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Keith Richards

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04/24/2014 12:58 PM
No it is more a case of having never heard anything about them riding any better over the years:

Despite the stiff competition, Specialized thinks it has a winner, and has some numbers to back it up. Please note, though, that all of these figures are directly from Specialized.

In comparison to the old All Condition Armadillo Elite, the new tire has reduced rolling resistance by a whopping 30 percent. Frankly, this is made considerably less impressive by the terrible ride quality of the previous model. They rode like blocks of wood strapped to the rims. But it’s still a good sign, as lower rolling resistance on the test rig generally translates to a good road feel when actually on pavement.



Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/bikes-and-tech/reviews/reviewed-new-specialized-condition-armadillo-elite_323343#mrIP5MiMPCBfBcwj.99
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Oldfart

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04/24/2014 01:03 PM
I think most of my recent punctures are due to the fact that that I ride through or past construction zones. Apparently one day a few weeks back there were something like 20 flat vehicle tires including buses on the Burrard Bridge where the City is redoing the expansion joints. I did puncture that day too but I dug out a hunk of glass. Earlier in the year it was two little wire bits in the rear tire. usually though I do not puncture much. Very few of the punture resistant tires I have tried ride well though. Too frickin stiff.
Orange Crush

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04/24/2014 01:20 PM
That's exactly why I ride the Armadillos Andy; I am sure I pass many of same construction zones.

Last different tire I tried was Michelin Krylions, I believe the predessor to current Pro4s. I gave them a month before ditching them, glass flat, pinch flat from pot hole, etc.; didn't make me any faster, I just spent more time next to road. As I said on previous page I buy my tires with one objective only, to maximize time on the bike, and minimize time fixing tires.

Yes the ride quality is an aquired taste perhaps but I can't take review statements like the one Keith posted seriously. If they were really like wood blocks I would have noticed the difference with this last month. Can't say that I did.

BTW - from that review it sounds like the new Armadillos are a winner: "The new All Condition Armadillo Elite, unveiled Thursday, is a delicious cocktail of race-bred rubber and burly flat protection and is one of — if not the — best training tires on the market. Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/bikes-and-tech/reviews/reviewed-new-specialized-condition-armadillo-elite_323343#b10wPGDUGXuAUhof.99"
ChinookPass

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04/24/2014 02:21 PM
These tires should be cushy.

Keith Richards

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04/24/2014 02:54 PM
OC, I definitely read the whole thing which is why I posted it. While I would not take one reviewers opinion as fact myself, he is just another in the chorus of cyclists who hated the road feel of the old Armadillo tires.

I am glad the Specialized made a new better tire...but I am not a Specialized fan so I won't be buying.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
79pmooney

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04/24/2014 03:25 PM
Chinook, don't you have to carry an air compressor if you want any level of self-sufficiency? "I gave him my 2 CO2s and the mini pump. Came by two hours later and he was still pumping."

Ben
ChinookPass

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04/24/2014 04:24 PM
I believe they are filled with peat from Scottish bogs. They never go flat.
Orange Crush

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04/24/2014 07:10 PM
Posted By Keith Jackson on 04/24/2014 02:54 PM
OC, I definitely read the whole thing which is why I posted it. While I would not take one reviewers opinion as fact myself, he is just another in the chorus of cyclists who hated the road feel of the old Armadillo tires.

I am glad the Specialized made a new better tire...but I am not a Specialized fan so I won't be buying.


I know, I know Keith, I've read and heard all that "road feel" many times. But I like to go by my own experiences. Call me a stubborn Dutch guy. Heck, being Dutch I'd know if my bike had wooden shoes as so claimed.
Sweet Milk

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04/25/2014 10:35 AM
@tommaso - Service Course
Sweet Milk

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04/25/2014 10:42 AM
The Dutch aren't stubborn at all - You can't tell me otherwise...
dkri

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04/25/2014 12:25 PM
Posted By Kameron Kameron on 04/24/2014 06:56 AM
Oey Vey – Here is a can of worms. I do not like riding with a “squished marshmallow” tire look when on the bike. You’ll see that between your legs when riding. I weigh 172 and notice a huge difference in both climbs and acceleration if my tire is under-flated (over-flated according to you buttercups Yes granted the ride is much softer at a lower PSI for those who have sensitive and soft rear ends but like I said you’ll get use to it and soon you’ll become a harda$$.

These are nice but at $80 a pop is kind of expensive. Usually I shop for them online during winter and sometimes get a set for that price.

http://shop.maxxis.com/c/bicycle_road_radiale-22c

And these were the type of tubular I used to ride @ 170 PSI http://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/continental-sprinter-gatorskin-tubular-tire
No can of worms for me at all, I'm long past trying to convince anyone of anything.  I'll ride mine, you ride yours, we'll both be happy. 
formerly dkri
Pin0Q0

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04/25/2014 01:11 PM
dkri that's a good deal and I agree. I mearly responded to what I prefer and people got their knickers in a twist no not bibs but knickers.
79pmooney

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04/25/2014 01:19 PM
dkri and Pin0Q0, likewise, except: I want to know in advance that the guy whose wheel I am on has 170 psi n his rear tire so I put in my earplugs. I've heard them blow (at a safe 50 feet away). It's loud. Like a 22 caliber pistol. (Track tires at the velodrome.)

Ben
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