Re: Good cheap tiresOn Mon, 19 Dec 2005 04:45:19 -0800, Art Harris wrote:
> Fritz wrote:
>> I find that they [IRC Road Winners] wear out real fast and the
> rubber will start pulling from the casing quickly. last rear IRC lasted
> me about 1200 miles before the threads were showing.
> That's not my experience at all. I get at least three times that mileage
> on the rear tire without the threads showing. No problems with
> roundness, peeling, or bead failures either.
I suspect a lot of these tires offered by Nashbar, etc., on sale are
seconds or cheapo special editions.
Awhile back I ordered some Vredestein Fortezzas based on good reviews.
The price was good at under $20 for a top quality tire. But when I got
them, they didn't seem top quality at all. The casings were rather thick
and stiff, OK but definitely not top quality. The ride was definitely a
step down from what I had been using, and they didn't feel particularly
fast either. I noticed the sidewall said "Comp" after "Fortezza," which I
had never seen anywhere else, so I assume this was a cheapo special
edition. Sure enough, I came across a forum post later that confirmed the
Fortezza Comp was equivalent to one of Vredestein's cheaper tires, with an
MSRP of approximately the "sale" price I paid.
I'm wary of cheap junk and seconds too. I've seen plenty of tires with
wobbly treads, out of round, etc., that people got "on sale" somewhere.
If they can have these defects, who knows what other, more serious
problems are possible -- sidewall blowouts, etc. I'd rather not take the
risk of a blowout on a mountain descent, or being stranded in the middle
Also, while some may have had great luck in the past with certain products
from certain suppliers, there's no telling what the current batch is like.
Return policies are usually pretty good, but the hassle still isn't worth