|19th May 2008||#1|
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Tyres (anti-puncture spec)
Tyres sized 700x23C (to max 700x24C)
Designed as puncture-resistant:
Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase 330gr (wears easily)
Continental Supersport Plus 320gr [folding], 400gr [rigid] (direct compeitor to Durano Plus - same technology)
Continental Ultra Gator Skins 280gr (fragile sidewalls)
Duro Fixie Pop ??gr (700x24) [9 colours, plus undertread insert]
Halo Courier Berlin 415gr (700x24) [the most puncture proof tyre(?)*, though see Tyre Reviews for overall opinion]
Hutchinson Intensive 230gr (normal tubed version)
Hutchinson (new) Intensive 320gr (THIS IS A TUBELESS TYRE - with sealant it should be special)
Maxxis Re-Fuse 245gr [real weight = 321gr] (possibly the best [lighter tyre] under forumenger tests)
Panaracer Pasela TG 290gr ()
Panaracer RibMo Steel 310gr ()
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=53938 £26.99 (wired), £31.99 (folding)
Panaracer Stradius Sport TG 310gr ()
Panaracer Extreme Duro PT 260gr (practically a slick)
Schwalbe Durano Plus 340gr () [expensive but a good road tyre]
Specialized All Condition Armadillo 405gr ()
Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite 280gr ()
http://www.webstersbikes.co.uk/produ...d=m2b1s121p833 £44.99 per pair
Specialized Roubaix Armadillo Elite 295gr ()
Vredestein Ricorso PRS 370gr
http://www.allterraincycles.co.uk/product/115919.html £9.98 (colours)
* For it's weight; the Schwalbe Marathon Plus (not available in 700x23c) is claimed to actually be the best at this, but at nearing double the weight.
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Deda Grinta 240gr ()
Dia-Compe Gran Compe SS 198gr(claimed)/243gr(actual) (Blk, Grn, Brwn, Pnk, Wht, Purpl & Orng)
Kenda Koncept 255gr (blk, yllo, red, blu) (deemed as extemely poor)
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-tyre-ec026014 £12.99 (wired)
http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/bi...php?xProd=7815 £29.99 (folding)
Panaracer Stradius Sport 250gr (blk, yllo, red, blu)
Schwalbe Blizzard 250gr (blk, yllo, red, blu)
Schwalbe Lugano 325gr (blk, yllo, red, blu)
Vittoria Rubino 310gr (blk, yllo, blu, red, white)
Vredestein Fiammante DuoComp 300gr (blk, yllo, blu, red, white)
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Lighter, fast training, or race tyres: (less than 240gr)
Continental Ultra Gator Skins Folding 220gr ()
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=18800 £19.99 (wired), £25.99 (folding)
Continental GP 4000 205gr (blk, gold, red, blu, Conti yllo, brnz, met blu, lemon)
Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons 220gr ()
Continental Ultra Race Folding 220gr ()
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=18807 £17.99 (wired), £19.99 (folding)
Hutchinson Atom (tubed version) 195gr ()
Hutchinson Atom (tubeless version) 270gr* (included because weight is extremely low, compared to tubed tyres)
Hutchinson Fusion 2 220gr ()
Hutchinson Top Speed 210gr ()
Kenda Konstrictor 210gr (tough to fit and remove = very stable cornering shape)
Kenda c2c 200gr ()
Michelin Ironman 220gr ()
Michelin Krylion Carbon 235gr (cuts up easily)
Michelin Pro 3 200gr (yllo x2, red, blu x2, grey, orng, ivory, blk)
Schwalbe Durano 235gr ()
Schwalbe Durano S 225gr ()
Schwalbe Stelvio 235gr ()
http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/detail.asp...lt_Black_Black £16.30 (black)
http://www.totalcycling.com/index.ph...urrency&id=GBP £19.49 (colours)
Schwalbe Ultremo DD Evolution 195gr ()
Schwalbe Ultremo R.1 180gr ()
Schwalbe Ultremo Aqua 195gr ()
Schwalbe Ultremo ZX 195gr ()
Specialized All Condition Pro "QuickStep" 210gr *verify* (blk, red+white)
http://www.mailordercycles.com/produ...d=m2b1s121p808 £35 per pair
Vittoria Open Corsa Evo-CX 230gr ()
Vittoria Open Corsa Evo-KS 230gr ()
Vittoria Rubino Pro III 225gr (lots of colours)
Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp 240gr ()
Vredestein Fortezza Quattro Tricomp 230gr ()
SpinSkins (14 gram road model) (negative reviews; only recommended for races)
Panaracer Flataway (Must be glued in - use only once)
Mr.Tuffy Tyre Liner (high rolling weight gain + risk of pinch flats - tested by GA2G)
Recommendations: Designed as puncture resistant
Lightest - Hutchinson Intensive,
Strongest - Halo Courier Berlin, Maxxis ReFuse, Schwalbe Durano Plus, Specialized Roubaix Armadillo Elite,
Fastest - Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase,
Best Value - Vredestein Ricorso PRS,
Recommendations: Designed as slightly puncture resistant
Lightest - Dia-Compe Gran Compe SS,
Strongest - Schwalbe Blizzard, Deda Grinta,
Fastest - Hutchinson Top Speed,
Best Value - Deda Grinta, Schwalbe Lugano, Schwalbe Blizzard, Vittoria Rubino,
Recommendations: Designed as lighter, fast training, or race tyres
Lightest - Schwalbe Ultremo,
Strongest - Continental Gator Skins Folding, Vredestein Fortezza Quattro Tricomp,
Fastest - Michelin Pro 3,
Best Value - Schwalbe Stelvio, (being phased out)
Excellent Tip: (from mikec)
"take all the bits....out of (sic) the tyres every couple of weeks and superglue up all the holes.
Also keep max psi at all times.
Excellent Tip: (from zippie)
Use SuperGlue "Gel"
High Pressure RIM TAPES (list)
PHOTOS OF SELECTED TYRES BELOW:
Last edited by GA2G; 4th December 2011 at 09:28. Reason: Updated a few weights
|19th May 2008||#4|
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Ultimate / Most Puncture-Proof Tyres / Tires
It appears that I should have expanded the Anti-Puncture Tyres lists to include other tyres, that didn't necessarily come in the standard, for road bikes, 700x23c size.
Here are the best that I can find. Data taken from this forum's recommendations, and tests/reviews elsewhere, plus one's own research.
Many of the tyres are of standard construction, but a few are either tubeless/solid, or are manufactured from a relatively new technology.
Continental Top Contact, 700x28/32/37/42/47, blk, £41.35 [excellent reputation]
Dutch Perfect Road Tread, 700x23, blk, £25.19
Dutch Perfect Road Rider Tread, 700x28, blk, £25.19
Dutch Perfect Hybrid Arrow Tread, 700x35, blk, £25.19
Green Tyre Racer 700x20, 320g, 100psi, blk, gry, blu, grn, ylw, £19.99 [a bit slower, more vibration, but very puncture proof]
Halo Courier Berlin 700x24/29 £22.99 [my choice]
Panaracer RibMo Steel, 700x23/25/28/32/35, blk, £24.99 [slower rolling, rarely punctures]
Ricktig nuteck 700x20 TT, blk, DKK268 ()
Ricktig nuteck 700x28 Touring, blk, DKK220
Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 700x25/28/32/35/38, blk, £19.99 [excellent generally, but not so much in the wet]
Schwalbe Durano Plus 340gr £29.99 [not as puncture proof as Marathon Plus or the Courier Berlin, but a great road tyre]
Schwalbe Durano Skid 700x25 Blk £TBA [competitior to Randonneur] ******for 2011******
Vittoria Randonneur 700x28/32/35, BLK, £13.05 [fantastic tyres, though heavyish and harder to fit]; 700x28, WHITE, £14.99
Vittoria Randonneur Pro 700x32/35, blk, £21.59 [highly recommended, and favoured]
Last edited by GA2G; 27th December 2011 at 10:18.
|19th May 2008||#6|
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I been running a continental gatorskin, and I must say its superb.
The tyres are extreely well made, seem to be multi layer, and have no manufacturing flaws.
The side walls are thin, but I would say they are extremely stong. You can see a woven cross hatch fibre mesh in them, whih binds the whole thing together rock solid. They feel like they could take A LOT OF pressure. And resist potential punctures.
THe walls are suprisingly shiny and seem to be made of something completley different to other more rubbery tyres, like the cheap continentals.
THe best thing about the tyres is, immense grip!
Its alost impossible to skid in the dry, and when you do it on a shiny wet surface, its lovely and controllable.
Sorry to be a huge advert, I just really like the tyre.
|19th May 2008||#14|
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I've never had a puncture on a 700c clincher tyre. Fact.
And I've run all kinds of junk.. serious no-name 20 year old junk.
Both times my ex-girlfriend rode my bike, she punctured.
Both times I've run tubs, I've punctured within a week (they were old and super light).
In 4 years riding fixed, I've never had a puncture.
It kinda scares me.
|19th May 2008||#16|
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|10th June 2008||#29|
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I've come across an interesting anti-puncture strip called Spin Skins. So I've included that as well as Panaracer's Flataway strip and Mr.Tuffy's Tire Liner.
The SpinSkins look ideal for making light fast tyres very puncture resistant.
Last edited by GA2G; 10th June 2008 at 13:23. Reason: Added detail
|10th June 2008||#30|
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Something missing from the tire list: Hutchison_Fusion 2 (top of the Hutchison range for race performance and punture protection from Decathlon) currently 2 for 1 £33.00
I've used them for about two months and I'm very impressed thus far. Whilst I don't have the weights to hand, they are lighter than the gator skins and the Hard cases (which disintegrate once they begin to wear).
There is another cheaper Hutchison alternative to the fusion2 in decathlon which are billed as being extremly punchture proof.
Hope this helps
|10th June 2008||#32|
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i pulled a fucking huge thorn out of my armadillo the other day. I only noticed it because something had become lodged onto the thorn and was hitting the seat tube every rotation of my rear wheel. I thought i'd snapped a spoke or something.
The thorn was like 8mm long, and it was RED - as if my tyre was bleeding!
I've never* punctured an armadillo, and i treat them like shit - I skid them hard, swear at them, offer them sweets then whip them away at the last minute.
*I have punctured them once, but i pulled a neolithic flint arrowhead from the tyre, then rode it till there was a half-inch of red puncture layer all the way round.
Swear by 'em! (As well as at them)
|10th June 2008||#34|
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well to offer a bit of balance to the armadillo jerkfest that's goin' on mine did basically explode on putney bridge yesterday afternoon. The casing seemed to be torn to shreds at one point and I think it was causing the inner tube to clip against something.
Then again it wasn't new by any means and it saw me to Cambridge . Plus I was given it by none other than Hillbilly, the tyre tryer himself.
|10th June 2008||#36|
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PJS - have you seen hillbilly skid? he goes through every single layer of a tyre in one go! :)
I've kept the armadillo, i think i might put it back on. I can only see the threads in a couple of places.
The basic rule is - if it starts to bulge, take it off! (saying that, my rubino pro on the front of my beater is bulging in several places...)
|10th June 2008||#37|
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I just wanted to contribute asm. It's been days since I've locked horns with anyone around teatime.
TTBOMK Hillbilly hadn't ridden mine but we both agreed it was a used tyre. Any tyre Hillbilly had admitted to putting on his rear wheel would be a tyre I would pass on. Them kind of tyres is for Hillbilly only in my book.
How's the NE btw?
|11th June 2008||#40|
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Very useful thread GA2G, thx. For wot its worth:-
I replaced my old patchy 'red' armadillos' a month or so ago (5000ish miles on em) with the new version and got a flat front within a week.....vicious piece of flint put a big hole right through it. So popped on an old Gatorskin which I never much liked, but its been OK for a few weeks now.
I don't think the new armies are the full ticket though.
Also, on my road bike (touring really) I've been using Roubaix armadillos (they're 23c/25 so very comfy for long rides). They did a solid job on my LeJog in 2006 when they were new, but have just started to puncture......they've not done more than 2000 miles. So I'm gonna get some Roubaix Armadillo Elites and see if they're up to 1000mile puncture free touring. £24.99 each they wanna be!
|11th June 2008||#41|
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I'm just about to replace my Continental Grand Prix 4000 tyres. They've been in use for over a year and have about 4,500 miles on them.
I'm only replacing them out of caution as they've not punctured once and the outer does show a number of marks but nothing substantial. I'm a firm believer of replacing before something it fails.
I'm replacing them with the newer Continental Grand Prix 4000s. Hopefully they'll prove as good as the ones I'm taking off.
|11th June 2008||#42|
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No prob Kipsy.
By the way, it seems that quite a few people have noticed that the "new" armadillos aren't as strong as the old recipe. I use the red-sided armies, and might change to something else instead, when mine have worn through. I think I'll try either of 3: Gator Skins, Re-Fuse, or the Hard Cases.
But, given that VB has used Conti 4000s for a year without a stoppage, then I'd also consider those, but with SpinSkins inside for extra insurance. Should be a total of 219g each tyre+strip. Way lower than my 405g armies.
Last edited by GA2G; 11th June 2008 at 11:23. Reason: Added detail
|12th June 2008||#46|
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Endorsement of almost every tyre that's ever been manufactured, based on anecdotal evidence from thousands of cyclists.
Warning to steer clear of almost every tyre that's ever been manufactured, based on anecdotal evidence from thousands of cyclists.
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