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durable tires

I'll second the vote for Michelin Axial Carbons. I've found that they have excellent tread wear and are fairly puncture resistant. They seem to run about $30 on the internet. For a little bit more money, the Axial Pro Races are excellent-- not quite as durable or puncture proof as the carbons but they're light and ride beautifully, and can be found for c. $35 on the internet. These days, I'm running an Axial Carbon on the rear with a Pro Race up front, where durability is less of an issue than handling. BIke purists may sneer at the non-matching tires, but I don't care.

I've had mixed experiences with the Conti Ultra 2000s. They seem to ride well and tread life is decent, but I always seem to get a catastropic sidewall failure before I even get close to wearing out the tread. I wonder if this is secondary to riding on chipped and potholed pavement, and it might be a non-issue if you ride on smooth roads. I don't have much experience with other brands.
 
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