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Old June 10th 21, 10:06 PM posted to
Tom Kunich[_4_]
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On Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:47:48 PM UTC-7, Roger Merriman wrote:
jbeattie wrote:
On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9:34:43 AM UTC-7, Joerg wrote:
On 6/4/21 12:49 AM, Lou Holtman wrote:
On Friday, June 4, 2021 at 12:05:19 AM UTC+2, Mark cleary wrote:
I have been using Conti GP 5000s regular tube required. I get huge
mileage out of them say 5000-6000. I put a new set on today because
they seem to be squared pretty good but I could still get a glimpse of
the wear indicators. They were wore down to the end but not totally
disappeared. I think I could have gotten more miles but the back tire
had a small sidewall type mark but nothing drastic or popping out.

Well I road the new ones and I sure could tell my cornering and
handling was better. Did I imagine this or should I have gotten more
miles out of the other tires. I guess my feeling it they are what meet
the road don't be cheap with it?
Deacon mark

Life is too short to ride crappy tires. IMO the GP5000 are the best
allround tire at the moment. Continental seems to be doing something
right for more than a decade now.
IME not on their Gatorskin tires. They were expensive but three out of
the four that I tried failed prematurely with sidewall blowouts. Ok, I
milked 2500mi out of the lone survivor but at $45 that is still worse
than the 1200mi out of a $18 Vittoria Zaffiro and those never blew their
sidewalls on me. So Zaffiro are my go-to tires now for the road bike.
I've also tried CST but those were no good, less than 1000mi and the
rubber on the sidewalls began showing lots of little cracks.

To me reliability is key, with everything. Getting there without a flat
or blowout is much more important than cornering, rolling resistance or
other road-handling performance. My experience with a lot of bike parts
is that you do not always get what you pay for.

I haven't blown a sidewall on either the Gatorskin or the Zaffiro. I
think the Gatorskin has better flat resistance than the Zaffiro and
better wet traction, except that the Zaffiro has a tread pattern that
offers better grip on grass/leaves, etc. Wet traction differences on
smooth pavement are minimal. I don't know any tire that really
outperforms on wet pavement. The Michelin Pro4 Endurance and the 4Season
were good. I've got some Power Endurance, but I haven't ridden them in wet weather yet.

-- Jay Beattie.

Gatorskins are notoriously bad in the wet, was the only tire I could easily
get to step out the tire on a damp day, they are tough and what not but the
grip is frankly appalling, I only had them on the rear, on the front they
would be terrifying. By a long way worse than your cheap training/commute

They where by a long shot the worse grip I’ve ever had on a road tire and I
tended to use cheaper training tires as I favoured slightly more robust
tires. So quite a low bar set anyway!

Roger Merriman

Here's a tire you might like to try for hard wet conditions.

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