German tyre company Schwalbe has been a proponent of tubeless road tyres since the release of the excellent Ultremo ZX tubeless tyre I tested two years ago. Those tyres have now been replaced by the new One Tubeless, which takes the company's top-end race tyre and offers it with a tubeless bead. And the result is a very fast and supple tyre with all the benefits from ditching the inner tube, fewer flats.
Tyres are getting bigger, and the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 28mm (let's just call it the GP4000S from now on, eh) is a great example of why this is A Good Thing. Assuming you can fit these tyres into your frame, there's plenty of reasons why you should. They're excellent.
Zipp were one of the first to start increasing rim width for aerodynamics so it's no surprise their Tangente SL Speed tubular tyres have followed suit. Low weight and supple casing means these things fly.
Up for grabs is this BRAND NEW Wheelset, they are the Roval Rapide CLX 40 carbon deep section wheels.
They are a perfect wheelset, but I'm only selling them as they came as standard on an Specialized Allez Comp Race, I didn't have any use for them as I've already got a nice wheelset to use..
Ready for use with 11 speed, but have a spaced for 10 speed!
They will come with a set of Specialized Turbo Pro Tyres and a set of Swissstop carbon brake pads for Shimano brakes.
They retail at £1600, so this is a real bargain!
I can post or you can collect as soon as possible!
New to the UK market are Taiwanese rubber company Vee Tire with their range of tyres covering pretty much all disciplines. The Apache is their light weight flagship road model, and a sticky tread compound means they have been decent performers especially in this current inclement weather. Keep your eye out for the Puncture Fairy though.
The Apaches weigh just 180g each which is pretty impressive. You can certainly feel that 50 or so gram difference compared to typical tyres like Conti's Grand Prix 4000s when accelerating or climbing in the hills.
Fatter tyres for road bikes have gained acceptance and are pretty much the norm now, the same thing's happened to mountainbike tyres, and now, finally, cyclo-cross is getting a bit of chubby action with tyres such as this Surly Knard.
As the name suggests, the Vredestein Fortezza Senso All Weather tyres are intended for use in all weathers and are one of five models in the Dutch rubber-maker's competition line-up. Over weeks of testing in conditions varying from dry to wet to icy, I have been impressed by their sure-footedness. They've also withstood the grit and the best - or worst - of the pot holes around the south-east.
They are on the expensive side but can you put a price on decent rubber over the wintery months? My answer is not if you get this level of performance.
These tyres can be run tubeless or clincher. Some slight residue of Stans sealant in the tyre.
Used for about 100 miles last summer but too thin so I changed to the 28c's.
Superb tyres with excellent dry and wet grip.
Although Panaracer tyres are best known in the off-road world, this manufacturer also has an impressive portfolio of road tyres, including the Race series. The Race Type D is a relatively light tyre that still provides good puncture protection and excellent grip, making it ideal for winter training.
Zipp have updated their tyre range, first introduced in 2007, and the Tangentes here are the middle of the three-tyre range. They're pitched as race-day tyres with an impressively low 196g weight for the 25mm size tested. They are very responsive and fast rolling tyres, ideal for racing and Sunday best bikes.