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Lightweight Tires

Old 01-23-09, 02:42 PM
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Lightweight Tires

Anybody got any suggestions for a really good lightweight tire to be used for all around purposes. I'm looking for something light, but if they are so thin they cause flats a lot, that's no good either. Fast, light and still somewhat reliable is the objective.
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Old 01-23-09, 03:08 PM
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Schwalbe Ultremo R's
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Old 01-23-09, 03:11 PM
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1 tire to use - Schwalbe Ultremo R clinchers. Sticky, fast and virtually bulletproof.

They can be had at https://www.worldclasscycles.com/clin..._only_cart.htm

Lowest price online that I've found - about $2 more than Mich Pro Racers and way better, IMO. Only 180g.

These tires are usually so flat-resistant that you can generally use a lighter-weight tube. With the tube at 50g and the tire at 180g that's a nice weight I think.
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Old 01-23-09, 04:17 PM
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Is Ultremo really durable against flats? Seems like it would be terrible.
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Old 01-23-09, 04:21 PM
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I will easily go 1200 miles + without a flat and I use them to commute in Seattle every day. This is on city streets w/ glass, potholes, etc.

Others may have different experiences with them but this has been mine...
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Ultremo's were great.

Ultremo R's are freaking amazing.
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My Ultremos have over 1600 miles, and the only puncture has been a huge goathead that would've gone through the steel-belted radial tires on my car.
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Another vote for the Schwalbe Ultremo R.
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Schwalbe Ultremo R are great, but pricey.
They don't flat too badly, but where I ride they get cut up and unusable long before the tread goes.
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The lightest clinchers will give up at least 100gms to a good cotton tubular when you include the tube, rim tape and esp the clunky clincher rim vs the much more supple tubular rim.
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Cheap, light, durable. Pick two, not three.
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Looks like the Ultremos are leading. Not surprised; they get my vote too.
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Gommitalia Calypso K tires.

Pricey at about 40 per tire, but this is what I went to after the Krylions were unavailable, and so far these are every bit as good as the Krylions, and they ride very nicely too. I think they're a tad lighter also. They also mount and unmount easier than the Michelins, which is an added bonus.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...415.261.0.html

-Jeremy
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Originally Posted by Randochap View Post
Looks like the Ultremos are leading. Not surprised; they get my vote too.
**** im about to get some myself now lol
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Hmm this is a little off topic but what tubes are you guys using? I usually just use the conti tubes from the LBS because that's what they have, are you guys particular about tubes or do you just use anything? I know that there are super light tubes for racing..but is there a nice light and puncture resistant tube for training that I don't know about or are they basically all the same?
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Ultremo's were great.

Ultremo R's are freaking amazing.
Are you talking about puncture resistance between the old Ultremo's and the new Ultremo R's?

The new R's are better then the old Ultremo as far as punctures?

I know currently they have the Ultremo R's and the DD's with the DD's having additional protection (especially in the sidewall which I hear Ultremo R's are very thin in).
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i love the ultremo R's...however, the side walls are thin...i hit a rock...not hug at about 20mph and ripped a 1 inch hole in the side wall.

didn't feel like spending the 50 buck to get another one sooo....

i have one at home collecting dust.
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Originally Posted by Tunnelrat81 View Post
Gommitalia Calypso K tires.

Pricey at about 40 per tire, but this is what I went to after the Krylions were unavailable, and so far these are every bit as good as the Krylions, and they ride very nicely too. I think they're a tad lighter also. They also mount and unmount easier than the Michelins, which is an added bonus.

https://www.competitivecyclist.com/ro...415.261.0.html

-Jeremy
I just replaced some Krylion Carbons with the Calypsos on my winter bike and took one ride. I think the Calypsos give a noticeably smoother ride and better cornering. I hope they are reasonably durable.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2 View Post
I just replaced some Krylion Carbons with the Calypsos on my winter bike and took one ride. I think the Calypsos give a noticeably smoother ride and better cornering. I hope they are reasonably durable.
I would estimate that I have around 750 mi. or so on my set and they've held up really well. They are not impervious to flats, but I ride in confidence on them. I think I've had only one flat since installing. I'll still go back to Krylions if they hit the shelves again (the PBK shelves that is) because I'm cheap, but I think I DO like these tires a bit better. As you said, the ride quality is a step up and the rubber feels plenty sticky for a 'training' tire.

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