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Performance Forte City ST Tire

3.25/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 455 grams MSRP : $10.00

Product Description

  • Size(s): 26 x1.5
  • Smooth, narrow pavement tire

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GTscoob a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2009

Strengths:    Cheap, low rolling resistance

Weaknesses:    Hard to install/uninstall, easily punctured

Bottom Line:   
These tires are almost impossible to install and uninstall, even on narrower 20mm rims. I ran them for 3 months without a flat but after changing out 3 tubes in a week I had bent 6 tire levers uninstalling them so I bought some knobby folding bead WTBs since its summer and time to hit the mountains. The rubber covering the metal bead is even exposed in a few spots from the force of levering the bead over the rim.

Right now i'm looking for a folding bead slick to replace these for city riding since I've paid more for tire levers than I paid for these tires. They worked great and rolled very quickly, even at 45-50psi but are getting trashed now.

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Favorite Trail:   Peachtree St

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike in-

Similar Products Used:   n/a only slick i've ever run on my mtb

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche, SS converted

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dimaiord a Weekend Warrior from South Jersey

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2008

Strengths:    Cheap, much faster rolling than a knobby tire. Perfect for Campus cruising and daily commutes if you want a hybrid and all you have is an extra mtn bike these make a world of difference.

Weaknesses:    I don't trust them cornering at speed, especially in wet conditions. I have yet to try it though so who knows. These are by no means for the trail, but why would they be? it says city in the title!

Bottom Line:   
If you're trying to make turn a mtn bike into a commuting machine, grab a pair of these and throw a rack on your bike. They've got enough volume to absorb shock, and you can run em up to 60PSI for a comfortable smooth rolling cruise. No flats yet and I ride in the city(over glass, needles and whatnot).

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Favorite Trail:   Northbank, richmond, VA

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   First of this breed.

Bike Setup:   95' marin

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard a Cross Country Rider from Fishers, IN

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2008

Strengths:    price
no problems with flats
handles curbs well
1.5 is a practical size

Weaknesses:    difficult to get on/off rim
noisy (rubbery squeaky) during lots-of-lean turns

Bottom Line:   
Not BAD tires, though not GREAT tires. I wasn't sure if I was going to get back into riding so I went cheap and got these. I'm probably going to switch to Geax Street Runners or Roadsters this year though.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   had some Continentals on the bike YEARS ago

Bike Setup:   '94 Raleigh M30 (rigid) commuter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pat from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2006

Strengths:    Comfortable ride

Weaknesses:    Not light
hard to get on / off rim
(Kevlar bead might help with both?)

Bottom Line:   
A decent tire. I'd like to find a kevlar beaded urban tire, with higher max psi. Forte City max's at 65 psi, a common max for a 1.5" wide city tire, but I'd like to see 90 psi for less rolling resistance.

Overall this Forte tire suits its purpose, especially for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Kenda Kwick Roller

Bike Setup:   These came on an inexpensive Peformance comfort bike. Later I put them on my mountain bike for city use, that one is a Specialized Rockhopper.

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