Help with tyre choice

by stumps   July 12, 2013  

I've searched through the forum and due to my limited knowledge of tyres i cant find what i'm looking for.

Basically i do about 100 miles per week and i'm in need of new tyres for my road bike. I want to spend no more than £40.oo per tyre but want something that rolls along rather than sticky, if you know what i mean.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Schwalbe Durano, Michelin Pro 4 Endurance, Vittoria Rubino Pro III, Conti Gatorskins (though I think that if you have the cash the Conti GP 4Seasons are significantly better than their stablemate)... and probably man more besides. These are all a notch down from the sticky, short-lived 'race' tyres in grip and a little heavier but offer significantly more mileage and better resistance to punctures.

A surprisingly good bargain basement tyre is the Blizzard Sport tyre. I'm running a pair now, I paid less than £10 each. They feel like they have a thinner protection belt than the above but are relatively light, run nicely and are cheap.

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posted by Simon E [1780 posts]
12th July 2013 - 18:39

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Thanks Simon, I will have a read about each one and see what i like the look of.

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posted by stumps [2439 posts]
12th July 2013 - 18:47

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Conti GP4000s seem to do the job for me. prefer them to the gatorskins I had on before as they seem to roll better although I think the gatorskins are meant to have a thicker kevlar band in them.

Pash

posted by pashda [12 posts]
12th July 2013 - 20:03

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Schwalbe Ultremo ZXs on my KTM, great tyres, can take up to 10bar! So they roll along very nicely!

If you're in a city, or want more p*nct*r* resistant tyres, try the Schwalbe Durano, have heard good things about them.

posted by Hector Ch [52 posts]
12th July 2013 - 20:37

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Michelin Pro 4. Either the Endurance for, as Simon E points out, something longer lasting or the Service Course for something faster and stickier. Both ride beautifully, grip well and my pair of Endurance are really living up to their name.

Can be had for about £45 a pair from most places at the moment, too.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [142 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:16

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Best clinchers in the world = Continental GP4000s

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1725 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:19

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Conti GP4000s for the open road and Conti 4Seasons for the wet and city streets. Works for me anyway.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [304 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:27

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I've had the GP4000 for over a year and have ridden the RAB LEJOG. Looking at them I think I could do with a new pair soonish as they've picked up quite a few nicks. I've punctured about four times with them. Pretty solid in the wet though.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [977 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:45

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My brother swears by Conti GP4000s and I use Vittoria Pave's all year round. They arnt sticky but grip well, wear well, take loads of different pressures and thus adapt to varying conditions

posted by dunnoh [143 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:52

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I've had a look and you can get the Conti GP4000s from Evans for £30 each which appears to be a good deal. Lokks like i might go for them.

Use Vittoria Zaffiro's at the mo, they are only about a tenner each but have lasted really well despite being a budget tyre. Time to get something better though.

Thanks for all the advice. Big Grin

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posted by stumps [2439 posts]
12th July 2013 - 22:59

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Not tried these yet, but £4 for a big name tyre - can they be any good? I've just ordered a pair:

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/45836/Giant-P-R3-Front-Road-Bike-Tyre---70...

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posted by PJ McNally [560 posts]
12th July 2013 - 23:15

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Conti 4 Seasons all year round for me - can't stand repairing p******es road-side, and considering how tough they are, they roll very well and relatively light.

Whatever you go for, try pairing with latex inner tubes for better rolling and a little more p******e protection.

posted by daddyELVIS [227 posts]
12th July 2013 - 23:31

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I keep flipping from Contis to Michelins to Vittorias (GP400S, Kryilion Carbon or whatever they're called these days, and Corsa Evo CX respectively). Can't go wrong with any of them if you ask me.

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posted by Martin Thomas [562 posts]
12th July 2013 - 23:54

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Classic which tire thread!

Fastest: Vittoria Open Corsa CX (wears quickly)
Fast and puncture resistant: Conti 4000s
Medium fast and puncture resistant: Vittoria Rubino Pro, Conti 4 seasons
Slower and puncture resistant: Conti Gatorskin

posted by SammyG [290 posts]
13th July 2013 - 0:09

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Here is a link to another thread with all the usual people to tell you there can be only one GP4000S:

http://road.cc/content/forum/76738-new-tyre-time-please-help

David Bowie agrees with me

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posted by bikeboy76 [1052 posts]
13th July 2013 - 0:55

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schwalbe's durano family, gp4000 or gatorskins, depends on your pereference. Puncture protection vs speed etc. I like the durano s, with extensive use they last about 6 months living a relatively puncture free life.

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posted by pants [53 posts]
13th July 2013 - 11:43

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The Pro 4 Service Corse are really quite brilliant - rode over 3000 miles on them without a single puncture and only swapped them out because of the flattenning - had no concerns whatsoever about nicks and even squared off they handled ok and still felt fast
currently on Vredestein tricomp - and I love the fact that you can run 175 psi in them, bullet proof and very fast but "chatter" is considerable....

When I replace I'm thinking that it's hard to look past the Pro4's (brain) whereas heart will probably overrule and it'll be Vredestein again..

posted by Throbbobank [9 posts]
13th July 2013 - 21:29

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Something that rolls well, light, grippy and fast? Vittoria open corsa cx plus latex inner tubes..

Plus they are so supple that getting them on and of the rim is a cinch.

Otherwise for lower budgets I'd say Michelin pro race - very fast, though wears quickly. Crap in the wet though.

posted by 700c [485 posts]
13th July 2013 - 22:05

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bikeboy76 wrote:
Here is a link to another thread with all the usual people to tell you there can be only one GP4000S:

http://road.cc/content/forum/76738-new-tyre-time-please-help

Yes, i see what you mean after reading the replies.

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posted by stumps [2439 posts]
13th July 2013 - 23:35

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stumps wrote:
bikeboy76 wrote:
Here is a link to another thread with all the usual people to tell you there can be only one GP4000S:

http://road.cc/content/forum/76738-new-tyre-time-please-help

Yes, i see what you mean after reading the replies.

Yet despite all that the OP in that thread went with Michelin in the end! Wink

posted by 700c [485 posts]
13th July 2013 - 23:58

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My michelin pro4 are great but only managed 1200 miles out of the rear and now the threads are showing through the (whats left of) rubber. Think I'll go with the hordes and try the conti's. Never punctured though!

posted by lookmanohands [78 posts]
14th July 2013 - 9:55

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Sounds a similar wear rate to pro 3's I used to use, but then I only paid £16 each for them.

Ultimately Contis may be a better all round choice, if the wear rate is indeed better,.and if this is an important factor -but then again, they'll cost you more so I'm not convinced they're that much better value

For a bit more still, you could get 320 tpi Vittoria, which, trust me, you would love..

You pays your money etc..

posted by 700c [485 posts]
15th July 2013 - 15:24

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The vittorias are great with a latex tube and in my opinion the only faster tyre is a veloflex. But if you do a reasonable number of miles the rear will wear super fast on both these tyres. I keep them for sunday best. Obviously 100 miles a week is not a lot but you are still looking at maybe a couple of months.

The pro4 endurance have been good for me this year, both in terms of longevity and puncture resistance. I think they have the edge on the contis. But most of the tyres mentioned on here are good, it just depends on your priorities

posted by ilovemytinbred [155 posts]
15th July 2013 - 21:26

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Try the Conti Grand Prix GT's these have the bomb proof carcass and wide puncture strip from the Gatorskin hard-shells (3ply side walls and shoulder to shoulder puncture strip) but they are clad with the super fast and incredibly grippy black chilli compound. They are good enough for Sky to ride on... Smile

mark turner

posted by turnmeister [9 posts]
15th July 2013 - 22:03

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Conti GP4000s (folders) for me. Fast rolling, long wearing, tough. Being using these all year round for several years and am very satisfied with them.

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posted by cavasta [189 posts]
17th July 2013 - 9:17

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For info this is rolling data for a number of tyres/tubs.

http://www.biketechreview.com/tires_old/images/AFM_tire_testing_rev9.pdf

posted by ilovemytinbred [155 posts]
17th July 2013 - 9:59

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Continental GP 4 seasons (25c). 70% of the club on any given day is using them, all through the year.

I've had 1 puncture in 2000+ miles since autumn last year; over pot holes, gravel, horrible country lanes, city streets, fast roads.

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posted by oddbydefault [86 posts]
17th July 2013 - 13:45

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