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Old 11-13-12, 05:51 PM
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Tire suggestions

I do realize there are a ton of existing threads about tires, but unfortunately my area is very limited on stock and most choices do not apply. I thought the problem was easy, just get a Gatorskin tire and done. LBS no longer carries Conti and REI does not have any in stock. Want to support my LBS, but they don't have any options.

My choices are Specialized Armadillos or Kenda Kalientes. LBS #1 says that the Armadillos are heavier than Gatorskins, so I really so no need to get them. I might as well spend the extra $10 and get the Gatorskins. I know nothing about Kenda.

At this point my week is already shot, thinking about getting some Gatorskin using Amazon Prime and get delivery by Thursday. Calling for rain from Friday on, so perhaps I shouldn't be in a rush. Should I hold out for Gatorskins or something else?

If it matters, I'm looking for a 700x25 for the back. I mainly do 20-25 mile rides with a good amount of hills, with the occasional long ride. Not racing, but I'm addicted to Strava and need every little push I can get! Looking for a good tradeoff between performance and reliability. Not so much interested in cost.
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I ride with Continental GP4000s because I like the they feel and perform. However, if you want a more rugged tire take a look at the Continental GP4 Seasons. I think it is as rugged as a Gatorskins but maybe a better peforming tire. Someone else chim in and correct me if I am wrong.

You decide not to buy from your local bike shop, try https://www.biketiresdirect.com/ or if you can wait, get your tires from PBK in the United Kingdom.
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Old 11-13-12, 06:15 PM
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I ride with Continental GP4000s because I like the they feel and perform. However, if you want a more rugged tire take a look at the Continental GP4 Seasons. I think it is as rugged as a Gatorskins but maybe a better peforming tire. Someone else chim in and correct me if I am wrong.

You decide not to buy from your local bike shop, try https://www.biketiresdirect.com/ or if you can wait, get your tires from PBK in the United Kingdom.
REI does have the GP4. Better than the Gatorskin? In hindsight, I would say puncture resistant is more important than performance.
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Kenda kal with Iron Cloak if that is them they are a great tire.
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Old 11-13-12, 06:32 PM
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Amazon had a free 1-day shipping offer if I order in the next 10 minutes. I pulled the trigger on than GP4.

Thanks to all.
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I think puncture protection would be the same but the GP4 is a better handling tire.
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Correction: I purchased the GP4000.
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Is it a 4000 or a 4000 S setup as there is a significant difference between them?
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I think all GP4000 black tires are now the S type.
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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
I think all GP4000 black tires are now the S type.
Indeed this seems to be the case with black version but I still wonder why there is a difference in advertised weight and recommended pressure of the same 25mm size: 240 grams and 95 psi for 4K and 230 grams and 110 psi for 4Ks. But for sure both series in black use the same Black Chili casing (not used in non black 4K series).
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