- Winter road bike tyres?
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Blazin-saddles – Member
Schwalbe Blizzard 25c. End of….
It will be ‘End of….’ when they wear out (unless you have a stash somewhere) as the Blizzard is discontinued and has been replaced by the Lugano. It was/is an entry-level tyre anyway.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re going Schwalbe then the Durano Plus is the way to go. I’m running 25c on the winter bike and 23c on the summer bike. They’re virtually bomb-proof and very durable, providing me with 1,000s of trouble-free miles.Blazin-saddlesMember
Blazin-saddles – Member
Schwalbe Blizzard 25c. End of….
It will be ‘End of….’ when they wear out (unless you have a stash somewhere) as the Blizzard is discontinued and has been replaced by the Lugano. It was/is an entry-level tyre anyway.
If you’re going Schwalbe then the Durano Plus is the way to go. I’m running 25c on the winter bike and 23c on the summer bike. They’re virtually bomb-proof and very durable, providing me with 1,000s of trouble-free miles.
Lucky I have 10 pairs in stock then! Entry level tyre it maybe, but it grips very well, rolls fast, and doesn’t seem to puncture easily. I’ve been using them for years and many thousands of miles. I’m actually still using my 25c Ultremo ZX’s at the moment though, should get round to putting the summer bike away!Posted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Had 28mm GP4Seasons on the Tripster for a while but replaced them (on cost grounds) with Gatorskins. They’re not as grippy to start with but seem to have got better (or maybe I’ve got used to them?) The GP4Seasons seem to cut a little easier than the Gatorskins but they’re both good, relatively light tyres that offer a lot of protection for a lot of miles. If you can justify the cost (or get a good deal), the 4 Seasons are better, but I’ve no complaints now I’ve stuck 1000 miles or so on the Gatorskins.
I’ve got the Gatorskins in 25mm for spring / autumn, 28mm for winter and some 25mm Pro4 Service Course waiting to go on for the fortnight of summer… 🙂Posted 4 years agorollindoughnutMember
From what I can ascertain by the feel of them I’d say a tyre like the GP 4 season has softer rubber over a harder shell which gives a more grippy feel to the ride. Cheaper tyres seem to have harder rubber throughout. both seem to work ok but the 4 season feels better on the road.Posted 4 years agoIanWMember
What grip issues do folk get?
I’ve never had that, used loads of different (and cheap) tyres.
According to Strava I did 5500 road and 1500 off road last year I don’t record commutes but used the bike every day I was working locally so say 45x4x20k=3600 kilometres.
Well over 10000k
The tyres used were high rollers/ cross mark mixture, the only mtb tyres I use now. Lugano’s which were ok but wore square extra quick and became prone to punctures. Durano Plus which are like have sex with four condoms on but grip and don’t puncture. Gp four season which I did most of the distance on without incident and two pairs of Mavics that came with the two pairs of Aksiums.
The first set of Mavic tyes were sold before fitting to the bike, the second set were (in my mind) the cause of the worst injury I’ve had in 2013.
They were fitted to my commuter as a result of being run into the week before, I was doing the same route I had done c.40 times last year on Duranos or Four seasons. I took a corner at the same speed in the same conditions as I have for years but in a flash the bike was gone from under me no warning no opportunity to save a slide.
The result was sprained shoulder joint (which I can tell you is very painful)with a three to six week recovery. It’s not a scientific test but difficult not conclude that those tyres are shite!Posted 4 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
If you’ve got the cash, 4 Seasons are great, if not, these are very puncture proof, a bit slower, but lots cheaperPosted 4 years ago
I was using Durano 25’s, but have had a rash of punctures since winter kicked in, and something slit the sidewall too. It’s a shame because they ride brilliantly in all conditions. Have had to invest in some heavy ‘puncture proof’ 40mm tyres (it’s a cross bike) for the winter months.Posted 4 years agoOrigin_AlMember
Hi, sorry slight hijack as I can’t recommend a tyre but this seemed the thread to ask this. I’m a bit of a noob to this road cycling and wondering how much difference winter tyres will make. Having recently bought a bike I’ve been out 3 times and have come off once when turning right into a junction, a junction that I’ve taken many times at faster speed on my mtb. Understandably I’m fairly keen to improve this average. I live in NE Scotland where typically its about 5 deg C for most of the winter, do you get specifically low temp tyres? The tyres currently fitted are Schwalbe Lugano 700 x 23c – internet reviews (which of course must be believed) suggest these are not the best in the damp. From the above it seems like most folk rate GP4’s – pricey but I’m willing to take a punt if they stop me falling off. I’m thinking of going for 25c as opposed to 23c, perhaps daft question but will these grip better than 23c? Any thoughts much appreciatedPosted 4 years agoaPMember
No, I know how to ride a bike properly, Gatorskins have terrible grip in the wet, aside from feeling like you’re riding on solid tires.Posted 4 years ago
I use Continental GP4 Seasons for commuting and wet weather riding or Vredestein Fortezza TriComp Quattro for late autumn/ winter/ spring riding.ransosSubscriber
A bit confused by all this talk of sliding, pitching off etc while using Gatorskins. Do you (as in those complaining) try and corner in winter like you would on a warm summers eve or are you just a bit gung-ho?
They slipped on a manhole cover last week at around 5mph…Posted 4 years ago
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