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vrk75 - Nov 06, 2017 - 06:59 PM
Post subject: Special Trainer Tire or just any cheap tire?
I bought a Wahoo Kickr Sanp from Performance Bike at the 20% sale event this weekend. Obviously, I do not want to ruin the tires on my bike so I was wondering whether I should buy a cheapest tire available or a specific trainer tire. Does it even make a difference?
webgeek - Nov 06, 2017 - 07:16 PM
Post subject: RE: Special Trainer Tire or just any cheap tire?
I found that a Vredstein seemed to work better than a Rubino Pro.
So, I'd suggest to you try one of the trainer specific tires, but any slick road tire will do.
Best if you just have a old rear spare wheel to mount up with the trainer tire or just use some old road tires.
I never had a wear problem with the modern tires, so just start with your current tires and see how it goes.
Tires seem to develop a glaze on the trainer, so dragging the bike off the trainer and riding in the wet probably should be avoided.
HTH

Is the Sanp the Hindi version? Sounds like it.
Sadlebred - Nov 07, 2017 - 03:54 AM
Post subject: RE: Special Trainer Tire or just any cheap tire?
Do you have any old tires laying around? If so, one of those will be fine.
vrk75 - Nov 07, 2017 - 03:32 PM
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I ultimately ended up getting Vittoria Zaffiro Pro. There does seem to be a good difference between regular road tires and trainer tire.

I am not yet impressed with Kickr Snap. It has random bluetooth connectivity issues and power seem to be quite a bit off from Pioneer Power meter,
webgeek - Nov 07, 2017 - 05:07 PM
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vrk75 wrote:
I am not yet impressed with Kickr Snap. It has random Bluetooth connectivity issues and power seem to be quite a bit off from Pioneer Power meter,

Most wheel trainers have issues. Shane Miller (youtube) has done several similar comparisons.
Shane suggests just using the trainer to create the virtual loading for the terrain and the real power meter for power.

It annoys me how Zwift is so erratic for the displayed power values from my Kickr2. Whereas in Golden Cheetah, running erg mode, it's exceptionally steady.
TimH - Nov 07, 2017 - 11:08 PM
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Vittoria Zafiro Home Trainer Tire - $16.08

https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/vittoria-zaffiro-pro-home-trainer-tyre/#pid=23525
webgeek - Nov 07, 2017 - 11:21 PM
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I was a little surprised by the negative reviews for that Zafiro tire.
They provided a rather graphic image..
In the past, using my old wind trainer, I'd see rubber on the roller, but nothing like this.

https://media-cdn.ribblecycles.co.uk/media/review/product/cache/1/review/product/240x240/ef4b1ad3c7355a653541b6061f77d2fe/IMG_1691.JPG
TimH - Nov 08, 2017 - 03:23 AM
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I really don't know much about trainer tires but put it out there as an inexpensive option.

Rollers kill the Rubino Pro tire on the front of my fixed gear bike quick enough and I wouldn't complain if a $16 tire lasted a full season, or even two months, as the two reviewers indicate.


-Tim-
vrk75 - Nov 08, 2017 - 03:53 PM
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Zaffiro Pro works great. I initially had some cheap continental tires. Since move to Zaffiro pro - I saw a difference is the power accuracy (still off but works well) and the spindown time is much better on Kickr Snap.
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