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Old 05-15-11, 03:11 PM
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Best road tire

I just returned from another ride with multiple flats!!! What is the best puncture resistant tire? Any advice would be great!!!!
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Some tires are definitely better than others, and people will post their favorites, but here's just a grain of salt from my experience:

I run Michelin Pro3Race tires, which are generally considered poor at preventing flats, and I have yet to have a flat in the thousands of miles since I've started running them. That said, I am definitely due. I'm not saying these are great at preventing flats, but ultimately, sometimes it isn't the tire, and it's a little bit luck // where you ride.
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don't ride over broken glass and keep your tires inflated to proper pressure.
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Conti gator skins.
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I ride in south Louisiana the roads are asphalt and not that bad.
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Originally Posted by anthony 555 View Post
I just returned from another ride with multiple flats!!! What is the best puncture resistant tire? Any advice would be great!!!!
Probably Conti Gator Skin.

I've flatted twice on them so they aren't indestructible--once a nail went through the front tire while riding at night and the second time a staple went through the front tire.

It's also probably best to try and not ride over sharp object and brush the tires with your gloves if you do.
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Old 05-15-11, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JustinHorne View Post
Some tires are definitely better than others, and people will post their favorites, but here's just a grain of salt from my experience:

I run Michelin Pro3Race tires, which are generally considered poor at preventing flats, and I have yet to have a flat in the thousands of miles since I've started running them. That said, I am definitely due. I'm not saying these are great at preventing flats, but ultimately, sometimes it isn't the tire, and it's a little bit luck // where you ride.
Any "race" tire will not be the best at flat prevention.

You can also run tire liners to prevent flats at the cost of sacrificing ride quality.
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Old 05-15-11, 03:33 PM
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I run Michelin Pro3 Race and love the ride and have never had a problem. I also use a set of Continental Ultra Sport's on my second set of wheels and just put a set on my new build for general use.
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Don't forget to check your rim tape. If you don't already have it, get some Velox cloth tape. Since I changed over to the Velox, I've used several different tires and have noticed no significant difference in a tire's propensity to flat.
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Before the GP4000s crew chimes in, I'll tell you I get a lot of punctures on mine.
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I have 2000 miles on anything from cheap tires to nice commuter tires without a flat. The only ones I had problems with were the kendra something cheap started bulging.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
Any "race" tire will not be the best at flat prevention.

You can also run tire liners to prevent flats at the cost of sacrificing ride quality.
Right, that was almost my point: That there is no "best" tire per se, and some people hace success where others have extreme failure.
Like I said, definitely not saying the P3Rs are great at preventing flats.
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I am Building up a new bike I ordered Michelin Krylion Carbon tires, has anyone here tried them the reviews said that they were good at not getting flats. Any thoughts on them?
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Specialized Armadillo is pretty tough as well.

Gatorskins and Armadillos are probably 2 of the toughest you'll see recommended, but they will still flat too with the right debris. An inch-long staple flatted my rear Armadillo quite effectively.
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Originally Posted by JustinHorne View Post
Michelin Pro3Race tires, which are generally considered poor at preventing flats, and I have yet to have a flat in the thousands of miles since I've started running them. That said, I am definitely due. I'm not saying these are great at preventing flats, but ultimately, sometimes it isn't the tire, and it's a little bit luck // where you ride.
+3 on this one. Pro 3 here also. Great tire, fast tire. But again, depends on what you ride over and how good your rim tape is on your tubes.
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Originally Posted by anthony 555 View Post
I am Building up a new bike I ordered Michelin Krylion Carbon tires, has anyone here tried them the reviews said that they were good at not getting flats. Any thoughts on them?
I run them some and my wife does full time. Neither of us have had a puncture flat. I switched to Conti 4 Seasons on my main bike because I like the ride better, but I have flatted a couple of times on them.
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We live in the desert in southern Arizona.
Lots of opportunities for flats: cactus thorns, goatheads, glass, usual road detritus.
For several years been running the Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x25 folding tires on our tandem and racing single.
Defiitelly works for us, averaging a flat perhaps every 2,000 miles.
Your conditions/results may vary.
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I am Building up a new bike I ordered Michelin Krylion Carbon tires, has anyone here tried them the reviews said that they were good at not getting flats. Any thoughts on them?
I've used them and like them. I removed one from the rear wheel a few weeks ago. Moved a Michelin Lithion from the front to the rear and put a Schwalbe Stelvio on the front. I like all three of these just fine and haven't noticed any difference in flats.
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Originally Posted by pbd View Post
Specialized Armadillo is pretty tough as well.
...I've run over 6,000mi in the last three years on Armadillo's and have yet to get a flat.
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Originally Posted by anthony 555 View Post
I am Building up a new bike I ordered Michelin Krylion Carbon tires, has anyone here tried them the reviews said that they were good at not getting flats. Any thoughts on them?
I've had Krylions on for about a month; so, I can't give you a long-term report. So far, no problems. Thus far, I like the Krylions.
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I have heard the gatorskins have excellent flat protection. My son is an urban fixie rider and they abuse tires with lots of skidding. He says these are great.
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Not one response about tire TPI? The higher the TPI (threads per inch) number, the thinner and more flexible the tire fabric is, the more it is susceptible to flats. So to a certain degree, it doesn't matter what brand it is - although I'd stick with well-known brands. If you're looking for a high mileage tire, look for a 60 or 120 TPI tire. The trade off is a bit more weight. Don't buy a race tire unless you plan on racing; yes it a lighter tire, but many racer can afford to throw them out at the end of the race.
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I've been pretty happy w/ my Rubino Pro IIIs
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I ride the Conti GP4000s w/ mr tuffie tire liners and Forte puncture resistant tube. Got the grip, ride and protection I want.........I hate stopping to change a flat.
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armadillos worked great for me but they are so damn heavy and slow. much happier with my gatorskins. I also have some pro3 race I Just put on another set of wheels but they only have 100 miles on them. so far, no issues.
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