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We bought some Ritchey Tom Slick Pros these tires from our local bike shop. The bike shop got them from some sale after a bike shop had a fire. He didn't know much about them.

We just bought the Bontrager Race X LIte AC (230g) to replace them thinking it was an upgrade.
Then we saw on Ritchey's site that the Tom Slick Pro's are 210g. But that's about all we know or can find. Any input on the Ritchey Tom Slick Pro 700x23 (2007) vs the Bontrager Race X lite AC as far as overall speed - rolling resistance of these tires?
 

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You could ask this on the tires/wheels forum.....For info I have used both of these tires. A lot depends on the roads you ride, your type of riding, body weight etc. The Tom Slicks wore out fast for me, and I had lot's of flats. The Bontrager Race X Lite's came stock with my bike. They are nice tires, but tend to wear out fast. I still have them hanging in my garage. I pulled them off as I went to a 700x25, then I picked up some Specialized S-Works Pro's (23's) on sale for $30.00 ($60 tires). I've had no experience with Specialized tires before (I don't know who makes them) but these tires are great. Usually I scroll around and find what is on sale for under $30.00 and order online.

Usually (for me) the lightweight tires tend to flatten more, have a better feel. The heavier tires flatten less but don't ride as nice. Depends on what you what and how many flats you get..

I'll probably go back to the Michelin Lithions, I have those on my old bike. They work well for me and run about $25.00.

Check biketiresdirect for best prices on tires. They ship fast, no tax. Great selection.

I'm no engineer so I can't say anything about rolling resistance. I just play with the psi until they feel right....
 

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FWIW, I haven't been happy with Ritchey tires on either my road bike or MB/commuter. I'm a Tom fan, and I used to buy Ritchey stuff because of the name, but neither the Tom Slicks nor the Cross BItes worked well for me--didn't particularly like the feel, and they cracked early. Cracking is always a problem here in the high desert, but these went especially fast.
 

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I think we are leaning toward the Bontragers. I have a pair of Bontragers on my bike, which has the same rims, so we did some experimenting last night by switching the set up on her bike back and forth. What she says is....the bontragers feel like they roll better when she gets her speed up to 20mph and they feel better in the corner.

I talked to a Ritchey dealer and he said while the Ritchey site says they weight 210g they probably weigh more like 240ish.

Thanks for the replies I think we are going to drop the coin and go for the Bontrager X Race Lite AC's
 
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