/ Road Tyres
What would you buy?
They're called Schwalbe unobtainium, excellent tyres I remember putting a pair in the shed and can I find them again!
A mountain bike.
Depends on what compromise you can accept, what size you want and what you are using the bike for.
If you want 'bomb-proof' for comuting, then Marathon Plus are supposed to be the best.
For more general use I find GP4000s pretty good on all fronts.
Gatorskins work for me
I've started using Schwalbe durano after being strongly recommended them, they are fairly light and cheapish but I've not but enough miles in them to see if they are a long term choice, the durano plus is also available with better puncture resistance but a bit heavier.
Also used gatorskins but find them not a particularly nice ride and don't feel like they have a huge amount of grip in the wet.
I got about 10,000 kms out of the my marathon pluses commuting and later mixed riding (gravel, light off road) on CX. Just replaced them with a pair of Marathon Plus Tours which have a bit more tread as I'm doing more gravel and dirt road riding on that bike. They have never punctured.
But, and its a big but, they are heavy - really noticeably so. Replacing some light CX tyres with the Tours, I could really notice the difference when picking the bike up and I'm not normally a weight-weenie worrier type.
So super good if you need reliability but far from light.
I run schwalbe durano in winter and ultremo in summer, the roads where i am are pretty clean and we don't get much flint or broken glass. would run Durano plus if there was more chance of punctures
What kind of bike are they going on?
I know you said a road bike but are we talking a road race type bike or a CX/Tourer/Commuter type road bike?
If the former then I'd suggest 700 x 23 Continental UltraGators (get the kevlar bead version if you want to save weight). As has been said above, when first fitted I've found that the first 100 miles or so can be a bit dicey in the wet, but once they're 'bedded in' so to speak, they're a fantastic winter/training tyre.
If the latter then I'd accept a small weight penalty and fit Schwalbe Marathons.
Hope that helps!
Gatorskins offer best compromise for me too. Commuting and long weekend rides.
Some websites usually has a deal on them too which means they can be good value.
Continental four seasons are worth a look.
Michelin Pro 4 Endurance
Thanks all, it's on a fairly race orientated bike and I will be restricting my purchase to 23s.
> Thanks all, it's on a fairly race orientated bike and I will be restricting my purchase to 23s.
Unless you're hell-bent on infinitesimal aero advantages, don't discount 25s or even 28s.
However I have recently become a tubeless convert in both summer and winter - but that means you have to have wheels that'll take them. I use the Schwalbe Ultremo kits that I buy from either bike-discount.de or bike24.com - about £65 a pair including fitting fluid and puncture goo. I've had a couple of punctures recently, one from broken glass - just spin the wheel, leave it for a minute and it seals. Would a gatorskin or a 4Seasons have punctured? Dunno, but it certainly beats changing a tube in the rain.
And the Schwalbes aren't even that hard to fit - I've done two sets now without levers.
Assuming you can get 25s on your bike, most people seem to think they're the way to go nowadays, summer or winter.
Conti 4 seasons - never had a puncture in two tyres worth of riding.
I'm using Hutchison Intensive 2 as a dedicated winter tyre as they are tough, reasonably light and well cheaper than most mentioned. I usually run Conti GPs and am sure these don't perform as well, but then again I have smashed a fair few PBs this winter so they can't be all bad.
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