Newbie tyre question

by Stefano1970   May 11, 2013  

Beginner road cyclist here and very happy with my triban 3. Didn't want to spend mega bucks until I really get into it!

The only upgrade I am looking at are new tyres as the triban ones are pretty poor.

I have absolutely no idea what to get and would like suggestions, obviously i'm not looking for anything silly, but would like a bit more sporty.

Sorry for the basic question! Blushing

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I'll go first this time and say the obvious, "it depends on the type of cycling you do". I'm going to assume that you do a little bit of most things including commuting, where puncture resistance is hugely important and general road cycling where you are looking for low rolling resistance. I'm personally a fan of comfort for both, so 25mm Gatorskins do it for me.

posted by FMOAB [251 posts]
11th May 2013 - 19:01

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Thanks FMOAB, will check them out.

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posted by Stefano1970 [15 posts]
11th May 2013 - 19:29

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Vittoria open corsa 320tpi

Great summer tyre comfortable and supple. Fast. Enough tread to still be a sensible choice for when it's raining.

Can be had for £27 online..

posted by 700c [663 posts]
11th May 2013 - 22:42

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Continental every time......

posted by Tom Amos [246 posts]
12th May 2013 - 13:22

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+1 for the open corsa, amazing tire

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
12th May 2013 - 15:26

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+1 for continental. Schwalbe are good for touring, not impressed by current Specialized, bontrager seem in short supply.

posted by a.jumper [803 posts]
12th May 2013 - 16:58

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Don't do Continental Ultra Sport.
Hit a crack raised 5mm at most (barely visible) on a turn at 10mph, lost both tires to 2cm+ tears. Fully inflated to recommendation.

I can't speak to the higher models though.

[custom] '12 Cannondale CAAD10 - Rival

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posted by badkneestom [134 posts]
12th May 2013 - 17:11

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I used to use Hutchinson Equinox on my bTwin road bike. Considering they were cheap, I thought they performed really well. Maybe Conti tyres would be overkill on a bTwin Triban. The Hutchinson's were impressively grippy as well.

posted by Tom Amos [246 posts]
12th May 2013 - 18:33

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I have conti super sports, touch wood no punctures since December, and faster than the kenda tyres that came on the bike. Relatively comfortable for 23s

posted by pdows47 [109 posts]
12th May 2013 - 22:08


I have a Triban 3 and have upgraded the tyres to Michelin Lithion 2 I paid £22 for a pair! Cheap roll very well and have very good slash – puncher resistance (so far!!!!). I even went bling and got the red side walls!!

Read this for more info

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [68 posts]
13th May 2013 - 9:16

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done about 500km since trying Michelin Pro4 Service Course and very impressed so far. Not a nick in sight so far. couldn't say the same for Conti GP4000s which were my previous favourites...

posted by SPAM Naval [145 posts]
13th May 2013 - 17:08

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ok, thanks for your replies. As i didn't want to go mad, I have plumped for some Michelin Lithion 2's.
Time will tell! Thinking

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posted by Stefano1970 [15 posts]
13th May 2013 - 20:05

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