Vredestein Slizer Grinder Spider and Campo Older Tires

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Vredestein Slizer, Grinder, Spider, and Campo

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Authorised User a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

Strengths:    SPIDER: ALMOST NO PUNCTURES!!! Exceptionally thick and puncture resistant thread. Lasts a long, long time (due to the thick tread) (see below)

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Maneuveurs like a tank.

Bottom Line:   
This review is only for the Vredestein Spider tire. If you are sick of punctures, then this is the tire for you. It makes a great commuting tire (and the Dutch should know). If you want a lightweight tire, this is not it. This is the best commuting tire I have come across. The Spider is basically a slick with knobs on the sides. So, if you are commuting to work, it has very little rolling resistance. Due to the thick tread, it has VERY high puncture resistance. Also, it will last a LONG time. I have over 3,000 miles on my tires, and the front tire will easily go another 5,000 miles - at least. Haven't had a puncture on my front yet. Back tire also has the same 3,000+ miles on it, and I figure it is good for at least another 2,000 miles, maybe another 3,000 or ever 4,000 miles. I have had approx 4 punctures on the back tire with 3,000+ miles. This is a good track record for commuting in London. I note that Vredestein has now come out with the Spider Max, with even more puncture resistance. I would buy the Spider Max if you are making a fresh purchase.

Bottom line: these are REALLY good commuting tires. But they are heavier than your usual tire. Perhaps heavier than any other tire on the market. If you're into racing, forget this tire. If you hate fixing flats, this is the tire for you. I am very pleased to find a manufacturer that makes a tire like this. Again, this review is only for the Spider.

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Favorite Trail:   London commuting to work and back

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Came with Gazelle bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized "Nimbus" with kevlar belt. Michelin Transworld City

Bike Setup:   Gazelle (Dutch roadster) comfort commuting bicycle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2002

Strengths:    Good wear characteristics (700 kilometers and still lots of tread).The tricomp corners exceptionally well in softer soil and grassy trails.

Weaknesses:    The harder outer tread makes traction on roots andwet rocks more sketchy than usual

Bottom Line:   
The more supple casing on these tires is both good and bad in some situations. With speeds in excess of 50km/h on gravel the tires wander enough to make it scary. But the casing also gives a slightly smoother ride. These tires do what they are supposed to they prodive enough traction for cross country use and have caused me no problems. 700 kilometers and no flats yet!!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Michelin wildgripper (The green ones are crap)

Bike Setup:   hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Andrew Kalter a Cross Country Rider from Norwalk, CT

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2002

Strengths:    Well built, reasonably light, great traction.

Weaknesses:    Boy does this thing wear fast.

Bottom Line:   
At first I was concerned that the tire looked rather narrow for it's claimed width but the traction was great in all conditions. I am 150 lbs and don't skid my rear tire and I try not to spin it on climbs. This is "the" fastest wearing tire I have ever used. Half of the tread is gone after about 300 miles and it doesn't have a lot of tread to start with. I had plans to buy a bunch more on closeout but I don't think I am going to now. For racing it would be fine but for everyday use I have the Duo-Comp.

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Favorite Trail:   Private

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer Smoke, Farmer John, Porcupine, many others

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Supercaliber OCLV with LX, XT, XTR, Grip Shift, Crossmax, and Quadra 21R with one speedspring and Mobil 1 to keep it flowing in the snow.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rod a Cross Country Rider from Houston, TX USA

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2000

Strengths:    Predictable in the rough stuff and sticks on the slick ( as well as any o/r tyre can.

Weaknesses:    Wears a little quick ( but that's why they stick so well I guess)

Bottom Line:   
Smokin good tyres, lightweight.
five howlin' habeneros

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Favorite Trail:   Ho Chi Minh

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Boones Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Conti, Hutchinson Python, Bontrager Revolt

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Fuego, XTR f/r deraliuers, BB, Hubs, Rocket SRAM shifters, Marzocchi atom80 front, Fox Float R rear, Kore bar & Stem, Magura HS33, WTB Laser rims

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ken a Racer from San Fran

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2000

Strengths:    good traction

Weaknesses:    they wear too fast....three rides and the treads are looking like they are about to break off...what a piece of crap !!!

Bottom Line:   
well, for now, thees tires wear too quickly. I have about 100 miles on these tires, and they are about to be retired. that sucks for a set of $100 tires...maybe time to go back to hte conti xc rear, panaracer front combo.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Similar Products Used:   panaracer, hutch python gold, conti

Bike Setup:   racer X full xtr xc4 disc brakes chris king discotec hubs thomson elite post, monkey lite lo rise bar, yeti grips, selle italia pro link saddle, time atac carbons, atom 80

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graham Coppell a Cross Country Rider from Exeter, Devon, UK

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2000

Strengths:    Smooth vibration free riding on roads with the added bonus of some (not a lot) of off road riding grip.

Weaknesses:    If I have to choose something then it would probably be the weight.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the spider pro semi slick tyres to use them on the recent London to Brighton cycle ride. They transformed the on road riding completely - it was like the difference between night and day. My marin was fitten with IRC Mythos tyres which never really filled me with much confidence when taking corners at speed, with the spider tyres cornering is no longer a matter of taking your life in yours hands.

The thing that you notice immediately after fitting the tyres is just how quiet they are compared to the cross country tyres. To date I have no punctures and this is important because most of my day to day riding is commuting 12 miles home. As yet, I have not done a lot of off road on these tyres but fully accept that they were not really designed for that.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Marin Wolf Ridge with Hope discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy Jacques-Maynes a Racer from Berkeley, CA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2000

Strengths:    Great Traction!
Awesome resistance to flats - I raced on Campos all thru the last cross season and didn't have one flat. That was with 50-80 psi. Then I raced in Europe, and raced in the snow with 20/25 fromt/rear psi! I hit the rim comstantly on rocks, roots, frozen dirt, etc, and no flats! Totally rad!

Weaknesses:    None that I can see.

Bottom Line:   
The most awesome cross tire short of a tubular for traction and flat resistance. If you cant afford tubulars, or don't want their added complexity but want maximum traction and comfort on your cross bike, these are the right tires.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey Speedmax 28c
Tufo tubular clichers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john crumlish a Racer from bflo

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2000

Strengths:    suppleness. puncture resistance. ride. it knows what i'm thinking.

Weaknesses:    none that i am aware of.

Bottom Line:   
vredestein rools. i got 28mm campos and have ridden some totally sik trail wit' them!!!!! sans difficles!!!

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Favorite Trail:   alleghany

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   vredestein mtb tyres. vredestein road tires. vittoria road tires. specialized raod tyres. IRC (crap) road tires. WTB MTB tires.

Bike Setup:   this thing is incredible. old univega frame. ultegra 8 speed (STI) group. italia saddle. wolber/mavic rims. 105/dura-ace hubs. dt spokes. dura-ace cassette. 170mm crank.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Daniel a Weekend Warrior from Groningen, Netherlands

Date Reviewed: December 13, 1999

low rolling resistance on mud and tarmac, so a good allround tire.
Steers predictable and solid and gives you a good feeling. Looks good and clean.

heavier than Vredestein say they are, which should be 610 g, but the rear is 660 g.

Bottom Line:   
This is about the Slizer/Grinder setup.Great allround reliable set of tires and they make you happy cause it is better than aluminium.

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Favorite Trail:   

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Tioga Psycho K (alright in the back), IRC Piranha Pro( sucks), Specialized Ground control( great) and Extreme (sucks)

Bike Setup:   
KLEIN Attitude, all XT, rear der. XTR Rapid rise, Gripshift Plasma, Kore stem, Roox seatpost, Flite gel, Time Alium, Shimano brakebooster, Koolstop brakepads, Jett XC ( anyone wanna trade for Marzocchi or Rond?).

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by dennis steverink a cross-country rider from Huissen (GLD) Holland

Date Reviewed: September 12, 1998

Bottom Line:   

It is a perfect tyre for heavy conditions in XC competition.
It has perfect grip in the corners and not too much resistance on the straits also with breaking it is a very good tyre. The rear type has also very good climbing capabilyties. The color of the tyre is eazy to keep cleen so this also is perfect.Overall review a very reliable tyre

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Arlinghaus a racer from Dayton, OH

Date Reviewed: February 10, 1998

Bottom Line:   

I did most of my racing last year on a slizer / Grinder set up. These tires are lite, fast, and grip the trail in all conditions. The rear tread does't look extreme, but I road up some steep muddy climbs that I thought for sure I'd loose traction. I also had a set of Spiders. On non technical Cross counry coarses they are fast. I use them mostly commuting. They are smooth and fast on the road yet have knobs on the side in case you want t take a short cut through the woods. I think the 98 versions have more tread on the center and could handle more technical race coarses.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Howland from Campbell, CA

Date Reviewed: January 15, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Had a chance to check out the tire line by Vredestein. There whole line was a paradigm shift of sorts for
mountain bike tire casing design. They get away with less threads per inch by using a proprietory latex
impregnation method giving an amazing ride and feel that is unequalled. So instead of the tire just bouncing
over all the bumps in the trail, these tires conform over many trail variations giving you an impressive feel
for the trail. You actually have to run the tires at about 5-10 psi more than usual because the lighter more
conforming casing gives more than a standard thick walled tire. Although they only offer one front
(Slizer) and one rear (Grinder) tread design, the treads chosen are among the best and most tired and
true designs on the fast paced tire market today. For all those people reading about the new minimal,
smooth-center treads popular in this years Olympics, Vredestein has it in the Spider; sand paper center
tread bordered by aggressive side blocks for positive cornering. The tires all come in four different tread
compounds, plus a mixed compound for precise tailoring of tires for any given conditions.
Vredestein also offers awesome road and cyclocross tires. The cross tire is the Campo, and it's finding its
way onto top riders' bikes here in Northern Cal. What Vredestein did was take there best road tire, make it
32mm wide, and stick a sew-up grade tread pattern on it. What they got was a cross clincher that was as
light as a sew-up, cornered and shed mud like a sew-up, but has the economics of a clincher! My training
wheels are about as light as my tubular race wheels now. Switching to my spare cross bike with the training
wheels now, is no longer a sacrifice (a nice feature for all those into cross).
I recommend the 32mm Campo, the 26x1.9 Slizer and Grinders, and the 25mm road tires. I think that if
you're looking for a tires that can rival the ever-popular Michelins and Conti's, you should check out what
Vredestein has to offer. They can be purchased through your local bike shop if they order through Veltec
Sports in Sand City, CA. If your local shop already deals in Look or Sidi, they're already hooked up with
Happy trails, and see you at the races. -Howie

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