Best tyres for commuting?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby DavidS » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:30 pm

jasonc wrote:
DavidS wrote:
jasonc wrote:
a change is as good as a holiday, so they say.


You may be right, maybe I could even catch you in the commuter challenge with different tyres :P

DS

Just think he many kms I do on marathon plus tyres....


Too many no doubt.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Ant_S » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:44 pm

Well if you want a spare tyre in your bike bag then maybe folding? Otherwise I usually end up going wire bead.

I think the Durano range changed since I had mine. The Plus I thought did have some sidewall protection as they were stiff as heck all round, but mostly focussed on the central tread. I think the smart guard is a bit thicker, as in it can take a thumbtack into the middle tread without hitting the tube... I didn't really get sidewall slashes on mine though, mostly just working into the tyre.

I think my Gatorskins are the standard rather than hardshell. I didn't really realise that until after I'd bought the standard ones. That said they're generally pretty tough if you keep them pumped up. I would think though that they could get slashes on the sidewalls as they appear a bit susceptible.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Lukeyboy » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:41 am

Gatorskins and GP4000s are some of the worst tires when it comes to sidewall protection.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby DavidS » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:33 pm

The Duranos look quite wide when I saw them on a bike today. I was amazed I was looking at a 25mm wide tyre. Still thinking Durano Plus are the go but might dip my toes into 25mm tyres on one bike at least (the 25 also comes in folding while the 28 is wire bead only, although not sure I really care that much).

Still love the Marathon Supreme, might also email Schwalbe and ask why they don't make it in 28 any more.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Mububban » Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:48 am

I found this site which compares rolling resistance of some tyres and their puncture protection and weight etc, this is the touring/commuting section:

http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/tour-reviews

The Schwalbe family are king if you trust their data.

The Energizer Plus (made for 50kph ebikes) and the GreenGuard (some recycled material) look good for price vs puncture protection, and their rolling resistance isn't dramatically worse than the Marathon Supreme.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby BetterIwas » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:10 pm

I have been happy with Durano Plus. Not as long wear as others (about 6k) but seemingly better grip/rolling resistance.

Just on old tyres - what do people do with them - I have 6 sitting around in shed - presume putting them in rubbish bin is a no no.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:50 pm

the 25c durano plus on the front of my commuter has done a ridiculous amount of k's now. 15-20k I reckon. No sign of retiring it yet.
6k out of a rear tyre is an excellent run :) . More than I've ever got

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby pumpinpistons » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:05 pm

I have specialized roubaix pro's. probably 4000kms or so. the back is squaring off nicely, but the front is pristine. I ride them usually at 90-100PSI, and they are the 23/25c model. my commute is some road, some footpath, no grass, about 14kms. they hang off a poorly kept but trusty commuter bike with an early 90s chromo roadie frame, mixed shimano groupset (4600 shifting) and halo aerorage wheels

I previously had used Gatorskins (alround good, one got torn up by really nasty nails), GP400s2s (fantastic feel and totally acceptable puncture protection, but eventually got unlucky and punctured) and have Duranos on another bike. I put the duranos between the roubaix pros and the GP4000s for feel and they perform well.

back to the roubaix's, key points are
NO punctures 4000 ish ks of commuting
1 pinch flat - totally my fault, bunny hopping my 95kg frame over a kerb with 70ish PSI tyres. duh.
Subjectively, nice smooth, fast ride
Set and forget tyres really
I had read about the early ones delaminating or something. hasnt happened to me :roll:

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby caneye » Tue May 03, 2016 2:19 pm

at the moment, i've done more than 6000kms on my Conti 4Seasons 28mm.
majority of the commute is on debris-littered M2 road shoulder.

3 punctures during that time - 2 = NFF, No Fault Found. No cuts (Slow leaks which I'm attibuting to the tubes). 1 was due to a 3cm long wood screw.

i continue to be impressed. rear tyre is squaring-off nicely too.
front looks almost new.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby DavidS » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:29 pm

I now have a Durano on the rear of one bike and the front of the other.

They sure are large, seem much bigger on the wheel than the same size (700x28) Marathon Supreme. Not convinced this means they are slower but it does feel different.

Might give some other tyres a go: Continental Grand Prix 4000 and Grand Prix 4 seasons both look interesting. Any opinions?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Thoglette » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:16 am

DavidS wrote:They sure are large, seem much bigger on the wheel than the same size (700x28) Marathon Supreme. Not convinced this means they are slower but it does feel different.


Despite the tyre-width-deniers around who'd have us on 19mm tyres, width has very little direct impact on speed.

Width does set limits on your pressure choices which, when mixed with surface finish, does affect speed. What matters is construction (vs. load vs. type of road rubbish). FWIW I just (6 months ago) had my third real puncture in a decade.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby NhiTrac » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:24 pm

Only flicked through the last two pages... No one likes Maxxis Refuse?

I love mine in 28 and had my first flat in two years, though I think it was a tube failure as opposed to a foreign object causing the puncture.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Thoglette » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:15 pm

NhiTrac wrote:Only flicked through the last two pages... No one likes Maxxis Refuse?

There's your problem. Always read the first few pages first. Your question was asked on page 4
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Mububban » Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:20 pm

Thoglette wrote:FWIW I just (6 months ago) had my third real puncture in a decade.


What makes a puncture real or false? Do you mean penetration of the tyre vs a pinch flat?
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby AntiNSA » Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:03 am

I ran matahon plus 15000km only had one serious gash that slised through my tires. Now switched to marathon plus tour for a little extra protection. I need to update the review/

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby ironhanglider » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:34 pm

AntiNSA wrote:I ran matahon plus 15000km only had one serious gash that slised through my tires. Now switched to marathon plus tour for a little extra protection. I need to update the review/


Most people would say that one puncture in 15000km is pretty good, but you think that it is so bad you need something better?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Thoglette » Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:38 pm

Mububban wrote:What makes a puncture real or false? Do you mean penetration of the tyre vs a pinch flat?

Something like that. Pinch flats (especially ones caused by me pinching the tube while mounting :-( ) don't count.

Real punctures involve something working it's way in from outside, typically glass, wire or prickle.

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