Just noting in this topic there is no sticky for tires. Maybe this is as good as any thread to nominate?
Just curious, as they are difficult to find, but is the 3.00/18 designation and departure from other tire sizing nomenclature; i.e., 130/70 R16, to draw attention to the "tube required" style of tire? It was either @Duckster
or @Shadow Shack
who noted the 3.00/18 = 90/90 18
On Bike Bandit, the only matching sets I can find are the...
- Pirelli MT 66 (which I see @flitecontrol
is happy with) at $157.98 (edit, denniskirk.com is exact same price)
- Kenda K671 at $128.35
I did note on a much cheaper tire with the 3.00/18 designation that looks very similar in tread pattern to my 2008 OE Bridgestone Mag Moblus the word "vintage". Just my two cents, but I wouldn't go with a vintage leather brainbucket, so why would I go with pre-modern computer modeling power and "ancient" tire technology?
The Bridgestone Exedra L303-A @Shadow Shack
notes are $93.65. Maybe it's my NY rough & often chip-sealed roads, or it's my 10 year old tires getting 5k miles at that age, or both, but 6k miles doesn't seem like good longevity to me for a tire? Maybe the Exedra is much improved over the Mag Moblus?
I'm leaning towards the Pirelli unless there are some better options in a set pairing....