Winter road tyres

by we8ster   October 4, 2012  

Hi all,

I commute to work all year round, and this is my first year where i wont have a mountain bike for the winter months, therefore was looking for some advice.

I am looking for a good pair of winter tyres for my road bike, any suggestions?

Many thanks,


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I use Conti Gatorskins. Touch wood and famous last words, but they have been the best puncture protection I have found and decent wet grip. The only downside is that they don't roll that well - I reckon they are between 5 and 10s a km slower than my summer tyres.

Would be interested to hear other peoples thoughts though.


posted by amawby [73 posts]
4th October 2012 - 9:52


Continental 4 Seasons.
Great in the wet and very robust.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [345 posts]
4th October 2012 - 12:03

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Thats what I have been looking at! What size do you run/recommend?

posted by we8ster [20 posts]
4th October 2012 - 12:42

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I run 25mm Conti 4 Seasons all year round. They might seem expensive at first, but I got 5 years / 3500 miles out of the rear one, and the front is still OK (now on the back and a new one on the front)

posted by keef66 [37 posts]
4th October 2012 - 16:14

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Conti Gatorskins are the way to go. I never get a puncture with them.

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posted by gazpacho [93 posts]
4th October 2012 - 22:37


I run a pair of 25s or a 23 on the front and a 25 on the back. I carry a pannier for my commute hence the 25 to try to protect the rear wheel.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [345 posts]
5th October 2012 - 11:42


Gatorskins here no doubt ..

I brought a set a few years back when commuting heavily ...
I couldnae believe it when I punctured with 3 days but I never had another puncture in over two years ... on pretty rough n ropey routes.. (Inner city Wolverhampton - Not nice)

They're still on my commuter now, that bike is rarely used these days though ..

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [324 posts]
5th October 2012 - 11:59

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ultragators in 25mm format ....
1 puncture in 3 winters and about 3000 miles Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [920 posts]
5th October 2012 - 12:50


My only experience with Gators' was a sidewall puncture after about 70 miles. Bogus.

posted by Shark Sandwich [12 posts]
5th October 2012 - 12:55