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What tyres????

hitchen92hitchen92 Posts: 264
edited December 2008 in MTB buying advice
I'm running cinders at the moment but there too expensive, at £25each and the cheaper versions are censored (£15) as they only last 5minutes. So can anyone reccomend me anything else, that is a good all round tyre like the cinder? I've been looking at the Conti Gravity, Mountain King and Verticals for £15 each, anyone know what they're like?


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    All good tyres in their own right. Steel wire, so a little heavier than the Pro versions.

    Tyres are an area where I think you should spend as much as you can. 50 quid for a pair of tyres is nowt compared to your frame, forks and brakes but just as imporrtant as it connects you to the ground. The Pro versions are grippier, better puncture protection and a lot lighter. Same for any tyre.

    Why undo the weight savings of that lovely frame for just 25 quid?

  • jadamsonjadamson Posts: 644
    is there pro versions of continental gravity's?!? or do you mean the protection onse?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Yeah, for some odd reason Gravity not available kevlar beaded. Same advice applies though, spend a bit more for XC and get kevlar beads.
  • Ok, but Cinders what I'm using now are quite heavy at 700g compared to Conti speed kings supersonic at 400g. Thats nearly half the weight? Worth nearly 40quid??? Or not?? OR Mountain King 2.2 Supersonic at 460g?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    A total of a pound in weight saving (or more) for that money is a bargain!!! Especially when people splash 60 quid on Thomson stems to save 10g ;-)

    The very light Contis are pure race tyres though, and don't last as long. Protection versions still save a nice chunk with the Kev beads, but last longer and have reinforced sidewalls.
  • Maybe worth mentioning that these tyres (Continental) seem to be a bit small for the quoted sizes?
    I went for the 2.1 SS SpeedKings, and they look smaller than my 2.1 XC Pro's
    *Rock Lobster Team Tig SL (22lb 14oz)
    *C. Late 1950's Fixed Gear
    *1940 Raleigh Dawn Tourist with rod brakes
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,726
    Mountain kings in 2.2 won't give you the grip of your cinders in the mud, they have nowhere near the agressive tall tread, speed kings even less, the 2.4 Mountain Kings I think might have more tread but I don't know. The 2.2s are lovely fast summer tyres for xc and thats about it. Thought of Kenda Nevegals? Still fast rolling, more tread depth and grip than the Mountain Kings for sure, DTCs are nice if you can get a good price and make sure you get the direction right for front and rear BUT, if you like your cinders why not just save up a bit... disappointing tyres for how you right can p**s you off quite quickly.
  • Hmmm... My eyes have been really opened as regards to weight on tyres, looking at Cinders, the weight of them is quite high in comparison with others.
  • shin0rshin0r Posts: 555
    Rubber Queens? I recently went from High Rollers to these and they're great; I didn't expect them to be this good.
  • missmarplemissmarple Posts: 1,980
    I use Conti Traffic 2.1" tyres for commuting and a bit of the muddy trail, I've been doing 30-40 miles a week using them on the same bike and no punctures so far, hold grip very well. (touch wood)
  • rubber queens? don't think so i use halo choir boys DH stick to the track and the bike i use is a intense m6 so go choir boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • shin0rshin0r Posts: 555
    rubber queens? don't think so i use halo choir boys DH stick to the track and the bike i use is a intense m6 so go choir boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • what is that ment to mean?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Not really an all round tyre lol.
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