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dave0w



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Rubber Reply with quote

What do we recommend for general road use as spring is dawning soon and the wet weather is coming.

right now i have - continental ultra race 700 x 23c

i was told to use a 700 x 25c to get a little more road contact but was not told what was good, or do i just stay as i am

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For general riding I highly recommend Conti GP 4seasons 700 x 25. Far more reliable than the possibly more popular and lighter GP4000S.

Your Ultra Race are fine but the new standard size is 25mm wide rather than 23.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continental Grand Sport Race can be had a bit cheaper than the 4 seasons and are a great tyre too. Came standard on my Hoy and they have been quality, only puncturing towards the very least end of their life. Maybe not quite as good as 4 seasons but I found some on ebay for just under £15 a tyre which is a bit of a steal IMO.

Michelin Lithion are decent bang for your buck too if you weren't planning on spending mega bucks on your tyres.
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dave0w



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks lads.

i was always told smaller the better so when i got my bike a month ago lol.... i dropped the 23 Ultra Race on as a put me on because they was on sale for a £10er each. i have now been told that my total understand is wrong and that now bigger the better with some ppl running 28's..

what would you two say is a betters 25mm - 4seasons or Grand Sport Race. when i say i am a general use rider i mean 40 mile a week max.
right now i use my road bike a basic way to get the miles down i was no longer getting on my mounting bike.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much do you want to spend?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would be happy drop £30ish per wheel for a good rubber, but that would be about my max. never spend more on my mounting bike and i did a lot of miles on them.

i only got the budget continental because they was better the stock crap

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Schwalbe Lugano (Kevlar '23') on my work/trainer/general purpose bike

I previously used Vittoria Rubino, & they were good too, but the Lugano have the edge on puncture-proofing/wear-rate



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Jase



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really rate Rubino. The grip in wet isn't too great and even in the dry I find the rear loses grip when climbing.

Strangely some cheaper Zaffiro pros I have in 28c on my winter bike are better!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i see a lot of the Lugano when i am out and about. that very well priced too so cheap i could get a set just to try and bin iff i dont like
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jase wrote:
I don't really rate Rubino. The grip in wet isn't too great and even in the dry I find the rear loses grip when climbing.



Could be the roads near you Wink

I had a pair on one of my old bikes ('hand me downs'), & that has scraped cranks, from pedalling through corners, & grounding it!! (even though that is the 'odd bike out' with 170mm - the other 5 bikes have 172.5)

Just try leaning the bike, on your path/drive, it's a fair old angle!! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard A Thackeray wrote:


Could be the roads near you Wink

I had a pair on one of my old bikes ('hand me downs'), & that has scraped cranks, from pedalling through corners, & grounding it!! (even though that is the 'odd bike out' with 170mm - the other 5 bikes have 172.5)

Just try leaning the bike, on your path/drive, it's a fair old angle!! Laughing



Could be. Or too much power Laughing probably not the latter!

It might be that I have a stampy pedalling style to be fair.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well at the price i have to give the Schwalbe Lugano's a go. like i said i have seen them on a few bikes when out and about in local area.

i found them at £18 for 2 on ebay but then noticed they was not Kevlar so i have paid £27.50 for 2 x 700 x 25. when i was out today i did notice the roads are bumpy as hell so hoping the bigger tyres will help what that

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lugano's came stock on my super six and I didnt rate them at all. The seemed to cut up quite easily, had numerous punctures and they wore out quite fast.

Since then I've been running Michelin Pro4 endurance which are in a different league and recently the Michelin Pro4 SC but they dont have the puncture bead the endurance model do.

Merlin normally have a deal on them
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