Best tyres for commuting?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby eldavo » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:39 pm

Drop bars get in the way of my Friday pastries bakery belly =D

PS: this is the one I lusted for but had to separate what is nice to look at and what is functionally good for my commute.
http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/cro ... -alfine-11
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PS: on topic notice the choice of commuter tyres
Continental Ultra Gatorskin 28c (wire)
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby rkelsen » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:33 pm

casual_cyclist wrote:Continental Contact Reflex City in 28c http://www.wiggle.com.au/continental-contact-reflex-city-road-tyre/

These are very much an underrated tyre, IMNSHO.

I put 2 of them on my commuter (in the 32mm size) back in July 2011 and although there was some difficulties mounting them for the first time [dishwashing soap helps!], I've found them to be great.

The front one is still on the bike, with the original tube still in it. It has done more than 15,000km without ever having had a puncture, outlasting 3 rears. At this stage it looks like it may outlast the 4th one.

The rear one lasted 5,800km. I had worn it out to the point that the treads fell apart, and even after almost having worn through the cotton, it still did not puncture. It should be noted that I am a big guy with a BMI of 27, so I am hard on rear tyres.

I should have bought more of these instead of the Vittoria Randonneur I replaced the rear one with. The sidewalls of the Vittoria are rubbish, and they develop 'blips' because the cotton is very thin and they tend to cut/tear well before the tread wears out. I've had two of them do this now, while the Conti on the front just keeps on truckin'... Oh, and don't let anyone tell you that the Vittoria Randonneurs are puncture proof because they aren't...
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jasonc » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:45 am

am just shy of 7000kms on my schwalbe marathon plus tyres. rear is square. a few blue spots starting to show, but still going strong (I weigh over 80kgs, so no feather weight)
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby FXST01 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:15 am

jasonc wrote:am just shy of 7000kms on my schwalbe marathon plus tyres. rear is square. a few blue spots starting to show, but still going strong (I weigh over 80kgs, so no feather weight)


+1 for Schwalbe Marathon plus, I've done over 4000k and never had a puncture yet (touch wood). I'm over 100kgs so they earn their keep. Although I do switch them between front and rear about every 2K.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby queequeg » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:17 am

jasonc wrote:am just shy of 7000kms on my schwalbe marathon plus tyres. rear is square. a few blue spots starting to show, but still going strong (I weigh over 80kgs, so no feather weight)


Just replaced the rear 700x28c Marathon Plus on my commuter, just short of 12,500km. Squared off and the whole tyre was blue! I usually stop pushing my luck around then.

Front Tyre has done 14,700km and still going strong, just a few tiny flecks of blue where glass has sliced through.
Puncture history is 0 on the front (this is my 3rd front tyre, so zero in 35,000km!)
On the rear I have punctured 3 times over the same distance. Twice it was a large building tack, once it was a large shard of glass. Less than 1 puncture a year on average :-)

My next set of tyres is the Marathon Supreme as I want to see how these compare. They weigh about 1/3 of the SMP and allegedly have similar puncture protection. If they fail, back to the SMPs!
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jasonc » Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:00 pm

queequeg wrote:My next set of tyres is the Marathon Supreme as I want to see how these compare. They weigh about 1/3 of the SMP and allegedly have similar puncture protection. If they fail, back to the SMPs!


I was going to go a combo next - front - supreme and rear MP
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby heuston » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:01 am

AndrewBurns wrote:How about the schwalbe marathon plus, people who like heavy durable tyres here seem to rave about them. My commuter is on the other end of the spectrum with Continental GP 4 seasons in 28c, some puncture protection but light, fast and excellent grip in wet and dry.


+1

I've also been running the GP4 season (28c) on the commuter. While there isn't much clearance to spare I much prefer the extra width compared to the 23c I was running previously.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby rjk » Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:15 am

heuston wrote:
AndrewBurns wrote:How about the schwalbe marathon plus, people who like heavy durable tyres here seem to rave about them. My commuter is on the other end of the spectrum with Continental GP 4 seasons in 28c, some puncture protection but light, fast and excellent grip in wet and dry.


+1

I've also been running the GP4 season (28c) on the commuter. While there isn't much clearance to spare I much prefer the extra width compared to the 23c I was running previously.


+1

love my gp4seasons in a 28mm as well, i can immediately tell the difference when i mount them on my disc equiped cx bike, very close to my road bike feel
Boardman CX pro now the commuter, Salsa Casseroll, Trek Domane
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby MattyK » Sat May 25, 2013 9:40 am

Half way through fitting a new set of Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 700c x 28. Thought hmm, this looks narrow. Indeed, the new tyre is 26mm on the rim, the old tyres (Schwalbe Marathon) are 30mm wide, though both are nominally 28s...
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Sat May 25, 2013 9:06 pm

Going for durano plus on the rear in a 23 for my next tyre. Tried wider tyres, don't like em. I'll go for a regular durano on the front once the lithion 25's are finito.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Lurkin » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:41 am

After discovering how dangerous Kenda 700 x 23c slicks are in the wet, and countless punctures, I've switched to Vittoria Randonneurs, 700 x 25.

So far no punctures. Higher rolling resistance that is noticeable, but if I don't get punctures, I'll be happy with that.


Switched to Vittoria Zafiro 700 x 23c tyres due to the rolling resistance of the Randonneurs. At $10 per tyre, couldn't say no.

Rolling resistance is still higher than the Kenda's, but much much less than the Randonneurs. Has a wider patch that meets with the road than the Kenda's which I assume is the difference.

No punctures with either Vittoria tyre, 1000kms later. Happy with that.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jools » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:52 pm

Am I correct in assuming that narrower tyres generally provide less rolling resistance than a wider tyre, but not as much grip in wet / slippery conditions?
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby MattyK » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:17 pm

My understanding is:
At the same pressure the wider tyre has less rolling resistance
You shouldn't run a wider tyre at the same pressure
At the ideal pressure for that size the narrower tyre will have less rolling resistance
The narrower tyre will have less aero drag
Tread pattern and compound will also impact rolling and aero
Compound and to a small extent tread will provide grip on smooth roads
Tread pattern will provide grip on loose surfaces
Wider tyres are more forgiving/progressive as you reach the limit of grip
Lower pressure (as run on wider tyres) will roll and grip better on rough surfaces
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby __PG__ » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:43 am

I'm looking at the differences between the GP 4seasons and the Gatorskin.

My 25c Gatorskins are beginning to square off at the rear so I might need a new one towards the end of the year. So far as a commuting tire they've been great and I'm considering going to the 28c (now that I have another road bike for pleasant Sunday rides).

I'm also thinking about the Continental Contact, which my dad has on his flat-bar roadie. I like the reflective strip but I'm not sure if I need a tread pattern like that as I only commute on asphalt/concrete.

From the conti website : Gatorskin in 700 x 28c
3 plies / total 180 tpi / PolyX Breaker + DuraSkin
(size, color weight, min/max pressure)
28-622 700 x 28C black/black 360 95 116

Gatorskin Hardshell in 700 x 28c
3 plies / total 180 tpi / PolyX Breaker / Duraskin
(size, color weight, min/max pressure)
28-622 700 x 28C black/black 410 95 11

GP 4seasons in 700 x 28c
3 plies / 330 tpi + Double Vectran Breaker + DuraSkin
(size, color weight, min/max pressure)
28-622 700 x 28C black/black 260 95 116

Super Sport Plus in 700 x 28c
PlusBreaker belt
(size, color weight, min/max pressure)
28-622 700 x 28C black/black 550 80 116
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Pedaling » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:34 pm

+1 for Durano Plus. Roll relatively well, and seem to wear ok.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby MattyK » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:56 am

MattyK wrote:Half way through fitting a new set of Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 700c x 28. Thought hmm, this looks narrow. Indeed, the new tyre is 26mm on the rim, the old tyres (Schwalbe Marathon) are 30mm wide, though both are nominally 28s...

Loving the first few weeks of the Marathon Supremes. Despite being notably narrower, my brain is telling me they roll faster (possibly placebo, I have no speedo. Really only apparent on the downhills) but more surprisingly, smoother over rough patches.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:06 pm

I still haven't got new tyres for the mighty Ribble yet. The durano I had on there is gone. It was puncture free but wore out after 3-4 k. Casing material showing in several parts of the tread
I'm currently using a lithion 2 in a 25c as that is what I had.
I'm after something that wears a bit better than the durano. I'm limited to a 25 as that is all that will fit on the Ribble and that is a squeeze. I can modify the chain stay bridge mount for the chromoplastic to get slightly more clearance but would prefer not to.
Has anyone used the marathon plus in a 25c?
Are they a large (tall) 25c?
Do they wear well?
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jasonc » Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:41 pm

warthog1 wrote:Has anyone used the marathon plus in a 25c?
Are they a large (tall) 25c?
Do they wear well?


My marathon plus tyres are 25c.
large - well I have them on a pro-lite como. and they are definitely bigger than a 23c but smaller than a 28c.
do they wear well? yes. I'm just over 80kgs. Add a backpack etc. Got 8200kms out of the rear tyre before changing it.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:46 pm

I've just ordered some 25mm veloflex masters from Ribble. Loving the 23mm masters on the bike at the moment. Very comfy and a 1000 puncture free km so far. I'm just interested to see how much more comfort and grip a token 2 extra mm will give me. Hopefully they will squeeze in between the chain stays of the Geoff Scott.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:54 pm

jasonc wrote:
My marathon plus tyres are 25c.
large - well I have them on a pro-lite como. and they are definitely bigger than a 23c but smaller than a 28c.
do they wear well? yes. I'm just over 80kgs. Add a backpack etc. Got 8200kms out of the rear tyre before changing it.


Great feedback thanks Jason.
You are a little heavier than me, so that sounds like good mileage. I'll give one a crack on the rear.
Front tyres last for ages anyway so I'll just go for a rear at the moment.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Mugglechops » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:35 pm

I must have upset the tyre gods.

My 38mm Marathon Plus got a puncture after 510kms :(
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Nobody » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:55 pm

Mugglechops wrote:My 38mm Marathon Plus got a puncture after 510kms :(
On the other hand, my 2" Marathon Greenguard had a 5mm or so piece of a branch go past the thread on an angle and into the Greenguard stuff, but didn't puncture. I just stopped, pulled the bit of branch out and kept riding. :)
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Mugglechops » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:21 pm

I think I was just unlucky.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby igstar » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:19 pm

I'm reluctantly writing that I'm on the second set of marathon plus tyres, yet to have a puncture. Knock on wood. I've put them on my partner's bike too. I've stopped carrying a spare.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Comedian » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:53 am

Well I've changed to marathons after a succession of punctures on my commuter.

I think I've done about 500k with no drama. They roll better than the Vitoria randonneurs I was using. It's nice not getting flats on the commuter too.

So far I'm happy. I'm itching to try some supremes though as they look quite good.
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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