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Need to buy new tires. Any suggestions?

Old 11-18-09, 12:25 AM
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Need to buy new tires. Any suggestions?

The title pretty much says it all. I am looking to buy a new 700c tire. Anyone know of a good tire to buy? My price range is $50 for a tire max.
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Old 11-18-09, 12:51 AM
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https://www.probikekit.com/display.ph...%20%26%20Tubes
---> no tax or shipping if you order here (for USA orders). Plus, if you enter XMAS as a code at the checkout you'll save an extra 10%. I don't have an affiliation with the site, I am just pleased with a recent order.

I hear conti GP 4000 are fairly durable tires that can be used for racing, but if you are looking for a bit more durability go for the 4 seasons model or the gatorskins. Or so I've heard. Other experienced BF members feel free to correct me.

Fwiw, I ordered a pair of Gatorskins that will go on my bike come spring. I am wussy and don't bike (but I do run) outside during the winter.
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Old 11-18-09, 12:58 AM
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What kind of roads are you riding on? What are the conditions?

I vote for Vittoria Rubino Pro's in almost all conditions.

If you ride on perfectly maintained roads with very small amounts of debris/glass I would get something a little bit more posh like a michelin prorace or conti gp4000s or vittoria open corsa.

If you ride on really glassy roads go for an armadillo or gatorskin.



I ride ~150mi/week yearly average I would guess, and many of those miles are on very, very poorly maintained roads, but not much glass. I'd bet that atleast 10mi/week of that 150 is on gravel or hardpacked dirt roads. The Rubino Pros hardly ever flat, they ride very smoothly and I get TONS of miles out of them.
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Old 11-18-09, 01:10 AM
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i am very happy with my gatorskin, many carefree miles later i ran over a broken glass bottle head on and it didn't do a thing to it.

they are around 35-40 a pop, after running those tires, i can't go back to cheapie cheap cheap now
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Old 11-18-09, 10:13 AM
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I am usually riding on a bike path that is fairly smooth. There are the occasional bumps in the road due to roots growing under them. I do ride my bike around town sometimes so there are little bits of glass to have to go around. Thanks for all the help. I think i may go for the Vittoria Rubino Pros or conti gp 4000 gatorskins.
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Old 11-18-09, 10:14 AM
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do yourself a favor and hunt down some Torelli Torinos.
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Old 11-18-09, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
I vote for Vittoria Rubino Pro's in almost all conditions.
+1 My road bike sat in my garage for seven years with Rubino's on it, baking in the Southern California heat. When I finally got the bug to start riding again, all it took was a little air. I am still riding only Rubino's two years later.

www.trisports.com gives you a discount when you buy three or more at the best price I have found.
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Old 11-18-09, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
+1 My road bike sat in my garage for seven years with Rubino's on it, baking in the Southern California heat. When I finally got the bug to start riding again, all it took was a little air. I am still riding only Rubino's two years later.

www.trisports.com gives you a discount when you buy three or more at the best price I have found.
PBK is cheaper and free shipping.

Vittoria Diamantes Pros, same durability as Rubino Pro with better handling and smoother ride.
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Old 11-18-09, 11:45 PM
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Been running 1500mi on GatorSkins without any issue
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I think I buy the Vittoria Rubino Pros or the Diamantes pros. I also just saw there there are 2 versions of the rubino pros. O.o There is the pro slick version and the pro tech version. Anyone know which one is the better of the two?
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Old 11-20-09, 08:40 AM
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Conti 4seasons. NOT budget-friendly, but offer a good balance of ride, grip and durability. Marketed as winter tire, since wet grip is grrreat, so it is good in tropical downpour as well.

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Old 11-20-09, 09:01 AM
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Last night I ran over a pyrex dish that was sitting out in an alley full of cat food on accident. It exploded. My gatorskins didn't.
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Old 11-20-09, 10:36 AM
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I'm a fan of the Continental GP 4000. I have the regular models, ride on some pretty crappy roads and so far have not flatted in over 1000 miles. PBK has great pricing and good service.
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Old 11-20-09, 05:53 PM
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Another vote for PBK and Continental 4000 and 4000s. I have 3000 miles on mine and one flat tire because of hair-like piece of wire piercing the tire.
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Old 11-20-09, 06:18 PM
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I haven't ridden the Contis only because the Michelin PR2 and 3s have worked so well for me.
Ebay used to have plenty of sellers selling pairs for +/- $65. PBK used to have them at a good price too.
I would stay clear of Specialized SWorks Mondos, I bought a pair and tubes would spontaneously explode on me.
LBS replaced 2 pair free of charge before I finally gave up and went back to the PR3s.
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Old 11-20-09, 06:26 PM
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I remember the good old days when I used to spend $19.00 per tire, not $49.00.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I remember the good old days when I used to spend $19.00 per tire, not $49.00.
Obviously you didn't start seriously cycling in 2004 like I did.
I bet everything was cheaper pre- Lance.
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Old 11-20-09, 08:55 PM
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I tried conti 4000's and Rubino Pro's.

The Conti's sliced too easily for my pressure or body weight I dunno which but I sliced 2 pairs well before they wore out.
Rubino Pro's are very good all around tires but I could never quite trust them to keep me up on hard cornering.

My current favorite tire is the Kenda Kaliente/Kriterium (depending on purpose). They are cheap, confidence inspiring and they don't slice.
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Old 11-21-09, 12:38 AM
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The Conti's sliced too easily for my pressure or body weight I dunno which but I sliced 2 pairs well before they wore out.
Rubino Pro's are very good all around tires but I could never quite trust them to keep me up on hard cornering.

Curious as to why you felt that way about the Rubino's? I'm going between those, 4000's, and Schwable Ultremos's. I'm currently on Hutchinson Fusions and for about 500 miles I loved them. Lately it seems that every ride I get in at least one fight with a Samarui. Those poor tires are full of slices and holes. I am getting VERY fast at changing flats...
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I have good luck with Gatorskins or Rubino Pros. I bought 3 pair of GP 4000s last year but they got slices, wore out quicker and were hard to put on my rims.
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No kidding. I don't mind marketing so much but it sure does add to the price tag. I've used Vitorria Rubino Pro and Conti 4000S and both have been reliable even when commuting.
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