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Old 11-25-07, 08:22 PM   #1
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A good cross tire for winter commuting?

I commute 29 miles a day on a Bianchi San Jose. Right now it has 700 x 28 Continental Ultra Gatorskins on it. The Gatorskins have been great in terms of puncture resistance and durability. I've ridden over 2,500 miles on them with one flat and they look to have plenty of life left in them.

Well, Winter is coming and I'm going to need new tires for the bad days. I have a pair of 700 x 31 Panaracer CrossBlasters that came with the bike. They seem a little light on the tread and they don't feel puncture resistant at all. Can anyone recommend a good cross tire for my commute? I can fit up to 700 x 35 with fenders.

Note: I don't want to go with studded tires.

Here are a couple I'm considering:

Kenda Kross Supreme K194- I like the price and it has lots of tread. Too much tread, perhaps?

Panaracer Cinder Cross- This one seems to get good reviews. Would it work well in snow?

Maxxis Locust CX- For some reason the picture on BikeMan's website looks different from all the other pictures I can find.

Ritchey SpeedMax Cyclocross Pro
- Looks good and it's cheap, but I can't find any info on this tire anywhere. Anybody have any experience with this one?

Other suggestions would be appreciated. I'd like to stay under $50 each if possible. Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-25-07, 09:00 PM   #2
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Vredestein Premiato 700X30. They have 3 rows of treads and grip really well.
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Old 11-26-07, 07:08 AM   #3
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I am a Vredstein guy on road and a Kenda guy off.
The entire Kenda line is reasonable and tolerant to puncture on my track.
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Old 12-08-07, 11:29 AM   #4
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I like the Specialized Borough CX 700X32 with Armadillo Elite flat protection
They're listed at 53.00 but at ur lbs they're about 50.00
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Old 12-17-07, 03:09 PM   #5
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So, uh, which tires did you go with? And how do you like them?
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Avocet Cross II 32C in the kevlar-belted flavor
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