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Old 03-09-09, 03:26 PM
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Best 700 x 23 commuting tyre

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best 700 x 23mm commuting tyre. I have been running the Conti GP 4000's on my commuter but these are definately too good to commute with and probably a bit too soft.

Has any one tried the Maxxis Re-fuse tyres?

I want to stick with the 23's.

Any suggestions
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Old 03-09-09, 03:49 PM
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Continental Ultra Gatorskins or Michelin Krylion Carbons (if you can find them)
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Old 03-09-09, 04:04 PM
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Gatorskins or Armadillos
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Old 03-09-09, 04:51 PM
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armadillos are good for me
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Old 03-09-09, 05:39 PM
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Bontrager Racelite hardcase - much lighter than gatorskins and armadillos but still quite resistant.
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Old 03-09-09, 05:47 PM
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skins 'n dillos.
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I am very happy with ultra gatorskins.
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Old 03-09-09, 08:40 PM
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i like my GP 4-seasons.
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Old 03-09-09, 08:42 PM
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I love the panaracer t-serv. I have used the bontrager race lites and they are the hardest tire to mount that I've ever used. Good tires though.

The T-SERV is technically made in 700x23 but nobody stocks them. 700x25 works well.
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Old 03-09-09, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by woodway View Post
I am very happy with ultra gatorskins.
Same here, over 1000 flat-free miles on the 23's, and I run over all kinds of garbage. I don't even swerve anymore
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Old 03-10-09, 06:46 AM
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something wider? I know you don't want to hear it, but I just switched my 'everyday commuting bike' from a single speed with 25 in the back, 23 in the front to a CX bike with 32's and I have never been happier. I am a little slower, but I can run over *anything* and not worry about it.
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Old 03-10-09, 07:03 AM
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I love the Schwalbe Stelvio unfortunately it is no longer made for 2009. The do have a replacement though, the Durano. Looks a little different, but is supposed to be even better on wet roads.
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Old 03-10-09, 08:00 AM
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Gatorskins FTW!
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I love my gatorskins, but I'm running 25's on my roadie and 28's on my commuter.....23's would be too punishing for my 48 year old frame (I'm talking about me....not the bike).
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Old 03-10-09, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Rohc View Post
Has any one tried the Maxxis Re-fuse tyres?

I want to stick with the 23's.

Any suggestions
I run Maxxis Re-fuse 700x23c's on my go fast aluminum bike... they're all right. Nothing special, but middle of the road tires. I won't run the Maxxis Detonators though... had two brand new Detonators self destruct on me before I had 300 miles on them.

I run Conti Ultra Gatorskins on my commuter bike... tough tires. No flats... and you can't wear those suckers out!
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Old 03-10-09, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Hydrated View Post
I run Conti Ultra Gatorskins on my commuter bike... tough tires. No flats... and you can't wear those suckers out!
I've only gotten one flat on my Conti 'skins. Nail through the sidewall that no tire could have saved me from. Replaced tube and booted tire with a folded up dollar-bill. Been rolling like that for ~1500 miles...no problems. I should probably get a new tire anyway though...especially since I probably just jinxed myself!
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Old 03-10-09, 10:24 AM
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Maxxis Re-Fuse ... great tires! I had them (but in 25, not 23) and was very satisfied.

I was only dissappointed when I couldn't get them in 28, which is what I run now (Panaracer T-serv, not bad, either).

Man, go with 25s. I didn't see any downside at all, and I enjoyed a nicer ride with fewer flats.
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Old 03-10-09, 11:49 AM
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700x32 is faster than 700x23! I'm currently running a 32 front and a 25 back, and it's faster on our non-perfect roads than 23's alone. I'm running 90-95 psi in my 32s which is hard enough, but the big tire is still compliant and soaks up the bumps that slow down my pace:

https://www.rivbike.com/article/components/tires
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Originally Posted by crx7 View Post
700x32 is faster than 700x23! I'm currently running a 32 front and a 25 back, and it's faster on our non-perfect roads than 23's alone. I'm running 90-95 psi in my 32s which is hard enough, but the big tire is still compliant and soaks up the bumps that slow down my pace:

https://www.rivbike.com/article/components/tires

Doubt it....
But what do I know, I run 35s
And wouldn't you want to ride the wider tire on the wheel that supports more weight? I rode 25 rear 23 front forever...
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Old 03-10-09, 12:21 PM
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the best 23c for commuting is 25c imo

https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y2076

33bucks on pbk, has reflective stripe that looks more grey in real life than white. 25c and 23c have almost the same rolling ressitance so its just as fast. train tracks and pot holes won't eat you alive, a bit more ride comfort and lower psi. for commuting worst part about a flat is trying to get back to 110psi, its alot eaiser to get 80-90psi when you get a flat on the road
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Old 03-10-09, 02:56 PM
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Just started using these on one of my bikes and I like them. They seem hard enough.

Michelin City Trekking Tire

Not sure you can find it in a "23" though.
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Old 03-10-09, 03:04 PM
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How high is the profile of 25 gatorskin? I am concerned about clearance to mudguards i just installed on my road bike. I am transforming it into "to work" bike. There are 2-3 mm between rear mudguard and 23 GP4000S (the actual width is more like 25). Want to switch for gatorskins for commuting- dont know if 25 would fit.
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Originally Posted by weavers View Post
the best 23c for commuting is 25c imo

https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y2076

33bucks on pbk, has reflective stripe that looks more grey in real life than white. 25c and 23c have almost the same rolling ressitance so its just as fast. train tracks and pot holes won't eat you alive, a bit more ride comfort and lower psi. for commuting worst part about a flat is trying to get back to 110psi, its alot eaiser to get 80-90psi when you get a flat on the road
May have to look into one of those to replace my booted Cont 'skin...
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Continental Ultra Gatorskins, but I use 25C on the commuter, 23C on the road bike.
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Another vote for Gatorskins, but it's a stretch to call 23s "commuting tyres."
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