I've been riding with Schwalbe Ultremo R1. I wanted to try something different rather than the likes of the well fancied Conti 4000s. At 2200km they are possibly near the end of their life and I have been impressed with their ride quality. Last winter I rode a lesser known tyre - Schwalbe Lugano. Cheap as chips to buy but a sensible tyre for winter conditions. By the end of winter I wore through and squared off the rear tyre but received no punctures. To answer your question "to try something new" If you are racing you can afford to be sceptical and possibly stick to what you know, otherwise enjoy the experience of riding the vast variety of whats on offer.
reckon im gonna stick with Rubinos
Might as well get the bike serviced etc all at once
what are you running RD6?
GP4000S, used to have Michelin Pro's 3 race as they are perfect for crits or smooth bitumen roads, not for roads around southern suburbs / hills where there is lots of broken glass and debris - grrrrrr
I've also just put Conti GP4000's on my bike, but does anyone else agree that they must be the hardest tyres to get on to the wheel? Any tricks to make the job easier?
I dunno about the GP4000s but the Michelin Pro 3's can be hard work, I've broken a number of tire levers trying to get them on (or off).
The only 'tricks' I know of are standing on one end of the tire and try to stretch it a little by pulling up on it or try to the stretch the tire a bit when you have it on the rim by grabbing each side of the rim and pull your hands towards the area of tire that you haven't got over the rim yet. It does help to have strong hands.
One thing to check with the conti's GP4000s is that they are a directional tyre, check for arrow!!!
i've got gp4000s on one set of rims and 25mm gators' on another. Same rims ( ksyrium sl something or other) and can't say i noticed any difference at 100F/110+ R. No punctures all year, then 4 in 10 km's on a brand spanking set of 25's/ tubes....was a rutted dirt road down yorkes though!
I'm keen to try a 28 ~35mm (whatever is cheap) on my steel cx/ commuter. Any bargains?
....tyre levers? who uses levers?
Frank, that's got me thinking. Assuming no magnet on the front wheel that needs to be aligned with a fork mounted twin, then is there a left/right or forward/backwards rotation on a front wheel? Is there a rule that the quick release lever must always be on the left hand side, and hence the wheel "direction" is set that way?!