Tyre recommendations???

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Benz carrera
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Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Wed Mar 06, 2013 16:12 pm

Hello I have a carrera Vulcan 2012 and the standard tyres I think are too grippy for Tarmac so what is the best/fast rolling tyre for both Tarmac and off road tyre cheaper the better tyre many thanks

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby snoopsmydogg » Wed Mar 06, 2013 18:17 pm

Horses for courses sometimes.

Slicks are good for road but what kind of off road terrain do you ride?

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby cooldad » Wed Mar 06, 2013 21:00 pm

Too grippy? Really?
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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby The Rookie » Wed Mar 06, 2013 21:16 pm

I think he means to draggy....

For knobblies the stock CST's on the latest Vulcan are one of the least draggy you'll get, they suck off road though as the rubber is more like plastic, what pressure are you running?

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Thu Mar 07, 2013 06:13 am

Sorry I mean to draggy feels like I'm pedalling more and less roll because of the tyre if that makes sense,and I'm not sure the exact pressure but they are quite hard was thinking of getting racing Ralph's will that be better?????

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Mar 07, 2013 07:24 am

Benz carrera wrote:what is the best/fast rolling tyre for both Tarmac and off road tyre cheaper the better tyre many thanks


You're asking for two different tyre recommendations, right?

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Long Time Lurker » Thu Mar 07, 2013 08:08 am

Benz carrera wrote:was thinking of getting racing Ralph's will that be better?????

Yes, but everything is a comprimise.
I use them myself. They are good summer/XC tyres.
Fast rolling, but are prone to the odd puncture unless you go for the Double Defence version.
However, that comes at the expense of extra weight, so that version doesn't roll as fast.
I would also point out that once it gets a bit wet/muddy, they aren't the grippiest tyres out there.
Not cheap either.
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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby The Rookie » Thu Mar 07, 2013 08:28 am

Benz carrera wrote: I'm not sure the exact pressure but they are quite hard?

Wring approach, get a guage on them and check the pressure, the best tyres in the world will be draggy if the pressure is too low and you're just wasting money ruining a good tyre!

Knobblies aren't the right tyre on road, so what riding do you do, what mix of surfaces and we can then suggest something suitable, just asking if tyre X is good is pointless, many tyres are good for some uses, poor for another!

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:13 pm

So do you all recommend that I stay with these tyres?? I use mainly Tarmac through the week and trails and that on weekend if that's any better and I will check my tyre pressure and let u no, maybe there not dragging and it's just the weight??

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Thewaylander » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:18 pm

use two sets of tyres?

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:21 pm

What other ones shall I use then??

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby snoopsmydogg » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:29 pm

slicks for the road if you already have nobbly tyres might be a safe bet

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:34 pm

Ok then cheers might get the racing Ralph's then and see how I get on anyone got any sales or offers on tyres????

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby snoopsmydogg » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:41 pm

bike discount and on one, probably others.

do you really need so many question marks??????????????????????????????????????????????

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Benz carrera » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:55 pm

Haha sorry I don't no why I put so many lol thanks again for all the advice really apretiate it will let you no how I get on

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby The Rookie » Thu Mar 07, 2013 15:59 pm

How can we recommend a tyre without knowing how and where you use it?

On road just pump the CST's up to max pressure until they are worn out (then get slicks) meanwhile get some off road that suite the conditions you ride in, which may be very different to mine or someone else that says X works for them.

I could suggest the Michelin dry mountain I use in summer (not last year then!) and then you come back and complain they are no good in thick mud.....which I'd agree with, but they are a good tyre none the less - for dry mountains!

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Re: Tyre recommendations???

Postby Toasty » Thu Mar 07, 2013 21:13 pm

Ralphs are a bit of a soft compound, you'll wear them down swift on the road. I'd save a bit of cash and get the cheaper Rapid Robs or a set of Kenda Small Block 8s, both a similar sort of thing but should last a bit longer.


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