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Old 11-03-06, 08:09 AM
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Life span for specialized armadillos?

Hey everyone - just wondering if anyone who rides armadillos has a rule of thumb about when they'll throw them away?
I've got almost 4000km (2500miles) on my armadillos. I still haven't gotten any flats (they're slippery but goddamn they're good for puncture protection!) but the sidewall looks like it's trying to escape and there's lots of knicks.

Would anyone just toss them at 4000km and start with new ones? Ride till the first flats start happening?

Thanks!
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Old 11-03-06, 08:31 AM
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on my Infinity Armadillos I started getting flats around 4000k, On my Nimbus armadillos I got to 4000k, no flats, but like you said really slippery. They got replaced.
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Old 11-03-06, 09:56 AM
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no problem with mine definitely not slippery even on London's greasy roads - I've found that wear depends on how much they're loaded with and distance (braking too if you skid a lot) - mine tend to wear more rapidly than some of my skinnier buddies because of a load of 105+kg and RT of 32+km - btw I ride till I can see canvas and then chuck them
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whenever you see the cord coming through the tread
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I just replaced mine after about 6 + years of use... the sidewalls were looking rather dry and cracked, but other than that, they were still delivering service.
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Old 11-03-06, 12:15 PM
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5000 miles on my All Condition Armadillos and they're still flat free.

A mechanic at my LBS commented there were holes in the rear tire and I have to admit the sidewalls look like they're ready to peel away. I really should replace them by the end of the year.
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Old 11-03-06, 07:02 PM
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Got about 4500 miles out of my last set of Armadillos.
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Old 11-04-06, 02:14 PM
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I've seen plenty of flat armadillos, but I've never seen anyone riding one. They're usually all bloody with guts hanging out down here in Texas.
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its a good idea to replace any tire once the sidewall starts fraying
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Old 11-05-06, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by kjmillig
I've seen plenty of flat armadillos, but I've never seen anyone riding one. They're usually all bloody with guts hanging out down here in Texas.
Definitely slippery that way.
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Originally Posted by Stacy
5000 miles on my All Condition Armadillos and they're still flat free.
Damnit!! Make that 5,325 miles.
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