Tyre / wheel upgrade

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Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby bagpiperay » Sat Sep 28, 2013 20:43 pm

I've just bought a very nearly new 2012 Specialized Allez Sport bike for my first road bike with virtually no miles ridden on it by the previous owner. Nevertheless, in reading this forum and other bike reviews it is suggested the best initial upgrade is likely to be in replacing the tyres then maybe the wheels.

Taking into account I paid just £400 for the bike what tyres would be best to consider for an upgrade e.g. Roubaix pro tyres for £25 per tyre? The same might be asked of an upgrade to the wheels either now or in the future.

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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby oxoman » Sat Sep 28, 2013 22:12 pm

Not sure which tyres your Allez has on but if a pair of Specializeds own flak jacket protected ones the run them into teh ground then up grade especially given its winter nearly. Personally i use GP4000's and Gatorskins as i cannot to have a flat at 4.30 in the morning on my way to work. With regards to your wheels i would again run them until they wear out or get damaged as from memory they use Mavic CXP22 rims which are pretty bomb proof for a new roady. I don't think you would see a big difference in performance until you have got a few miles under your belt. I upgraded to a set of CXP22's off an Allez for my Dawes and cannot fault them, have done 3000 plus miles on them with no issues and still going strong.
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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby Gizmodo » Sun Sep 29, 2013 06:53 am

As oxoman said, use what you have through the winter then buy new in the spring when the weather/road conditions are better and you are fitter.

When the tyres do need replacing, I use Continental 4 Seasons for winter and I'm going to try GP4000 next summer because they seem popular on this forum.

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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby bagpiperay » Sun Sep 29, 2013 09:34 am

I've just checked. The current tyres are Specialized All Condition all weather. The wheels are Mavic CXP22's if that makes sense.

From Oxoman it seems the Mavic wheels are half decent so I may be should get some wear out of the all weather Specialized tyres the buy some better ones with the same rims.

As an aside I often see second hand rims or rims and tyres on eBay and I wondered whether they might be worth it!

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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby keef66 » Tue Oct 01, 2013 15:34 pm

bagpiperay wrote:I've just checked. The current tyres are Specialized All Condition all weather. The wheels are Mavic CXP22's if that makes sense.

From Oxoman it seems the Mavic wheels are half decent so I may be should get some wear out of the all weather Specialized tyres the buy some better ones with the same rims.

As an aside I often see second hand rims or rims and tyres on eBay and I wondered whether they might be worth it!


My guess is you have Mavic rims but unbranded / Specialized OEM hubs / spokes.

As above, I'd just keep riding them until the rims wear out. Tyres likewise.

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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby wishitwasallflat » Tue Oct 01, 2013 18:27 pm

bagpiperay wrote:I've just checked. The current tyres are Specialized All Condition all weather. The wheels are Mavic CXP22's if that makes sense.

From Oxoman it seems the Mavic wheels are half decent so I may be should get some wear out of the all weather Specialized tyres the buy some better ones with the same rims.


It is prudent to wait until better weather but I had Spesh All Conditions Flak Jacket 25s on my Sectuer when I got it and yes they are super tough (never had a puncture) but they are horrible to ride. When I upgraded to Vittoria Open Paves the difference was night and day. Since then I've had GP4000s and just got a set of Michelin Pro4 Endurance today to try and I would never ever go back to the Spesh tyres. If your on a tight budget then defo run them into the ground but if you can afford it you will enjoy the upgrade on tyres.

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bagpiperay wrote:I've just checked. The current tyres are Specialized All Condition all weather. The wheels are Mavic CXP22's if that makes sense.


My guess is you have Mavic rims but unbranded / Specialized OEM hubs / spokes.

As above, I'd just keep riding them until the rims wear out. Tyres likewise.


Again my Sectuer had unbranded/Spesh hubs and CXP22s OEM and I had loads of problems with broken spokes (I weighed north of 20 stone then though!!) the rims and hubs were fine though so I would second advice to run them into the ground over winter as you wouldn't get much for them selling them 2nd hand I reckon anyway. If they survive the winter upgrade in Spring and keep em for next year and/or turbo duties.

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Re: Tyre / wheel upgrade

Postby unixnerd » Sun Oct 06, 2013 13:05 pm

Roubaix pro tyres for £25 per tyre?


Brilliant tyres, light and very puncture proof. I run them on two bikes and can recommend them highly enough.
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