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Old 03-14-19, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by greatscott View Post
Conti 5000 are horribly expensive, if you're training to race and racing then I could understand the need for less rolling resistance, but in reality you will barely notice the 5000 over the some other tire; but the OP didn't say he was racing or training to race, he did say he wants to go fast but so does everyone else, that doesn't mean we all run over plop down $150 for one pair of Conti 5000 tires! Especially considering you can get Vittoria Rubino Pro Speed G+ for $40 that will cost you 2 watts over the 5000 TL or 1 watt over the non TL version, either way you won't feel the 1 OR THE 2 watts but you will feel the extra cash in your wallet! But going with tires that are faster you give up some degree of puncture resistance, so you have to weigh out what you really want. Also those rolling resistance tests are done with latex tubes, so now you have to buy expensive latex tubes to put in your expensive tires, though latex tubes can be put in cheap tires as well.
Comparison of Vittoria Rubino Pro Speed G+ and Conti 5000:

https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...ino-pro-g-2016

The sidewall thicknesses are the same.
The rolling resistance difference is much greater than 1 or 2 watts per tire.
Retail price of the Vittoria is $40 per tire which you compare to the cost of a pair of the Continentals.
The rolling resistance tests were performed with butyl tubes, not latex.
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Old 03-14-19, 02:57 PM
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The Voyager Hypers ARE very nice tires. But I can't find the larger sizes anymore; I've only seen the 32mm I believe on planet X. At that size...might as well just get the GP4000 which really is like 30mm.
I think planet x only has the 35mm left since this tire is discontinued. The biggest problem with is the shipping cost so I was ordering 4 at time. I do like the tire and have a few extra in 35mm and 37mm when they ran clearance sales.
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For myself, having tried those, I think Iíd pay the extra for Supremes... Unless someone comes back with a long term review on that Pirelli.
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For myself, having tried those, I think Iíd pay the extra for Supremes... Unless someone comes back with a long term review on that Pirelli.
I know you got a sidewall cut on the Hypers which ended it's life early, but I wonder how many miles you get out of the Supremes. I'm not commuting with the bike that has the Hypers on it currently, so they only have about 1100mi on them.

I was considering Supremes, but couldn't justify the extra cost.
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The cut was through the tread. Iíll dig up the photos later, itís not convenient on mobile.
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Old 03-14-19, 04:03 PM
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I am more curious about your experience with the Supremes, not your cut on the Hypers (which I think I saw you post before).
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I've had very good luck with Michelin Lithions as a commuting/training tire. Super price on Chain Reaction right now.
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I am more curious about your experience with the Supremes, not your cut on the Hypers (which I think I saw you post before).
I replaced it with a regular Marathon since I thought Iíd be doing more utility cycling on that bike, but life didnít work out that way. Kid 1 outgrew the kid seat, kids 2A and 2B are too big a load together and havenít gone to daycare yet, we moved closer to my job making a road bike sort of too fast, I switched to more MTB on my commute route, and so that bike has just been sitting. I tried to sell it but it was out of season, so Iíll try again in April
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I had very good luck with Maxxis Re-fuse when doing more urban commuting. They're not as supple as GP4000Sii and feel a bit heavier, but I couldn't seem to make them flat.

They also come in a bunch of different colors, if that's your thing.
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A rather a light weight fast tire and fix occasional flat...than a heavy slow tire that never flat.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
A rather a light weight fast tire and fix occasional flat...than a heavy slow tire that never flat.
I have Vittoria Rando's for winter wet commutes... lifeless but robust. In spring I put on my Challenge Paris Roubaix 27mm... really nice.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
I find Gatorskins quite poor quality. Super thin sidewalls and any debris and they eat it. If you're in a very dense urban area, I would recommend against them.

If you live in east bum**** and worry about traffic/cows then maybe they'd work for you.
I've been running the Gatorskin hardshells for the last 5 years and my experience with flats has been very positive, particularly considering how much construction debris has been present around here. One of my co-workers has been running Marathon Supremes and he is very happy with them and their tested rolling resistance is less than the GS.

The Conti Grand Prix 4 Season reviews are impressive, I'm going to try a set when my current tire treads wear thin in a few thousand miles.
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They're not lightweight, but Continental RIDE Tour (previously Tour RIDE) are great. I have one set on road wheels that are about 4 years old and I've never had a flat. I haven't checked recent prices but they run about $25. I don't find them "slow", unless its me!
ill second these. Ive run them in 32s and almost never had a flat. Having said that, when i replaced them with pasela 35s i thought id died and went to heaven.
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