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Hoshie

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04/22/2014 01:36 PM
Hi
Glad to see the industry finally realizing the benefits of tires, particularly for more versatility in road'ish bikes.

Some of my faves include

Road - Conti gp4000s, 23s or 25s as the go fast tires. Mich Pro Race 25s as well rounded racy tires with more volume

Cross - Challenge Grifos for racing are great for fast and all around conditions.Really supple. But not hearty. Racing Ralphs were decent all arounders with decent float and grip except in muddy conditions.

Mountain -Kenda Nevegals for all around conditions - loads of grip but a little slow

What are your favorities to roll on and why?

J
jrt1045

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04/22/2014 02:13 PM
Maxxis Ardents, 29x2.25

I like the way they roll, just enough tread, respond well to low pressure, soft enough without splitting a sidewall at the sight of a rock
ChinookPass

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04/22/2014 02:25 PM
I like vittoria roubaix 700x28 for commuting and rubino pro 700x25 for joy riding and can usually find them on sale and keep the drawer in the garage stocked with an extra set of each. As another forumite suggested, 3 tires is a set and I typically wear through two in the rear in the time it takes to wear one on the front.

I like contis too but they seem to wear a lot more unpredictably and have had too many contis that have had weird premature failures, either sidewall or sections of the tread just peeling off.
79pmooney

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04/22/2014 02:30 PM
I want to try the new Clement 28c Strada LGGs. They sound like a really good 28c tire.

Vittoria Open Paves, esp on the fixie. Feel like full on race tires, have lots of grip, are very predictable and roll so smoothly I have stopped to check tire pressure many times thinking they were getting flat! They cut easily and wear pretty fast, so it's an expensive high, but I really like the fewer crashes and scares on dicey, esp wet roads.

Paselas as the workhorse (and very rideable) city/winter/etc tire. (32c on my Mooney, 28s on my two winter bikes and 25c on my good ti bikes when I am not running the Open Paves. I have a lot of good rides on them.

Ben
vtguy

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04/22/2014 02:40 PM
Road -- Conti 4000s 23s
Cross -- Conti Speed (mostly used on gravel roads)
Mt -- Specialized Renegade
Orange Crush

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04/22/2014 02:41 PM
Various incarnations of the Armadillos, 25s on the winter road bike, 23s on the summer bike. I have limited time to ride every week and therefore zero tollerance for flats on my time off. These are the only tires that have never disappointed in this respect and I'm willing to pay the price in performance (I don;t race anyways). The 25s go on and off road (gravel dike trails) just fine.

26x1.9s on the commuter, the 30+ lbs Tank. So once I get on my road bikes, it feels like a breeze.
Oldfart

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04/22/2014 03:19 PM
On my "enduroing" bike, 2.3 Maxxis 3C High Roller II on the front and 3C 2.3 DHRII on the back. Tubeless and psi in the low 20's. They roll pretty well and grip is astounding. Bit porky though. The Schwalbe tubeless road tires ride really nice but I got flats this winter. On the road I am using fat 28 Clement tires now. The Strada LGG. Not too bad if I run them at 70. Cheap though at $35 each and the ride quality is cheap too. But that's the 60 tpi version. I would like to try the 120 tpi. Or go back to Hutchinson Fusion tubeless for the summer.

Mountain bike tires are so regional. Kenda's in BC are dead. People around here generally despise them. Same with Ardents which I think are a pretty decent. Really what many riders on the North Shore/Squamish/Whistler corridor like are sticky rubber in 2.3 or larger. Weight be damned. Minion DHF is a huge favourite here for front and rear. Conti have a goofy requirement that any shop that carries them needs to by a large amount. Or they used to so you don't see their off road tires much. I have used them a fair bit. You must get the black chili compound though. Their non bc ones are like hard plastic. Some Schwalbe's are good. Some not so hot.
Cosmic Kid

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04/22/2014 03:30 PM
Vittoria Corsa CX are still my fave, but I have a set of Zipp Tangente ready to glue up for race season this summer. Reportedly low Crr and good road feel.

Tubulars still trump clinchers for me (at least on my race wheels)....but I do train now on clinchers. For that I use Conti GatorSkins, which honestly, is a schitt tire. Yeah, it has good puncture protection, but the Crr is god-awful. I can literally feel how "slow" the tires are. Which for a training tire isn't the end of the world, since I train by power. I couldn't care less about how "fast" I am training....only putting out XX watts for YY period of time. Then when I get on my race wheels (more aero, lower Crr) and hit those same watts, I feel like i am FLYING!!

For you guys rolling on clinchers, upgrade to latex tubes, if you haven't already. Noticeable difference in ride quality and Crr. You'll go faster.



Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
THE SKINNY

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04/22/2014 03:49 PM
i'm not a tire guy. in the 14 years i've been road riding i've only used continental gatorskins 25mm (i think) with mr. tuffy tire liners. the mtb tires used to be IRC mythos 2.1 but for the last several years it's been hutchison python 2.1. the commuter is some nashbar 35mm tire with a nice reflective bead.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Hoshie

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04/22/2014 03:51 PM
CK - Have you had good luck with the Corsa CX? I tried a set (clinchers) and mine flatted whenever I looked funny at them. Then, I tore a hole in the 3rd one JRA, so back to Conti GPs I went. And the CRR is supposed to be "top" on the Contis.

Ben, been wanting to try some wider Paselas for my city street rides. That or those new Clements since I tend to like to hit dirt from time to time on my road bike.

J
Hoshie

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04/22/2014 03:58 PM
Skinny, Gatorskins are a plenty decent choice imho for hearty, general purpose training and riding. Yet there is a whole world of tires out there and I think they freshen up the ride of your bike at a much lower cost than new parts if you shop wisely.

I also like Mr Tuffy's and after flatting "n" times during cross season, I put a set under my fancy race tires and rode the rest of the season flat free. Sometimes, you gotta do what's needed!

j
Cosmic Kid

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04/22/2014 04:12 PM
Hoshie....My Corsa tires are the tubular version, which seem to hold up better than the Open Corsa (clinchers). A lot of people report problems with the Open Corsas and flatting. Switching to a latex *may* help with the flatting. (and that is what the tubies use).

Crr on COnti clinchers is great. IN fact, Chainlove has been throwing the GP4000S up on their site pretty regularly lately. Woth doing some trolling....theya re like $30, IIRC. Conti tubulars pretty much blow, IMO. Very harsh ride.

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Keith Richards

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04/22/2014 04:19 PM
In general, I just buy whatever is on sale when I need tires. I have been fond of Schwalbe tires as of late but I am dying to try out the Serfas 700x28 folding tires that are out now.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Pin0Q0

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04/23/2014 05:29 AM
Vittoria, and Kenda for durability, and Maxxis for rolling resistance. I stay away from Conti, too many flats and they wears out faster than others. All 23s, and if I find a good deal I’ll even go with a 21. Refuse to pay more than $70 for a set.

For Mtb what ever I find on sale considering I only ride about 400 miles a year in the cold months.
Keith Richards

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04/23/2014 06:38 AM
21mm?!?!? I have not gone that small since the mid 90s.
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