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New tyre recommendations

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by longers, 10 Jul 2007.

  1. longers

    longers Veteran

    I'm fed up with the amount of p*nct*r*s I'm getting and would like some 700x28 recommendations for year round do all tyres that are resistant to sharp stuff.

    Compared to what I used to read about other peoples rates of occurences I think I'm getting their share.
    :blush:
     
  2. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Most mentioned seem to be Gatorskins, Armadillos and Bot Hatdcases.

    I have the Gatorskins and no punctures in 3 weeks , hardly conclusive but thats a few hundred miles and I would normally have had one or two.

    and they look pretty cool! :blush:
     
  3. yello

    yello Guru

    Tyres seem almost to be a personal choice based on experience. Some will swear by gatorskins, some swear at them.

    No tyre is puncture proof but I like continentals. I use City contacts on my commuter/hack/all purpose bike, ultra gatorskins on my audax bike and 4 seasons on my racery thingy bike.
     
  4. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Depends how fast you need to go I reckon. I used conti gatorskins to commute most of last year and was getting at least one puncture every week. I changed to Schwalbe Marathon plus in November and haven't had any punctures at all since then. The downside is that they're a bit slower and less lively than the gatorskins.
    Ideally I'd like to find something with better punc*ure resistance than the gatorskins but a faster ride than the Marathon+, but I don't want to go narrower than 700x28. Perhaps the Bontrager hardcase?
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I had Ultra Gatorskins in 700x28 on all last year and had only one puncture.

    THis year I've got Bontrager hardcases. No punctures at all, but they're 700x32. I don't know how small they go, but the 32s are a bit heavy.
     
  6. dub-no-bass

    dub-no-bass New Member

    Location:
    Londoninnit
    I've got Bontrager Race Lite hardcases on my hybrid at the moment. Going down from 700X32 to 700X28 turned my 11 mile commute from 1 1hr 10min trip to 50 minutes, so they're definitely nippier. Unfortunately my rims won't take anything smaller, so if I want to go even faster I need either new wheels or a new bike.

    Anyway, ~1000 miles later, still no punctures. I like them.
     
  7. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Location:
    Essex innit?
    Gatorskins are great when they are new, but when they start wearing you can get problems IME.

    One tyre i will be trying towards the winter time is the Michelin Krylion carbons which by all accounts are good tyres.
     
  8. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    Location:
    South of The Peaks
    Changed to Garors after bad experiences with Specialized Armadillos wearing and puncturing. So far, so good!
     
  9. derosa

    derosa New Member

    Location:
    Off the back
    I find Gators useless for commuting as they cut really easy on every shard of glass, but good for winter training rides out of town. Schwalbe Marathon+ are totally bombproof commuting tyres (no punctures in 3 years), but the Bonty Hardcases are pretty good too.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    longers

    longers Veteran

    Thanks for the advice. A good price from wiggle and another recommendation from a friend has led me to order Ultra Dura Gatorskin jobbies. Would have liked to try marathon +'s but they wouldn't fit under my mudguards.
     
  11. water

    water New Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    I am tempted to go with Continental Touring 700X28's when my Armadillos[700X25] die.I had the Continental 700X32 on another bike and they were very durable.At the speed I go at no tyre would be faster [or slower :?: ] than another :?:
     
  12. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    I'm sure I read somewhere that Schwalbe and Continental are now using the same anti puncture system?
    Even if they are, it seemed to me that the rubber compound on the contis seemed to absorb tiny flints and glass shards and suck them into the tube if you didn't spend 15 minutes picking them out with something pointy every few days.
     
  13. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I'm using Armadillos (23's I think) on both road bikes, have proven very durable. No p******** since Oct 05, although I think I've also been unusually lucky.
     
  14. yello

    yello Guru

    Blimey. You're right, that is unusually lucky! Do you actually ride? :eek:
     
  15. Baggy

    Baggy Cake connoisseur

    Have also been lucky enough to only have had two punc**res since 2005, thats about 9000 miles on Gatorskins :blush: .
    The new Ultra Gatorskins seem to be picking up cuts more quickly than the old style, but then I've been riding on lots of flinty, wet lanes.