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Mile Munching Training tyre?

benneallybenneally Posts: 973
Looking for a mile munching training tyre for the winter.

Needs to be highly puncture resistant, grippy in wet, and as fast rolling as possible...

Looking at the Specialized All condition pro 2, or the Continental Ultra Gator Skin. Anyone got any advice on these, recomendations?

Cheers guys.

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  • da gooseda goose Posts: 284
    Gators are big mile eaters grip pretty good and only ever punctured once (was a hedgehog??) another factor is how easy/hard some tyres are to get of wheels in cold wet training days, gators are fairly good imo,depending how deep rims are. :lol:
  • doyler78doyler78 Posts: 1,951
    I don't do different tyres for different seasons but then I don't have problems with punctures. 2 in 6 years and both were totally preventable (running straight through broken glass and running straight into a big lump of stone). I don't go for slow puncture resistant tyres either I go simply with good rollers that cope admirably with the roads I ride on (which is a mix of country - read stone sprayed back roads and main urban roads).
  • andy162andy162 Posts: 634
    +1 for Conti Gators.
  • LagavulinLagavulin Posts: 1,688
    Michelin Krylion Carbons. Vittoria Open-Paves. The Paves are class.
    Haven't tried Conti's winter boots though.
  • ut_och_cyklaut_och_cykla Posts: 1,594
    I run Conti 4 seasons - good for Swedish autmns/spring/summer and even a little gravel. 25mm for added snakebite protection/comfyness.
  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    Lagavulin wrote:
    Michelin Krylion Carbons.
    I didn't get on with them well at all - poor wet grip and cut to shreds pretty quickly.

    The Vittoria Evo Paves are ace, but expensive.
  • SlimbodsSlimbods Posts: 321
    Conti Gators here, been running them all year on the training bike. Only one flat, and that was a pinch flat from a pot hole, not the tyres fault. Not the lightest tyre, but who needs the lightest tyre on a winter/training bike?
  • gazergazer Posts: 33
    haave you thoght about specialized armadillo's? the downside is that they are 25c but have a fairly low rollong resistance i even time trailed on them and they are extremely puncture resistant as i have checked and picked numerous pieces of glass out of the tyres and their still good

    cheers Gareth

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  • benneallybenneally Posts: 973
    Yeah i thought about them, but the 25c put me off.

    I currently run Schwalbe Blizzards. Havent had any punctures, but havent ridden them for long (got given a set not long ago). Will they last/are they any good? Worth getting a set of contis?
  • chrisw12chrisw12 Posts: 1,246
    doyler78 wrote:
    I don't do different tyres for different seasons but then I don't have problems with punctures. 2 in 6 years and both were totally preventable (running straight through broken glass and running straight into a big lump of stone). I don't go for slow puncture resistant tyres either I go simply with good rollers that cope admirably with the roads I ride on (which is a mix of country - read stone sprayed back roads and main urban roads).

    +1

    Pro race 3 for me all year round and race on. Life is way to short for sh.. tyres. Beats me why people spend lots of money on frames and wheels and groupos then put rubbish tyres on to avoid punctures or save a tiny bit of money.

    The punctures I've had in 3ish years have mainly been caused by hitting potholes and stones. In fact I've had more punctures due to inner tubes failing at the valve.
  • da gooseda goose Posts: 284
    Thinking about it i run conti 4 seasons now and really can`t fault them no punctures (yet) wearing great pretty light and very supple ride as good tpi count.
    :roll:
  • dave35dave35 Posts: 1,124
    Pro race 3's for me aswell, agree with the above about kit. Always puzzled me that we have a real censored winter/training bike when it's the bike you probably spend the most time ridng so you might aswell have something nice to ride.
  • SlimbodsSlimbods Posts: 321
    I'm happy riding my crappy bike on hard wearing tyres for training. Makes the times I get my racing/sunday bike out that much more of a treat :)
  • my call is the GP 4 Seasons in 25mm (though 23mm is fine too)

    pro race 3's and gp4000s dont have sufficient puncture protection for crappy flinty lanes north of london or london roads afters the rain has washed all the censored onto the streets. If they dont puncture they get seriously cut up in no time. Great though the rest of the time (I use pr3's now, but i dont think there's a difference between them)

    vittoria paves are stunningly grippy, but are a true race tyre - even less protection than the pr3's and gp4000s and get cut to pieces on london and surrounding areas roads. For flanders or roubaix though, there's no contest

    the spesh armadillos and GP gatorskins arent "performance enough" in that you feel the slowness as soon as you're cycling with a group. Also, I found them lacking in grip in the wet. The 4 seasons are a step up in speed and wet grippyness.

    Just my opinion; but one formed from standing in the rain repairing multiple punctures or swearing at a censored purchase :)
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I've had 25mm Conti 4 seasons on my bike from new. 2 years and 2 winters later there's a bit of wear on the rear and the front still looks new. Total punctures = 1, and that due to a thorn that would've gone through anything. Well impressed!
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    keef66 wrote:
    I've had 25mm Conti 4 seasons on my bike from new. 2 years and 2 winters later there's a bit of wear on the rear and the front still looks new. Total punctures = 1, and that due to a thorn that would've gone through anything. Well impressed!

    How many miles do you do? A tyre would usually last about 6 months for me.

    I've being using Rubino Pro 3's (150TPi), much better than Krylions, unfortunately had to bin the front one as it has a cut in it that has cut the threads.
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I don't keep count, but nowhere near as many as you. Job / wife / kids / dog etc restrict me to maybe 3 hours a week.

    My consumption of microwaved Mars bars is probably lower too.
  • chrisw12chrisw12 Posts: 1,246
    So by that argument the best, most puncture resistant tyres are the cheap ones on my wife's bike. She's had 0 punctures in 8 years! How impressive is that?



    She's only used the bike 4 times though. :D
  • Lady VenomLady Venom Posts: 213
    open paves. i love mine so much. been riding them all summer on crappy hampshire roads. worth every penny.
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    I bet Open Paves would crumble under the censored on the roads in the Yorkshire Dales, oh yes oh yes.




    Oh and my consumption of microwaved Mars Bar is nill now until l I am a student again.
  • hopper1hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    I use Conti Gatorskins on my training/Winter wheels... No problems in almost 2 years.
    I use my training/Winter wheels to race on, too, complete with Gatorskins! They roll quick enough for me, in all but TT's, then I change to a Pro 3 Race!

    Gatorskins is all you need... Ever! :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
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