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Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:01 pm
by touch107fm
Hi Guys

New to this forum, I have recently moved to Perth from Sydney and I have started commuting into work (Sorrento to the city).

I have being using my trek alpa 1.2 for the last 6 months, it was my first road bike.

Now my question: I recently managed to score a major deal on gumtree got a Giant TCR 2013 MODEL for $1200 about 50ks done!!!

I have not used the new bike yet as I am waiting to see what tires to get and new shoes etc.

For the commute what tires would you recommend for the Giant TCR

I have Conti Ultra Gatorskin on my Trek at the moment, Looking for the best tires for the Giant any recommendations??

Vittoria Rubino are they any good?

Also where do you guys buy you tires online etc.

Many thanks
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Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:16 pm
by gretaboy
Commuting.....cant go past Scwhalbe Marathon Plus. There is a post in here about tyres and what people think are best.

Cant get them in 23c, lowest is 25c I believe. They are the only tyre I will buy now for commuting and I get them from Chain Reaction.

Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:21 pm
by toofat
iam getting good value out of continental four seasons in 25 size, good grip for wet corners and those tiny bits of glass that puncture the gp 4000 in the wet dont get through

welcome to the forum :D

Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:30 pm
by touch107fm
Forgive my ignorance: My original tire is 700 x 23

Is it possible to use bigger tire sizes and if so what are the benefits?

Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:41 pm
by Marty Moose
Lots of glass along the coast this up this way. I use maxxis refuses and find them great, never had much luck with gators but do know plenty who like them. Another Tyre I'm going too try is a maxxis rouler, same puncture protection but a fair bit lighter.

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Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:22 pm
by Pravda
I swear by conti gp4000 25mm. Great in all conditions and easy to get on and off on the rare occasion they do puncture.

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Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:10 pm
by toofat
Touch
yes you can use a tyre wider than the most common 23 width
advantages are a more comfortable ride on rough roads and a bit more puncture resistance
they are a few gramms more weight and sometimes dont roll quite as well as skinny ones
how wide you can go depends on rims and frame

Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:48 pm
by macca33
The Maxxis Refuse, whilst heavy, are a fairly solid tyre. I also like Continental GP4000S, but many say they are a bit too prone to punctures for commuting. I have a set of each on my two road bikes (respectively) in 23mm and both have proven very robust, with over 2500Km each set now, for zero problems.

I'll have to try 25mm tyres one day.

cheers

Re: Perth Comute Giant TCR

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:37 am
by CXCommuter
Used both GP4000s and Gatorskins in both 23 and 25mm for over 5000km, all flats due to failure of the tube/valve or my own incompetence (pinch flatting, swapping tyres). No issues with glass etc with either. Also used Durano Plus (in wire 28mm), excellent wet weather handling, puncture resistance but soft (wears quickly) and heavy.