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Which tires do you like for Speed + Puncture Resistance?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks to all the smarties on Epic, now I'm suddenly shopping for new tires for my road bike. :)

 

Switching from 23c to 25c. 

 

I'd like to get a good combination of low rolling resistance, good grip, and good durability. Maybe my Gatorskins were overkill. If I'm just avoiding changing a flat once in a while and providing my road bike with a semi-crappy ride, I'd be up for scooting a little closer to the racing/performance end of the tire spectrum and giving up some of the durability.

 

Was thinking about the Michelin Pro4 SC (not the comp), but looking at the test charts on this page... http://www.slowtwitch.com/Products/Things_that_Roll/Tires/Michelin_Pro4_Review_3748.html 

 

It doesn't appear they scored well in the CRR (Coefficient of Rolling Resistance), which is frankly, pretty surprising to me considering how comprehensive Michelin approaches tire technology and performance. Granted, this is one test source, and there are others that show Michelins scoring pretty well.

 

So...back to the original question:

 

Which tires do YOU like for Speed + Puncture Resistance?...


Edited by Super D - 4/7/14 at 8:27pm
post #2 of 12
Since you emphasized YOU, I'll say Conti GP4000S. Not everyone's cup of tea, but they have served me well. So well that I haven't experimented much. Two flats in 5+ years. First flat about 5 years ago because of a sandy tight curve in road that caused me to do a little off-roading with my road bike - hit a rock retaining wall in the woods which split front sidewall. Second flat at the end of last season - rock nuggets in road from a landscaping job (my guess?). Missed all with front, but rear wheel caught one and pinch flatted. GP roll as smooth and effortlessly as Mich Pro 3s I tried - just didn't see a need to change what has worked so well. YMMV.


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post #3 of 12

I am going to follow along here. While I like the puncture resistance of the Gatorskins, their rolling resistance is terrible, especially noticeable when the road surface is as a bad as it gets around my parts.

post #4 of 12

In diminishing order of  me likey:

Vittoria Open Pave

     v

Vittoria Rubino Pro

    v

Hutchinson Fusion 3 Kevlar

   v

Serfas STK-RS*

 

 

(My absolute disgust with, contempt for and willingness to laugh at  Michelin road tires is a matter for another thread)

 

*Edited, I had the wrong Serfas model, the other one is a tank but rides like wood

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by medmarkco View Post

Since you emphasized YOU, I'll say Conti GP4000S. Not everyone's cup of tea, but they have served me well. So well that I haven't experimented much. Two flats in 5+ years. First flat about 5 years ago because of a sandy tight curve in road that caused me to do a little off-roading with my road bike - hit a rock retaining wall in the woods which split front sidewall. Second flat at the end of last season - rock nuggets in road from a landscaping job (my guess?). Missed all with front, but rear wheel caught one and pinch flatted. GP roll as smooth and effortlessly as Mich Pro 3s I tried - just didn't see a need to change what has worked so well. YMMV.


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+1.  for the most part, Conti 4000 in 25mm on road and tri bikes for the past 8 or 10 years, and I have regrets, and flats, whenever I try anything else. Maybe something lighter could shave off a few seconds per mile on straight, flat, perfectly paved road, but in real life, which is far from perfectly paved, handling, durability and comfort win out.

post #6 of 12

+2 on the Conti GP4000S.  23mm but LOVE THEM.

post #7 of 12
Loved the conti 4000s but I had flats 3 weeks in a row after 6-9 months weekend warrior rides. Switched to Specialized Armadillos Elites 8 months ago and haven't had a flat since. That said, I'm not trying to go super fast, just fast for me. Also, I'm a good weather rider, haven't experienced either on wet/slick surfaces.

Good luck and let us know what you find.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post
 

+2 on the Conti GP4000S.  23mm but LOVE THEM.

+3.  Been running them for a couple of years and had 0 issues.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Just ordered a pair of Conti GP 4000S-II.

 

Went to the local shops and all they have are 23's and most don't have the new II version in yet from what I've seen, still moving out 2013 stock.

 

Excited to add another 10mph to my avg on Strava! :D  

 

I keed...I keed.... :)

 

 

But I will need all the help I can get, one of my friends just had a Giant Propel built up for him. That thing looks like a missile!!! :-O

post #10 of 12
Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks are great. Good flat protection and low rolling resistance.

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post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Rode the GP4000S II's yesterday in 25c size, pretty comfy and grippy! :)

post #12 of 12

+4 for GP4000 in 25

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