Best Puncture Protected Tyres

Anonymous
Anonymous Posts: 79,667
edited January 2010 in Road buying advice
Just got a Ribble Sportive Racing delivered and it came with Vittoria Rubinos Rigid Tyres, at the time I placed my order for the bike I also ordered Continental GP4000 s Tyres so have them still boxed too. What I am wondering is- is there a better tyre than these for puncture protection, I am not worried about weight or how particularly fast they are I just want to be able to go out for my 75mile circuit and have the least amount of chance of a blow out. I am 15 stone so a 700x25 would be what I am looking for I think please.

Thanks in advance to any replies, I did try search but nothing exactly what I am asking sorry

Comments

  • copper585
    copper585 Posts: 141
    hi i have had the contis on my bike for 18months with not one puncture, i fluctuate btween 14 and 15 stone and i ride 700 x 23 no problems
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    the more protection you go for, the worse the tyre usually performs. Specialized Armadillos will give you very good puncture protection, but they will feel like cart wheels.

    Conti GP4seasons are a very good compromise, but to be honest, there's not much wrong with the Rubinos - they are good tyres. I seem to be saying that a lot these days....
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    softlad wrote:
    the more protection you go for, the worse the tyre usually performs. Specialized Armadillos will give you very good puncture protection, but they will feel like cart wheels.

    Sorry yeah I want good handeling as well as the puncture protection so whatever is the best of both :D
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    COPPER585 wrote:
    hi i have had the contis on my bike for 18months with not one puncture, i fluctuate btween 14 and 15 stone and i ride 700 x 23 no problems

    Oh that is impressive might keep the Contis then if they are that good. I lack confidence at speed at the moment (having just moved from an mtb with 1.8" tyres) so grippy tyres are just as important as the puncture protection.
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513

    Sorry yeah I want good handeling as well as the puncture protection so whatever is the best of both :D

    Leave the Rubinos on and then switch to the Contis for the summer. No sense in trashing a pair of expensive race tyres at this time of the year...
  • Wheelspinner
    Wheelspinner Posts: 6,605
    I have Conti Gatorskins on one bike, which are VERY tough. Have also had (fingers crossed) good luck with Vredestein Fortezza Tri Comps, which feel great to ride and so far, no flats.

    Where I live, you'd think the council paved the roads with broken glass there's so much of it about, so to have so few punctures means these tyres must be good.

    I prefer the Vredesteins for feel though, very nice to ride.
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Where you live in the country and the roads you ride on can dictate what you mean by puncture resistance - speak to local riders to find out what works for them. Locally we get small razor-like flints that shred many tyres - Gatorskins particularly and even Armadillos aren't resistant. If you want the best puncture resistance, then it's Schwalbe Marathons, but they are heavy. GP4 Seasons are tough, but feel dead, GP4000s aren't suitable for half the year, Rubinos are fairly tough but wet-grip could be better. Michelin Krylions are a good compromise between performance and robustness too and currently running some Schwalbe Stelvios in 25mm which again are holding up well. I have 6 bikes, and about 10 pairs of wheels running a range of tyres in all conditions and over the years have tried most of the popular tyres.
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  • I have had a Conti Gatorskin on my rear wheel for about the last 4,000 miles and no punct*%res ! Admittedly I am about 5 !/2 stones lighter than your good self, Thunderflash , but nevertheless a good performance as far as wear and pun%&@re resistance go. However, when the roads get wet, the rear wheel gets a life of it's own and has contributed to several hairy moments and 2 crashes. " Slippery when wet" is not the best sales line but would be a very accurate statement.
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  • bigal.
    bigal. Posts: 479
    I have used Michelin, Conti and Vittoria tyres over the years and have been using the Bontager Race lite Hardcase tyres in the winters for the last 3 years. Not had 1 single problem with them and the grip is excellent.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bontrager/race-lite-hardcase-tyre-ec001737
  • morrisje
    morrisje Posts: 507
    +1 for the Bontragers. They have been fantastic but not the most racey ot tyres. Had them on my winter bike for two winters and never had a puncture. I don't mind trading speed for reliability in the winter as I don't fancy fixing a puncture with frozen hands.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    My contis are great. They arent on my winter bike - but if you have them - I'd use them.
  • blim
    blim Posts: 333
    +2 for the Bontragers. I had Contis previously and 3 punctures in 2 months was not good :x but maybe that's just my local roads.
    I've had no problems with the Bontragers (so far) a year on. I'm planning on using them for the Flanders sportive - if they survive that they'll survive anything.
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  • TheStone
    TheStone Posts: 2,291
    Any of the Schwalbe Plus tyres are good.

    I'm using the Durano Plus 23.
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    Mich Krylion carbons for me, never let me down.
  • huuregeil
    huuregeil Posts: 780
    softlad wrote:

    Sorry yeah I want good handeling as well as the puncture protection so whatever is the best of both :D

    Leave the Rubinos on and then switch to the Contis for the summer. No sense in trashing a pair of expensive race tyres at this time of the year...

    +1

    Rubino's are pretty damn robust, and certainly as good as the other suggestions here.
  • Andy140
    Andy140 Posts: 130
    If you want the best puncture resistance, then it's Schwalbe Marathon Plus, but they are heavy

    +1
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    +1 for keeping the Rubinos. I fitted them to my winter bike and so far 1000 miles later no pu&%$ures. Best sub £10 tyre I reckon, reasonable grip and turn in and in 25mm very comfortable. Much better than the Conti Ultra Sports that came on the bike.