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need new tires, fast and durable, which ones?

Old 02-03-09, 09:46 PM
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need new tires, fast and durable, which ones?

i need new tires, mainly for riding on the road so the need good puncture protection. and i also want them to be fast. i was looking at the conti's, which ones do you guys think are the best for what i want?
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Old 02-03-09, 09:53 PM
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get gatorskins. best bang for the buck. $35.00 or so.
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soma everwear. done. will go square but made specifically for fixed gear bikes so there you go...
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Old 02-03-09, 11:41 PM
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^craaaaapy sidewalls pretty much ONLY for skidding.
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In my opinion, Continental makes excellent street tires.

When I ride Continentals, I put a 220g Conti 4 Seasons in front and a 230g Conti Gatorskin in back.

The combo above costs about $110 and weighs 450g.

In terms of handling, light weight and flat resistance, Schwalbe Ultremos represent the best tires on the street.

I have about 3,000 miles on my Ultremos with no flats except for one overnight slow leak that left the rear tire flat in the morning.

When I get my next set of Ultremos, I will put the 180g Ultremo "R" in front and the even more flat resistant 225g Ultremo "DD" in back.

The two tires, together, would cost about $115 and weigh 405g.

The Continentals have a non-functional tread pattern on them, which annoys me, and the Schwalbes have no tread at all, which I like.
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Pricey up there. From what I've seen you post, I trust your opinion Ken, so, do you have any recommendations that might serve as a cheap stop gap to tide one over until they can afford quality? I'm jobless right now and every dollar counts
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Gatorskins. I like the folding ones, a bit lighter than the wire bead ones and virtually as tough.
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Vittoria Rubino Pro those will probably be my next tire. Not really super skid resistant but i'm not really into that so...
https://www.google.com/products?rlz=1...-8&sa=N&tab=wf
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Pricey up there. From what I've seen you post, I trust your opinion Ken, so, do you have any recommendations that might serve as a cheap stop gap to tide one over until they can afford quality? I'm jobless right now and every dollar counts
You can get gatorskins for about $20 each ($40 total) if you just wait for them. ProBikekit has the gatorskins for $19, but out of stock currently: https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1320 . Just sign up to be notified, and order them immediately when they come in, as they sell out within hours. They also have the GP 4 seasons in stock now, at $33 each: https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1094
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Originally Posted by gkelley View Post
Vittoria Rubino Pro those will probably be my next tire. Not really super skid resistant but i'm not really into that so...
https://www.google.com/products?rlz=1...-8&sa=N&tab=wf
I ride Vittoria Rubino Pros, too. Really grippy. That's what you want tires to do, right? Oh, wait...I forgot where I was.

These aren't so good for skidding. But, great for stopping and cornering...if you are into that stuff.
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Old 02-04-09, 03:32 AM
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^ Nice. Anyone used kenda kontenders? I've seen good forum talk about them and they're super cheap.
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mich pro 3 or pro 2
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Originally Posted by philos
...do you have any recommendations that might serve as a cheap stop gap to tide one over until they can afford quality? I'm jobless right now and every dollar counts...
I used to ride Panaracer T-Serv Messenger tires before I became a weight weenie.

I've noticed recently, though, that T-Serv's have come down in both price and weight, and they seem to have gone up in flat resistance.

I really liked my T-Serv's for their toughness and handling.

$30 each at Universal Cycles:

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=21835

I've never had a flat in a front tire.

If watching every penny, I might search for a sale on Conti Gatorskins or Panaracer T-Serv's, and just buy one as a rear tire.

Then I might try an inexpensive Hutchinson or Kenda on the front.

Kenda Kwest with K-Shield (kevlar) for $17:

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/pkekk...-shield/pp.htm

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Old 02-04-09, 09:35 AM
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a word about GP 4 Season— these were developed by continental as year-round tires, so their compound stays softer in cold climates. they are not necessarily the best tires to use during a hot summer, for which the GP 4000 is a better choice.

continental's tread pattern is actually a wear indicator, which is useful to have so you don't replace your tires before you need to. they're on the sides of the tread portion because the tire is thicker in the centre where most of your wear is, effectively giving you a slick tread for general riding.

OP, i'm sure you're pretty chilly up there in ottawa, so i second ken's GP4S recommendation if you plan to ride. if you plan to ride and occasionally skid, put a gatorskin out back. if you plan to skid/tarck, get the cheapest rear tires you can find.
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I've never heard of these before yesterday, and I don't know anyone who uses them, and I've never heard anyone's experience with them, don't know how much they cost and I've never seen them in person.



That said, you should totally get a pair of Hutchinson tires.

https://vimeo.com/2989396
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Old 02-04-09, 10:09 AM
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Hutchinson are decent tires, I dunno about that video.
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Gatorskins are on PBK since this morning, for ~$25. They're still there now, but you know how these things disappear.
https://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1320
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^ I know I forgot to deposit money in my account I hope they have some tomorrow !!!
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