Geoff wrote:+1 on WWC. FMB and Dugast are both really nice tires. Not sure that I would agree FMB is clearly superior to Dugast, but they are certainly the equal of Dugast for road. For 'cross, I think that Dugast is still the king.
Have you compared current Dugast and FMB CX tyres?
I've only had Dugust on the track (great tread, but fragile and only lasted 5 rides). It was sidewall damage.
Clearance. by ewwhite, on Flickr
My FMB experience is mixed... I've had a pair of the FMB Paris Roubaix Pro on a training/singlespeed bike I like the ride/tread, size (25mm). But one year in, the protective sidewall started to peel away, leaving something I probably shouldn't ride on.
Another FMB view. I'll just make it a short ride... by ewwhite, on Flickr
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amateurish, 1998 style website, but they have always delivered quickly and provided tracking numbers with shipment.
Agreed, on both points. Actually, I hope and pray they never upgrade that site. Since the service, selection, and prices are excellent, the Geocities-esque website is like a nostalgic relic.
It's so bad it almost becomes endearing. I half expect to see breaking news of a precocious Jan Ullrich's TDF win every time I go to order tires.
As for that delaminating PRP, maybe you can remove the latex appliqué, aquaseal the underlying sidewall, and just pretend it's the standard FMB Paris-Roubaix. Other than the sidewall latex, that's all the PRP is. How's the tube condition and tread life?
Like everyone else, I get my FMBs from World Class Cycles. They're great (both the tires and the people at WCC).
One note though: the latest FMBs from WCC are stamped "WORLD CLASS CYCLES", which I actually find really annoying.
i had a pair of FMB P-Rs see an early demise (tread delimitation), but they were a very sweet ride and were replaced promptly. based on other experience with FMB tires, i suspect this was an anomaly.
SpinnerTim wrote:As for that delaminating PRP, maybe you can remove the latex appliqué, aquaseal the underlying sidewall, and just pretend it's the standard FMB Paris-Roubaix. Other than the sidewall latex, that's all the PRP is.
under what circumstances would you advise the PRP vs the regular P-R? a 700x25 PR is 280-285g on my scale. i have been thinking about a pair for use for something like the tour of the battenkill (http://www.tourofthebattenkill.com) -- a mix of pavement + dirt & gravel, but no cobbles. i wonder if the extra protection of the PRPs would make any difference in such conditions. this would be offset by, presumably, extra weight and a bit less of a supple feel.
xrs2 wrote:One note though: the latest FMBs from WCC are stamped "WORLD CLASS CYCLES", which I actually find really annoying.
agreed. i suppose it is advertising. i've noticed such stamps from other merchants on these tires. perhaps FMB offers this as a service to their retail partners. i prefer the simplicity of just the FMB logo.