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jnrice's picture
Joined: Sep 5 2008
Posts: 1243
too many options for tires, help.

I hate tire shopping. It's not that I hate shopping for gear, in fact I find bike shopping to be overall fun. Tires... hate them. There are too many options and we've all had a bad experience with a set of tires that seem to get a flat every time you go out for a ride. That being said, are there any good, comprehensive tire reviews out there? I'm probably looking for two sets (one for training and the other for racing... maybe), but will probably get disgusted with the cost and end up with a pair of racing slicks that I refuse to take off even when I'm not racing. Last season I was on specialzed mondo's and I loved them... until I replaced the rear due to age with no flats (something like 750 miles no flats!) and then the next day blew out the new tire when it was about 10 miles old (I complained about it on a post last fall). Comon' trifuel! There has to be someone else out there with my same hatred for tires and a solution to the problem.

jhudalla's picture
Joined: Jan 23 2008
Posts: 789
I've ridden these bad boys

I've ridden these bad boys for the past 5 years or so with very few problems. 1 set per year.

http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqProduct.jsp?spid=42278&eid=355

jnrice's picture
Joined: Sep 5 2008
Posts: 1243
yeah, I rode those last year

yeah, I rode those last year and loved them. I'm about 90% sure i'll be on them again. good golly they are kind of expensive though. $120 for a set! I'm still a poor recovering college student. Loans are killing me! I even patch tubes when I'm not racing, go figure.

CadenceGuy's picture
Joined: Jan 22 2008
Posts: 753
Before I got drug to my

Before I got drug to my indoor trainer I was using Continental GatorSkins and loved them!! I road on them this whole summer (1000-1200 miles) and they will run you about 100 bucks for a set. I currently use TUFO tubulars on my race wheels and have never had a flat till this year when I had the bike support guy at a race inflate my tires and he bent my valve (of course saying nothing about it) till my flying mount left me with a flat about 200 yards out of T1. Ive never flatted them and have been riding that brand for three years.

TriSooner's picture
Joined: Dec 20 2007
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Michelin Pro Race 3. Perfect

Michelin Pro Race 3. Perfect ebay purchase.

RV
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Joined: Jan 19 2005
Posts: 3419
Michelin Pro Race 3.

Michelin Pro Race 3.

tri-ac's picture
Joined: Dec 7 2005
Posts: 3717
i get a year out of tires

i get a year out of tires (+/-2200 road miles + unknown trainer miles)
i don't expect them to do much more than that

michelin krylions or pro race 2's
continental ultra gatorskins or 4000S's

i haven't tried the michelin PR3's but it seems like folks here like them too

csaf31's picture
Joined: Feb 15 2006
Posts: 164
+1 on the gatorskins. they

+1 on the gatorskins. they last a long time and because of their weight make it a great training tire. i use continental 4400s for my race tires.

NotAsFast's picture
Joined: Oct 17 2005
Posts: 574
Whatever I can get cheap on

Whatever I can get cheap on eBay for training. Usually Conti's or Michelins. For my race wheels, the Zipp Tangente's tubular feel real good.

ChadTM's picture
Joined: Jan 12 2009
Posts: 44
I just noticed that

I just noticed that trisports has Zipp Tangente clinchers at 178g. I think I'll try out a set for my next race.
http://www.trisports.com/zitatuti.html

Amish's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2008
Posts: 92
so following my recent

so following my recent trashing of tires/tubes due to a pothole incident, I just bought 2 michelin pro race 3 tires for a pretty good deal I guess given the prices these guys put up (63 euro- about 90 bucks). I just have 2 questions before I open the packaging and put em on.

1) the roads here aren't fantastic...can I use these tires to train on--I've got to get in a ton of miles within 5-6 weeks (not really ready for my HIM race)?

2) does anyone have suggestions for how to get a new tire onto a wheel without a hell of alot of trouble? everytime i've done this, i've had to pry it on and it takes a long time....

EDIT: I guess I have more questions...
3) I just found out that I can get into a sprint tri this weekend, do tires need to be broken in? could I use them for this race?

4) I was planning on doing a long ride on saturday (wanted to bike to spain, take the train back). but is it recommended to do a long ride then a sprint tri (i'm training for an HIM -- unconfident about being able to go the distance)...

RV
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Joined: Jan 19 2005
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Amish wrote:so following my

[quote=Amish]so following my recent trashing of tires/tubes due to a pothole incident, I just bought 2 michelin pro race 3 tires for a pretty good deal I guess given the prices these guys put up (63 euro- about 90 bucks). I just have 2 questions before I open the packaging and put em on.

1) the roads here aren't fantastic...can I use these tires to train on--I've got to get in a ton of miles within 5-6 weeks (not really ready for my HIM race)?

2) does anyone have suggestions for how to get a new tire onto a wheel without a hell of alot of trouble? everytime i've done this, i've had to pry it on and it takes a long time....

EDIT: I guess I have more questions...
3) I just found out that I can get into a sprint tri this weekend, do tires need to be broken in? could I use them for this race?

4) I was planning on doing a long ride on saturday (wanted to bike to spain, take the train back). but is it recommended to do a long ride then a sprint tri (i'm training for an HIM -- unconfident about being able to go the distance)...[/quote]

1. I train and race on mine all the time - can put a ton of miles on these tires.

2. Pop the tire into the dryer on low heat for a few minutes - softens it right up - makes it pliable if you put it on then right away.

3. Definitely get some miles on them - verify no pinch flats

4. Just do the sprint for fun.

Triguy98's picture
Joined: Apr 10 2005
Posts: 3108
My heavy training tires are

My heavy training tires are Bontrager Race Hard Case. Wire bead, kevlar housing. Impossible to plat once you get them installed. For racing I could go with either the Bontrager Race Lite or Michelin Prorace 2/3 (whatever you find cheaper, you wont notice a difference)

Amish's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2008
Posts: 92
ok, so i just need to be

ok, so i just need to be sure about my purchase...on the tire they say Michelin Pro3 race service course. is that right? i'm scared these tires are meant for a track and not for the road. oh well. would anyone recommend buying different tires to train in? and only race in these?

Triguy98's picture
Joined: Apr 10 2005
Posts: 3108
You can do it both ways. I

You can do it both ways. I like a wide bullet proof tire for training. My rear training tires are 25s. Better ride quality.

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Joined: Aug 16 2005
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Amish wrote:ok, so i just

[quote=Amish]ok, so i just need to be sure about my purchase...on the tire they say Michelin Pro3 race service course. is that right? i'm scared these tires are meant for a track and not for the road. oh well. would anyone recommend buying different tires to train in? and only race in these? [/quote]

"Service Course" is actually not in English. It's French and means: for "race use."

You can definitely train on those on the road.
The only Pro Race 3 tires I wouldn't use in training are the Light version, and only because they have less puncture resistance than the normal ones.

Semper Tri's picture
Joined: Jan 27 2009
Posts: 427
Picked up Continental

Picked up Continental GP4000's yesterday and went for a ride on them today... If anyone ahd asked me this morning how much of a difference tires make i wouldn't have had much to say. Now, I do. My old ones were beat up cheap low grade tires and just going up to these is a complete 180. Excited to see how they will feel after the next few rides. No complaints yet though, and I did slam a decent size pothole due to swerving cars- tires looked fine when I got home.

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