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Who are some of the leaders in bicycle tire technology?

Old 03-19-21, 10:55 PM
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Who are some of the leaders in bicycle tire technology?

I would guess Schwalbe and Continental lead the way.

But I have only ever used Schwalbe and Continental tires, so I may be missing something.

I am talking about both innovation and overall market presence. Who are the industry leaders?
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Old 03-19-21, 11:08 PM
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Old 03-20-21, 01:56 AM
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The big Goal of Continental is that has good tyres in a wide price range.
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Old 03-20-21, 04:12 AM
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depends on what medicine , and what you consider leading , some companies lead on road , some on mtb , some companies just lead in sales cuz of size , we will never know , all i know is we dont need the gp5000 when the 4000s2 worked for years , corporation dont usually make products to benefit the people , they use the people to add more power to their leverage of a specific market until they are the largest organization , some companies have tested tires but who now how re-lie-able they are , there are so many factors that can go into tires so its really just up to the person to find the best tire , and rim , and bike ,
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Originally Posted by mrmb View Post
Who are the industry leaders?
Those that have tires that are tubeless/hookless compatible.



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Technology in what? Flat protection? Rolling resistance? Tread design? Wear? Weight? Production methods?
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Old 03-28-21, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Toespeas View Post
depends on what medicine , and what you consider leading , some companies lead on road , some on mtb , some companies just lead in sales cuz of size , we will never know , all i know is we dont need the gp5000 when the 4000s2 worked for years , corporation dont usually make products to benefit the people , they use the people to add more power to their leverage of a specific market until they are the largest organization , some companies have tested tires but who now how re-lie-able they are , there are so many factors that can go into tires so its really just up to the person to find the best tire , and rim , and bike ,
Leading as in broadest catalog, highest sales volume, in a given area.

Take Schwalbe touring tires....the "Marathon" tires. No other tire manufacturer that I can find has as many different touring tires as them, no one else sells as many touring tires as them (Schwalbe). Their road tire offerings are lacking competitively, however.

That said...who dominates the road tire market?

Who dominates the MTB tire market?
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Old 03-28-21, 01:23 PM
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I'm guessing if you can find out that Schwalbe sells the most touring tires you can probably find out who sells the most road and mtb tires. I'm not sure that's the best way to decide what tire to buy.
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Old 03-28-21, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
I'm guessing if you can find out that Schwalbe sells the most touring tires you can probably find out who sells the most road and mtb tires. I'm not sure that's the best way to decide what tire to buy.
First of all, i am not tire shopping. Secondly, i only know (or at least think i know) Schwalbe sells the most touring tires because the marketing director (an acquaintance of mine) tells me so.

I am simply trying to get a good grasp on the tire market, who leads which segments etc.
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Continental might be the lead for overall average in rolling Ω , puncture protection, & longevity.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Rene herse. As far as technology goes, their tyres are at the forefront for weight / comfort.

Continental / Schwalbe are big players in the road tire game

Specialized has a surprisingly good array of tyres across all categories

Michelin / Bontrager have some good offerings too

Maxxis / WTB / Panaracer all have an amazing selection for MTB / gravel riding
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Rubber coated Titanium alloy tires.... Only when the price comes way down... Lol
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Old 03-28-21, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 308jerry View Post
Rubber coated Titanium alloy tires.... Only when the price comes way down... Lol
Similarly with Rene Herse.
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Similarly with Rene Herse.
I would love to try out a set of Rene Herse tires, just as soon as I finish wearing out the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme touring tires, and the Continental Town and Country touring tires, both of which were new in 2014. I was successful in wearing out a set of Clement Xplor tires that came stock on a new bike, but changing back to the Schwalbe after that has proved problematic for my quest for better tires. I just can't justify buying new stuff before the old stuff wears out. Plus, in the seven years I've been riding the cheaper, heavier and less supple touring tires with some degree of puncture protection, I've only had one flat in ~10,000 miles. I know, I don't know what I'm missing.
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Originally Posted by DeadGrandpa View Post
I would love to try out a set of Rene Herse tires, just as soon as I finish wearing out the Schwalbe Marathon Dureme touring tires, and the Continental Town and Country touring tires, both of which were new in 2014. I was successful in wearing out a set of Clement Xplor tires that came stock on a new bike, but changing back to the Schwalbe after that has proved problematic for my quest for better tires. I just can't justify buying new stuff before the old stuff wears out. Plus, in the seven years I've been riding the cheaper, heavier and less supple touring tires with some degree of puncture protection, I've only had one flat in ~10,000 miles. I know, I don't know what I'm missing.
You should, but beware. I have about $800 worth of their tires in the garage (on various bikes, or in rotation). It is hard to go back once you drink the cool-aid.
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Old 03-28-21, 09:09 PM
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You should, but beware. I have about $800 worth of their tires in the garage (on various bikes, or in rotation). It is hard to go back once you drink the cool-aid.
I respect your recommendation, and I believe you about not going back to cheaper tires after you experience good ones. That's one of the reasons I'm trying to wear the old ones out first. I'm too frugal to waste them.
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if you stockpile then you can use a tire that is about 2 or 3 years old which will mean it will wear much better,
you can see a few dates written on the boxes to know who is who,

ever seen an old Apache pickup out in an oregon hayfield with tires that are 50 years old and are set to go another 50?

plus, if i have a bad week then we do not worry about mail order times,

not gonna say i never get flats, because then the next day we pick up a dry wall utensil,


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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
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Rubber coated Titanium alloy tires.... Only when the price comes way down... Lol
For those who missed the news report:

https://www.engadget.com/smart-airle...103757251.html

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Who has the “leading technology” and who “dominates the segment” are not the same question.

Maxxis clealy dominates the higher end MTB market these days (and for good reason), but there is no particular technology that is responsible. They just have a good track record of making tires that are well-recieved.
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Old 03-29-21, 08:05 AM
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wow their cotton tires on sale for $30 is sweet, i'm getting a few in 24mm to use with my front aero wheels
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
For those who missed the news report:

https://www.engadget.com/smart-airle...103757251.html

cost and lack of aero-ness will probably doom it
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