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Old 09-14-18, 10:28 AM
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Wet Winter Weather Tires

Last night in fixing a flat on my Soma Rush I discovered that my Rubino Pros were pretty much toast, and with winter coming, I'm in the market for some new decent tires. I ride in NYC, and stay off the roads if there's too much of a snow berm or if it's icy, so I'm not looking for studded tires, just something with good wet weather tire compound that don't also feel super slow.

In the past I was able to fit 28mm Vittoria Randonneurs on the frame, but can't go any bigger (or much more tread) than that. The Randonneurs were so slow and mushy feeling, also, so I'm looking for something with better rolling resistance than those.

I've been impressed with how well Continental 4 Seasons tires have held up to city riding, and wet weather riding, on my road bike, but Schwalbe Marathon Greenguards, Conti Sport Contact II, Vittoria Corsa Control G+, Panaracer Gravelking also seem to fit into that wheelhouse. Anyone have opinions on these, or other similar tires with good wet weather grip?

Edit: This thread seems helpful, as does this one, but if anyone has any fixed-specific experience with any of these tires, though, I'm still curious!

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Gravelkings dont throw alot of water. I have no idea how they are on frozen stuff though. They are a nice fast road tire ,fairly durable and trust wourthy.
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Gravelkings dont throw alot of water. I have no idea how they are on frozen stuff though. They are a nice fast road tire ,fairly durable and trust wourthy.
Nice, that's good to know they ride fast. I didn't see a rolling resistance test for them yet, but it's good to hear that they hold up qualitatively.
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Try any of Vittorias G+ tires with the graphene are a good choice though the Corsa G+s I ride on my road bike I probably wouldn't spec for winter time at least not with out coating the outside of the tire with something like cyclocrossers do with their closed tubular tires. However at that point I would just use a different winter tire maybe Rubino Pro G+. Conti 4 seasons are a great choice as well.
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I prefer the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tire. It's puncture resistant, due to an added protective layer, and it's 240 grams (it's only 20 grams more than the regular Conti 4000, which is very light). The experts say reducing rotational weight of your wheels is great bang for your buck. It comes is wider widths if your frame is able to accommodate wider tires.
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I prefer the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season tire. It's puncture resistant, due to an added protective layer, and it's 240 grams (it's only 20 grams more than the regular Conti 4000, which is very light). The experts say reducing rotational weight of your wheels is great bang for your buck. It comes is wider widths if your frame is able to accommodate wider tires.
I've definitely been a fan of the 4 Seasons on my road bike. They seem to be great at everything - roll fairly fast, haven't gotten a puncture in a few thousand miles, and have great traction in the wet.

I decided to test out the Gravel King slicks based on the recommendation above, and the desire to test out something new, but may go back to the 4 Seasons eventually.
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maxxis detonators came on the bike........ shrugs they work well enough. Tried and tested too.
For winter use I am usually a fan of really cheap tires. the softer the better. use them for a season. embed them with debris then toss them.
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