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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-10-11, 06:55 PM   #1
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Would you sell them or try them out?

I'm at a crossroads and not sure if i wanna follow my gut.

The bike I bought from a local pro had a set of specialized mondo pro tires on them. I had never thought of using specialized so I figured I would be swapping them out shortly. I ended riding my specialized a thousand miles or so thinking i should probably start looking for a replacement set. I ended up buying a set of Vredestein Fortezza TriComps, which I had heard were a great road tire. I bought Within that time I have fallen in love with my specialized tires. Before this set, every set of tire I tried gave me constant flats. Every ride I went on, I would fear how long before I would hear that evil hisssss of air. I now have 2300 miles on this set of specialized without a single flat. I swear you could run over a chef's knife and it still wouldn't matter. Now that I have this confidence in my tires, I dont know if I want to try the vredestein. I have still heard nothing but GREAT reviews on this tri comp, but it is a race tire and it feels very similar to the vitorria rubino pro I used, which in my personal experience gave me nothing but flats on every single ride. I bought 2 Vredesteins for $109 and I'm thinking of putting them out on Craigslist and the forum for $90.

I have a couple people telling me to just try them out, but honestly with my budget I can't afford to have a tire that I will have to replace tubes or even the tire. The roads I ride on have LOTS of crap and lots of holes. My gut is telling me to sell them if I can and replace them with the specialized tire I have. What would you do?

BTW....if someone is intereseted in them, let me know.

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Old 06-10-11, 10:11 PM   #2
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Specialized are really tough tires - probably the toughest available; some others are close, but......
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If it ain't broke don't fix it. I would sell the others and keep what you know to be a solid brand for you. I have only had two flats on my bike with stock tires, and one was because the valve stem and rubber separated (manufacturing defect), so only one "real" flat. I'll ride them till they fall apart, sounds like you might be thinking the same thing. Good luck on your choice.
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Keep the specialized. It is what I have and are built tough. I do not know of the other brand you speak of so I am going just by experience.

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About 3 years go, I used the Mondo S-Works. Rode nice but it was the most delicate tire I have every used. You're not a Clyde and I am so maybe weight could be a factor.

I was 230 and took the rec of a friend that was 210. I flatted on the 3rd ride. A week later I did the local 42 mile ride with 5000 ft of climbing. Racking my bike onto my truck, I noticed a big chunk of rubber missing from the tread area (about 4 inch strip). The tire had 400 miles max on it.

I mentioned my experience to my buddy then he said, yeah I flat often. They ride nice but not Clyde worthy IMO.

I thought it was only me but I read a few threads on the same exact issue here on the forums a couple years back.

Specialized makes the Armadillo that is a super sturdy tire, I've used 26X1.25 that were super strong but IMO, the Mondo S-works is weak. Plus I have a friend that is about 150 who has consistent problems with flats while riding the Armadillo race version. So it depends on which version of Specialized tires one chooses.

As a Clyde, I'd ditch the Mondo tires. But you aren't so they may work just fine for you. But I myself wouldn't recommend them to other Clyde's.
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It is my belief that it really just matters on the individual tire as far as the performance and life span it will have. I have had the best luck out of a set of $15 tires where a friend has the same tires and has flats on them. I would hold on to tires that you were planning to sale in case the tire is damaged beyond repai. You already have bought them, your going to need them eventually so why lose money by selling them.
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Old 06-13-11, 06:06 AM   #7
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If nothing else, but for your piece of mind; Sell the tires.
You seem to be very happy with what you have. Why should you change for the sake of change?
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