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Best wet weather tyres?

neebneeb Posts: 4,467
edited September 2012 in Road buying advice
Looking for some new tyres for the wet weather bike that 1) grip well in the wet 2) don't puncture every *#@*#* ride and 3) are reasonably light and feel fast. I'm not so worried about durability - if they can do all of 1 - 3 I don't mind having to replace them fairly regularly.

The main problem I have in the wet is puncturing through tiny pre-existing cuts, anything that can minimise that would be good...

I guess the default option would be Michelin Krylions, which I've used before - is there anything better?

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  • ju5t1nju5t1n Posts: 2,028
    Michelin Pro Race grip better than Krylions but wear out quicker. Puncture resistance is similar
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,467
    I've been having an absolute nightmare with a set of pro3s in the wet, as in a puncture every ride... Admittedly they are not new and have quite a lot of micro-cuts.

    I now see that the Krylions have been replaced with the Pro4 Endurance. I'm looking at them, or maybe the Ultremo DDs. I've got the Ultremo ZX on another bike and love them, but I need something tougher for wet autumn miles.

    How are the Continental 4000s for puncturing in the wet? I know a lot of people swear by them but I've never used them.
  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    I've got Conti 4 Season GP and I like them a lot. Mine have about 3000 miles on them (easy) and to date no punctures (knock on wood).
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,467
    I'm definitely migrating towards the idea of contis of some ilk. Those old wifeys in the ads look fairly puncture proof... :)
  • SFTSFT Posts: 156
    I've just had a really bad experience with 2 new Conti GP 4000S. First the front tyre split and blew out on a fast decent down from Les Arc - very scary. Then later the same day on the rear felt odd and sure enough I had a hugh bulge in the side wall...
    I was really disappointed as I have seen nothing but good review about these tyres...
  • I asked a similar question and in the end I opted for rubino pro III's (slick) and no puntures touch wood and plenty of grip.I also noticed a small difference in my speed.
  • chanjychanjy Posts: 200
    Definitely can recommend Conti 4 season for winter. Had some Michelin Krylions too and they were OK but I didn't feel quite as secure going round corners quickly.
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,467
    SFT wrote:
    I've just had a really bad experience with 2 new Conti GP 4000S. First the front tyre split and blew out on a fast decent down from Les Arc - very scary. Then later the same day on the rear felt odd and sure enough I had a hugh bulge in the side wall...
    I was really disappointed as I have seen nothing but good review about these tyres...
    Haven't heard many bad reports like that about the 4000s. Just as a matter of interest, were you using carbon clinchers? Could it have been due to heat buildup from braking?
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I'm on 25mm Conti 4 Seasons all year round. I do a lot of night riding on wet roads, and I'm very confident descending / cornering on them.
    In 5 years the only punctures have been due to:-
    2 massive thorns; one through the tread and one through the sidewall
    2 snakebites due to me not keeping the tyres adequately inflated

    Just replaced the rear after 5 years / 3500 miles. Wore the rubber completely down to the casing. Bought another 4 Seasons to replace it.
  • chanjy wrote:
    Definitely can recommend Conti 4 season for winter. Had some Michelin Krylions too and they were OK but I didn't feel quite as secure going round corners quickly.

    Had exactly the same tyres. Krylions were good, but took quite a lot of damage in poor conditions leading to a series of punctures. Conti 4 Seasons in similar conditions have been faultless. My personal favourite.
    FCN 3 / 4
  • SFTSFT Posts: 156
    neeb wrote:
    SFT wrote:
    I've just had a really bad experience with 2 new Conti GP 4000S. First the front tyre split and blew out on a fast decent down from Les Arc - very scary. Then later the same day on the rear felt odd and sure enough I had a hugh bulge in the side wall...
    I was really disappointed as I have seen nothing but good review about these tyres...
    Haven't heard many bad reports like that about the 4000s. Just as a matter of interest, were you using carbon clinchers? Could it have been due to heat buildup from braking?
    Na, standard alloy Fulcrum wheels.... really odd.....
  • jonomc4jonomc4 Posts: 891
    Hoopdriver wrote:
    I've got Conti 4 Season GP and I like them a lot. Mine have about 3000 miles on them (easy) and to date no punctures (knock on wood).

    +1
  • DadmoDadmo Posts: 61
    +1 for Conti 4 Seasons - not yet had a puncture with them, and feel very steady in the wet.
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