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Advice... winter tyres?
« on: November 07, 2012, 14:33 »
I've not had a winter proper for nearly twenty years (gotta love living in Aus!) and was wondering what people recommend as a decent winter tyre? I've got some Schwalbe ZX things on at the moment but tbh they're pretty slippy in the wet and muddy roads. Any advice guys and gals? Ta, esa.
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 15:45 »
    I kitted out Mrs L'arri with a pair of Continental GP 4 Seasons after getting rid of the horrible no-name slicks that came with her Mavic wheels.



    These are neither the fastest nor the lightest tyres out there but they stick like glue on the corners. I have tested them myself and they are really impressive in the wet, even on greasy cobbles.

    I myself am still on knobbly 4ZA 'cross tyres, even on the road. And they are as slow as you can imagine.  ;D
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #2 on: November 08, 2012, 19:20 »
    Right! I've gone hardcore... got a couple of second-hand 25c Maxxis tyres off a mate at the LBS, and I've stuffed an old pair of CX tubs into them! Ha, take that 'winter'!  ;D
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #3 on: November 08, 2012, 20:10 »
    tyres inside tyres... interesting
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #4 on: November 08, 2012, 20:11 »
    tyres inside tyres... interesting

    Interesting and heavy. ;)
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #5 on: November 09, 2012, 19:35 »
    Jezuz... L'Arriv, think I'll be hunting down a pair of those Conti Seasons mate! Tyres within tyres may have been ok when I was screaming fit, but at present: Nah! Epic fail...  :fp Heavy and dead as...

    And I only did 50km!  :-[
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #6 on: July 12, 2020, 21:44 »
    I kitted out Mrs L'arri with a pair of Continental GP 4 Seasons after getting rid of the horrible no-name slicks that came with her Mavic wheels.

    These are neither the fastest nor the lightest tyres out there but they stick like glue on the corners. I have tested them myself and they are really impressive in the wet, even on greasy cobbles.

    Indeed!

    I must be (very!) late to the Continental party. I've only ever used their Gatorskins before, and I don't remember being particularly impressed by them. But I just put a pair Grand Prix 4 Seasons on my bike, and I can't believe the traction they offer in turns! I can corner with more confidence than ever. Not sure what took me so long, but here I am.
     :cool




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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #7 on: September 29, 2020, 11:14 »
    Indeed!

    I must be (very!) late to the Continental party. I've only ever used their Gatorskins before, and I don't remember being particularly impressed by them. But I just put a pair Grand Prix 4 Seasons on my bike, and I can't believe the traction they offer in turns! I can corner with more confidence than ever. Not sure what took me so long, but here I am.
     :cool






    They will probably bed in and lose a bit of that but I still love them even if there is no fashionable tan wall option :D

    I've been running Schwalbe G-One Allround 35mm on my gravel bike and they're pretty decent too.
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #8 on: September 29, 2020, 13:09 »
    real world covid effect - went to buy some contis same as pair that I had bought for eldest just before Xmas and they had more than doubled in price - everywhere not just Bezos's mob.  Had to go Schwalbe - they are fine - and perhaps I should be happy that the explosion in bike sales is driving scarcity and increased prices...
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #9 on: September 29, 2020, 16:22 »
    real world covid effect - went to buy some contis same as pair that I had bought for eldest just before Xmas and they had more than doubled in price - everywhere not just Bezos's mob.  Had to go Schwalbe - they are fine - and perhaps I should be happy that the explosion in bike sales is driving scarcity and increased prices...

    Wow, really? :/ I haven't bought any tyres in ages so I wouldn't know. Schwalbe are fab but some of their clinchers can be mighty hard to get on and off the rim.
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    Re: Advice... winter tyres?
    « Reply #10 on: September 30, 2020, 11:15 »
    real world covid effect - went to buy some contis same as pair that I had bought for eldest just before Xmas and they had more than doubled in price

    I bought mine from https://bikecloset.com. They generally offer ridiculous deals. I got mine for less than half of what any LBS would've charged me, and I don't feel the least bit guilty about that as it's near impossible to get any decent service from any local shops anyway. (It doesn't appear that they ship outside the U.S., though. But I'm not certain of that.)


    Wow, really?
    My thoughts exactly when I saw that L'arri had entered a thread!  :o  :cool

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