Tire upgrade question

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  1. pjhiggins

    pjhiggins New Member

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    I have recently just about burned through the tires that came with my Trek 1500 (Bontrager Selects, I believe), and am looking to upgrade slightly. I ride 75-100mpw once the weather breaks with an occasional race thrown in. I would like to keep the price point within reason (below $30 per).

    Any suggestions? Thanks for the feedback.
     
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  2. Insight Driver

    Insight Driver New Member

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    No.. just get rubber ones.
     
  3. kleng

    kleng New Member

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    Hi


    You should have a look at the Continental Grand Prix 4000,
    I've used then for a while, the extra vectran strip allows me to get away
    with lightweight tubes (55g), touch wood, no cuts or punctures and only some wear for 1800kms. Purely subjective but I feel they have a lower rolling resistance and more supple ride compared to the GP 3000's. Not sure about the US price but have seen them on ebay for

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/2006-Continental-Grand-Prix-4000-700x23c-SILVER-NEW_W0QQitemZ7226866347QQcategoryZ42334QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Regards
    Ken
     
  4. hd reynolds

    hd reynolds New Member

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    Schwalbe Blizzards or Kenda Concepts... both reasonably priced folding tires.
     
  5. Deanster04

    Deanster04 New Member

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    Haven't tried them yet (I ride GP3K) but, I have seen outrageous reviews for both industructability and wearability. Sounds like they are worth the price. They are way above the $30 pricetag. Some bike shops are selling the GP3K for $34 which is an excellent price. Performance Bikes is selling a Kevelar belted road tire, one of their best within your budget. I have a friend who swears by them. Good luck
     
  6. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    Both my bikes are on Conti GP 4000s. :cool:

    I am building up a pair of deep-V training wheels with the new Conti Ultra Gator Skin on the back and the old on the front. (My 650c race wheels are a low spoke count.)
     
  7. hd reynolds

    hd reynolds New Member

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    He is asking for tire recommendations in the $30 range.
     
  8. capwater

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    Performance Bike has Hutchinson Carbon Comps on sale, half price, at $22/tire.
     
  9. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    OK, I missed that. I will report on the new Conti Ultra Gator Skin when I have it fitted, later in the week. It should meet the price range.
     
  10. TWOPBikeGuy

    TWOPBikeGuy New Member

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    Out of the tires I sell I have found the following:

    Mich's have great traction, but wear out quickly.
    Verdstein last long but have harsh ride quality at 145-175 psi. (GREAT for wet conditions) I got almost 2000 miles out of a set of theese!
    Conti's seem to last the longest. Great ride quality, use the GP-4000 myself.

    A note on the GP-4000:
    Has anyone had dry-rotting issues with the sidewalls? My front tire has started to wear at the sidewall at less than 400 miles of use.
     
  11. kleng

    kleng New Member

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    [Has anyone had dry-rotting issues with the sidewalls? My front tire has started to wear at the sidewall at less than 400 miles of use.[/QUOTE]
    I've used my GP4000's for over 1500km with no problems with the side wall, riding in all conditions including heavy rain, however I always wipe down and clean the tires after a dirty ride, also remove tires and drain the rims and tubes as there is always significant water build up. No dry rotting issues but maybe because I always use the finishline detailer to clean and protect the sidewalls.
     
  12. dhk

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    Used Michelin slicks for years, but GP 3000s are the best I've found so far. You can get them on closeout now...believe Nashbar has them around $30. When they're gone, I'll move to the 4000s.

    IMO, tires are not the place to save money. Regardless of what your bike cost, a good tire will make a big difference in ride and handling, and last a long time. Running 100-105 psi, I've never had a puncture or cut through with the Conti's, and get 3000 miles on the rears. (The fronts don't wear much, but get replaced every 6000).
     
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