Holy grail – fast durable 700c commuter tyre?

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  • Holy grail – fast durable 700c commuter tyre?
  • cynic-al
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    AS above. Have not been impressed with longevity of conti’s would like something 28c but light-ish and not going to get ripped by town commute. TIA

    Premier Icon ton
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    I run Spesh Armadillos. Not hugely fast, but very durable.

    I know you said no contis but have you tried ultra gator skins? A great little tyre.

    Premier Icon ton
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    cynic-al, nice when people dont swear at you in’t it…. ❓

    tang
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    i like conti sport contact, not been running long. last set was panaracer crosstown 28c. very tough, quickish. armadillos are a good shout for toughness.

    Premier Icon akira
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    Running Spesh All Condition Armadillos in 23c, lasted a lot of miles through London town and picked big old hunks of glass out of them with no actual punctures, not the worlds fastest tyre but barrel em up nice and hard and they’re fine.

    mudshark
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    Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase is a good option especially at this price:

    http://www.allterraincycles.co.uk/product/9625.html

    twohats
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    Teetosugars – Member

    Al,

    These are bob on Bru..

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/productdetail.asp?productcatalogue=MICHTYRF410

    They’re not that good, cut up too easily especially if used for commuting.

    I’d recommend Contis, but that’s not you want to hear…

    andym
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    Fast, durable. Choose one.

    cynic-al
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    I know you said no contis but have you tried ultra gator skins? A great little tyre.

    Tried one – about right weight etc but it perished within months and delaminated shortly afterwards.

    ton – easy when you know how to behave! And the tyre – thanks but too heavy.

    Those bonty’s look close…I’d try teh spesh’s but the marketing blurb contains 2 outright lies so I can’t face it!

    Our exclusive siped tread pattern finds traction in even wet conditions, and is combined with our motorcycle-inspired radius design that minimizes contact in straight lines, while maximizing contact surface and traction in corners.

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    Spesh Armadillos here – very good.

    izakimak
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    Conti gator skins, 25c at 110psi. Not light but they do last.

    sssimon
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    panaracer ribmo

    definately the most durable and punture resistant tyre that still has some grip

    Premier Icon cy
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    I’ve got the Bonty Race Lite’s; they’re tough but blinking heavy. I’d go for the Race X-Lite versions next time, as they’ve armoured but weigh about the same as a mid-range normal tyre. Funky sidewall colours too if that floats your boat.

    clubber
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    Another vote for specialized armadillos – I’ve had one on the back (where I tend to get most punctures) for about two years now and haven’t had a single puncture (at least not that I can remember) which is a big improvement on the gatorskins I had before though in general, those are decent tyres. I can’t say that I noticed any difference in speed either.

    mudshark
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    Having been prompted to do some research on this from this thread I’m gonna try and get some Michelin Krylions which I’ll use as winter tyres – hard to find at the moment though.

    MrSmith
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    spend a bit more and get conti 4 seasons. the kryolins are good tyres but i wouldn’t call them a winter tyre.

    IanMunro
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    Conti sport contacts?
    Seem to be faster rolling than armaddilos, not quite as puncture proof, but good for about 2000 miles on the rear, before punctures become an issue.

    Slavie
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    I’d back up the case for Bonty Race-lite Hardcase and am currently running 28s. Plenty fast enough for commuting and I’ve had a few sets and never had a puncture (tempting fate here!) until the tyres have been badly worn and it’s been my own fault for not replacing them. I’m also over 16st, so the fact they prevent pinch flats (120psi) is pretty impressive.

    They may not be the lightest in the world but they’r not bad and you won’t be thinking about the benefit of getting home 30 seconds quicker because of light tyres whne you’re at the roadside changing tubes in the dark and pishing rain!

    pk-ripper
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    as with mr smith – conti 4 seasons on the training bike, GP4000s on the race bike.

    AdamM
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    Slightly puzzled by your experience with Continental Ultra Gatorskins, as I’ve used nothing but those on my commute bike for daily use around London and they’ve always lasted well. Just about to replace my 23c tyres after 3 years as they are now worn out and full of cuts from glass and other debris, but only had 2 punctures in those 3 years.

    cynic-al
    Member

    Thanks all. My commute is 25m through the city – so tyres need to be durable but I can’t hack the heavy dead feeling of the “puncture-proof” tyres I’ve tried after a spin on my “fun” road bike. I’ll maye look at conti’s and bonty’s again.

    Gary_M
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    I use Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase on my commuter, some of which is on glass strwen cycle paths. I have the occasional puncture but nothing major.

    I’m using conti 4 seasons on my road bike at the monet and I’m pretty impressed with them so far. Once the roads improve, as in it rains and all the crap gets flushed away, I’ll stick them on the commuter and go back to pro race 3’s on my road bike. The Bonty’s are a fair bit slower than the contis.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    I quite like Schwalbe Marathons, although they are pretty weighty.

    hels
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    Hi Al

    Go in the Bike Works and say:

    “I want a pair of road tyres absolutely guaranteed not to puncture riding through Penicuik High Street on a monday, and if they do I will be after your job…”

    That worked for me ! (having flatted on broken glass 3 times that monday morning)

    I can’t remember what they sold me but they (as she blithely tempts fate) have been mint so far.

    P.S Why haven’t you entered the TT on the 15th at Inners yet ??

    cynic-al
    Member

    Thanks Hels – they stock contis, or at least used to when I worked there.

    I’ve barely done any riding of late so I’m not really in the mood for a gubbing at your TT!

    hels
    Member

    I am sure you keep yourself fit, and anyway its dead technical so you will be fine ! I think ERC are making it the club XC champs too.

    cynic-al
    Member

    WOOP! Only handz to beat.

    *stqarts training*

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