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TIRE question..Specialized Roubaix Pro, 700x23/25c, aramid bead, 120TPI, Flak Jacket

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TIRE question..Specialized Roubaix Pro, 700x23/25c, aramid bead, 120TPI, Flak Jacket

Old 04-20-10, 07:48 PM
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TIRE question..Specialized Roubaix Pro, 700x23/25c, aramid bead, 120TPI, Flak Jacket

i have been getting flats on my new road bike.. it has Specialized Roubaix Pro, 700x23/25c, aramid bead, 120TPI, Flak Jacket. when i bought the bike they said that they where one tuff tire.. whats going on? what can i do to help prevent flats?
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You're certain there's nothing inside?
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It depends on a variety of things - such as
- What pressure are you running the tires at?
- How much do you weigh?
- What kinds of roads are you riding on?

etc....

I ride Conti GP4000S. Before that I had Gatorskins, and before that were some Specialized Mondos. The Mondos got flats pretty easily, however I was riding in an area that has a lot of goatheads, thus I switched to GatorSkins. From there I later moved to a new city and then switched to the GP4000S as they were a better balance, and there weren't many areas to worry about goatheads/broken glass/things to give me flats..
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I was surprised how crude the carcass is on these tires are. Have some 25 Rubino Pro III waiting.
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Are they pinch flats or did you find something go through the tire. A grain is sand is sometimes easy to overlook and can cause a lot of misery. Good luck. I second the gator skins's. They are great.
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How many miles on them?

FWIW - I flatted about once every 3 weeks on stock tires. A friend recommended the armadillos. I have not had a flat in about a year since switching. I bought the $45 60 tpi all purpose armadillo in 25mm. I have no complaints. They make a $60 120 tpi version of armadillos in 23 and 25 mm, I believe. I value flat prevention over handling characteristics.
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Originally Posted by adamant View Post
i have been getting flats on my new road bike.. it has Specialized Roubaix Pro, 700x23/25c, aramid bead, 120TPI, Flak Jacket. when i bought the bike they said that they where one tuff tire.. whats going on? what can i do to help prevent flats?
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Had those same tires when I bought my Roubaix Elite, and had similar problems. Flatted more often that I would have liked, although I live in an area with some pretty busted up roads. After a year or so, I switched to Armadillos which have been pretty much bulletproof so far, though they're a little sluggish. Overall though, they're fine. I might switch to gatorskins eventually.
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I had the same tires, never had flats - for approx 5.000 - 6.000km. Now switched to Conti as the Specialized tires were getting really "flat" and not round anymore. The Conti;s hold up also nice.
I keep the pressure up.
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I love Specialized but avoid their tires like the plague unless you like to fix flats.
Whatever compound they use is like a magnet for sharp objects.
GP4000s is a great tire.
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