Ax Lightness Ax3000 brakes.
I get a lot of crap about the Tubular Gatorskins
I have ridden a bunch of different tires and I understand when people claim to prefer the ride on a Veloflex or Vittoria or ect… I can appreciate that people think they ride a little more plush and supple, I agree. But I do not find the ride more comfortable as in they reduce fatigue or neck pain, at least not for me.
I happen to like the ride of the Gatorskin but it may just be that I find them a little more predictable on rough roads. More importantly I like the performance. I find them to be more sure footed.
I find them to be more flat resistant and they hold air. I have found that some of the latex tires can lose a significant amount of air in 6-8 hours. Now if you are going out for a 120 mile ride and stopping for drinks on a hot day, you can find that some latex tires can lose 20 psi.
I guess that I just do not put a high value on a plush and supple ride, almost no value at all. I want something predictable and something that I do not need to think about. I am usually out to ride hard and suffer.
Now some people have suggested that other tires are faster, now that is something I would be interested it. I have not found any scientific data that would show other tires to be measurably faster and I have not been able to tell the difference. If that were the case then you could make a tradeoff between flat resistance and faster. You get a flat and you are no longer in the lead group but you have a better chance of being in the lead group as long as you do not get a flat.
Was out on a group ride yesterday, probably had 70 riders show up. Here is a local blog:http://www.granvillebike.com/marks-cycling-blog.html
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Had several guys getting flats, one was on a clincher and the tire came off his front wheel and he almost lost it. Another guy gets a flat on a latex tubular while climbing the best hill of the evening, he would normally be in the break but not last night. Last week had a guy drive an hour to the ride start and he gets a flat in the first 10 miles, that was a waste.
I am not out to sell them, it would be fine with me if I was the only one riding them.