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Old 04-12-15, 02:20 PM
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Forte Strada K's

I was planning to buy new tires before my next tour. Everyone raves about gatorskins, but I saw these kevlar lined tires with good reviews for 30$ a pair, which is nearly half the price of a single gatorskin.

Any reason I shouldn't give them a shot?
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I have ridden them in the past, a fine tyre for the price. Life is too precious to waste time on cheap tyres, I wouldn't use them now that I know there's better options.
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What would you say is the biggest advantage higher end tires would have?
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They are terrible tires. I literally took some off my bike this afternoon. They were cheap, but that is their only good side. Terrible rolling feel, alot of rolling resistance, terrible grip, poor puncture protection and heavy. spend the extra on some gatorskins, or even better on some gp 4 seasons or schwalbe marathon supreme.
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higher end tires (more expensive) can have less rolling resistance, better puncture protection, better wet weather grip, and just an all around better road feel.
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Well, good to know. So are there any decent tires out there that are cheaper than 75$ a pair? Less $$ I spend on the new tires the more I can save for the tour itself, but obviously I don't want to go with something that's gonna crap out on day 2.
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff
I was planning to buy new tires before my next tour. .....
I sometimes think the average bike spends the bulk of it's life hanging in a garage. I've found 35 year old bikes [that] I know didn't have 500 miles on them. If I am correct about the average bike... the Forte Strada K's are an excellent value.

But if you'll be touring you might better judge the value of the tires by their mileage. I think the Gatorskin's could easily get twice the mileage and with a reduced chance of failure as well.
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In my experience the Strada-K's have had fewer flats and better durability than other tires I've tried. The grip is decent, the ride - not stiff, nor supple. Rolling resistance, feels a little higher than the tires I usually use but less than, say, Rubino pro (and better ride than those also).
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter
I sometimes think the average bike spends the bulk of it's life hanging in a garage.
I ride mine everyday. The front has sidewall damage with some threads exposed and the rear is squared off from wear. Definitely looking to replace them sometime before I leave
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I have over 3000 miles(3 season) and on 2 different bikes for these tires.
now there going on no.4 season.
not one flat yet, knock on wood, no cord showing yet.
last season I rotate the frt to rear to even the wear.
I think they are worth the 15 bucks.
after every ride I check the tires for wear and anything suck in them.

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I doubt that they are shorter lived than many of the tires folks spend a lot more on. I happen to like the lively road feel of a supple sidewall, so I spend a bit more. On the other hand folks fork over $$$$ for tires with horrible ride feel to get the maximum of other characterisitcs like flat resistance or long wear. Some (maybe even most) cheap tires ride much better than something like the often touted Maraton Plus in my opinion.

My bet is that the K is probably somewhere between the Gatorskin and the Plus in ride feel and maybe somewhere in between on length of service or a bit less than the gatorskin. They are probably a lot cheaper in cost per mile, reasonably flat resistant, and generally serviceable at a very low price. I know folks who happily tour on tires in this class and don't seem to have much more trouble than those running gatorskins.

Folks running something like the Plus are likely to have fewer problems, but I find the ride and weight of those unacceptable.

So if you are so inclined try the K's; you may find them a great bargain. If you hate them you are not out much.

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