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durable 700x23 tires?

Old 07-10-10, 05:46 PM
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durable 700x23 tires?

I'm looking for some 700x23 tires that won't be prone to flats.

Do people have opinions on:

Michelin Speedium or Orium
Vredestein Fiammante Duo Comp
Continental Ultra Sport
Schwalbe Durano S
Vittoria Rubino or Rubino Pro (what's the difference?)

Thanks!
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Old 07-10-10, 06:02 PM
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or any other suggestions
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Old 07-10-10, 06:04 PM
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I've used Conti Grand Prix 4 Seasons for many years and have experienced almost zero flats while having decent mileage. They were also $35 per tire in the beginning and are now $63. So I recently switched to Vittoria Rubino Pro's as that's what came on my new carbon last year. I got very good use out them as well as a 2nd pair that I'm using this year, also very durable and a good riding tire.

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Old 07-10-10, 06:19 PM
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this board seems to love the conti gp4000 and gatorskins. i've used michelin krylions and never had any issues with flats for the two seasons i used them. right now i'm riding on michelin pro 3's, but i've only put 4 weeks on them so far.
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Old 07-10-10, 06:21 PM
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I'm on my 2nd set of Vittoria Rubino Pros and think that they're a good value. Decent flat resistance and handling. The first pair were regular Rubino Pros and the 2nd are the slicks that Performance usually has on sale.
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I've had a ton of success with the Michelin Krylion Carbons. I did a lot of research the last time I needed tires because I was getting a ton of flats, and ended up going with those. They have held up amazing, and I have been through some serious bad roads. I would definitely suggest them.
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Old 07-10-10, 06:28 PM
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Switched from Gatorskins to GP4000. Significant improvement in ride quality.
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Old 07-10-10, 06:38 PM
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...i love kenda kalientes...
great tire, great wear...pretty cheap. i would give them a spin if i were you.
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Old 07-10-10, 06:56 PM
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Rubino pros have treated me well and are inexpensive
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Another vote here for Michelon Krylion Carbons. After flatting just about every week with Michelin Pro2 Race, I switched to Krylion Carbons a couple of years ago. No flats in two years. Then I switched to Vittoria Corsa CX this year and had four flats in eight days.

I am now on Michelin Pro Optimum (another tire that's not supposed to flat easily), but if the Optimums don't work, I won't hesitate to go back to Krylion Carbon.
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Old 07-10-10, 07:14 PM
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I've had good luck with Rubino Pro's. Just ordered a pair of Rubino Pro II's.
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GP4000S ftw
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I've had excellent luck (so far) with Schwalbe Ultremo R1s. And that's their race tire.
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switched from gatorskins which rarely flatted to gp4000s and they flat even less and ride much better. flatting could be luck though.
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I ride Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires. Just rode over a 5 mile stretch of gravel and hardpacked dirt today, no flats or even cuts on the tires
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I've had excellent luck (so far) with Schwalbe Ultremo R1s. And that's their race tire.
I'm very seriously considering Ultremo R.1s when my Hutchinsons wear out.
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Originally Posted by Yaniel View Post
flatting could be luck though.
I guess I'm pretty lucky, I've logged thousands of miles and have never gotten a flat on my road bikes. My mountain bike is a whole different story.
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I'm new to road biking. My bike came with Continental Ultra Race 700x23 tires. Are these durable enough to take onto gravel bike paths? It seems many of the long bike routes around here are fine gravel. If not, will one of the above mentioned tires be better?
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im sure not everyone will agree w/ me but back in the day maxis made some kickass mtb tires, so thats what i bought for the road. I am quite pleased w/them and the price was right. maxis detonators.
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+1 on the krylions. Gets me over roads like this no problem:

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I've had excellent luck (so far) with Schwalbe Ultremo R1s. And that's their race tire.
Are these the ones you posted had better grip then Conti 4ks?
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Old 07-11-10, 12:29 AM
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Originally Posted by midgetmaestro View Post
I'm very seriously considering Ultremo R.1s when my Hutchinsons wear out.
I got rid of my Hutchinson Fusion Pro IIs after 2 months/2000km. Crappy tires - lousy road feel, and a lot of flats.

Switched to Michelin PR3s - they are supposed to wear out quickly, but are holding up well so far (1000km or so in the last 5 weeks), no flats and a much nicer road feel. I have a pair of Ultremo R.1s in the box to try when these wear out as well.

The GP4000S are probably the best mix of fast + long lasting/relatively puncture proof, however. I like the ride of the PR3s better, but let's see how long they last.

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I am using the Schwalbe Durano's and so far I am happy with them.
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+1 for the Rubino Pro's. I am riding on the Slick version right now. About 1000 miles on them and barely showing any wear. Traction and tracking are very good and in the few little rain storms I have gotten caught in they were fine. Will definitely get them again.
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Whats the difference between Rubinos and Zaffiros?

I've had pretty good luck with Zaffiros. The back is looking pretty worn at 1,700 miles, but thats probably because I run them at 125psi and I weigh 220lbs. Plus, it only costs something like $34 for a pair on PBK.
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