/ Road tyres
Currently considering the Continental GP4000; Schwalbe Ultremo ZX or the Michelin Pro 4. Any personal experience of any of these or others would be welcome.
I have had Vittoria Open Corsa Evo and wasn't impressed with them, didn't last at all (1500 miles and crap in the wet), although they may have good grip in the dry etc I wouldn't be rushing to part with my money for them over the attack/force combo.
Have had others that came with the wheel but quite happy with continentals. I know the Michelin Pro have had good reviews too.
Had a friend who had the Schwalbe but had a few punctures so swapped to GP4000.
Got continental gp4000 on mine and very happy. Great grip in the wet (even in the snow today), durable, no punctures and fast!
Cant go wrong with gp4000s me and a friend did lejog and a lot of training last year, not one puncture between us in over 4000 miles, and they last well too tons of grip, and they roll well
If you want something a bit more winter orientated the gp4seasons are good too all though I havent done so many miles on them
Conti gp4000s for me. Roll smoothly, wear well, grippy. Generally hard to fault especially now they're available for subŁ30 a tyre. .
I'd previously used Michelin Race Pro3 and preferred them when new (preferred the acceleration and cornering feel) but they quickly went down hill and whilst didn't lose feel became very susceptible to puncturing or losing pressure. Given that I found that at less than 2/3 of your weight, unless you're racing, if the Pro4s are similar they may be an expensive and frustrating option.
I have to join the GP4000 fan club. Last Season I "upgraded" to Michelin Pro4 in May (day before the Etape- I got a slow puncture at the end). I had about 6 punctures in 3 months. Friends recommended the GP4000 so I changed over in August and have only had one puncture - they have good grip, the only adverse thought is that they are a wee bit heavier than the Pro4.... But quite frankly I am weighing in at 86kg so I am clutching at straws in blaming the tyre weight!
Conti Gatorskin or the Grand Prix 4 Season seem to do the trick. Very robust.
Have them on my good wheels.
Otherwise, I've got GommeItalia somethings on my training wheels and can't fault them - no punctures so far.
Vittoria Rubino on my hack bike and no punctures in several years of riding in all weathers and all surfaces, apart from one snakebite which was my own fault for bashing up a curb when they were a bit soft.
Also got Panaracer Extreme Dura and they're very good, too - I'm a big fan of Panaracer generally.
GP 4 Season, 25s for winter
GP4000s 23s or 23/25 combo in summer
If one tyre all year round then one of the above two depending on whether you want to focus on speed or grip/puncture resistance.
I am a big Schwalbe fan, but I don't think anyone could describe the Ultremo as 'sturdy'. I use them in summer and really like the feel and handling but they are not the most durable - if you use them over winter you will destroy them pretty quick. I like the Durano S for winter (the Durano is even more durable but I have never found necessary). Hope this helps
These are for my summer wheels rather than for the moment - looking at Schwalbe studded for the conditions outside at the moment! :-)
Looks like the Contis are worth considering.
Michelin Pro 4 Endurance. These have replaced the Krylion Carbon which I found to be a good hard wearing but reasonably quick rolling tyre.
Just seen in the current Cycling Weekly that the Michelin Pro 4 Grip are now available and reckoned to be good for UK winter conditions.
I've done over 5000 miles on Michelin Pro 3s and like them very much. The only puncture I've had was due to nail sabotage on a sportiff ride. They are super comfortable and with latex inners they are even better.
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