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Climb01742
03-08-2008, 06:41 AM
right now, the one pair of 28s i've tried are conti 4 season grand prix. they seem a-ok. as i explore the world of fatter rubber, what other 28s would folks recommend? looking for all the usual cliches: smooth, supple, comfortable. ;) your help is appreciated.

dave1215
03-08-2008, 06:55 AM
i run panaracer pasela tour guard on my weigle. they were favorably tested by jan heine at bq and recommended by jpw. i have enjoyed them and also like the tan sidewall look.

http://www.wallbike.com/tires/panaracer.html

palincss
03-08-2008, 07:24 AM
The Grand Bois Cerf "Green label" 700x28's gotten some very good word of mouth. Another tire worth looking at is the Rivendell Rolly Poly.

There seems to be a wide variety of opinion on the Michelin Dynamic, some loving it and some hating it.

Too Tall
03-08-2008, 07:48 AM
Clinchers? Not a 28 however the ProRace2 25 is all that and a bag of chips. Lots of volume.

sw3759
03-08-2008, 07:51 AM
i second the motion for Pasela's..super tires

stevep
03-08-2008, 08:01 AM
Clinchers? Not a 28 however the ProRace2 25 is all that and a bag of chips. Lots of volume.


tts on the money
nice, run 'em at 90psi in the winter when the road is full of holes.

dirtdigger88
03-08-2008, 08:02 AM
Grand Bois Cerf Green label 700x28's

these tires rock

Jason

J.Greene
03-08-2008, 08:06 AM
The Grand Bois Cerf "Green label" 700x28's gotten some very good word of mouth. Another tire worth looking at is the Rivendell Rolly Poly.

There seems to be a wide variety of opinion on the Michelin Dynamic, some loving it and some hating it.

I have heard of 4-5 of these tires having issues with the casings coming apart. Anybody else having problems?

JG

GregL
03-08-2008, 08:12 AM
I've had Paselas on two bikes. Positive: good tread life, light for a larger tire, very inexpensive. Negative: weak side walls and inconsistent quality. I recently had a nearly-new Pasela experience a large bulge in the sidewall. It looks like the internal casing just stretched or broke for no apparent reason.

Regards,
Greg

MarleyMon
03-08-2008, 08:24 AM
I have heard of 4-5 of these tires having issues with the casings coming apart. Anybody else having problems?

JG
There are 3 tires in the quote you referenced - to which do you refer?
Thx, Mike
:)

Ray
03-08-2008, 08:53 AM
Roly Polys are pretty great. Very round in cross section, good grip, roll pretty easy. They don't feel quite as light or fast as the Michelin Pro-Race 25s, which are very nearly as fat. I tend to spend more time with the Michelins but I've put lots of happy miles on the Roly Polys. The Paselas are a bit oval for my taste - the transition into leaning the bike over can be pretty abrupt. I find Contis to be like that too. But Michelins and Roly Polys are just dead round and leaning over is absolutely seamless.

-Ray

J.Greene
03-08-2008, 09:12 AM
There are 3 tires in the quote you referenced - to which do you refer?
Thx, Mike
:)

sorry,

grand bois 28's

JG

dirtdigger88
03-08-2008, 09:15 AM
I think the Grand Bois had some issues in the beginning- I have been please with mine so far

they are made by Panaracer- the same people who make the Ruffys and Rollies- and about a million other tires over the years

they know what they are doing

Jason

DarrenCT
03-08-2008, 09:15 AM
i have a set of panaracer 28's that work well on my kirk in the winter...

http://www.lickbike.com/productpage.aspx?PART_NUM_SUB='1766-32'

jthurow
03-08-2008, 09:19 AM
The Avocet FasGrips (http://www.avocet.com/tirepages/carbon12_specs.html) come in 28. Smooth tread and only available with a wire bead in 28. They are often overlooked, I think partly b/c they can be hard to find. I find them to be very round as well.

That said... I've been running Roly Poly's or Ruffy Tuffy's lately. I commute using the RT's b/c of the kevlar belt & thicker tread but would much rather ride RP's 'cause they feel so much better than the RT's.

jimi

cs124
03-08-2008, 10:00 AM
tts on the money
nice, run 'em at 90psi in the winter when the road is full of holes.

i've found that 90 psi isn't enough pressure in PR2s. at "low" pressures they bounce and wander, especially in corners, leading to brown chamois moments. at 110 everything is peachy tho.

for winter tyres i like bontrager race lite. nice tyres even if they are really farkin uncool. available in 25, 28 and 32. any trek dealer can get 'em.

OtayBW
03-08-2008, 10:02 AM
I've been looking at a couple. What's the story with:

Conti Gator Skins - 28s, and
Schwalbe Marathons - 28s.

Any idears out there?

whitecda
03-08-2008, 10:11 AM
Conti Gator Skins - 28s


I was just about to mention these. I run them on my rain/yuck/fender bike. No flats in 2 years, but I only put a few hundred miles on that bike each year. All in the rain or less than great conditions. Seem to do a good job. Lots of Randonneur friends use them around here too.

Steve Hampsten
03-08-2008, 10:22 AM
+1 on the Gran Bois 28mm

Roly Poly for the crappy roads

Curious to try Vittoria Pave 27mm sewups

fixednwinter
03-08-2008, 11:06 AM
For high pressure (100 + psi) 28mm tires, I've used the Conti 4 Season, which is still my favourite for this size and pressure. Before that, a Panaracer 28mm was also good, but that specific model is no longer around, I'm assuming the Gran Bois 28mm that Steve refers to above is its successor.

For lower pressure (85 psi), thicker casing tires in 28mm for winter and long training rides: Vittoria Randonneur or Continental Contact.

GoJavs
03-08-2008, 11:26 AM
I've been looking at a couple. What's the story with:

Conti Gator Skins - 28s, and
Schwalbe Marathons - 28s.

Any idears out there?

---
Ridden both. Like both. The Schwalbe's have a pretty aggressive thread. Either one has been pretty flat-resistant so far. I personally prefer the look of the GatorSkin. :)

Ken Robb
03-08-2008, 11:27 AM
the reason I run fatter tires is so I can use lower pressure. My guess is that if you have to run high pressure in a 28mm tire to keep it from squirming you might need different rims. FWIW Open Pro rims work fine with all 28mm tires I have tried at 90psi under my 200 lbs. I like Roly Poly, Ruffy Tuffy, Paselas, and Conti Ultra Gatorskins.
The RP and Rt are very round. 28mm Paselas have a raised center tread that does make them a bit more triangular (taller/narrower) in shape.

I like the ride of Micehlin Pro whatever in 700x25 but I get lots of punctures with them.

Too Tall
03-08-2008, 12:10 PM
+1 on the Gran Bois 28mm

Roly Poly for the crappy roads

Curious to try Vittoria Pave 27mm sewups
Stevy, linky? I'm weak. Recent positive experiences with CX's convinces me Vittoria tubulars are ok.

jthurow
03-08-2008, 01:42 PM
Stevy, linky? I'm weak. Recent positive experiences with CX's convinces me Vittoria tubulars are ok.I'm not Steve... but here's a link (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/productdetail.asp?productcatalogue=VITTTUBA860) to one source.

jimi

39cross
03-08-2008, 01:54 PM
Here's another plug for the Gatorskins. They roll well enough for me, no flats with maybe 2000+ miles on them? I don't really notice them, which is good. I have Ruffy Tuffys also, but I am not so keen on them.

But based on how popular they are here, I'd try a pair in the Pro Races.

Steve Hampsten
03-08-2008, 01:55 PM
Stevy, linky? I'm weak. Recent positive experiences with CX's convinces me Vittoria tubulars are ok.

i only play stevie on the internets:

http://www.vittoria.com/index3.asp?lingua=en

Johnny P
03-08-2008, 01:55 PM
I have 25C Schwalbe Marathon plus tires and my commuting bike and they work well. Very puncture proof.

dave1215
03-08-2008, 03:10 PM
I'm not Steve... but here's a link (http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/productdetail.asp?productcatalogue=VITTTUBA860) to one source.

jimi


could these be the same product? http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/product-tires/2008-vittoria-pave-evo-cg-tubular-tire-700x27-4725_258_FALSE.html

there seems to be a HUGE price discrepancy :confused:

Blue Jays
03-08-2008, 03:31 PM
/\/\ One site is in U.S. Dollars and the other is in British Pounds.
To obtain the lower price for those tires (29.66 instead of 32.95 or $59.70 and $66.32, respectively) one has to spend at least $161.00 U.S. dollars (80.00) on other purchases to qualify for the discount.
One would have to determine the actual shipping costs to see how the deal works in the end. :beer:

jthurow
03-08-2008, 03:33 PM
could these be the same product? http://www.competitivecyclist.com/road-bikes/product-tires/2008-vittoria-pave-evo-cg-tubular-tire-700x27-4725_258_FALSE.html

there seems to be a HUGE price discrepancy :confused:Same product. Ribble has always treated my cheap arse well.

jimi

dave thompson
03-08-2008, 10:39 PM
I've been using Bontrager Select 700X28 for the last season and really like them. Relatively inexpensive, folding, no flats so far and feel very good. What's not to like?

SimonC
03-09-2008, 09:18 AM
Re: Conti Gator Skins - 28s

I brought a set of these a couple of weeks ago based on good reccommendations. I've covered 150 miles, largely in the dry, dug one good-sized sliver of glass out on Friday and then succumbed to a sliver of flint later the same day. They've only had 150 miles on them. That's still a better batting average than I was getting with the Corsa CXs they replaced, but I'm a bit disappointed given the hype they get.

malcolm
03-09-2008, 11:07 AM
Simon, I've got thousands of miles on 25 gatorskins and have flatted with them less than any other tire I've used. The only flats I've had was after they had squared off and probably should have been changed any way. I've got some 28's but haven't used them yet. I'll bet your early flat was a fluke or at least I hope so. They get a bad rap around here for their poor ride quality, but I've not noticed or I'm just not sophisticated enough to tell. Good luck with them.

PacNW2Ford
03-09-2008, 08:00 PM
Anyone seen or tried the 2008 Vittoria Rubino Pro or Rubino Pro Tech 28's?

Fixed
03-09-2008, 09:26 PM
conti 1000 28's 10 dollars in the junk box they don't wear out or flat very often
imho
cheers