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Old 06-13-06, 08:42 PM
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New Tire Recommendations

I'm riding a Specialized Roubaix Comp with Ksyrium SSL wheels and Gatorskins, which are looking like they need to be replaced. I've ridden skins for a few years and thought I might try something new. I've heard good things about Vredestein and Hutch, but would like to hear what you all think. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-13-06, 08:57 PM
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The hutch top speed tires that came on my r1000 lasted a bout a week... threads started just sticking out of the sidewalls and one pinch flatted ON MY ROLLERS! lol... so i threw those peice's of **** in the garbage and slapped on my tufo carbon's(clincher version) which are quicky becoming my favorite tire.
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Old 06-13-06, 09:12 PM
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Im rockin a michelin prorace on the front and a armidillo on the back. Admittedly Im not racing, but good flat protection on the rear and good grip and traction on the front. The back end gets a little twitchy under full brake but it seems to be a good combination.

Or just get some prorace2s from probikekit which are still on special
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Old 06-13-06, 09:29 PM
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If you're willing to give up some durability for ride quality, I'd recommend Veloflex Pave. Best clincher I've ever ridden, almost as good as tubulars. I usually get about 1800 or so miles out of them.
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I had some Vredestein Fortezza Road's for a while and they were an excellent allround tire that would be realy hard to beat. They rolled quickly, had an excellent ride yet were quite tough and resistant to puctures. Their not that expensive either. I recently changed from 700c to 650c however and the 650c Vredesteins are too hard to get where I am so I'm now using Vitoria Rubino's which have been tough enough but their performance doesn't inspire me.

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Conti GP4000's
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+1 on the Vredestein Fortezza's.

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Old 06-14-06, 05:37 AM
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Hutchinson's are pure crap. I had the kevlar bead give out TWICE on my carbon comps last year. If you're unfamiliar, if the kevlar bead all of a sudden gives out, you're pretty much stranded.

The Vredestein Fortezza SEs also suck big floppy donkey dick - they're incredibly soft and puncture very easily (they only lasted for 50 miles for me). But I've heard good things about the regular Fortezzas.
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Old 06-14-06, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by JBar
Conti GP4000's
+1 on the GP4k
They slipped on easily on my SSLs after a bit of stretching. They come in fancy colors too.
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I use Hutchinson's that I purchased last year from Nashbar at about 5 bucks a pop. They're much better than the tires that came with my Trek. Too bad I didn't order more than just 2. When I went to order more recently they no longer carried them. Oh well. Live and learn.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:33 AM
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Here are the combos I've tried on my Tarmac:
Conti Attack/Force combination - great handling, very low rolling resistance. Massive step up over the stock rubber. Downside, limited durability, after 1,000 miles you'll see some noticeable wear on the rear plus, the ride isn't the best.
Conti 4000 - low rolling resistance, good grip but very very harsh tire, tend to skip off imperfections in the road. Would be great if you rode on perfectly smooth roads, throw some chip and seal in and you'll rattle fillings loose.
Vittoria Open Corsa KS - Best I've tried so far hands down (granted I've only tried a few combos). Vastly superior to the continentals in handling. Ride that is super smooth. I didn't realize just how rought the continentals were until I tried these. Low rolling resistance to boot.
I haven't tried the Vreds or Hutchinsons, but between the Continental 4000s, Continental Attack/Force combo and Vittoria Open Corsa, I'd recommend the Vittoria and give a thumbs down to the Continental 4000.
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Stick with the Gatorskins. I have 700x25's and I've been running them for 6 months (500miles) with no punchers yet. Plus they allow you to run a lower PSI for a more comfy ride. Check out the reviews Continental Ultra Gatorskin .

Another good choice are the Vredestein Fortezza Road.
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Old 06-14-06, 10:23 AM
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Michelin prorace 2.
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Stay with the tried and true Gatorskins..........
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Old 06-14-06, 12:18 PM
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I like Mich Open Pros or Vittoria Open Corsa's ... neither are cheap, but my last Open Pros lasted for ~3,000 miles so I don't mind paying a little more for a premium tire.
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I have ridden Gatorskins for two years without a flat. Just for the fun of it I swithced to GP4000 and love them. I always thought the debate about one tire riding better than another was just marketing hype; but, after riding the GP4000, it isn't hype. You can find them for about 1/2 price new on ebay.
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I've been loving my Michelin Krylion Carbons for the last 1200 miles. Great handling, decent rolling, and zero flats. Awesome tires.

The rear was starting to show some wear in the form of a thin crack developing right near the rim, so I elected to switch them out during race season. Just for laughs I tried a pair of Conti GP 4000's and they're AMAZING. Very supple, super fast rolling, extremely confident cornering, and it's great to have a tire in plain black. Just a personal thing but I hate colored tires. As far as the ride, they didn't feel particularly harsh to me, but maybe that's because I'm a big guy.

More on the tread life of the GP 4000 later, but so far I'm really impressed. The Krylion Carbons will probably go back on my bike in the fall and take me through the winter.

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Michelin Prorace2: smooth ride with good grip. Have on Tarmac and Cross bikes listed below.

Conti GP4000: Would agree lower rolling resistance. Not as grippy as Michi Pro2's; supposedly more durable sidewalls. Would also agree seem to be harsher ride than Michi's. Have on new Giro listed below.
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Originally Posted by badkarma
Hutchinson's are pure crap. I had the kevlar bead give out TWICE on my carbon comps last year. If you're unfamiliar, if the kevlar bead all of a sudden gives out, you're pretty much stranded.

The Vredestein Fortezza SEs also suck big floppy donkey dick - they're incredibly soft and puncture very easily (they only lasted for 50 miles for me). But I've heard good things about the regular Fortezzas.
Boy, different strokes. I've been riding Fortezza SE's for years with GREAT results. I inflate them between 120 and 130. Maybe your pressure is too low for the tire.
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Originally Posted by Delta
I use Hutchinson's that I purchased last year from Nashbar at about 5 bucks a pop. They're much better than the tires that came with my Trek. Too bad I didn't order more than just 2. When I went to order more recently they no longer carried them. Oh well. Live and learn.
Yep. Order tires 6 at a time.
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Living in Denver, I suspect you would really like the Michelin Pro Race 2's. They're very grippy, and inspire a lot of confidence when you're bombing the downhills. It's amazing how far you can push the bike over in a high speed corner with them, and still have them hook up.

They're not a high mileage tire (I get about 3000 miles from the fronts and 2000 from the rears...assuming no significant sidewall cuts). But, if you like to go fast downhill, they're the best IMO.

Best deal on them (and other tires) can be found at www.biketiresdirect.com.
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http://www.11speed.com/catalogo/dett...asp?prod_id=23

ProRace2's for $22.
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Originally Posted by TJHOO
They're in Italy...I imagine that shipping and import duties, and possibly VAT, would push the price up (assuming they ship to the States at all). The website's only been around for 14 months, and doesn't seem to support Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), so I'd be leary of entering my credit card info on it.

Have you ordered from them?

FWIW, I've used www.biketiresdirect.com for several years now. They're fast, efficient, and cheap...plus, no sales tax because they're located in Oregon.
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Originally Posted by SSP
They're in Italy...I imagine that shipping and import duties, and possibly VAT, would push the price up (assuming they ship to the States at all). The website's only been around for 14 months, and doesn't seem to support Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), so I'd be leary of entering my credit card info on it.

Have you ordered from them?

FWIW, I've used www.biketiresdirect.com for several years now. They're fast, efficient, and cheap...plus, no sales tax because they're located in Oregon.
Yes, have ordered from them.
As I recall, once you finalize your cart, payment is directed htrough 3rd party bank which did "support Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)". YMMV.
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+3 on the Vredestein Fortezzas (the regular ones, not the SE). I've heard good things about the Tricomps, but haven't tried them myself.
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