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What tires do you use? [for the commute]

ValyValy Posts: 1,321
edited June 2010 in Commuting chat
As the title says. :D


  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    23mm Schwalbe Durano Pluses. Awesome.
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
  • Skippy2309Skippy2309 Posts: 426
    Conti Ultra sport, they came with the bike, holding up very well but I am looking to get some Vitoria Tyres when mine wear out.

    That reminds me I need to check pressures and give the tyres a once over :P

    used Conti Town and Country when using a MTB to commute.
    FCN: 5/6 Fixed Gear (quite rapid) in normal clothes and clips :D

    Cannondale CAAD9 / Mongoose Maurice (heavily modified)
  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,197
    Schwalb Marathons 1.5x28 reasonably fast and bombproof
  • thel33terthel33ter Posts: 2,684
    Some shiny new 23c Ultrasports, I used Zaffiros before which are nice for commuting, they were very predictable and relatively wide for a 23c. The Ultrasports need you too keep paying attention as they are a lot more responsive.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
    05 Spesh Enduro Expert
    05 Trek 1000 Custom build
    Speedily Singular Thingy
  • milan_nsmilan_ns Posts: 49
    contis gp4000 4season 23c - these are indestructible
  • posh_pedallerposh_pedaller Posts: 124
    Michelin Krylion 700x23c. I've had them for a year (only 500 miles), only had one puncture which was my own fault for not checking the tyre pressure. Bit slick, though I've never had an off either.
    FCN 7
    Porridge and coffee - the breakfast of champions
  • Agent57Agent57 Posts: 2,300
    Schwalbe City Jet 26"x1.5"
    MTB commuter / 531c commuter / CR1 Team 2009 / RockHopper Pro Disc / 10 mile PB: 25:52 (Jun 2014)
  • ValyValy Posts: 1,321
    Are the Duranos essentially a road version of the Marathon Plus?

    I got a Schwalbe MP for the front to reaplce a Kenda Kommuter (Conti Travel Contact rear) - hefty things. :/

    Kind of made me lead towards raod vs cycle paths when not "commuting" :p
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    20mm pro 3 race tyres.... pumped up so hard they never puncture!
  • AlinshearahAlinshearah Posts: 339
    Conti Gatorskins (not made with real skins of alligators)
  • fjellrunnerfjellrunner Posts: 64
    25mm Gatorskins. They seem to be the weapon of choice in The Peak and especially on sheffield's crappy pave.
  • emdeefemdeef Posts: 98
    Specialized Crossroads Armadillo 26 X 1.95

    Very pleased with them. Excellent compromise tyre for my commute which is part bridleway, part road.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    Currently using:

    Conti Gatorskin
    Conti GP4000
    Conti GP4000s
    Michelin Krylion Carbon
    Schwalbe Durano Plus
    Schwalbe Marathon Plus

    The all have their benefits and their pitfalls. My current favorites are the Krylions, but that will probably change on a whim.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    Valy wrote:
    Are the Duranos essentially a road version of the Marathon Plus?

    Never tried the Marathons, but they are a great commuting tyre. Have been used them for the last five months. They are heavy, but I don't mind that - good for training. They're not as grippy as my Conti GP 4000Ses, but that's not a problem for the commute.

    Have used Krylions and Gatorskins (23 and 25mm versions) for the commute, too, and my favourites are the Duranos. :)
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
  • spasypaddyspasypaddy Posts: 5,731
    Gp4000s on one bike (see recent purchase thread for todays woes)
    Durano Pluses on the other one.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Gatorskins too (folding 23c)

    Tried Schwalbe Luganos (came with the bike) but punctured too easily

    Also tried Bontrager RaceLite HardCase but they also punctured

    Gatorskins are fine provided they stay well-inflated
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,156
    I take a longer curve though Bushy Park and so on.

    so my choice is big wide marathon pluses, I use the bike all year around had one fairy visit 2 years ago, a large screw that. just got though.

    but the choice of tires is depended on use, what do you value?
  • pst88pst88 Posts: 632
    Continental GP4000S on the front, Schwalbe Luguno on the back.
    Bianchi Via Nirone Veloce/Centaur 2010
  • UnderscoreUnderscore Posts: 730
    Gatorskins in 28mm, wire bead for me. I've had 1 p****ure in 1500 miles (a flint shard, natch) where I had none in 3000 miles with the Spesh Nimbus Armadillos that I had on it previously but, God, the Gators roll sooo much better...

  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    26x1.3 WTB slickasaurus, stick well, no PF visits yet and roll quite nicely, reasonably light and fast rolling, for some reasons though they are really noisy on one small part of my commute, surface is different but can't put my finger on what is different about it that makes the tyre noisy over it, no excess noise on my previous tyre.

  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    Tyres currently in use:

    Halo twin rails on the CX. Very hard wearing, not completely p ** proof, but fairly fast rolling

    Conti sport contacts on the tourer. Slick, p** free in 4000 miles

    Vittoria zaffiros on the road bike. OK so far, but too early to tell really.
  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    PS I don't use tires, I use tyres.

  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    Specialized All Condition Pro

    Lovely tyre :D
    Le Cannon [98 Cannondale M400] [FCN: 8]
    The Mad Monkey [2013 Hoy 003] [FCN: 4]
  • nichnich Posts: 888
    Using Vittoria Rubino (the cheap £10 version). I'm very impressed with these so far - 500 miles 'n no punctures on london roads 'n bus lanes. They also come in cool colours ;)

    I've also purchased some Continental City Contacts for the ole MTB, not delivered yet tho :(
  • KiblamsKiblams Posts: 2,423
    Vittoria Randonneur 26x1.5
  • Rubino Pro, when you absolutely, positively have to scalp every mutha.... on your commute, accept no substitutes.
  • owenlarsowenlars Posts: 719
    Fixed: Gatorskins 25mm 3000 miles no p fairy visits
    Audax: Sport Contact 28mm 2000 miles no p fairy visits
    Cross: Marathon Plus 32mm 500 miles no p fairy visits
  • anyuseranyuser Posts: 51
    Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Rubino Pro, when you absolutely, positively have to scalp every mutha.... on your commute, accept no substitutes.
    That film's great :D

    On the commute a mixture of conti gatorskins and gp 4 seasons. The 4 seasons are a bit expensive but are grippy, fast, bullet-proof* and last for ages

    * well, ok, not tried an actual AK47 on them
    FCN 2-4 "Shut up legs", Jens Voigt
    Planet-x Scott
  • BiggerBoatBiggerBoat Posts: 188
    Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard City Tyre (700 x 35mm). I ride through a patches of cut hawthorn on a regular basis that punctures most tyres. These are bombproof, my only concern is puncture resistance.
    We need a bigger boat.

    Giant OCR 4
    Trek Madone 5.2
    Ridgeback Speed (FCN 15)
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