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Old 04-30-09, 03:51 PM
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200$ on new rubber.

So I decided to get the new rubber. Settled for a set of Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.1" tires, as well as some lightweight tubes.

Totaled at a little over 200$ after tax.

Sheesh, these better be worth it.

Haven't had a chance to ride them yet due to the rain, but I can say right off the bat I'm saving exactly 1lb per wheel, since I had Kenda Nev 2.35"s on before.

200$, though?

The LBS is expensive. I suppose I'll stick with pricepoint or competitive cyclist in the future.
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Old 04-30-09, 04:15 PM
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Wow. I think I've put around 30-40(V-raptors on the cheap, 2.35 Kendas for 10 or 15 because the guy at the shop who I kind of know couldnt find the price). But I dont really look much at weight. I'm sure I'd be shocked.
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Wow that's a pricetag. I think I'd want two sets plus some tubes to show for it.
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I spent $65 a tire for some Vittorias for my road bike. I thought that was steep.
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I paid under $50 for my current set (Panaracer Dart+Smoke combo). They're not top of the line, but they do their job well and don't weigh much.
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Schwalbe = hefty price tag... I bought a couple of Big Betties a while ago highly discounted and it still hurt... but wow $200, I'd be taking it easy on the brakes.
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how much were the tubes? man that is some sticker shock.. I've spent 70 for a set, but 200 I dunno. In the grand scheme of things the money is spent now so who cares, go wear them out
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I paid full .net pricing for my MtnKing Supersonics. Since I was a new customer though...I got free shipping and a 10 or 15% discount. Instead of $110, it was like $85 shipped.
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I heard awesome things about the Schwalbe tires. It will definitely save some weight. Hope they work out.
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Old 05-01-09, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Zan View Post
So I decided to get the new rubber. Settled for a set of Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.1" tires, as well as some lightweight tubes.

Totaled at a little over 200$ after tax.

Sheesh, these better be worth it.

Haven't had a chance to ride them yet due to the rain, but I can say right off the bat I'm saving exactly 1lb per wheel, since I had Kenda Nev 2.35"s on before.

200$, though?

The LBS is expensive. I suppose I'll stick with pricepoint or competitive cyclist in the future.
I assume you bought in Canada. Look on Ebay. I wanted some studded Nokian Mount and Ground "right away", so I shelled out the $99CDN a piece ($225CDN total) at a LBS. If I wanted to wait for a week or so I could of gotten them at $40-45US a piece and about $25 shipping. With the exchange rate at the time it was about $130CDN. I have "won" Maxxis tubeless worm drives (new) for $8 a piece and picked up a bunch of road bike tires in the $20-40US a tire range that would be easily $100CDN a piece. I now have the patience to "not want it now" and look around a bit and usually save 40-60% (or more), it is worth the little extra effort effort.
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Old 05-01-09, 04:19 PM
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GOT DAMN $200 for bike tires/
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my thoughts as well. That was as much as I spent putting two new tires on my car.
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Old 05-01-09, 04:54 PM
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The Scwalbe Racing Ralphs were 80$ a piece. I can't get them cheaper elsewhere... if I went on competitive cyclist (one of the cheaper online stores - they seem expensive only 'cause they sell quality ****) they'd be 63$USD + shipping.

the tires were just 470g a piece, and i got lightweight tubes around 9$, just 125g each.

i thought about the price. 200$ isn't that bad, I guess, especially if i can get 1000km out of the tires or so. Works out to about a buck a trail ride for quality rubber. If I look at it that way, it's worth it.
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https://cgi.ebay.ca/SCHWALBE-EVOLUTIO...3286.m20.l1116

1st place I looked (they usually combine shipping on more than 1 item) , I usually try to pick up other stuff I need from the vendor as well to spread the shipping costs across more items.
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Old 05-01-09, 09:05 PM
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that's 55$ for each wheel + 30$ shipping. I'm saving 10$ a tire, assuming they don't hose me on duty.
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Originally Posted by Zan View Post
that's 55$ for each wheel + 30$ shipping. I'm saving 10$ a tire, assuming they don't hose me on duty.
My calculations are $55 + $55 + $30 shipping = $140CDN
I have never had duty on tires, they usually only charge duty on stuff made in Japan or china. As long as they don't ship UPS because they hose you (some stupid handling fee).

Compared to $80 + $80 * 1.12 (GST/PST) = $180 or $40 savings. Might not be 40% but I like to save $40 on $180.
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$200 for rubber is better than 18 years of child support...
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yeah, okay. perhaps i'll give it a show next time!
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wow... 200 bucks for tires..
I haven't gone over 50 yet
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Check with local bike clubs. My bike club is sponsored by the Schwalbe distributor here. We get our Schwalbe tires at very competitive prices, even better than Ebay. Even if your club can't score a deal with a distributor, they can at minimum get a deal with a LBS.
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yeah, okay. perhaps i'll give it a show next time!
Also, don't forget www.chainreactioncycles.com out of the UK. Often, faster shipping than out of the US and lower prices...
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i haven't spent over 50 on bike tires yet and i don't really plan to. i sell car tires for a living, 50 bucks can buy you 25 pounds of rubber so my perspective is slightly skewed.

there's plenty of awesome tires for under 50 bucks.
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Old 05-08-09, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Zan View Post
So I decided to get the new rubber. Settled for a set of Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.1" tires, as well as some lightweight tubes.

Totaled at a little over 200$ after tax.

Sheesh, these better be worth it.

Haven't had a chance to ride them yet due to the rain, but I can say right off the bat I'm saving exactly 1lb per wheel, since I had Kenda Nev 2.35"s on before.

200$, though?

The LBS is expensive. I suppose I'll stick with pricepoint or competitive cyclist in the future.
At $100 a tire they better be worth it
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