Vredestein S-Licks Older Tires

4/5 (19 Reviews)
MSRP : $30.00

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Vredestein S-Licks

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lozza from London

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2006

Strengths:    Fast....very fast
Good looks and colours
Sticky compound, holds the road really well

Weaknesses:    £20.00 per tyre.
Suffered flats from the London commute, 5-6 in last 12 months to 1 flat with Nimbus EX.

Bottom Line:   
These are great tyres. Very fast, and sticks to the road very well in dry and wet. (And snow if you dont hammer into the turns) Got a few punctures, had to get into the habit of picking the glass out of the tyres once a week, or they work their way in.
I have discs on my bike, so stopping power way above requirments for a commuter. I have skidded the rear out quite a lot, but that is due to the way I ride. Follow close and brake late.Swapped the rear with front when it wore down and the side wall started to look dodgy. Lost the front tyre last week, blew out on me while riding along Oxford St. Really only got 12 months daily commute on these, around 5000 miles. Bought a new set, stick with what you know and like.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   CRC & Cyclesurgery

Similar Products Used:   Spesh Nimbus EX
Spesh Nimbus Armadillo

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC, XT throughout, mavic X223

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chan a Racer from London, England

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2005

Strengths:    Grip, comfort, puncture resistant, speed, fairly light, foldable.

Weaknesses:    Price, durability.

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommend these tyres to anyone using their mtb to commute. They are just comfortable enough to ride through minor bumps and irregularities and the grip is excellent, it feels as if your bike is glued to the road. Even in the rain the grip stays strong, unlike Conti CityContact where they skid like there's no tomorrow. The durability could be better and they could be a little lighter, but overall they're worth the money and are the best slicks to own on your mtb if your priorities are grip, speed and comfort.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Bike Setup:   Trek 3500 using Bontrager Select wheels.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Anthony from Oslo, Norway

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2005

Strengths:    cornering, durability, puncture resistance, good off-road for a slick, fast on the road.

Weaknesses:    emergency stops - skids very easily on the front. I have yet to come off but have have had the front wheel skid several times in on-road emergency stops which would not usually happen. I have ridden racing bikes for many years with mostly 23mm tyres but also down to 18mm and never had this happen. On this bike there has been no similar issue with the panarcer or nokian winter tyres that I have used.

Bottom Line:   
A very good tyre that sadly I do not trust in emergency situations. The plusses are outweighed by the massive minus that when you really need it to grip it does not. This is dangerous. It would rate around 4-5 if not for this.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   www.sjscycles.com/

Bike Setup:   Thorn adventure tour. (Rohloff speedhub equipped commuter/tourer)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Manchester UK

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2005

Strengths:    Fast. Good grip in all conditions. Come in fun colours.

Weaknesses:    Not quite as fast as Conti GP's maybe?
Can't take really high pressures. (100psi+)

Bottom Line:   
Opted for the slightly wider S-Licks after having nightmares with my Conti GP's which got on average 2 punctures a week. These have restored my confidence with not a single puncture in road riding in nearly a year. They are not quite so fast as the Conti's but if you crank the pressure up to 90-100psi they run nicely. A good piece of kit. A bit expensive at £20 per tyre maybe but I have saved that in tubes so no complaints. 5 turds for performance 4 for value.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Conti Gps, many off road tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil Bell from London, UK

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2004

Strengths:    Grippy
Fairly light
Fairly puncture resitant

Weaknesses:    None really

Bottom Line:   
If you are a regular commuter / urban cyclist in temperate climes, GET THESE TYRES! There are other tyres with slightly better punture resistance but they are heavy and/or slow/uncomfortable. There are slightly lighter tyres, but they are less puncture resistant and/or don't grip as well. If you are cycling in traffic in the wet the most important thing is traction, and these are great. I used to feel really unsafe cycling on wet roads until I got these (Panaracer Paselas, for example, can be really dodgy). Somehow they feel soft even when they are hard, and they're very fast. Puncture resistance is only a bit less than, say, Nimbus EX and they're lighter than most (Nimbuses are A LOT heavier and slower). S-Licks aren't cheap but you get what you pay for.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   wiggle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Nimbus EX
Panaracer Pasela

Bike Setup:   Home-built urban MTB on Kona Muni-Mula frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian Nicholls a Racer from England

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight, very fast - virtually no rolling resistance.
Choice of colours to match your bike!!

Weaknesses:    Slightly on the expensive side (£39.98)

Bottom Line:   
I opted for these in replacement to the Specialised Hemisheres based on their weight and a couple of recomendations in UK magazines. I am not dissapointed so far. I cycle a 35 mile loop on roads and the tyres have knocked over 5 minutes of my time. Having switched from the virtually puncture resistant (but heavy) Hemispheres I was expecting a punture within the first week! Well, over the past 3 months I have clocked up 1000+ miles and still no puntures!
Grip is excellent for a slick, even in wet conditions.
I highly recommend these tyres.

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Favorite Trail:   Any without wind!!!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Settle Cycles (Yorkshire)

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hemisphere (Armadillo)

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F3000SL

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Weekend Warrior from Smyrna, GA

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2001

Strengths:    traction in wet and dry, wear, ride, puncture resistence

Weaknesses:    Not carried at every LBS

Bottom Line:   
The cords on my rear tire are starting to show, after
a pretty stunning 3500 miles. I weigh 220. I've also
had only one pucture with this tire in that time. It is
a great riding tire, with excellent traction in corners
and in wet weather. Customer questions are excellently
h.ndled by the U.S. distibutor. A superior tire.

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Favorite Trail:   Silver Comet

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   bicycletires.com

Similar Products Used:   Primo comets

Bike Setup:   RANS V2

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by John J a Racer from West Lothian

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001

Strengths:    Looks the business, fast and very grippy.

Weaknesses:    They punctured

Bottom Line:   
A fabulous tyre, looks great and rides beautifully...but, and there's always a but isn't there...the damn things punctured on me on only the second ride out!

I use an MTB with slicks for getting to work (4 miles across some park paths and roads). Unfortunately, as is probably common in lots of other places, the little b*stard schoolkids smash glass in the parks for their idea of entertainment.

I've used the Specialized Nimbus Armadillo's for the past year and never had a problem with punctures until a 3-inch nail went through them and I noticed that the beading was becoming very worn. Overall though, if you ride in areas where your liable to puncture the Armadillos are excellent.

The bottom line is that the Vredestein S-Licks are a great tyre and it rides fast and smooth on the road...but if you're using them to commute, or go through and areas where there's non tyre friendly debris, then you'll end up with a flat.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Settle Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Nimbus Armadillo

Bike Setup:   Bog standard MTB for work

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard Carden a Weekend Warrior from Sutton, Surrey,UK

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2001

Strengths:    Sticky, yet fast. A folding tyre, good for carrying spares around and colour.

Bottom Line:   
The bike is set up for road riding. Had loads bad weather round here lately and the tyres have performed well, all that I could have asked for.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Evans, Croydon

Similar Products Used:   Specialised Nimbus.

Bike Setup:   Fat Chance, rigid, Hopes, Race Face, chris King Etc.Etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dennis a Weekend Warrior from Indy IN USA

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2001

Strengths:    slick
lot of grip
low rolling resistence

Weaknesses:    little on the heavy side

Bottom Line:   
Great tire for someone rides a mountain bike on the road and doesn't care too much about the weight. There is lots of grip and a smooth ride. My dad wrote about the tire earlier and said it was too heavy for his use. He has a very light mountain bike for road use only. Since he didn't want them, he gave them to me. Now I don't have to worry about whearing down my knobs when I am out riding on the street.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Continental Grand Prix

Bike Setup:   '99 Cannondale Super-V

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2000

Strengths:    these tires can take whatever sharp coners that you make! and it is really really fast...the colours are also extremly nice... lovely tires... even when the road is wet, the tires is still able fuction well.

Weaknesses:    weakness?? err nothing at the moment..

Bottom Line:   
a pair of tires worth every single cent for it... though they are not cheap, but think about the speed and good conering you get... and the nice colour that will fit your bike...its all worth it!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Conti town countrty, IRC mytos XC, Panaracer fire XC pro(these tires sucks!),

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Art S. a Cross Country Rider from Mayfield, NY

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2000

Strengths:    •Light.
•No "knobbies".

Weaknesses:    •None for it's intended purpose.

Bottom Line:   
Great pavement tire for a MT bike! Not meant for off-road hardpack - for that, the best I've used are the Geax's (Hubi's and Revert's).

On asphalt/concrete, the S-Licks roll very easily and stick well in the corners. Combined with their lightweight, narrow 1.3" profile and decent puncture-resistance, they're unbeatable. Great ride characteristics, especially when used with latex tubes, and although not cheap at $40. (retail) each, they're worth the few extra $. The "bronze"-colored sidewalls are great looking with the colored treads. Kwite kewl!!

Excellent tires for their intended niche, and whips all of the other semi-slick MTB tires out there for road use. Although they don't stock them on a regular basis, Lickton's can order you a set of the S-Lick's and have them to you in a few days. www.lickbike.com (BTW, I don't work for them, I'm just a customer!)

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Favorite Trail:   the one's with no traffic

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   •Geax Revert.
•Geax Hubi Alfa.
•Specialized Dirt Baldy.
•Michelin Sprint.
•Conti Double Fighter.

Bike Setup:   •'97 Trek 7000ZX
• '98 C'dale Super V 900

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marten a Cross Country Rider from Amerongen, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000

Strengths:    Low rolling resistance
Grip on wet tarmac
Steering precision

Weaknesses:    Weak bead? (see Bottom Line)

Bottom Line:   
After 500 miles on a loaded tandem the rear S-Lick blew at the bead. The kevlar is exposed so the casing must have come apart somehow. Luckily this happened overnight so there was no further damage. Apart from that, the middle section of the tread was already flattened after 500 miles so this tire is not suitable for loaded (tandem) touring.
Otherwise a brilliant road tire. Definitely the fastest we ever rode on the tandem and still comfortable at 90+ psi. And you can pick your color to complement your bike ;-)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Avocet City Slicker, Specialized Nimbus III, Ritchey Tom Slick, Panaracer Hi-Road

Bike Setup:   1994 C'dale MT3000 tandem
King/DT/WTB wheels
Magura HS33

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Barry a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA USA

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2000

Strengths:    Lightweight: though heavier than Conti GP, it is a softer ride & better grip. Can get matched sets for Recumbents (26 x 1.3 rear, 20" front), very sticky, even on wet pavement, foldable kevlar bead, easy to mount, protective anti-flat belt.

Weaknesses:    Very thin sidewalls - soft ride, but not an offroad tire. May be hard to find - limited dealers in USA
(try www.vredesteinusa.com to find a dealer)

Bottom Line:   
Probably the best all-round tire for spirited road or paved trail riding, these sticky tires provide good traction and a very nice ride with their skin-thin flexible sidewalls. Very low rolling resistance - you can run 'em at 90+ psi.
One of few "matched set" options for those who ride recumbents, these tires can withstand the demands of a bent bike. Very popular in the Netherlands, reported to give excellent mileage. Not the cheapest tires out there, marked down one notch on "Value" for price.

If you're a hard core weight weenie, stick with Conti GP's. Want a better ride and more traction, give up 50 grams and get S-Licks.

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Favorite Trail:   any with no traffic

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Conti GP, Conti TT2000 (bulletproof but very heavy), Primo Comets (ugh)

Bike Setup:   Recumbents - I've used the 406 on multiple bikes, have matched set (26" and 20") of S-Licks on a Barcroft Dakota.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Robin a Racer from holland

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2000

grip on one inch is superb
anti leak

No grip in the snow or ice really you got to try this

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
vredestein streetrazor
and some semislick

Bike Setup:   
I have a trek 7000

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