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    Default What has been happening to Tires?

    I buy tires in batches for my wifeís and my bikes. I enjoy a high-performance tire and I am not as concerned with its longevity. Ride quality is key. I went from Michelin Power Race 25c to Michelin Power Competition 25c. (I rode Veloflex Pave for years and must admit that it was my all-time favorite tire.) The thing I noticed the first time I mounted the Power Competition was how tight it was and how difficult it was to install. I now dread having to fix a flat on the road. My question is threefold:

    1. Is it me getting old or is the tire fitting tighter, it felt almost impossible to mount?
    2. What is the next new great tire in 25c, our Spectrums will not take anything larger?
    3. Is it time for Latex tubes?

    I appreciate your input!

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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    Try the Conti GP5000. It's a really great riding, reasonably durable tire in my experience.
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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    Thank you, I have head very good things about the tire!
     

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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    the newest vittoria corsas are pretty nice, and i have found them to be very easy to mount using just my thumbs on most of my rims. they ride excellently too. i am using mine with latex tubes yes.

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    I've been using S-Works Turbos because our LBS had a batch of them on sale for $30 each about a year ago. They are NOT the tubeless compatible versions. I've been using the 700x26 size on bikes with max tire clearance for 700x25's on a 23mm width rim. No problems.

    Before that I was using the tubed-version of the top Schwalbe Pro One tire, but I stopped because 1.) couldn't get them locally and 2.) every time I ordered them I got shipped the tubeless version. But Schwalbe seems to have gotten the message and are now calling their tubed tire models "tube type". Very smooth riding tire with plenty of corner grip.
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    I used Michelin tires almost exclusively on the road for a number of years, but their recent tires have been disappointing to me. I currently have Continental GP 5000 and Vittoria Corsa in 25mm clincher size, and I have nothing bad to say about either. The GP 5000 tires feel very 'fast' to me, but that is not a very good description of my speed, relatively.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    Try the Conti GP5000. It's a really great riding, reasonably durable tire in my experience.
    I think what Matt is saying is the Compass UL tires in any size are the best.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCT View Post
    I think what Matt is saying is the Compass UL tires in any size are the best.
    I thought about mentioning those, but Iíve never tried them smaller than 32. But the 700x32 and 650x42 are amazing. I should give the skinny ones a try too.
     

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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    Veloflex Corsa or Master in 25 are usually my clincher go-to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I've been using S-Works Turbos because our LBS had a batch of them on sale for $30 each about a year ago. They are NOT the tubeless compatible versions. I've been using the 700x26 size on bikes with max tire clearance for 700x25's on a 23mm width rim. No problems.
    I picked up a set of Turbo cotton 28-mm tires at the LBS last fall, they were take-offs. Holy crap they are some of the finest tires ever to grace my rims. Whoever decided to "upgrade" the bike they came on probably made a mistake.

    Every time I spend money on Special__ed tires I am reminded that they started out as a tire company and still do a fine job of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCT View Post
    I think what Matt is saying is the Compass UL tires in any size are the best.
    My daughter has the 26-mm Compass UL tires on a bike that fits 26's max, and they're fantastic. Plus she was able to change her own flat tire at Detoo Artoo.
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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    another +1 on Vittoria Corse. I'm on 28c with Silca latex tubes.

    I think they will be great for you with regards to width (in the 25c version) and ease of install, all things being equal. You didn't mention what wheels you're on though.

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    I use Veloflex’s in 28mm which fit more like 25-26mm which suits the limited space on my Merlin Extralight.
     

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    Anyone here also find that the the Vittoria Corsas make a somewhat troubling noise like the tread is "giving" going through turns? Sounds like the tread ribs are folding over and sliding? Didn't happen with their old tires. Don't dare push them enough to see if they really are sliding. They are silent and roll great in a straight line. Purely based on that, I'll probably go back to GP5000s next time.
     

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    Default Re: What has been happening to Tires?

    Veloflex Master with latex tubes. Sublime. Better than many tubulars, almost as good as the best tubulars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chik View Post
    Veloflex Master with latex tubes. Sublime. Better than many tubulars, almost as good as the best tubulars.
    You know, despite my many years of tartiness and wankery with bikes, I've still never tried latex tubes on clinchers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    You know, despite my many years of tartiness and wankery with bikes, I've still never tried latex tubes on clinchers...
    I understand that results vary considerably given the quality of the latex tube. Some brands seem to be really crap, with air leaking at the base of the valve stem or inadequately finished joints. I used ones from Vredestein and found them to be very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSL View Post
    Anyone here also find that the the Vittoria Corsas make a somewhat troubling noise like the tread is "giving" going through turns? Sounds like the tread ribs are folding over and sliding? Didn't happen with their old tires. Don't dare push them enough to see if they really are sliding. They are silent and roll great in a straight line. Purely based on that, I'll probably go back to GP5000s next time.
    I think I know the sound you're talking about. Any of the current generation Vittoria Corsas I've tried have felt like they were robbing me of at least 50 watts riding in a straight line. The upside is that they were so fragile that I had to replace them after a couple rides anyway, so at least I didn't have to suffer long.

    Veloflex Corsas, on the other hand, are great, but they're fragile compared with the GP5000.
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    Continental GP5000 are my current favorite for the road coupled with talc-covered Vredestein tubes.
     

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    Huge fan of turbo cottons but they wear out quickly.

    Latex tubes are just a PIA. Batch to batch variance seems huge for clincher tubes.
     

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