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Old 03-11-06, 06:55 PM
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I like Continental GP 3000 (However, I'm trying something different this season, Vredestein)

I currently ride;

Vredestein Fortezza Tri-Comps - Roadie
Specialized All Condition Pro – Commuter
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michelin prorace 2's.
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For clinchers I find most of the Contis, particularly the Grand Prix 3000s to be excellent tires. I have riden Michelins but felt that they wore out pretty rapidly. I actually found the Specialized Team tires to roll really nicely. These days, I use Tufo tubulars and their tubular clinchers exculsively.
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Training tire of choice as well as clincher race tire is Specialized Pro Mondo's
Racing tubular tire is Continental Competition's
Racing tubular clincher is Tufo Pro Elite
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Been pretty happy with Hutchinson Reflex. I think Mish Pro2's will be my next set.
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Vittoria Rubino Pro's
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
michelin prorace 2's.
+1 So far so good...

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The Conti Sport tires from MEC for about $13 are my main ones. And I carry Hutchison folding tires on my long rides. The Hutchison's are actually nicer than the Contis, but they are quite a bit more expensive.
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Originally Posted by Machka
The Conti Sport tires from MEC for about $13 are my main ones. And I carry Hutchison folding tires on my long rides. The Hutchison's are actually nicer than the Contis, but they are quite a bit more expensive.
I know those tires, they're probably the best deal around. At $50+ / tire for other brands, I couldn't afford your annual tire bill given the amout of miles you pile on in one year.

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Looking for a deal? Price includes free shipping.

http://probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1069

http://probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1056
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Originally Posted by Tequila Joe
I know those tires, they're probably the best deal around. At $50+ / tire for other brands, I couldn't afford your annual tire bill given the amout of miles you pile on in one year.

T.J.

I go through approx. 6 tires a year ... they just keep wearing out!! I've tried more expensive tires, but they wear out just about as fast as the less expensive ones.

So ... approx. $80 a year in tires seems a lot better to me than approx. $300 a year!
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I've been a Conti GP3000 guy, but I think I've sold out to GP4000's. I have 4000 miles on my first set of 4000's and I have a lot of confidence in either. You can buy the 3000's for about 28.00 now, so they are a great buy.
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Originally Posted by blandin
Wow, they're pratically givin' them away! I've been wanting to try out the Rubino Pro's. Maybe I'll stock up. Thanks for the link.

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Serfas Seca (Wire Bead version)....reasonably tough, good grip in all conditions, good treadlife, and only $17/ea at the LBS.

I may move back to Michelin though...I don't like how the fake treads on these pick up so much dirt.
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I'm pretty locked into Panaracer stuff. I generally won't buy anything else.
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Originally Posted by JBar
I've been a Conti GP3000 guy, but I think I've sold out to GP4000's. I have 4000 miles on my first set of 4000's and I have a lot of confidence in either. You can buy the 3000's for about 28.00 now, so they are a great buy.
This is great news. I'd like to find some deals on GP3000s. I've been riding them for five years now and for me, they're an all around great tyre. I'd love to give the GP4000s a try too but if I can get 3000s for half the price they were currently selling at then I'll be all over that.
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Vredestien fortezza tricomp. Biketiresdirect.com has them for about $35/ea LBS's around here sell them for $55.
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Michelen Pro Race 2 do it for me. They are supple and responsive. I ride on good roads so I don't have flat problems.
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Michelin Pro2 Race in the Summer, Michelin Carbon in the winter/spring. I've been riding the new Krylion carbon this year and it's just as excellent a training tire as the regular carbon.

We do ride Conti GP 4-Seasons on the tandem... we need a heavy duty 700x28 for that. If Michelin made the Krylion in a 700x28 they'd be on the tandem too.

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I put Michelin Pro2 Race tires on my new wheelset and took 'em for a 45 mile spin yesterday. Mind you, I'm used to whatever house brand tire is on sale (usually Performance), but there was a noticeable difference.

The Michelin Pro2 Race rode very, very well, and felt great. I can't tell you if I'll buy them agan yet - jury's still out. But I doubt I'll be going back to the bargain bin anytime soon.....
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I agree about the Panaracers. Won't say anything negative about other brands, but I've found the Panaracers provide a really nice ride, roll well but grip in the corners, are durable and easy to get on most rims. They have a full range -- I use the Stradius (with the siped tread) for training, as they're cheaper, and go with the Extreme (slick) or Extreme Duro for racing. Actually, I may stick with the Duros all year; even though they're a few grams heavier, we race on poor enough roads that I like the extra protection. On the tires.
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Indestructible but I worn my out from using the trainer.
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I like 27c - 28c tires so any company that makes one of decent quality is fine by me. FWIW I'm currently riding a 32c Panaracer Pasela and it's pretty nice...
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