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Old 10-06-19, 05:11 PM
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Lookin for new fast commuting tire

Commuted on Vittoria Hyper and Conti 4Seasons and both were fine, but looking for someting new in the 32/33/35 range. Not Tubeless pls. Anyone tried the Soma Shikoro or Supple Vitesse? What else is out there that's not slow and heavy?
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Old 10-06-19, 06:08 PM
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Big fan of my passela tourguard I think they are called now. 700x 35.
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Old 10-07-19, 07:39 AM
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I like the Pasela TG also, but I have not been able to find them in 32-35mm. Amazon has a Pasela that they call TG, but it is not. Still very good tires at about $25 each. Anyone know where to get actual Pasela TG in 32-25mm?
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Old 10-07-19, 07:41 AM
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Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tires are on sale at Chain Reaction Cycles now for $14 to $21 USD. Order over $50 usd ships free.
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Originally Posted by bobin View Post
Commuted on Vittoria Hyper and Conti 4Seasons and both were fine, but looking for someting new in the 32/33/35 range. Not Tubeless pls. Anyone tried the Soma Shikoro or Supple Vitesse? What else is out there that's not slow and heavy?
How far are you going?

All pavement? Or some dirt paths?

Up hill? Flat?
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Old 10-07-19, 09:54 AM
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Try René Herse tires, formerly known as Compass tires. They're expensive, and the ride is wonderful.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Try René Herse tires, formerly known as Compass tires. They're expensive, and the ride is wonderful.
I saw a pair of these 700x28c (I think) come across Spokane Craigslist recently for $40. Should have snatched them up!

I have heard they rival tubulars in their ride quality and I think they have their roots here in the northwest US?
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Old 10-07-19, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
I saw a pair of these 700x28c (I think) come across Spokane Craigslist recently for $40. Should have snatched them up!

I have heard they rival tubulars in their ride quality and I think they have their roots here in the northwest US?
Yup. The company is in Seattle. https://www.renehersecycles.com/about-us/
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I had the conti 4season (32mm). I'm now on 32mm GP5000 tubless. Insanely fast. Race bike fast. Super low rolling resistance. much more comfortable and smooth ride. Lots of traction. Better than the 4season in every way - except lower tread life and less sidewall protection.

Boy are they fun to ride in on. Grabbed my bike with them this morning and it felt like I had a breeze on my back on the way in. Great way to start the day.

Just be warned. Conti's road tubless tires are a pain to put on unless you have a properly matched rim (not a hookless rim). Super tight, super thick bead. Since you are not a tubless guy, there is the traditional tubed version. Those are straight forwared to mount (just like the 4season). But having a 32mm TL tire this fast is revolutionary in my mind.
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I bought some of the zaffiro pro in 30 front and 32 rear. Love it.
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Old 10-09-19, 02:33 PM
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Panaracer T-Serv are great
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Continental UltraSport, supposedly their low range tire but nice low rolling resistance and pretty durable IMO. So far. Apparently Continental traded off puncture resistance for the lower price and lower rolling resistance - which is perfect if you don't have many flats.
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Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast tire. I haven't tried the newer model, GP 5000, but I assume they are similar. GP 5000 comes in sizes up to 32; 4000S2 tops out at 28, but the tires run a bit wide (my 23s fit more like 25s).

I commute and road ride on these with few problems; my rides are on paved roads and paths with the usual potholes and mild debris like leaves, sand, litter, and the occasional broken glass. Some riders complain about weak sidewalls, so they are probably not the best choice if your commute takes you through gravel/other unpaved surfaces or areas with lots of debris.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Continental UltraSport, supposedly their low range tire but nice low rolling resistance and pretty durable IMO. So far. Apparently Continental traded off puncture resistance for the lower price and lower rolling resistance - which is perfect if you don't have many flats.
Yeah, conti's cheap tires are amazingly good, fast, light. Their more expensive tires have better puncture resistance, but I've never had puncture problems with their the UltraSport.


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Continental Grand Prix 4000S2 are a nice fast tire. I haven't tried the newer model, GP 5000, but I assume they are similar. GP 5000 comes in sizes up to 32; 4000S2 tops out at 28, but the tires run a bit wide (my 23s fit more like 25s).

I commute and road ride on these with few problems; my rides are on paved roads and paths with the usual potholes and mild debris like leaves, sand, litter, and the occasional broken glass. Some riders complain about weak sidewalls, so they are probably not the best choice if your commute takes you through gravel/other unpaved surfaces or areas with lots of debris.
Yeah, the 4000 and 5000 are pretty similar - the biggest difference is the new tire goes up to 32mm, and is available tubeless.

For what it is worth, the 28mm GP4000 is sized right between the GP5000 28mm and 32mm. on my wheels. I have a bike I can't fit the old 28mm on, but the new one fits fine. (my 28mm GP4000 are between 30-31mm depending on the rim and tire pressure, my 32mm 5000 is at 33mm, while the 28mm 5000 is just over 28mm.).

The tubless version is a bit tougher with thicker threads and more rubber casing - but it has to be on a tubless compatible hook bead rim or you may never get the d*mn thing to mount. It is impossible to get that thing on the wrong rim. Super tight bead on that thing.

Certainly the T-serve is a better rounded commuter - longer lasting and a bit tougher. Not quite as fast though.
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Old 10-10-19, 06:00 PM
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I just got a pair of Pasela ProTites a couple months ago. I like them better than the gator hardshells I had previously. Haven't had a flat so far, knock on wood.
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I used long the Conti GP4Season 28mm in the non-snowy months. Now since a half year with the Panaracer Gravelking 28mm (slick version, not the SK = small knobs) and like them! Had since April only one flat, which was my own fault (snakebite, not enough air and heavier bag and too fast through a construction site with a metal board over the bike lane). My new bike will have the same but 38mm.
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Not sure if you would class it as a commuting tyre, but I like my GP4000s and they're pretty good all round.

The one downside is the lightweight sidewall, which you can damage on sharp rock etc, so glass will slice through it like cheese.
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Not sure if you would class it as a commuting tyre, but I like my GP4000s and they're pretty good all round.

The one downside is the lightweight sidewall, which you can damage on sharp rock etc, so glass will slice through it like cheese.
I'm like you. I like really good tires, and I don't care how long they last, as long as they ride well. I have those tires, and man, are they nice!
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I'm all for using stuff that's run to ride. But I have a hard time using "commute" and "$80 tire" in the same sentence. I spend so much time on my 10 mile commute concentrating on traffic, lights, potholes, etc., that I can hardly imagine having enough time to just enjoy the ride. Out in the country, sure, but I don't commute there.

FWIW, I have the same reaction to commuting on $40 tires, but I'm slowly getting used to it.
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@pdlamb, I got my "fancy" tires on special from a French website (xxcycle). I wait for sales whenever possible.
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I do my commuting, randonneuring, club rides, and other joyriding on the same bikes. So, the nice tires I want on long, fast rides also come along with me to work.
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Continental Grand Prix goes with me everywhere. I don't want to buy extra wheelset for weekend ride only. Just have to settle with a tyre that work for both.
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Can’t go wrong with a GP5000. 700x28 / 700x32 for a little comfort on your commute. I run mine in gravel chunky stuff, road, dirt, wet, all sorts of stuff. They just hold up and keep going. They have probably one of the lowest rolling resistance for a tire i would use daily.
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