 330 gram (11.55 oz.) aluminum alloy rims. I currently have Campagnolo Lambda strad 700 aluminum rims. The tires that are on it are 700 x 26C.

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Old 12-16-11, 04:07 PM
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I've not seen Tri-Sports.

I do like some Specialized tires:
Turbo
Mondo
All Comp

I do dislike some Specialized tires:
Armadillo They're not bad tires, just not for me.
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Old 12-16-11, 04:11 PM
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Looks like they're a cheap, fairly heavy recreational level tire. Specialized makes some OK tires but they aren't the best nor are they the best value. If you want an inexpensive but good quality training tire try the vittoria rubino pro. If you want the best and want to spend a bit more look into the continental GP4000s.
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Vittoria Open Corsa.

I've tried some older specialized tires that I liked, but haven't tried any current production ones
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High end vittorias are super nice
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Old 12-17-11, 06:57 AM
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I think silvercreek is interested (based on previous threads) in a specific "look," not so much in which tires ride well.

Traditionally, highend/lightweight gum/skin/tan walls were shipped on Paramounts from Chicago to the local dealer. Eventually these became "Schwinn Approved" tires which were made by a Japanese company, which IIRC was National, or as known in the USA, as Panasonic.

Today, those tires are know as Panaracers, and the ones many of us on C&V ride and appreciate are the Pasela Skin Walls with or without TourGuard for better puncture resistance.



The nice thing about the TourGuard is they look identical to the standard Pasela, but offer the extra protection. I'm running Panaracer TGs on my '71 P-13.

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Original post by pastorbobnlnh.
I think silvercreek is interested (based on previous threads) in a specific "look," not so much in which tires ride well.

Traditionally, highend/lightweight gum/skin/tan walls were shipped on Paramounts from Chicago to the local dealer. Eventually these became "Schwinn Approved" tires which were made by a Japanese company, which IIRC was National, or as known in the USA, as Panasonic.

Today, those tires are know as Panaracers, and the ones many of us on C&V ride and appreciate are the Pasela Skin Walls with or without TourGuard for better puncture resistance.
You're very observant Pastorbobnlnh. I am interested in quality but I'm primarily interested in tires that are as near to the original for my '78 Paramount. I don't ride enough to be concerned with the ride of a tire. The Specialized Tri-Sport tires (100 psi) that are on the bike currently are brand new. They just don't look right for some reason.

What size do you have on your '71 P13-9?

I will take your advice with one of the tires you have recommended. This is the information I was looking for.

Thanks a bunch.

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Pasela TG is my FIRST choice most of the time for vintage bikes. They ride like a dream, handle well, and look even better. I work at a Specialized dealer, and the Tri Sport seems to be just for holding the bike up off the ground, as tires go. We sell them for $20 a piece, same as whitewall Kenda cruiser tires, if that's any indication? I would definitely go with Panaracers, given a choice for a vintage look.,,,,BD
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Originally Posted by Bikedued View Post
Pasela TG is my FIRST choice most of the time for vintage bikes. They ride like a dream, handle well, and look even better. I work at a Specialized dealer, and the Tri Sport seems to be just for holding the bike up off the ground, as tires go. We sell them for $20 a piece, same as whitewall Kenda cruiser tires, if that's any indication? I would definitely go with Panaracers, given a choice for a vintage look.,,,,BD
Thanks for the information. I kind of figured the Specialized tires weren't very good tires.
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What tires are you guys putting on your Paramount bikes?
I've got Challenge Criteriums (clinchers) on mine in 700 x 23c. Supposedly, they're made in the old Clement factory where my Paramount's original tubulars (if it were originally equipped with them) would have been made. I'm really not convinced that's true, but it's a nice thought.

As far as clinchers go, tires like these Criteriums, called "open tubulars" by the manufacturers, ride nicer than any other clincher IMO. They use the same casing for the Criterium clincher as they do the Criterium tubular, for example. Very high thread count (tpi) and pricey, but if you're looking for ride quality in a clincher, Challenge and Vittoria's line of open tubulars are unbeatable. Actually, I'd give the edge to the Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX for ride quality over the Challenge Criterium, but I'd be splitting hairs. I put the Challenge Criteriums on the Paramount because I like the look AND the ride quality.

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I have the Challenge Strada tubulars on my Pinarello.



I have these Avocets on my Paramount.
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Word to the wise though! Do NOT buy folding tires unless you are sure your rims have a hooked bead! I went down that road once(pun intended), and it could have killed me. I was lucky the fork fit tightly around the tire, so it began to bump the fork before it blew off. If the rim doesn't have a true crochet hook looking edge, you may end up losing pressure before you even have a chance to hit the brakes. At 20+mph on a front tire, you do not want that to happen. Just saying because the tires mentioned by Robbie are folding kevlar beads IIRC.,,,,BD
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That gold Paramount is sweet BTW!.,,,,BD

My newly resurrected Moto Grand Record, with Pasela TG's in 27 x 1 1/8" VERY close to a 25/26 size. Panaracer tires run fatter than most tires per any given size, so choose carefully. 27 x 1 1/4 looks like 1 3/8 or even larger!



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Panaracer for my Paramount

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Here's another Challenge "open tubular" tire in a wider size, 700 x 27c, the Parigi-Roubaix. Freakin' awesome tires.

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Panaracer for my Paramount.

What size?
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Can Presta tube be used with Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tires?

Which width in a Pasela Tourguard is closest to 1"?

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The rim dictates what tube stem type you have to use, not the tire.
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The rim dictates what tube stem type you have to use, not the tire.
Thanks!
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Can Presta tube be used with Panaracer Pasela Tourguard tires?

Which width in a Pasela Tourguard is closest to 1"?
25mm is close enough to call it the same as 1 inch. Some say Paselas run wide. I have not found this to be the case with the 27" tires. 700c X 23mm would look very fast, if that is what you are looking for in your Paramount.
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Thank you Bob. I was actually considering a little wider tire like a 28.

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