So I have gone through yet another set of tyres, & it's time for a change.
As a weight weenie, I don't mind paying top dollar for a top product, but I am getting through 3 or 4 sets of tyres a year, and rather than just buying what's the best 'off the shelf' stuff from the bike shop, I am looking for quality feedback from like-minded riders, on there opinions of the tyres you have actually used.
Tyres used / comments / life span in KM
specialized Turbo Pro. / good all rounder, felt a little sluggish / 4000km
Vittoria Rbbino Pro / fantastic in the dry. treacherous in the wet. Ripped up quickly / 1200km
Schwalbe Ultremo ZX / sticks to the road in wet & dry, but punctures extremely easily / 2000km
Schwalbe Aqua HS 380a / used as a winter tyre, but punctures extremely easily / 1500 - 2000 km
Continental GP4000 / constant flats, loose fit on rims / removed after 1500km
Are other riders getting similar distances using the same tyres, under similar conditions ?
What else have you tried / how do they compare ?
I am training about 10,000km per year, looking for performance over wear resistance.
GP 40000 S - best multipurpose tyre e.g. I have raced / thrashed em and rarely I get a puncture (6,000 + kms )
Oh yea, I forgot about those. I tried them but simply could not keep them on my rims !
The set I bought last year & used them for about 2 months. They did not show any wear, but I was getting 3 or 4 flats per month, and on each occasion, the bead did not want to sit on the rim.
I will add them to the list above.
Zipps wheels Pete?
Assuming your's are CC - carbon clinchers
Never had any problems with my conti GP4000s. Never a puncture, look almost brand new after 2000km. Fit nice and snug to Ksyrium Elites.
+1 I put my last set on in I think early March. I've done 3000k approx, still have wear indicators. Only 2 f***s, erm, you know. I have them on Mavic Ksyriums, no trouble with fit. I ride all year, so these have seen wet and dry, flat and hilly.
Gatorskins 28C - Courier on them full time, flats are extremely rare. Have been using them for years. I consider upgrading to more modern tyres but every time i look the gatorskins are on special. Sorry i don't keep track of the mileage.
When they start to look worn out they go on the polo bike.
I am not really looking for puncture protection. I am happy to run on relatively new tyres, and change them as they start to become unreliable.
15 grams heavier than gp4000's.
+1. When you think about how much people pay for 'light' tyres, and how many tyres they go through a year - and that 15 grams is about a mouthful of donut...
The lighter weight counts a lot in terms of rotational resistance. Static weight, such as the frame itself is an important consideration, but dynamic weight, eg wheels and tyres has a greater effect on acceleration and straight line performance.