For roads of shattered glass, thorny plants and dirty roads this is a great reliable tire. Even with a side wall slashed halfway through the threads, this tire got me home and did it fast
I have been using GatorSkins for years but have watched my speed go down as I have gotten older. I switched to Michelin Pro 4 ties after reading reviews on Amazon and other websites. I ordered a pair from BikeTiresDirect.com and they came pretty fast. The tires are a tight fit, but I have been happy so far. I have had two flats, however, one was a pinch flat and the other was from a thorn hight up on the sidewall. I don't fault the tires for those. The best part is I have picked up speed. The tires are slick and ride well, allowing me to ride a bit faster. I'll bu these again.
Mounted these tires on my 1999 Schwinn Circuit 853 road bike. I've run three other sets of these tires on this bike. They are responsive, comfortable and a good value for the money. I've run one set through to the cords...they last a good while. I'd recommend these tires for training, touring and the occasional racegroup ride.
This has been my go-to tire for years and 20,000 miles. I ride the 23c and expect 5-6 thousand miles from these tires. Good wear and good feel.
Except for our wonderful roads. I ride many bad roads that are full of debris. My major problem is tire destruction. A couple years ago I slicedruined two tires in 25 miles. I always carry a spare tire.
I can't fault the tires for my riding conditions, but I'm always looking for something more bulletproof which is why I just switched to the Michelin Power Protection tire (from BTD of course). I only found out about them a couple weeks ago, so no long term results yet, but very hopeful.
I have had 3 sets of these now that I have run completely in to the ground with a grand total of 1, yes 1, flat. The shocker is the suppleness of the ride, compared to saya Gatorskin. I ride on a lot of sketchy rural roads, so these have seen all sorts of action. I have also run these for crits, with no complaints on that end either. I run 25's and modify the pressure according to the situation. I just put some 23's on my TT rig and the rid is a bit stiffer, but more responsive. My advice, go with the 25's as an all around tire, and you'll be satisfied. The all black looks dope. Happy trails!
I've purchased 10 sets of the Michelin Pro4 Endurance tires from Bike Tires Direct and they've always arrived quickly. These tires are great, EXCEPT, they have a propensity for side-wall tears and side-wall blow-outs. Once you find the good set they'll easily run 2,000 miles without any glitches. Therein lies the rub . . . finding the pair that doesn't have the side-wall issues. Buying from Bike Tires Direct makes sense (financially), but to whom do you return a faulty tire? I'll probably continue to purchase from Bike Tires Direct but each time I do so I have to wonder if I'm doing the best thing in the long run? I use the BlackRed version of this tire and they're now listed as Out of Stock so it looks as though I won't worry about this right now!
Endurance road rider 3-4 times a week for a total of 150 miles a week in fast paced group rides over differing terrains on farm to market asphaltconcrete and chip-seal roads
These are great tires, reasonably lightweight and will give you at least 2000 miles. After 2000 miles your risk of flats goes up, but I've gotten as many as 3000.
I have only ridden about 400 miles on these tires. I find that they give a nice ride with gear control. They smooth out the chip and seal roads that are so plentiful in northern Indiana and glide effortlessly over newer asphalt. Love the red stripes too . The look great on my bike. I can't speak to longevity as I have only put a few hundred miles on.
Sure, you'll sacrifice a little weight, but you'll gain added comfort and flat insurance. After too many flats running race tires for training, I made the switch permanently. Race tires are for racing. Michelin's Pro4 Endurance tires are for every day. In short order you'll hardly notice a difference!