Per title, I've taken delivery of my new spanky Ultegra wheels and I've had a helluva job getting tyres on. The rims are tubeless compatible (so says the sticker) although I'm trying to run normal clinchers.
I couldn't get Bontrager tyres on, I struggled with Conti Super sports, and I finally got a pair of Conti Grand prix's on after a complete mare and (shame oh shame) a couple of broken tyre levers. The obvious problem will be if I ever get a flat out on the road I'll be calling home for a lift.
There aren’t too many tubulars out there that are cheaper than the Continental Giro. Sure, you can find some, but this is certainly at the budget end of the market and it’s billed as an ‘inexpensive training tubular’. Bear that in mind and don’t go expecting a top level racing performance. But as an off-season run-around, it’s fine.
Panaracer’s Mach SS represent great value if you are looking for moderately paced, mixed terrain fun on a crosser, hybrid or beefier tourer and sticking these on an old bike might be a very cost effective way of sampling cross.
Bontrager’s race lite hardcase tyre is a mid-level puncture resistant training and commuter tyre. It’s available in widths from 23mm to 32mm for 700c tyres, 25mm for 650c tyres and 1 1/8inch and 1 ¼inch in 27inch tyres. Bontrager say they offer the best in puncture protection, offering triple puncture protection to guard against the most common causes of flats - punctures, cuts through the casing and pinch flats.
As a new addition to Continental's popular Grand Prix series of tyres, the Grand Prix 24mm is all about about, you guessed it, being 24mm wide, a miniscule increase over the girth of the common 700x23mm tyre but supposedly offering an increase in comfort and speed.