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Tire replacement

Old 12-04-17, 08:34 PM
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Tire replacement

First time replacing my road tires. Came with bontrager r3 I told myself if I never got a flat I would get the same ones again. No flats to date but they did seemed to wear very quickly...I go down some coarse surfaced roads but try to keep it on all dry pavement. Id rather not buy 100$ tires every year but if that's what it takes.. I know schwables always last lonnng time on my other bikes but were kinda bulky, how are their road tires? Any other names to consider for flat resistant distance riding? Thanks for any input

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$100 for a flat-free year of riding is a small price to pay. If you like the way they ride, stick with it.
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Gatorskins are super tough. Horrible speed and traction, but so so tough.

Conti GP 4000sII aren't so tough, but make riding so much more fun.
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Very satisfied with Schwalbe One V-Guards. Fast, smooth rolling, grippy for slicks, tougher than I'd expected.

My rear tire has a few cuts after 1,500 miles, but nothing has slashed through the thin puncture shield. Two flats since July, including from broken slate scattered across the road Sunday. Razor sharp stuff, but only cut the tread and nicked the tube.

They skid easily on hard braking but feel well controlled.

Wish I'd bought several more when Jenson had them on sale.
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For my everyday road bike I like the gatorskin hardshells. As previously mentioned they have poor traction and feel the opposite of supple, however they last 3000 miles for the rear tire. I average about one puncture per thousand miles, double what I average on a lighter more supple tire.
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$100 for a flat-free year of riding is a small price to pay. If you like the way they ride, stick with it.
Look at your restraint at not bringing up tubeless.
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conti GP 4 Season. I've never flatted one. It's my late fall to spring tire. The rest of the year is the Conti GP 4000s II.
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Continental Super Sports are a fairly decent "economy" tire. Otherwise, get some 4000's and enjoy!
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I’m one of the few that have never been impressed with the Conti GP4000 (in any format), I’ve had multiple challenges with flats and don’t particularly enjoy the ride. With my tubed wheels I’ve done well with Schwalbe One’s. But to your original post my favorites have actually been the Bontrager R3’s, very underrated tire IMO although I’ve never gotten more than about 1200 miles out of the rear. Currently I’m trying out a Specialized Turbo (the $55 model) and I’ve liked them so far from both a ride and wear standpoint.
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