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What are the best (non-race) Sub $50 (each) 700c x 23 tires?

Old 12-27-12, 10:20 AM
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What are the best (non-race) Sub $50 (each) 700c x 23 tires?

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Simple question,what are the best (non-race) Sub $50 (each) 700c x 23 tires? I ride on a variety of surfaces, from smooth to slightly rough pavement.

All suggestions are welcome.

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Define best. Grip? Puncture resistance? Tread wear?
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I have been using Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks for about two years. Seem to be a good value for the money. Throw in some tire liners and you will be set up will for any conditions.
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I got a pair of Michelin Lithion 2 for $50 for BOTH on Ebay, and I'm quite happy with them.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Define best. Grip? Puncture resistance? Tread wear?
All of the above really, but puncture resistant without sacrificing grip to much.
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There's an awful lot available for that price range, 'specially if your looking online, too. One of the 41 favorites is the Conti GP4000S which can be caught on sale for under $40 each - they offer a nice balance of grip and puncture resistance. One cheap(er) tire that has treated me well is the Michelin Lithion 2. They're readily available online for under $30.
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I just bought 3 of these. They look promising for a good ride with good flat protection.

http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/p-1...FWGnPAod7CgApQ
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Continental Grand Prix 4000s from one of the UK websites (PBK, Ribble...). Generally around $70-80/pair with shipping when they go on sale, which is several times a year. Purchase in bulk, save big $$. I still have a pair left from the last time I ordered a bunch.... 2+ years ago @ $25/ea.
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I've been looking at the Conti's as well. The price is not bad either. I wonder how wear is on those.

I am running these right now http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1111722_-1___

They have been pretty good, I have roughly over 500 miles on them but they are starting to loose their grip.
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Originally Posted by therh View Post
I've been looking at the Conti's as well. The price is not bad either. I wonder how wear is on those.

I am running these right now http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1111722_-1___

They have been pretty good, I have roughly over 500 miles on them but they are starting to loose their grip.
Loose their tread (which does nothing for road riding) or grip, which shouldn't happen until you've worn through the rubber.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Loose their tread (which does nothing for road riding) or grip, which shouldn't happen until you've worn through the rubber.
They do not have as much grip as they used to, plus the bead that holds the tires is starting show.
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They do not have as much grip as they used to, plus the bead that holds the tires is starting show.
Yeah, you need new tires.
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great topic to revisit at least once a yr...

at 168-172 Lbs ( a bit more butter fat than I'd like...) and riding my tires at 90-95 frt, 100-105 rr on "under 23mm width" clincher wheelz

less than $50 : Conti GP 4000 (haven't had the opportunity to try the 4000s, which I've read can be had for < $40)

less than $35 : Rubino Pro SLick from Perfbike...

less than $25 : have LUV'd the Kendas labeled as Forte DC Pro for Perfbike - but no longer available - so next tire change I'm tryin the the Forte Pro Lite Road as a possible equal sub...

all run with 60-70 gm tubes

itz all about supple,fast performance for me - I don;t worry much about puncture resistance or durability. I'm gonna get flats and the tires will wear out...
I need everything I can muster to keep up with the younguns...

edit: also trying some Kenda Kalientes in an effort to find the = of the Forte DC Pros...

Vredestein Fortezza - nice compromise, 250 ish g, wear like iron, tough to flat, ride pretty good - ugly blue sidewall - might be why they were about $27...

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Yep, that is why I am looking at tires, I do not want to have an accident because more tire comes apart. Especially since I ride at 120 psi.
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Originally Posted by therh View Post
Hello,

Simple question,what are the best (non-race) Sub $50 (each) 700c x 23 tires? I ride on a variety of surfaces, from smooth to slightly rough pavement.

All suggestions are welcome.

RH
Another possibility would be Michelin Pro 4 Endurance, available from either PBK or Ribble for ~$70/pair shipped. I'm using the Michelin Krylion Carbons, which were replaced by the Pro 4 Endurance, and they're good; the Pro 4 Endurance are supposedly better. Haven't had a flat (knock wood!) with them, and get ~3k miles from the rear.

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Yep, that is why I am looking at tires, I do not want to have an accident because more tire comes apart. Especially since I ride at 120 psi.
How much do you weigh? I'm ~180-190 and run 100 psi in front and 110 in the back.
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There's an awful lot available for that price range, 'specially if your looking online, too. One of the 41 favorites is the Conti GP4000S which can be caught on sale for under $40 each - they offer a nice balance of grip and puncture resistance. One cheap(er) tire that has treated me well is the Michelin Lithion 2. They're readily available online for under $30.
+1 for Conti GP4000s.
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Yep, that is why I am looking at tires, I do not want to have an accident because more tire comes apart. Especially since I ride at 120 psi.

Why would you ride at 120PSI??? Do you weigh over 200 pounds?!? If not, you are probably over-inflating your tires!!
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Why would you ride at 120PSI??? Do you weigh over 200 pounds?!? If not, you are probably over-inflating your tires!!
Not to mention the max rating for that tire is 125. I wouldn't expect it to blow at 126, but still. Most pump gauges aren't that accurate, either.
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120 psi is probably excessive.

Try a 25mm or even 27/28 tire if your frame/fork/brakes will clear it. You can drop the pressure a bit lower with larger tires which will help smooth out the rough stuff.
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Specialized Armadillo Elite would be my choice. I hate changing flats especially on my commute to work and back
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Specialized Armadillo Elite would be my choice. I hate changing flats especially on my commute to work and back
Armadillos are tough tires to mount and ride like bricks, but they definitely fight flats.
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I buy inexpensive high-performance (ride, cornering, speed) tires: Mich Pro4, $32 from Ribble... though to be fair I have no miles on them yet as I'm still on my last Pro3s...
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wire bead vittoria rubinos. cheap, fast and surprisingly puncture resistant. 35 bucks more or less
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I am around 165, maybe I should run them at 110psi.
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Try 95f, 100r, to get the most out of your 23mm tires. My current favourites are schwalbe ultremos zx. Last pbk sale got them for $32 each.
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