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Old 07-28-08, 11:13 AM
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Tire Suggestions

I just bought a Giant Butte and it came with knobby's on it. I was wondering what kind of road tire somebody could suggest that would do good in the rain as well as dry pavement. Thanks a ton for your help!
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Old 07-28-08, 11:26 AM
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Performance's house brand, Forte, (I hear that giggling in the background... knock it off) sells this. I use the 700X35 version on my bomber. They roll well on pavement, and the inverted treads works pretty much like street motorcycle tires. There's a Kevlar belt under the tread area for a little extra protection. I get 8K miles
out of 'em for not much money.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5430
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http://www.thebikebiz.com/Vittoria_R...tir-vitt02.htm

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hehe, you said "giant butte"
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howdy; i live in denver. when i first got here from l.a. i had the same question. first chance i got i stopped a police officer on bike patrol to check out the kind of tires they were using. took the name to my local bike shop and presto. good commute tire, decent price no slipping on wet roads. also, ask your local bike shop folks for a rec and your price range.
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I just got the Forte Gotham in 26x1.75" for our tandem city bike: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

We used it the first time tonight for a few miles. Too early to tell, but they worked pretty well. Pretty smooth, but with some tread. Actually, the smooth parts have tiny grippy nubs. 1.75" may be wider than necessary for you though.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
hehe, you said "giant butte"
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I got 32mm Conti Sport Contacts put on my new commuter on the recommendation of the LBS.
http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticy...0contact.shtml

They are awesome. Very very grippy in the wet, and fast too. I've also not had a puncture (yet).

My other bike has Gatorskins, which whilst indestructible, are definitely less good in the wet.
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Old 07-29-08, 08:31 AM
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I really like the Schwalbe Marathon XR tires. Can be purchased in 26 x 1.6 too which is a great size.
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For 26" tires, you can't beat Serfas Drifters.
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Originally Posted by trombone View Post
roffle

I got 32mm Conti Sport Contacts put on my new commuter on the recommendation of the LBS.
http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticy...0contact.shtml

They are awesome. Very very grippy in the wet, and fast too. I've also not had a puncture (yet).

My other bike has Gatorskins, which whilst indestructible, are definitely less good in the wet.
I was wondering that about the Gators, I have those on my bike currently. Luckily, it's been dry every day. Seems to clear up right before I leave for my commute home every day, Odd.

It can only mean one thing, Nature approves of Cyclocommuters.
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I'm happy with Conti Sport Contacts too. Actually just received an order for another bike of mine. I've got 37 mm version which "eats" potholes & still plenty fast. As the matter of fact, I do 20-25 miles on them 3-4 times a week every morning. They are great for dry and wet conditions & no flats yet. www.biketiresdirect.com has a very good deal on tires, especially if you buy more than two. And you should because you'll wear out the rear tire much faster & also you want to have a spare tire in case of irreparable damage like tears etc.

As of Performance Forte Tires, stay away from them. They are the only tires that I got flat in my front wheel. And I have more than 10K miles under my belt. One ride I got two flats in my rear tire during a SINGLE ride! The tires were new and the Kevlar version & got punctured by the banal glass. I got home after the ride, put them in the garbage & ordered the Contis.
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I was wondering that about the Gators, I have those on my bike currently. Luckily, it's been dry every day. Seems to clear up right before I leave for my commute home every day, Odd.

It can only mean one thing, Nature approves of Cyclocommuters.
Gatorskins are fine on wet pavement. I've never had a problem with them.
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Don't get me wrong; I ride the gators in the wet with no problems.

I just feel the sport contacts have the edge on grip. But then they are on a different bike, so it's possible it's just a bike thing.
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1+ on Gatorskins. For me, of all the tires I've tried, they give the best combination of speed, flat protection, grip, and durability.
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Don't get me wrong; I ride the gators in the wet with no problems.

I just feel the sport contacts have the edge on grip. But then they are on a different bike, so it's possible it's just a bike thing.
I have Gatorskins 23 mm with Kevlar beads, 28 mm with wire bids, Sport Contacts 37 mm. The Sport Contacts have the edge on grip because they are wider (larger contact area). They are also heavier because of that. Otherwise they are all pretty similar. The Gatorskins are sportier while the Sport Contacts are cushier (i.e. lower air pressure) . My Surly Pacer which I ride on weekends at higher speeds has Gatorskins. The Bianchi Volpe that I ride during the week has Sport Contacts. Both are high quality tires so chose what you like.
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