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Top 5 Clincher Tires

Old 03-23-10, 07:41 PM
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Top 5 Clincher Tires

If I wanted a really good clincher tire for road riding but not racing what would you recommend? Low rolling resistance, good handling and reliable would be nice...


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Old 03-23-10, 07:44 PM
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Gp4000s
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Old 03-23-10, 07:45 PM
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michelin pro 3
ultremo R
Gp4000
Vittoria open corsa
um...five?
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Old 03-23-10, 07:46 PM
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yep, conti 4000s
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Old 03-23-10, 07:49 PM
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Conti grand prix 4000s, pretty much the "CAAD 9" of clinchers.

Michelin PR3's are also excellent but may wear quickly.
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Old 03-23-10, 07:51 PM
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I love the ride of Michelin Pro 3 and Vittoria Open Corsa EX tires, but found that I flatted on them a lot. Now use Vredestein TriComp Fortezza, which I like almost as much and rarely get flats...
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Michelin PR3
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+1 for GP4000s.
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Michelin Krylion Carbon is better suited for just riding compared to P3R, especially if you're over 60kg.
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I'm a fan of the Michelin PR3's, but at 6'6" & 205 lbs I only get about 1500 miles out of a set....I'm rolling GP4000s Conti's now and they seem great.
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no one mentioned conti gatorskins?
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Vred Tri comps love them and run them at 125 psi they are smooth.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
no one mentioned conti gatorskins?
Probably because they only satisfy the "reliable" portion of the criterion.
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Holly crap ... 12 replies in just over an hour, that's gotta be a record.

And thanks for the feedback. I've been hammering out the details for a new rear wheel with PowerTap SL+ and this was the last piece. I think I'll go with the GP4000s.


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Old 03-23-10, 09:41 PM
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Or you could just do a search on this forum. This has been discussed to death.
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PR3
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Hutchinson Fusion 2 Protech's have been good for all of my bikes...
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vittoria open cx
michelin pr3

haven't really used anything else long enough, gp 4000 were ok but i only had them for a short time, earlier contis sucked
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Originally Posted by deacon mark View Post
Vred Tri comps love them and run them at 125 psi they are smooth.
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Old 03-23-10, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro View Post
Hutchinson Fusion 2 Protech's have been good for all of my bikes...
Second that. Hutchinson's have always treated me right. Michelin's would cut and puncture ALL the time...for me at least.
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Old 03-23-10, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
earlier contis sucked
I've had heaps of pairs of old Contis, and they've been great except the old GPs had very vulnerable sidewalls; it was easy to ruin a tyre by scuffing the side on bricks or something. Supersports didn't have that issue.

Continental make a damn fine tyre.
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Originally Posted by luker View Post
michelin pro 3
ultremo R
Gp4000
Vittoria open corsa
um...five?
Vredestein TriComp Fortezza would take the 5 spot.
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Old 03-24-10, 06:10 AM
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michelin pro 3
ultremo R
GP 4000S
Vittoria open corsa
Vredestein TriComp Fortezza

Got to agree with this as the list but for non racing I'd rule out the PR3 and the Vittoria on reliability. The TriComp and GP 4000S are the way to go.
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Old 03-24-10, 06:34 AM
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GP4000 are the best all around tire I have found. The fastest for me was Vredestien Tri Comps... But they wore down pretty fast.
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Old 03-24-10, 06:41 AM
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For what you've described?

Michelin Lithions
https://www.michelinbicycletire.com/m...t=lithion.view

Or you can go spend $80 on tires that are higher performance and will only last half the summer. At least you'll look cool on your club ride though.
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