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Best tyres for both dry and wet riding

Nick_105Nick_105 Posts: 38
edited June 2012 in Road buying advice
As above what would you recommend the best tyres are for both dry and wet road riding?, would preferably like them to have good puncture protection as well and I don't mind them being heavy as I need the training!

Thanks

Nick :D

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  • I have Schwalbe Ultremo slicks and they're fine in the wet no problems at all.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Conti gp4000s.

    Or if you want really bomb proof tyres - schwalbe marathon plus.
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro 3 - the folding tyres are also quite light & have puncture protection belt. Also approx £20 each so reasonably priced.
    Have done 600 miles on mine so far in all weathers on some pretty bad road surfaces & they have served me well.
  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    cougie wrote:
    Conti gp4000s.

    Or if you want really bomb proof tyres - schwalbe marathon plus.
    +1 on both counts
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    i use michelin krylion carbon tyres and really cant fault them. great puncture resistance and I got about 6,000 miles out of the last pair!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    A lot of choice to be honest. I would probably go for the Michelins too (now called the Endurance rather than Kryllion, I think) as they just go on forever and give a good all year performance but they can feel dull when up against racier tyres.

    The Conti GP4000s are really nice (lovely ride quality, lightweight and great grip but I would never rate their puncture protection as they are race tyres, similar to Schwalbe Ultremo ZX, rather than 'routine trainers'). I do use them all year but have had to change them every 2-3000 miles as they often cut up, wear out or both.

    Marathon Plus are a bit OTT for me as the Marathon Kevlars offer a fantastic level of protection for everyday commuting but without the excessive weight...then again they are stil very heavy and slow compared to something like Conti Gatorskins.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Don't underestimate the GP4000s.

    I use them in the summer and for my Ironman races - I seriously cant remember the last time I had a P*******.
    But that last one was the inner tube perishing as it had lasted that long ! Tyres seem so much better these days.

    I don't mind a stouter tyre for winter - its all good training and I'd rather have to pedal slightly harder than risk a flat in the cold and the wet.
  • gabriel959gabriel959 Posts: 4,227
    Vittoria Rubino Pro's are amazing value.

    They are good in dry and wet. Lots of puncture protection and the best is that they are considerably cheaper than the GP 4000 S.

    They don't feel dead either.
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    Commuting / Winter rides - Jamis Renegade Expert
    Pootling / Offroad - All-City Macho Man Disc
    Fast rides Cannondale SuperSix Ultegra
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    Hoopdriver wrote:
    cougie wrote:
    Conti gp4000s.

    Or if you want really bomb proof tyres - schwalbe marathon plus.
    +1 on both counts

    Schwalbe Marathon Plus may be bombproof, but they are terrible in the wet.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • chris_basschris_bass Posts: 4,913
    Bobbinogs wrote:
    I would probably go for the Michelins too (now called the Endurance rather than Kryllion, I think)

    I didnt know they had changed name! thanks for the heads up!
    www.conjunctivitis.com - a site for sore eyes
  • schweizschweiz Posts: 1,644
    Vittoria Open Corsa Evo Tech (used on my everyday commuting wheels) or Rubino Pro (on the SS) if you're on a budget.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    I've never had a problem with the Schwalbes in the wet - to be honest - but everyones different.
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    The Marathons are designed to last for ages and consequently have a very, very hard compound. The downside of which is that they don't grip very well in the wet, it's the same for all long lasting tyres and a lot of tyres use dual compounds on the centre and the shoulders to get around this. The SMP doesn't use dual compounds.

    The Durano Plus is a better option in this regard. Almost the same protection as an SMP but better grip. Still rides like a wagon wheels. I've got SMPs on my shopper / kid carrier / Mrs bike and on my station hack and I always used Durano Plus' on my fixed simply because neither have quick release wheels.
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
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