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Old 09-25-11, 11:35 PM
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New Tires!

I know there are probably hundreds of previous tire threads.....I've read a lot of them and I still think I need my own.

I'm officially in the market for a new set of tires to replace my almost new Speciallized Mondo Pro II tires. I am not exadurating when I say I've flatted probably 8 times in my last 15 rides. Usually just a little piece of gravel or road grit that penetrates the tire enough to get to the tube. I looked up reviews of these tires online, and it seems as if it is a pretty good and durable tire from what I have read. It's just not working for me though and I'm ready to they something new. I think I've narrowed it down to one of these 3 Continental tires:

GP4000S
Gatorskin
Gator Hardshell

Thoughts? I know the GP4000S is the overwhelming favorite here on BF, but I'm interested in the others as well if they offer a significant advantage in puncture resistance without slowing or weighing me down by a huge amount.
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Old 09-22-12, 05:00 PM
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wow, you may want to think about getting some bigger tires with more tread on them. Something that will shed debris instead of injesting them.
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Old 09-22-12, 05:07 PM
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Vittoria Rubin Pro, haven't had them long but they roll well and have heard are great against flats. Hope I didn't jinx myself...
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FWIW, in my n=1 experience, the GP4000s is at least as flat-resistant as the Gatorskin, but far more comfortable, faster, and more confident handling.
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hint, don't get the s its lighter and thinner. duh
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Gatorskins ride like they're made of cement, have no traction in the wet, and aren't any more flat resistant than other tires.

GP4000s OTOH wear well, have decent wet traction, and don't flat that often.

If you're getting flats from small rock shards, learn to recognize when one's in your tire (you can hear it) and wipe your tires off. It take some revolutions to drive the shard into the tire, so if you remove it first you won't flat.
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