Tyre upgrade

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Lancj1, 15 Jul 2012.

  1. Lancj1

    Lancj1 Active Member

    Appreciate I am probably going to get as many answers as replies, however I regularly read that upgrading tyres makes a big difference.

    What are your views on the best tyres to put on a road bike that is used for getting fit and going on bike rides on roads - not racing or touring, just getting out for a few hours.

    Ta in advance
  2. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    something that doesnt puncture or get cut up too easily. You can go uber-lightweight, but I tried this and the rear lasted 2 weeks (Ultremo).

    I personally like conti gatorskin's in a 25. They roll nicely, absorb some of the rubbish roads, arent too heavy and seem to be pretty bullet proof!
  3. Berties

    Berties Fast and careful!

    Conti gatorskins +1 good all year tyre
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Try Michelin Lithion2's - roll very well and I commute on them all year. Not expensive at less than £15 each. You want the best then the likes of Michelin Pro Race 3 or 4, Schwalbe Ultremo or Conti GP4000 are pricier, and less hard wearing.
  5. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Land of confusion
    Another vote for gator skins , i had some ultremos and i did not even dare use them as they might be fast but they are dang thin and cut up quick.
  6. They are a bit hard to get but I really like my Mitch Krylion Carbons and they perform just as well IMO in grip/ rolling terms to GP4000s but perform much better in terms of wear and p'tures.
  7. Deanno1dad

    Deanno1dad Well-Known Member

    I prefer Schwalbe marathon plus..never had a flatty..not everyones cup of tea though.
  8. TonyEnjoyD

    TonyEnjoyD Veteran

    My Father-in-law, just back from cycling 5-weeks and over 2000 miles cross China.
    He only had one puncture with his Schwalbe Marathon tyres and as he was leaving to fly back he ended up flogging his tyres, tubes and wheels to separate riders who were continuing on through Japan (he did Japan last year) as they had had so many punctures/ problems with heir lightweight wheels and slick tyres on the roads there and in the 40 degree heat.

    So, Schwalbe Marathons seem to be good all-rounders!
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