So…after my sixth ride and fifth puncture in a fortnight, I’m thinking of changing my tyre choice.
I currently ride, what was previously pretty bomb proof, Vittoria Rubino Control 3G+ 28mm.
They are on some basic Mavic Askium (sp?) rims, with Conti tubes.
Previously, punctures on them were as rare as hens teeth.
I’ve a pair of Vision 35mm rims, with some Conti Grand Prix 4000 IIs 25mm on.
Although they seem a bit extreme for my winter bike!
(I could just swap the tyres around, but CBA!)
What tyres are people running and trusting?
I aren’t bothered about weight, or rolling resistance, but will not extend to Schwalbe Marathon’s
I’ve always run Gatorskins on my road bike and I’ve never had to fix a puncture whilst out. The only one I’ve ever had was just as I got home. They’re a bit of a bitch to get on the rim but my N=1 says they’re pretty puncture resistant.
It depends what you’re puncturing on - some things repel thorns better, some repel flints, some repel glass. Round here, it’s typically flint, and it’s not the tyres that matter most, it’s removing the little flints from the tyre after a ride to stop them being worked in deep enough to puncture.
Has puncture tests as well as CRR so you can your balance between puncture resistance and rolling resistance. For my commute bikes I go for high puncture resistance. Schawble delta cruisers on one and marathons on roadie.
I have 4 seasons on my commuter, mainly as gatorskins feel like they have no grip at all. 4 seasons are just as slow though.
GP5000’s are noticeably better than 4000Sii. I have a lot of the latter, and within one ride of getting some 5000’s in advance of the Etape, I had to get some for my TT bike as well. They’re significantly faster according to tests, and feel a lot grippier to me (which is largely what made me get some of them for the TT at Nice 70.3)
So, stop riding off-road on a road bike and use your own drive, that fixes two.
The metal in the road problems, no idea on tyres good for that, sharp metal will go through anything probably.
So thorns - sadly they tend to go through the softer tyres, even the awful rubino’s, but that does mean the proper puncture resistant things like the gatorskins and stuff, no personal experience, not many thorns down here.
So, it’s either 4000 or 5000?
What version of the 5000s? The TL ones?
@JibberJim - Neighbours Drive is perpendicular to ours, and all the flint goes all over the on street parking bit, I wasn’t on their drive, just hitting the detritus!
What makes Rubino so bad? I’ve always thought they were good for the price.