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Serfas Seca RS tire review

Old 08-04-10, 01:35 PM
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Serfas Seca RS tire review

This is my initial review for the first 500 miles. Once I get to 1000 and 2000 miles on the tires, I will add to this thread.

I bought the tires on Ebay for about $30 per tire. I couldn't find much in the way of reviews of these tires, so I thought I would share my experience with the folding Seca RS 700x23 red/black tires. The tires mounted easily to my Alex DC19 rims on my Jamis Ventura Sport and look great. They appear to be thinner width wise than Michelin PR3's and Vredestein Tricomps. The tires are very light and actually weighed less than a Michelin PR3 according to my wife's food scale. The tires roll very well and have very good grip. They are not quite on par with a PR3, but they are not far off. I used my Jamis in a Duathlon last month in pouring rain and placed 14th out of 132. The tires gripped well in the rain and I never did slide or lose confidence in turns. The tires have held up well as far as cuts. There are only a few surface cuts to the front and rear tire and I have ridden over plenty of glass. I ride on residential streets, MUPs, 2 lane highways, and highway shoulders so I see my fair share of debris. I have not had a flat yet either. I have been running 110-120 psi and I weigh about 160lbs. So far I am extremely pleased with how they have performed. If these hold up for 2000-3000 miles, I do not know if there is a better training tire out there for the money.

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Old 08-04-10, 02:13 PM
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Tire size, and pressures, would be a requirement of a review.........
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I just got some of these as well, and wanted to add that they're much easier to install than the vittoria rubino pro that they replaced.

700x23, 130psi max
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Tire size, and pressures, would be a requirement of a review.........
Sorry Wanderer, this is my first review. I will add those via an edit.
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I have 300 miles on a set of 700 X 28's. PSI Listed on tire as 130

They measure out as 26's when installed.
Put them on by hand, No Tools.
Been running the front at 100 psi, the rear at 110 psi
No Problems. They give a very nice ride.

Bought 8 of them on sale:
https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Road+Tire.aspx
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Old 08-04-10, 02:28 PM
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The Serfas Seca differs from the Serfas Seca RS in that the non RS tire is a wire bead tire. This is the tire that I reviewed.

https://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=248
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I rode a new route over the weekend and did not realize that it turned into gravel for about 4 miles. I kept riding because I wanted to complete my loop. The gravel contained a lot of sharp shards. My rear tire was down to 60psi the next day and the front tire had a nice shard imbedded in the tread but did not cause a leak. These tires are far too fragile for gravel roads.
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I've been training and racing on my RS tires since February. They are great value. No flats and the ride isn't too bad.
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Just so you know, Sports Chalet has them for about $25 a piece.
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I run Seca RS tires (700x23, 105 psi) because they're super easy to mount by hand. The sidewall says "Flat Prevention System" but I still get the occasional flat-- haven't yet found a lightweight tire that's bomb-proof. Still, for cost and ease-of-use reasons I'll keep using the Secas.
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Originally Posted by Atol View Post
Just so you know, Sports Chalet has them for about $25 a piece.
I do not think those are the RS tires which are folding. Those tires are 295 grams (probably the wire bead version) and Serfas Seca RS are just over 200 grams.
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At mile 710 yesterday on the tires I went over some rough RR tracks and heard the sound of air rushing out of the rear tire. The first punctures that I found were the classic snake bite 2 holes. After I patched the tube, another single puncture was found. I think the single puncture hole occured first which lowered my tire psi and I got the double puncture going over the RR tracks. I still really like how these tires roll and handle, but I am not having the best luck with puncture resistance so far. If this trend continues, I may try Michelin Krylions for a training tire.
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I have the serfas rs on my tri bike, no complaints, about 300 miles on them so far, no flats, no leaks, and they look awesome....

On my road bike i have michelin lithion 2's, so far, so good.....but i've only had them on for 1 week.....we will see what happens.....for the record, i think the serfas seca rs, is a great tire, for an EXCELLENT price.
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I am now up to 1281 miles on the set. A goathead thorn caused a rare front tire flat this weekend. There was also a shard of metal stuck in the front tire which I was able to remove without the tube being damaged. I had another flat in the rear (V shaped puncture in tube), but this was caused by a broken spoke. The tires now have quite a few surface cuts but appear to still have lots of miles left in them.
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I have Ultra Gatorskins now but had Serfas Seca Survivor on a bike that I sold and they were excellent. I wouldn't hesitate in using that tire again. I took this pic of a threaded screw that went it's full length into the tire. Upon removing it, I was sure all the air would come gushing out of the tire but I was AMAZED that all of the layers of the tire protected the tube. They sort of collapsed inward absorbing the blow. I pulled the screw out and rode home.

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I used to ride the Seca RS tires on my old Felt. Inexpensive tires compared to some others on the market, but I ended up getting way too many flats with them. Probably 5-6 flats over 500 miles of riding. I made sure to check the tires/rims for debris after every flat (as you should), but even after a clean sweep I still ended up with more flats. The rear tire ended up getting a pretty good tear in the sidewall, so I scrapped them for a set of Conti GP4000s tires and have had much better luck since.
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im running these as well. zero flats, zero issues. great tire for the price
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Originally Posted by Sundance89 View Post
I have Ultra Gatorskins now but had Serfas Seca Survivor on a bike that I sold and they were excellent. I wouldn't hesitate in using that tire again. I took this pic of a threaded screw that went it's full length into the tire. Upon removing it, I was sure all the air would come gushing out of the tire but I was AMAZED that all of the layers of the tire protected the tube. They sort of collapsed inward absorbing the blow. I pulled the screw out and rode home.
That's pretty cool. Did you take any pics of the inside of the tire?
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2500 miles on ym RS and still going strong. Raced them in 2 crits this weekend. No flats thus far.
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That's pretty cool. Did you take any pics of the inside of the tire?
I wish I would have. Really, I was impressed big time. You could actually see the individual layers concave down with the screw. I went to buy some Serfas again for my new bike but REI was out of stock, so I got some Ultra Gatorskins instead. The UG's are a little gummier and ride a tad smoother and handle corners a bit better because of it, but aside from that, I think the Serfas are a much better bang for the buck.
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Originally Posted by liferider View Post
I used to ride the Seca RS tires on my old Felt. Inexpensive tires compared to some others on the market, but I ended up getting way too many flats with them. Probably 5-6 flats over 500 miles of riding. I made sure to check the tires/rims for debris after every flat (as you should), but even after a clean sweep I still ended up with more flats. The rear tire ended up getting a pretty good tear in the sidewall, so I scrapped them for a set of Conti GP4000s tires and have had much better luck since.
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Serfas Seca RS: 120 to 0 in .1 seconds. I knew they were starting to get a bit worn, but I didn't expect the explosion. Live and learn I guess.

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Those look VERY worn. How many miles?
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Serfas has a new racing tire out called, IIRC, The Helium. Check it out.
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