What/which, Tyres? 700 x 25, road

by Mostyn   August 11, 2014  

Looking to buy a set of tyres that last ! Was thinking of TriComps or maybe Michelin Lithion? Any suggestions or recommendations?


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What do you mean by last? A season, a year, two years?
What are you currently running?
How are you killing them at the moment?
How much are you looking to spend?

I really rate my Vittoria Open Corsa SC they 'last' about a summer, but are such a good tyre performance wise I can deal with that.

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posted by glynr36 [639 posts]
11th August 2014 - 14:20

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I'd avoid the Lithions. It may sound a bit lame but they're a bother to get on and off. Ok in the workshop but not at the roadside.

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posted by Scrufftie [105 posts]
14th August 2014 - 7:26


I have the Lithions fitted to one of my bikes; and found them pretty strait forward to change at the side of the road. Most of my wheels DON'T have deep V-Rims. Maybe that's why you had some bother with them?

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
14th August 2014 - 8:38


I can recommend Lithion II and Schwalbe Durano.

For top puncture protection as well as long life you can't beat Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase.

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posted by Simon E [2416 posts]
14th August 2014 - 8:56


GP 4 Seasons .... Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [924 posts]
14th August 2014 - 9:46

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I exclusively use variations of Tricomps. They wear quite well for a race tyre, give a really nice road feel, grip quite well and can be had for a decent price from Ribble.

I use the standard tricomps in summer and the quattros in winter, although would be tempted to change the winter ones for sensos as they come in a 25mm option.

posted by Chris James [315 posts]
14th August 2014 - 10:00

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I've been running Schwalbe Ones over the summer and been very impressed with grip, feel and puncture resistance.

I've had GP 4 Seasons for wet days / winter and found that they feel pretty good but puncture more than they should; I'm going to try Schwalbe Durano Plus for the winter, after lots of recommendations. I know they'll feel more sluggish but that's ok for the winter.

posted by deblemund [259 posts]
14th August 2014 - 10:03


I have a new unused pair of Schwalbe Durano Plus in my workshop; along with some other bits and pieces I bought for cycling and never got round to using them. Why do we do this? Buying something just in case we may need it; and then never get round to using them.

I have the Conti 4000s fitted to a set of Ksyrium Elite S wheels. I do like them.

Planet x has some offers on tyres at present. may get another set of Lithions?

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
14th August 2014 - 10:05


Schwalbe Marathons last and last, and are pretty trouble free, but are a major pain to get on and off.

posted by DrJDog [269 posts]
14th August 2014 - 10:26


DrJDog wrote:
Schwalbe Marathons last and last, and are pretty trouble free, but are a major pain to get on and off.

I have had a set on my work bike that gets in 200km a week. Been on for over a year now. I ride to work on a mixture of rough country roads replete with gravel and stones and on A roads where you can't always avoid the ruts and holes. I am very impressed with the grip and they roll nicely too. I don't remember them being too difficult to get on. I don't whether they are difficult to take off because I have never had to take them off.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [903 posts]
14th August 2014 - 10:45

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+1 on the Conti 4Seasons. Not had a puncture in 2000+ miles of riding in all sorts of weather. Excellent grip in the wet and very comfortable in 25mm

posted by Kauto [23 posts]
14th August 2014 - 11:36


Conti 4 seasons, at 25mm they are very comfy with a good level of grip.
They do square off after a few hundred miles if your a little over engineered but they are great all rounders and last around 3k miles for rear and probably twice that for the front.
Don't buy gatorskins unless puncture resistance is your main priority , they are like riding on solid tyres and their grip with winter approaching is appalling.

posted by Kinggary [3 posts]
16th August 2014 - 8:10

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VT Senso get a good write up on here! Anyone use them?

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
16th August 2014 - 8:58

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Conti GP4000s, fit and forget.

posted by Chrisc [146 posts]
16th August 2014 - 12:25

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Another one for gp4000's. Done 2000 or so miles since last puncture and they got me through last weekend's very wet ride london without a problem

posted by arfa [651 posts]
16th August 2014 - 12:48

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If you want something bombproof then Specialized Armadillo Elites are great. Apart from a few months ago I swear I last punctured on them in 2012. When I finally did get puncture (after god knows how many miles, 4000-5000?) it was because I hit a pothole at 30 mph whilst in the middle of a chaingang (so much for the shout!).

In fact the pair of Elites before that wore all the way down to the casing before I had to change them but they pair never punctured.

True, they're a bit beefy, wouldn't race on them, but they're fast enough for training, spelling about on a fast club ride, etc.

posted by HalfWheeler [314 posts]
16th August 2014 - 15:39


I've not had any trouble with gatorskins in the last 1 1/2 years commuting on them never slipped at all.I'm riding the normal ones is it the hardshell ones that people say are slippy?

posted by Ratfink [55 posts]
16th August 2014 - 16:45


My Schwalbe Ultremos' have been faultless. Saw endless punctures in Ride London last week and was expecting one any time but no problems.

posted by peterben [63 posts]
17th August 2014 - 9:59