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  1. Hi guys, I have a friend who bought a second-hand mountain bike for around R2000, which came fitted with 700 x 40C road tyres. One of her tyres needs to be replaced and she was quoted around R950. She uses it very casually on the road and never on the mountain. Are there any other options she should look at before spending all that money on a tyre for an old bike? I spend that much on my MTB tyres, so I know it's not a crazy amount. It's just a bit unreasonable given the bike and its use. I'd really appreciate any help.
  2. It's time to top up my tyre sealant and I'm wondering what the best sealant is for South African conditions? I've read online that Orange Sealant is great (although I've never seen it in SA stores) and apparently Stan's is crap. I've had some success previously with Enduro Seal. What's your experience and what do you use?
  3. So I was wondering if anybody else has seen this happen to their Michelin Tyres. I fitted these late Dec and they've started oozing this weird pink rubbery stuff. Have no idea if its a defect or what and am worried about the tyres integrity if I remove it? Furthermore, it doesn't look all that appealing. The tyres in question are Michelin Pro 4 Endurance. I tried taking it up with the supplier but no response as yet. Has this happened to any of you and is there cause for concern? Nick
  4. Hi hubbers! I’m currently running 27.5 3.0 inch tyres on my Stumpy. Instead of swapping out to 29er wheels I’m looking at slapping some 2.8 Maxxis DHF tyres on it. But my only concern is that the BB height will drop by putting smaller tyres on. Can someone please advice me on if the smaller tyre size will drop the BB significantly? Would it be possible to put some 2.6 inch tyres on? Thanks everyone!
  5. Hi guys, just putting a feeler out there. I have a set of Royal Traverse SL 38 rims (6fattie rims) that I’m thinking of selling. They are in fantastic condition and barely ridden. Only less than 10 rides on them so far. They currently retail new for R25k https://rovalcomponents.com/collections/trail/products/2019-traverse-sl-38 How much do you guys think they are worth second hand? Thanks!
  6. Hey All So I don't know about you guys, but I'm one to stick to what I know when it comes to replacing tyres on my road bike. Kinda the type to play it safe when it comes to components that I choose for my bike, and generally persuaded by reputable bike brand names. So when I look to replace my tyres, I typically go for what i had previously used, unless of coarse they sucked and I got too many flats or they wore too quickly etc. I've had bad experience with Gatorskins, so haven't looked at Continental in some time. So my question is (and this is directed to Conti fans with Michelin/Schwalbe/Vittoria experience): Are the GP4000II or GP5000's as good or better than say Schwalbe One or Michelin Pro 4 Endurance/Vittoria equivalent? Considerations would be typical: MileagePuncture ResistanceRolling ResistancePriceI'm interested to see your opinions/experience and how the big 3 brands fair against one another in SA, specifically Road Tyres 23/25 C. No experience with Mountain Bike tyre's so don't go there. Cheers Nick
  7. Thought I would create this thread for those with a little more knowledge about cars to help us that are not up to scratch with what is normal and not normal. My first issue: My battery in my Honda accord was installed in September 2014 and its already dead as a door nail and not holding charge. Is this normal? Also what my discovery tracker device I had tested is pulling ampage when the car is off, I have requested this to be removed. Please feel free to ask any car maintenance questions and stuff here.
  8. Good morning Hubbers! A happy Monday to all. Congratulations to all who finished the CTCT 2020, and to those who achieved PBs, well done! To those who came short, I wish you all a speedy recovery. Back to the matter at hand, what, in your opinion, is the best outdoor road training tyre? I've been using Conti GP4000 SIIs for a while now, and they haven't let me down too much. Roads in the South are shocking at best, so my tyres have got more cuts and pinches than I care to count. Common wisdom dictates that Gatorskins (Hardshell or not) is your best bet, but the ride is very hard. Conti tyres are prone to side wall deterioration, more than I've seen from any other OEM. What's your opinion?
  9. Hi Hubbers!! Our 2019 Black Friday Sale kicked off today and will run until 29 November. New products are loaded daily so don't miss out! The link to the Black Friday page is here: https://www.evobikes.co.za/black-friday-sale.html
  10. Good Morning. I recently won a set of tubular wheels. I have never ridden on tubulars before and did a lot of research on how to put the tyres on and everything about that. So last week the wheels were ready to ride. I put Continental Gatorskin 25mm tyres on which I thought should be the best puncture resistant. I also put some sealant in the tyre to prevent punctures. I read that people in the UK has gotten 1 000 miles+ on their tubular tyres without any issue. After the ride I fell in love with them and just want to ride the tubby's now. There's just that thought of a puncture in the back of my mind and also the cost involved in replacing such a tyre. My questions are: Is there anybody that can fix a puctured tubby? Who else trains with their tubular wheels? Should I only use the wheels for special occasions?Any views would be great. Thanks.
  11. The basic philosophy of Tufo Tyres is specialization in the development and production of tubular tyres – the best option for cycling sport. From the very beginning, TUFO worked hand in hand with many world champions and elite racers from all cycling disciplines. This cooperation makes the transition of theoretical knowledge from development and research into new products much easier. These days TUFO products are manufactured to the highest standards conforming to the strictest criteria in the races for a podium finish. https://www.tufo.com/en/ SAVE 30% ON THE XC 11 TR 29" - NOW ONLY R695.00 TUFO XC11 TR Tubeless Ready 29″ MTB Tyre Tubeless-ready all-purpose MTB tyre intended for XC and marathon racing. The tread pattern of the XC11 TR tyre provides low rolling resistance, is self-cleaning and has exceptionally good grip in a wide range of weather and terrain conditions. Because that’s what you need from a high-performance race tyre. TUFO ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES OIL SILICA A soft compound (60 Shore A) developed for MTB cross country and marathon tyres. Adding a reasonable amount of oil to a polymer blend with Activated Silica improves traction and reduces rolling resistance. SIDEWALL PROTECTION A specially formulated slippery sidewall strip protects the most vulnerable part of certain MTB tubulars. This special sidewall strip allows the tubular to slide off sharp edges without damaging the tyre carcass. VECTRAN PUNCTURE BARRIER This most effective anti-puncture system is placed directly under the tread area. The core of the anti-puncture system is made from VECTRAN – liquid crystal polymer (LCP) fibres which are five times stronger than steel. VECTRAN also offers outstanding cut resistance and high impact resistance at a low weight – highly demanding properties for high-end bicycle tyres. VECTRAN PUNCTURE BARRIER not only provides the best possible puncture protection but also ensures precise cornering and improved stability. SHOP NOW
  12. hi all As you have probably seen there is a CWC special on Vittoria tyres - does anyone have experience or comments on the different versions: - Barzo 2.35 - Mezcal 2.25 - Saguaro 2.20 Riding conditions are generally dry, hard and loose Thank in advance https://www.cwcycles.co.za/product/vittoria-mezcal-cape-cobra-3-pack-29x225 https://www.cwcycles.co.za/product/vittoria-barzo-cape-cobra-3-pack https://www.cwcycles.co.za/product/vittoria-saguaro-cape-cobra-3-pack
  13. Hi Hubbers! Our LE TOUR SALE is now in full swing! New products are added daily. Head over to https://www.evobikes.co.za/le-tour.html to see what is on sale!
  14. 700x41(-ish), tubeless ready, with tread pattern suitable for a mix of tar, hard pack, gravel roads and the odd stony section. Choices so far are: the Vittorias (worried that tread pattern too light on Dry, too aggressive on Mix; they are made for Euro conditions), and Farr gravel tyre (looks pretty compelling, priced well). Any recommendations (locally available)?
  15. Tell what you currently ride and what you will try next.
  16. Now, 120 years after their original offering, Goodyear is proud to introduce a new line of performance bicycle tyres. Developed with Rubber Kinetics, the Goodyear line utilises refined compounds and casings, each purpose-built for their intended environments. With Tubeless Complete™ designs focused on modern usage and sizes, Goodyear premium bicycle tyres offer leading-edge performance in traction, wear, rolling efficiency and puncture resistance. TECHNOLOGY - Multi-Density Tread Compounds With over a century of experience, Goodyear brings their wealth of experience to create a proprietary range of compounds to meet the specific performance requirements of the tyres intended use. The DYNAMIC Compounds range from the Silica4 found on the road tyres to the Dynamic:RS/T - Rugged Soft-Terrain compound on the Enduro/Trail offerings.All tyres have been designed to be tubeless complete for increased performance, superior air retention and easy installation. CONSTRUCTION Goodyear offers a simplified variety of casings to suit the terrain and rider. The options have been developed to ensure maximum performance across a host of different conditions. The intention is that the everyday rider can hit the tar, gravel and trails with confidence, regardless of the weather and the lack of a workshop team swopping out your tyres every time there is a drizzle.Mtb and Gravel Tyres will be available in Premium and Ultimate casings at this stage. The Premium casing offers a Balanced Weight and Durable Casing Fabric while the Ultimate casing boasts a lightweight casing with a smaller thread fabric. The latter casing uses less rubber, making the tyre more supple and faster rolling without compromising traction. PROTECTION Ride around South Africa for a while and the necessity of all round tyre protection becomes very apparent. With a host of technologies, each specifically tailored for the terrain and type of riding, Goodyear has left nothing up to chance.Each range of tyre is equipped with a proprietary solution for bead to bead and puncture protection, an under tread breaker belt, sidewall protection as well as combined wall and shell protection. Different fabrics and rubbers are utilised to best suit each discipline and the associated terrain. Basically, a boatload of tech to ensure your wheels keep turning. THE RANGE Fresh off the boats, Goodyear Bicycle Tyres have landed on our shores in a range best suited for the SA market.PEAK - XC/MARATHON When it’s time to drop the hammer and crush some climbs, Peak is mountain biking’s speed demon. A round profile, closely-spaced tread, and supple casing contribute to Peak’s low rolling resistance, while ample traction and braking performance are delivered thanks to siping on every knob and its multi-dimensional Dynamic:A/T compound. Available in SA in Ultimate ( 29” & 27.5”) and Premium Casings (29”). Both come in with a 2.25” width. ESCAPE - XC/TRAIL The Escape offers versatile off-road performance in all conditions. Widely-spaced and carefully siped square knobs generate edge-to-edge grip, sophisticated rubber compounds ensure traction across a broad range of terrain, and durable casings offer security wherever the trail may lead. Ideal as an XC front tyre, especially on demanding terrain where traction can make or break your race. For the trails and enduro missions, this makes an ideal rear tyre with plenty of grip without unnecessary rolling resistance. The Escape is available in Ultimate (27,5”) and Premium Casings (29”) with a 2.35” width NEWTON - Trail/Enduro The NEWTON features a fast rolling centre tread, firmly supported side knobs, and advanced compounds for surefooted traction in a wide range of conditions. Designed for the trails and loves the rough and steep stuff. Available in 27,5” Ultimate casing in 2.4” with 29” versions planned for later in the year. CONNECTOR - Gravel/CX From gravel adventuring to drop-bar dirt mashing, the Connector is capable of tackling any terrain. A versatile tread pattern featuring tightly-spaced centre knobs combined with aggressive side knobs is mated to the Tubeless Complete construction. The result is a fast rolling, highly tractable, all-terrain tyre ready for everything from backroads to singletrack. Available in 700x40 in Ultimate Casing and Dynamic:Silica4 Compound EAGLE ALL SEASON - Road Formulated to be the ultimate year-round road tyre, the Eagle All-Season utilises the Dynamic:Silica4 compound; minimizing rolling resistance while at the same time ensuring unrivalled traction in the wet. The Tubeless Complete system yields a supple, consistent feel and superior rolling efficiency at more comfortable pressures, with no worries of pinch flats. Available size: 700x30 in Dynamic:Silica4 Compound.
  17. Any idea as to who stocks the Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless road tyres in Jo'burg?
  18. Swany05


    Im in need of a new set of tires. The current ones are brittle and thin as a ballsack 80/20 road/gravel single track. Currently riding a 26" hardtail with tubes as im not sure my wheels will handle tubeless all that well Thanks in advance
  19. This Easter long weekend, friends and family inevitably enquired about how your ‘mountain biking’ is going. And bless them, they attempted to appear genuinely interested, by asking the one question all non-riders believe mountain bikers obsess about more than any other: “how much does it weigh?” We might count, calculate, and curse grams but the true obsession should be tyres. No single component has a greater influence upon your riding, and tyre failure is the most prevalent mechanical to end a ride. Tyres are our true fixation and with a variety of diameters and widths, confusion – instead of solution – reigns. Two-six returns. Sort of. To add even greater complexity to the issue of tyre choice, and its influence upon rider feedback, is the potential resurgence of two-six. Yes, indeed: two-six tyres are possibly going to be your trail riding solution in the future. True, it’s a cryptic description, 26-inch diameter tyres are not being reborn, but the 2.6-inch width tyre is our dear MTB-industry’s latest sachet of product marketing Kool-Aid. Although 3.0 was once the preserve of DH racers, conventional wisdom – and product planning bias – meant you couldn’t ride anything wider than 2.4, aside from a few nearly impossible to find 2.5 or 2.7 mouldings, with crushingly heavy wire beads. Maxxis's Minion DHR and DHF in 2.6 widths. There is a 7% difference in volume between a 2.5 and 2.6 Maxxis tyre. Despite the collective knowledge that wider tyres cope with lower pressures, enabling a volume coefficient benefitting traction, you couldn’t really blame tyre manufacturers for not offering anything wider than 2.4 in the market. Why? Rims.Since the very first Californian rigid mountain bikes of the late 1970s, riding ambitions have been limited by rim choice: in width, weight, and strength. Large volume tyres on proportionally narrow rims, reward riders with cornering and terrain feedback similar to stirring a pot of Taystee Wheat porridge with your fork. Hardly ideal. As rim manufacturers have edged towards – and surpassed – the 30mm internal width measurement, tyre manufactures have recognised the opportunity to go wider too. Fat lite? Why would you be interested in 2.6 width tyres? Well, because the world’s most influential tyre brands have committed to them. Maxxis and Schwalbe have both shown their 27.5 2.6 tyres options, with the Germans having 29 2.6 moulds too. Specialized? They’ve also got 27.5 2.6 tyres available. Remain sceptical? It’s understandable. Why would you want to ride a tyre that is only marginally wider than a 2.4, and that margin narrower than a 2.8, which is the entry-point to 27.5+ riding? There is no question that the sheer size of most 27.5+ tyres make them a deeply confidence-inspiring platform for riders rolling blind, down natural trails, with extensive root channels and rock gardens. The issue is their greater sidewall protrusion – due to width – making them more vulnerable to sniper roots and rock edges. To keep the rolling mass to a tolerable endurance point, many 27.5+ tyres, even in 2.8, aren’t particularly heavy, but they are not the best platform for high-speed cornering either, as the sidewalls are where most material has been thinned-out for weight reduction. Schwalbe refer to their 2.6" Nobby Nic as a second generation plus-size tyre. The logic of 2.6 is to give a greater volume benefit than 2.4, optimising the current trend of internal rim widths of 30mm and beyond, without edging too wide, necessitating weight savings and the inevitable sidewall strength compromise. That said, mass savings with 2.6 over a comparable 2.8 aren’t enormous, averaging around 50g. Maxxis and Schwalbe have 27.5 2.6 options encouragingly shy of 800g, which is a comfortable margin away from the dreaded four-figure tyre weight range most people consider unsuitable for anything but shuttling. Something we actually want? Far too often, with all manner of mountain bike componentry, we wish there was an ‘option between’ the ones we have. The desire for that silver bullet the industry, for reasons unfathomable, can’t – or worse: won’t – supply. The addition of another tyre width is a moment of consumer happiness and one which non-plus platform riders can credit the fat bike ‘lite’ crew for. If the desire to own and ride a truly wide set of rims (30-38mm internal) has been great, yet the logic of sealing a 2.4 tyre to those rims appeared a waste of their inherent design advantage, then 2.6 is your singletrack salvation. Moulded at an ideal width to profit from the newly available ultra-wide rims, 2.6 retaining superior sidewall integrity for high-speed cornering and terrain bite into loam by being inherently less ‘squirmy’ than tyres 2.8 and wider. The sidewall cut risk mitigation, by being that bit narrower than 27.5+ tyres, helps make 2.6 an unintended consequence of all things plus: the perfect wide-rim Enduro/trail tyre. We spend a lot of time complaining about trends and ‘evolving’ standards, but 2.6 is a gift delivered unto us by the proliferation of plus-bikes as a platform. As with financial markets, in times of confusion, there is always value to be discovered… 27.5 2.6. For all those who yearn for a return to two-six mountain biking. Your opportunity is now. Never thought that would happen again, did you?
  20. Hey guys, I'm a huge fan of tyres with tan/gum sidewalls, I think they look super classy and I wanna treat my bike to a set. What are my options locally? I don't really have the budget to get Specialized Cottons and I'm not really sure who else makes a good set. This would be for a clincher tyre for a road bike
  21. Anyone tried the Tannus Slick solid tyres on a road bike. Good/bad idea, or should I just go tubeless?
  22. Hi there hubbers, Has anyone managed to find 27+ 2.8 tyres anywhere online? Doesn't seem like any of the bike shops stock them or have a wide range? Any help would be appreciated
  23. Hey guys, On my new Hardtail Trail Bike I'm looking at which tyres to fit front and rear. I want a combo for most terrain, don;t have the luxury of changing tyres weekly. I will be riding trails with some hard pack, and also soft / wet dirt. I'm looking at: Front - Maxxis Minion DHF Rear - Maxxis Ardent/Forecaster/Minion DHF I'm reading that a lot of racers who use Minions, use them both front and rear, but I'm wondering if the Minion wouldn't be too harsh as a rear tyre? I don't really know, I have never had Minions. Any thoughts?
  24. After having done 10,000km on Chaoyang and before that Maxxis I decided to try out a new cheapie brand from China and settled on the Innova-Pro Transformers. Now normally when you want something fancy you get it from a Boutique. Think of fine clothing, confectionery, furniture and so on. If it is fancy stuff it will most likely be "boutique" stuff. So based on that these must be really fancy because it is the first "boutique tyre" I have ever had in my life Sew fahunseh ! Fitting them on my Giant P-XC2 rims was easy enough, I added 100ml Rhino sealant in each wheel and pumped it 2.5 bar and it seems to hold that without any leaks. They do seem rather skinny compared to my old 29x2.2 Chaoyangs. Tomorrow I will test them out on Piket-bo-berg, a route I am not familiar with on tyres I am not familiar with. Let's see how it goes.
  25. In South Africa, Specialized offer two variants of the Fast Trak 2Bliss Ready tyre. One features the GRID casing and the other does not. The GRID version, has a reinforced casing for extra flat and sidewall protection, while the ordinary Fast Trak sacrifices protection for a lighter casing. We tested the GRID version. What's new? The latest Fast Trak tyres feature a new tread pattern. It is not just marketing hype, there have been significant changes. The outer and middle knobs have both been made more rectangular with the middle tread becoming almost diamond shaped. Previously they were more elongated. Both knobs appear to protrude slightly further from the tyres, giving it a more aggressive look. The new centre knobs are most recognisable but are now slightly shorter and thicker than the previous shape. The Fast Trak GRID Tubeless tyres are available for 29-inch rims with two widths: 2.3 inch and 2.1 inch. There is also a 2.3 inch 650b tyre available locally. Specialized use their Gripton rubber compound on the Fast Trak tyres, which promises a tyre with a "livelier feel" and better grip in a variety of conditions. Along with the wider 2.3" option, the lower recommended pressure is my favourite change to the Fast Trak. They now allow you to run as low as 25 PSI. On the previous tyres, that recommended at least 35 PSI, I incurred some premature sidewall wear after riding the tyres too soft but at my preferred pressure. Fast Trak GRID 2.1 Specifications Size: 29" x 2.1 Durometer: 60a Bead: Foldable, Butyl wrapped = 2Bliss Ready Colour: Black Claimed Weight: 690g Actual Weight: 720 g Price R660 Fast Trak GRID 2.3 Specifications Size: 29" x 2.3 Durometer: 60a Bead: Foldable, Butyl wrapped = 2Bliss Ready Colour: Black Claimed Weight: 740g Actual Weight: 770g Price R660 On the Trails The Fast Trak tyres arrived in the office just before the Bloemendal XCO and I quickly slapped them on the Pyga Stage's SRAM Roam 40 wheels for the race. I placed the 2.3" on the front with the 2.1" on the rear. The Fast Trak design has always provided good grip and the new design takes that even further. The combination of the new compound, tread pattern, and slightly wider front tyre have noticeably improved the traction on hand. There is a predictable feel when leaning the bike over into turns with no dead spots that leave you hoping for tread to kick in. The ability to run lower pressures has also gone into making the tyre more compliant under tough conditions, wrapping around features instead of skipping over them. The beefed up sidewalls do a good job of keeping unwanted tyre roll to a minimum. With all the improvements aimed at the extra grip, the Fast Trak remains a fast rolling tyre. They are not, however, featherweight racing tyres and the GRID casing might not please those counting grams but, for me anyway, getting to the finish line without incident is a far greater time saver. In that regard, the Fast Trak tyres were faultless. A few objects did manage to pierce the rubber, however, the sealant quickly blocked any holes. In the wet, the Fast Trak tyres manage to seek out a surprising amount of grip. Mud shedding was good with only a very sticky patch of clay being able to cling on long enough to cause problems. Final thoughts The Fast Trak GRID 2Bliss tyre is great for South African racing conditions, and all the training that goes with it. At Bike Hub, we prefer to recommend practicality over weight savings and feel that the GRID casing is the option to pick from the Fast Trak line up. If you're after a tyre with good grip and decent rolling, the Fast Trak is a worthy consideration. ProsReliable grip with good rolling GRID casing provides strength Competitively priced ConsMight be heavier than some competitors
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