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Super cheap to mid range priced tyres - recommendations?

daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 10,544
edited June 2009 in Road buying advice
Hello all,

after a bit of advice, as I am after 3 sets of tyres, probably 2 sets blue, and one red.
I am addicted to tyres with colours in :lol:

I have already bought some Pro race 3's (yellow) for my roadie, but I now want a pair for the following bikes with the following budgets:

Langster: Toy, just want some new boots for it, supercheap, might take it down a towpath on occasion, limited miles in the extreme.
Priorities - Appearance
Budget - Super cheap

Marin tourer/winter bike: Bit of touring, bit of turbo trainer work, and winter training
Priorities - Puncture resistance, and not super slow, grip in the wet would be nice too.
Budget: Up to £15 per tyre

My GF's roadie: Training and longer weekend rides, possible turbo trainer use.
Priorities - Reasonably low rolling resistance, and some kind of puncture resistance would be nice, as well as wet weather grip.
Budget - Haven't asked her, but I would imagine up to around £15 per tyre, maybe up to £20 per tyre if it's very special.

I have scoured the web, and discounted several tyres due to bad reviews, so have come up with the following lists.

Langster:
Vittoria Zaffiro Rigid tyre - £5.36 from Ribble
Michelin Orium rigid - £6.95 from Parkers
Vredestein Ricorso Folding - £7.95 from Parkers (This looks quite the bargain)
Vittoria Rubino rigid - £9.25 from Parkers


Marin/Trek: (All these are folding tyres)
Vittoria Zaffiro pro - £10.04 from Ribble
Continental Ultrasport - £11.66 from Ribble (Good for turbo trainer use apparently)
Michelin Lithion - £12.95 from Parkers
Vittoria Rubino Pro - £15.08 from Ribble
Panaracer Stradius Sport - £15.29 from Wiggle


Does anyone have any experience of any of the above tyres, and comments about their relative performance, grip levels etc etc?

Any I should discount totally, or other ones I should look to consider?

I'm planning to go for 23mm width on all three sets, unless anyone has a reason otherwise.

Many thanks in advance

Dan
Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
Scott CR1 SL 12
Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
Scott Foil 18

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  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I'd suggest popping into your lbs, and seeing if they'll cut you a deal for a lot of tyres!!! Might work out a bit better.
  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    at the top end (GF roadie) you have:

    Vredestein Tricomps for £38 pair posted

    http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/road-bike ... -pair.html

    or Mich Krylion for £40 posted

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=20460

    at the mid level, some of the Scwalbe tyres are good value. Can't remember the names of them but I had a cheap pair that were good performers.
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  • Rich HcpRich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    I use Vittoria Rubino Pros, folding, or non-folding

    Not expensive and lots of colours, with some puncture rsistance
    Richard

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  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 10,544
    Thanks for that chaps!

    I tried my LBS that I like a huge amount for my Pro race 3's, but at £38 per tyre instead of £25, I really couldn't have justified spending £76 on tyres, and would have had to change models.

    Are the Krylions meant to have better puncture resistance than the Pro 3's?

    I've just seen these Conti 4000's that look quite nice, £24 per tyre.

    continental-grand-prix-4000-road-tyre-83926.jpg

    Thanks for your reply Rich, I have heard mostly good things about the Rubino Pro tyre.

    Any comments on the more cheapy tyres?

    Thought this might be quite a useful thread for people to use as reference also if people add their comments.

    Dan
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I got loads of Conti Ultra sports 2 years from Wiggle when they were really cheap, and they've lasted really well, and have been pretty bombproof.

    I only use them for commuting though so they don't see a hugh mileage.
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  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    Daniel B wrote:
    Are the Krylions meant to have better puncture resistance than the Pro 3's?

    yep
    I've just seen these Conti 4000's that look quite nice, £24 per tyre.

    GP4000S are the ones to go for, over the standard 4000, by most accounts
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  • MettanMettan Posts: 2,103
    Rich Hcp wrote:
    I use Vittoria Rubino Pros, folding, or non-folding

    Not expensive and lots of colours, with some puncture rsistance

    Yep - + 1 for the Rubino Pros.
  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    +1 for Rubino Pros

    Zaffiros are excellent as a cheepo tyre. I've run them as Winter tyres.
    They have decent grip, long life, easy to fit, great p*nct*re resistance
    And they come in a range of funky colours, since you said appearance mattered a lot !
    The Zaffiro Pro is the same but kevlar folding and saves 100g per tyre - I'd not bother with that for the Langster.

    But as your mid-range tyre, I'd not bother with either Zaffiro Pro or rigid Rubino - go for the Rubino Pro.
  • acorn_useracorn_user Posts: 1,137
    maddog 2 wrote:
    Daniel B wrote:
    I've just seen these Conti 4000's that look quite nice, £24 per tyre.

    GP4000S are the ones to go for, over the standard 4000, by most accounts

    GP400s is just a different label on a black GP4000 iirc, and they both have the black chili compound. The coloured GP4000 models don't get the black chili. Maybe they'll do a red or green chili compound some day.
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 10,544
    Thanks for all the replies gents, hopefully this thread might help some other members also,

    I am pondering the choices/suggestions this evening with a nice cider, and will place an order in due course!

    Cheers

    Dan
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Gav2000Gav2000 Posts: 408
    Schwalbe Blizzard have been good for me and are about £14 a pair (delivered) off ebay. They also do quite a few colours and seem to be quite puncture resistant as well.

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