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Old 12-22-17, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
Seriously. These are the hardest tires I've ever ridden. At this point I figure you may as well make sure you get No flats and just ride a solid rubber tire. I'm kind of surprised to see so many people recommending them. I would recommend avoiding gatorskins unless you don't care about ride quality and having a tire that is supple at all.
You've obviously never tried Specialized Armadillos.
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Old 12-22-17, 10:58 AM
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I ordered some of these Continental Tour Rides.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Let me note, I have had my touring bike only about a month and a half. It came with some Schwalbe Silento tires, in 40mm. I ordered some 32mm road tires and the above touring tire in 47 mm. Currently I'm running the touring tire above but only have about 100 miles on them and like I said, I've been riding a road bike the past couple years and so this touring thing is all new to me, so take this FWIW.
Personally, I like this tire. I don't see the issue as described above in post #5. On the stand, these seem to run as true as the Conti's on my road bike. Not seeing any wobble or "lumpiness". I've run them so far with about 40lbs in front, and 43lbs in back. They seem soft and give cushioned smooth riding. I rode 20 miles on wet pavement, curvy mtn roads, steep descents up to around 35+mph & found no feeling of "slipping". They seemed solid and "thick skinned" & the tread pattern seems adequate for gravel. According to my apps I run,(Strava and Rides w/GPS) average speed is no different from the 32 Conti's. They mounted pretty easily. Though they are 47mm, in typical Conti fashion, actual width is 41mm/1.65". They got pretty good reviews on Amazon.

Now again, that is all with very limited mileage and so don't hang your hat on it, they may blow out next week.
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Old 12-22-17, 11:47 AM
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I tour with Conti 4-Seasons 28f and 32r. The combination of traction, comfortable ride, low rolling resistance and puncture protection make them the best tires Iíve ever toured on. They arenít cheap but if you are getting a steep discount you should consider the 4-Seasons. They are not the best tires for dirt, although Iíve let some air out and done fine on gravel Forest Service roads for short distances. I pack a pair of 40mm Conti Speed Rides or Cross Rides, depending on the tour, to use on longer and more challenging dirt conditions and they are great on dirt. The Cross Rides are outstanding in muddy conditions.
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Old 12-22-17, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Western Flyer View Post
They arenít cheap but if you are getting a steep discount you should consider the 4-Seasons.
It is kind of a pain in the butt, cause I have to look up each tire individually on a distributors page to figure out the price, but it looks to be around 45-50% off MSRP for cars and bicycle tires. Isn't all that great compared to British retailers on the common/cheaper stuff, but where is seemingly is nice on the stuff not many people stock, and gets really nice once you start getting into the high end race stuff (which I don't need, but will buy just cause cost).
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Old 12-22-17, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Moose View Post
You've obviously never tried Specialized Armadillos.
Haha. I actually almost mentioned those as being the only tire I've ever ridden harder than a gatorskin. I don't care for either. The reason I didn't mention the Armadillo is because the Armadillos I rode were potentially very old from an 80s bike I bought(not that they were original to the bike) and I couldn't say if they were harder due to age. Based on your comment, I guess not.
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Old 12-23-17, 11:42 AM
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Moose, that is too funnny. Quite so, they are like riding the full rubber ti(y)res that were on our tricycles when we kids. Those Armadillos are brutal* for sure. Gators are getting a few bad raps on here. Key is to get the folding and not the wire bead. I find them/the sidewall supple enough and a good compromise. You obviously will have a better "feeling" ride with the 32's than the 28's and can float your ti(y)re pressure(s) accordingly. In 15 years of year round commuting, I've had about 5 punctures.** And I've never punctured on my tubular Sprinter Gatorskins during my training rides. Alas, I am starting to build up a modified lugged vintage 26" MTN bike drop bar Touring/Enduro bike and am going to try out Jan's 52mm Rat Trap Passes. Are they Pasela's truly in disguise or an upgraded sidewall from Pasela? I guess my wallet and kickers will find out.





*albeit, i'd be willing to bet they'd fair better than most in thorn country
**not a bad track record, eh?
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Old 12-23-17, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Oh no complaint about them skidding on my part, I liked them for their intended usage. To me they just felt heavy and overbuilt for my newly intended purposes. Not the best for road touring, but definitely at home on my "rough roads" touring bike. Plus they were way too finniky with pressures, anything under 75# or so they turned into dogs, compared to my Paselas which chug along fine at any pressure.
my impression as well, tough tires that transitioned to gravelly roads well although high pressure didnt improve handling for me. Iíd use them if 80% of riding was fully loaded. Panaracer T-serve in 26 x 1.75 make for a more comfy and faster ride when unloaded.
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Old 12-24-17, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Thanks for the replies.

How bad is "not good in wet"? I've crashed in wet before, bit leery about that. Looks like I can get the Gatorskins for about $24, maybe I'll give them a go (although, kinda annoying my employee discount ends up being only slightly better than British retailer pricing ).

Tour Rides come out the the princely sum of $9 each, figure I might spend a bit more money than that!



Yeah, if you go to their page, they actually have a "Made in Germany" search option. That said, my Travel Contacts came from India, I don't have a whole lot of complaint other than they are a bit beefier than what I think I need.
hey tour rides are good solid tires. 9 bucks is amazing!
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Old 12-24-17, 04:25 PM
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I'm another satisfied rider of Gatorskins 700x28. I think they offer a pretty good compromise between speed, comfort and flat proofing.
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Old 12-24-17, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
hey tour rides are good solid tires. 9 bucks is amazing!
To be honest, I've always just been put off by their cheap price, even without my discount!
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Old 12-24-17, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
To be honest, I've always just been put off by their cheap price, even without my discount!
i have used 2 or 3 sets over the years and they are really durable. they arent the most supple but for loaded touring you dont really notice it. for in city commuting they are pretty good too. i prefer a pasela pt and that is what is on my bob but i have had many good miles on the tour rides.
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Old 12-24-17, 11:12 PM
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I'm another satisfied rider of Gatorskins 700x28. I think they offer a pretty good compromise between speed, comfort and flat proofing.
Agree, foldable Gators in 28 or 32
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