Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Decent budget tire

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Decent budget tire

Old 04-30-21, 07:37 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Philippines
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Decent budget tire

Hi there. My allowance just arrived and I got impatient and decided to swap out the tires on my road bike. They've got 25 mm Ultra Sport IIIs at the moment (from the 28 mm stock Giant tires which felt dead and heavy) but I want to go back to 28 mm because the roads where I live in can sometimes be brutal. Think of this (photo not mine).



My frame can fit 32 mm but I think I'd be sacrificing a noticeable amount of speed at that point so I decided that 28 mm is the sweet spot (also most 32 mm tires I can find here are touring tires like the Schwalbe Marathon). I also considered getting a race tire like the GP5000 (GP4000 are super rare here nowadays) but, as a cash-strapped college student who doesn't race and only rides on the weekends, coupled with the kind of roads I ride on, I think it's too much for me.

I do ride at decent speeds (30-40 km/h on flats) so I want something that at least rolls well. Second consideration would probably be puncture protection, although it should be noted that I haven't had a puncture riding the Ultra Sport III that I have for 2000 km. All that being said, I've narrowed down my tire choices to either get another pair of Ultra Sport IIIs in 28 mm, or get another model from Continental which are the Grand Sport Race. Looking at their specs, they seem to be identical aside from the tread pattern and the presence of a puncture belt on the Grand Sport Race, which also costs around 4 USD more than the Ultra Sport where I live. The puncture belt is NyTech and I haven't read anything about how it performs.

Unless someone can convince me to still get the GP5000s or other tires, these two are the tires I'm considering at the moment. Thanks a lot!

P.S. Schwalbe Pro Ones are 12 USD cheaper than the GP5000s but still, that's a single tire for two Ultra Sport III tires.

Last edited by djdelarosa25; 04-30-21 at 07:41 AM.
djdelarosa25 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 07:48 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,612
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2970 Post(s)
Liked 1,177 Times in 768 Posts
Originally Posted by djdelarosa25
My frame can fit 32 mm but I think I'd be sacrificing a noticeable amount of speed at that point so I decided that 28 mm is the sweet spot (also most 32 mm tires I can find here are touring tires like the Schwalbe Marathon).
You aren't sacrificing any speed at all with the 32. Actually it will be better because the 32 tires soak up the bumps in the road better than 28 allowing you to keep your speed up.

Just put some Continental GP5000 on my new road bike. Had them on the last road bike as well. No regrets.

Look around online...you can find Continental GP5000 for about $45 each. The Tubeless version will be about $65
prj71 is offline  
Likes For prj71:
Old 04-30-21, 07:53 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
eduskator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Québec, Canada
Posts: 2,102

Bikes: SL8 Pro, TCR beater

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 978 Post(s)
Liked 577 Times in 435 Posts
28mm Schwalbe Pro One. Much better than the Conti crap.

My OEM Giant/Cadex tires were great, but not as close as the Pro One.


Last edited by eduskator; 04-30-21 at 07:56 AM.
eduskator is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 07:57 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 39,505

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 353 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20791 Post(s)
Liked 9,436 Times in 4,663 Posts
Originally Posted by eduskator
28mm Schwalbe Pro One. Much better than the Conti crap.

My OEM Giant/Cadex tires were great, but not as close as the Pro One.
But the Addix version are not "budget" and the previous Pro One had never been accused of being robust.
WhyFi is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 08:02 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
eduskator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Québec, Canada
Posts: 2,102

Bikes: SL8 Pro, TCR beater

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 978 Post(s)
Liked 577 Times in 435 Posts
Originally Posted by WhyFi
But the Addix version are not "budget" and the previous Pro One had never been accused of being robust.
I believe Merlin Cycle has the Microskin for 35$ USD a tire. A little more fragile, I agree!
eduskator is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 08:10 AM
  #6  
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 16,602

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '88 Schwinn Premis , Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo

Mentioned: 123 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10944 Post(s)
Liked 7,469 Times in 4,179 Posts
The Ultra Sport III is both inexpensive and has good rolling resistance. At the limited budget you are talking about($20/tire), just get those tires and call it a day. Anything else will probably be worse for rolling resistance.

...or just use the 25mm tires and save up for faster rolling 28mm tires. The 15' section of road you highlight is bad, but immediately following it looks perfectly fine. Just pick your line.
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 08:10 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,612
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2970 Post(s)
Liked 1,177 Times in 768 Posts
Originally Posted by eduskator
Much better than the Conti crap.
What evidence do you have to back this statement up?

I have put thousands of miles on grand prix line of Conti tires and they have been great.
prj71 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 08:29 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
ridelikeaturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 1,256

Bikes: Bianchi Ti Megatube; Colnago Competition; Planet-X EC-130E; Klein Pulse; Amp Research B4; Litespeed Catalyst; Trek Y11

Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 596 Post(s)
Liked 478 Times in 258 Posts
Originally Posted by prj71
What evidence do you have to back this statement up?

I have put thousands of miles on grand prix line of Conti tires and they have been great.
I have to agree, nothing wrong with Conti tyres, they're certainly not "crap".

However, they do make a broad range of tyres, according to what you need: speed, durability, grip, price, etc. This is true of all tyre manufacturers - look at Michelin, Vittoria, etc.

I've got Conti UltraSports on one bike, and find them pretty darn good overall; however, if I compare them to the Vittoria Corsa G+ on another bike, they aren't as nice (fast, light, grippy); but the Vittorias are 2x the price.
ridelikeaturtle is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 08:55 AM
  #9  
serious cyclist
 
Bah Humbug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 21,147

Bikes: S1, R2, P2

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9334 Post(s)
Liked 3,679 Times in 2,026 Posts
For robustness I like the Michelin Power Protection+, which comes in up to 28mm and has a high TPI casing with bead-to-bead Kevlar, and laughs off embedded flints and glass (I still take them out before riding). They’re way more robust than the GP5K, but slower. And not tubeless, which I couldn’t tell from your OP if you found important.
Bah Humbug is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 09:01 AM
  #10  
I'm good to go!
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 14,931

Bikes: Tarmac Disc Comp Di2 - 2020

Mentioned: 51 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6163 Post(s)
Liked 4,781 Times in 3,299 Posts
Is that picture of the road just one patch you go through or is that most all your ride?

When you say that your 28 mm Giant's felt dead, did you try different PSI's in them? With any tire, I'd try everything between max PSI and min PSI to find what feels the best to me.
Iride01 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 09:06 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,612
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2970 Post(s)
Liked 1,177 Times in 768 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01
Is that picture of the road just one patch you go through or is that most all your ride?

When you say that your 28 mm Giant's felt dead, did you try different PSI's in them? With any tire, I'd try everything between max PSI and min PSI to find what feels the best to me.
In all fairness...the giant tires suck. I know what he means when he says they feel dead. As do the Bontrager line of tires that Trek puts on their bikes.
prj71 is offline  
Likes For prj71:
Old 04-30-21, 09:23 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Philippines
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01
Is that picture of the road just one patch you go through or is that most all your ride?

When you say that your 28 mm Giant's felt dead, did you try different PSI's in them? With any tire, I'd try everything between max PSI and min PSI to find what feels the best to me.
Most of my ride is on pretty bad roads but not on the same level as that on the picture. It's more of an extreme example of what I go through (but I do encounter that sort of stuff frequently).

Yep. I don't know but they just feel sluggish when turning and are very heavy, probably because they're wire bead. The casing seems to be thinner than the Ultra Sport, too, even if the latter is more worn. The difference in road dampening between 25 and 28 mm, though, is noticeable, hence why I want to bite the bullet and get 28 even before my current pair wear out. But yeah, it seems wasteful.
djdelarosa25 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 12:37 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
surak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1,951

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Canyon Inflite AL SLX, Ibis Ripley AF, Priority Continuum Onyx, Santana Vision, Kent Dual-Drive Tandem

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 871 Post(s)
Liked 726 Times in 436 Posts
32mm on those type of roads will not be calcuably slower. And if you don't ride a lot, you won't be wearing out a premium tire like the GP5K. Definitely worth it. I have a pair on one of my bikes (tubeless version) and love them. I also currently have a set of Schwalbe Pro One 25mm tubeless (not the new version) on a different bike and they seem fine, but by many accounts GP5Ks last longer than other tires in its performance category unless you ride in conditions where sidewall cuts are a concern.
surak is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 01:07 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
zandoval's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bastrop Texas
Posts: 4,456

Bikes: Univega, Peu P6, Peu PR-10, Ted Williams, Peu UO-8, Peu UO-18 Mixte, Peu Dolomites

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 949 Post(s)
Liked 1,617 Times in 1,038 Posts
Originally Posted by mstateglfr
The Ultra Sport III is both inexpensive and has good rolling resistance...
Yep... That's about as cheap as ya wanna go and easy to find and replace. Riding roads similar to the one you described I ended up going to a touring tire with a center bead for around 30 USD. Called the Continental Tour Ride Urban.

In the future you might want to consider a cheap wheel set that you use on your torn up roads with your wider tires and save your fast wheel set for those special rides...

Edit: Sorry, in reviewing the post I see you have disk breaks. I believe this makes it harder to switch out wheel sets like we used to.
__________________
No matter where you're at... There you are... Δf:=f(1/2)-f(-1/2)

Last edited by zandoval; 04-30-21 at 01:12 PM.
zandoval is online now  
Likes For zandoval:
Old 04-30-21, 01:16 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 39,505

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 353 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20791 Post(s)
Liked 9,436 Times in 4,663 Posts
Originally Posted by zandoval
Edit: Sorry, in reviewing the post I see you have disk breaks. I believe this makes it harder to switch out wheel sets like we used to.
No, not really. If you need to, you can find or make shims for both the cassette and rotor.
WhyFi is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 01:52 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
msu2001la's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 2,870
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1455 Post(s)
Liked 1,477 Times in 867 Posts
Just tossing my vote in the hat for Conti GP5000's. They are not the cheapest, but well worth it.

I have 28mm tubed version on one bike and 32mm tubeless on the other. The 32mm tubeless is an awesome setup that gives me a fast rolling supple road tire that can still handle summer/dry/hardpack gravel.
msu2001la is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 03:40 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,612
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2970 Post(s)
Liked 1,177 Times in 768 Posts
Originally Posted by zandoval
Edit: Sorry, in reviewing the post I see you have disk breaks. I believe this makes it harder to switch out wheel sets like we used to.
Ummmm...no.
prj71 is offline  
Likes For prj71:
Old 04-30-21, 04:04 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Philippines
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanks for all your replies! I forgot to mention I only have a cheap entry-level endurance bike (Giant Contend 2) as my road bike, but I don't know if that changes the story. So far there are more people recommending the GP5Ks.
djdelarosa25 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 04:42 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: location location
Posts: 3,035

Bikes: MBK Super Mirage 1991, CAAD10, Yuba Mundo Lux, and a Cannondale Criterium Single Speed

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 344 Post(s)
Liked 297 Times in 207 Posts
If you want budget budget tires, I have Kenda Kwests on my commuter bike in 25c. They aren't as supple as the GP4ks that I have on my road bikes, but at $20ea, you wouldn't expect them to be. They've been great for flat resistance, so ideal for a round-town bike.
Leinster is offline  
Likes For Leinster:
Old 04-30-21, 04:45 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 520
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Liked 327 Times in 179 Posts
If I had roads that bad I might look to something like the Continental Four Seasons tire.
guachi is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 05:32 PM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Valley Forge: Birthplace of Freedom
Posts: 1,297

Bikes: Novara Safari, CAAD9, WABI Classic, WABI Thunder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 365 Post(s)
Liked 457 Times in 240 Posts
https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/specials/best-road-bike-tires
I think the Ultra Sport III sound like they meet your needs. Bicycle Rolling Resistance lists them as the recommended affordable tire. As well, 32's will likely be a better choice for rough roads. Less chance of damaging a rim.

Also, 32's generally have lower rolling resistance than a 28 at equal pressure, and similar resistance at a similar comfort level.

Good luck!

Last edited by stevel610; 04-30-21 at 09:57 PM.
stevel610 is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 05:56 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 39,505

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 353 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20791 Post(s)
Liked 9,436 Times in 4,663 Posts
Originally Posted by guachi
If I had roads that bad I might look to something like the Continental Four Seasons tire.
Stuff like that is not actually that bad in terms of punctures; I wouldn't change my tires because of it (and I do have stretches like that around here).
WhyFi is offline  
Old 04-30-21, 11:50 PM
  #23  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Philippines
Posts: 76
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis
Are you checking online prices?

GP5000 imo is worth 2 Ultra Sport tires, more actually. I have tried the US $20 crap tires and they do not work for me. Lousy flat protection. For $42 online, I easily pay more for a much better quality tire.

What's better? 2 lousy tires or 1 good tire? With a good quality tire, you'll spend more time riding than fixing flats.
I haven't actually gotten a flat on my Ultra Sports in 2000 km so far. On the stock Giant tires I got two punctures in 500 km.

Also, I don't know if it's just me but feels weird to put a racing tire on an endurance bike with only Claris on it?
djdelarosa25 is offline  
Old 05-01-21, 12:15 AM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 702

Bikes: '23 Poseidon Redwood, '07 Specialized Roubaix Comp Triple, '12 Gravity Fixie, '21 Liv Rove 4, '06? Giant EB Spirit

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 345 Post(s)
Liked 237 Times in 151 Posts
Ive had Michelin Lithion 2s that I thought were good for the price

Last edited by Symox; 05-03-21 at 03:48 PM.
Symox is offline  
Old 05-01-21, 02:53 AM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minas Ithil
Posts: 9,173
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2432 Post(s)
Liked 638 Times in 395 Posts
I always buy pretty expensive tires. Bought a new bike a little over a year ago and it came with Conti Ultrasport's that you can buy for less than $30. They were so good I just kept them on until they wore out. They rode fine and I didn't get one puncture. If I was smart I would just buy those, but I'm not
Lazyass is offline  
Likes For Lazyass:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.