Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with Maxxis Detonators... They came as stock on this year's Giant Seek2 and I'm wondering if I'm just having a 'bad' run with them. In 6 weeks of going up and down the MYT and GCT 3 times a week, I've had 2 punctures resulting in slow leaks. Both from little tiny shards of glass or rock.
The same length of time previously on the same route, while running Vittoria Randonneurs on my old bike, I had zero punctures... The old bike has 26in wheels so I can't just swap tires.
So should I just ditch the stock tires for Randonneurs at the appropriate size, or just keep on rolling with these?
And what the hell is Silkworm puncture protection anyway? I can't find a description of how it's supposed to protect from punctures... the Vittorias at least claim a solid barrier between the tread and the inner casing and tube.
Make sure you check the tyres really thoroughly. Sometimes a close grouping of punctures relates to the one pile of glass/rubbish that you have been through, and not noticed/removed the tiny sharp pieces embedded in the tyre. They then gradually work through as you keep riding.
18/1000 sec from winning lemon tart - but was allowed to have one anyway!!
I run Detonator 26x1.5" on my Long Haul Trucker and love them. I've had a puncture or two along the way (one glass penetration that I can remember), but nothing abnormal or more than any other tyre.
I like the fat 26ers enough that I've got a pair of 700x28c in stock waiting to go on the commuter when the current rubber runs out. I'm not expecting them to iron out the chipseal quite as nicely as the 1.5" variant (which measures about 45mm across), but I'm impressed enough to go back there (and they're cheap as dirt if you find them on special).
I've a Seek 1 that's a fortnight old and got a puncture last Monday. A small bit of copper wire. I thought they were supposed to be pretty puncture resistant, but when I changed the tyre I was surprised how thin they are. Managed to get the tyre off and on with my hands. This surprised me as my old bike has Marathon Pluses on it which are very hard to get on and off, but are almost puncture proof. I'm going to swap my tyres over when I've done a few more kilometers on the new bike, as I'm not impressed with the Maxxis. I too wondered what silkworm technolgoy was. Doesn't seem to do much good. Tom
I'm running 32mm Maxxis Colombiéres on my commuter - they must have a better puncture belt than Detonaters. Apt name. Only one puncture so far, and that was when the thinnish tread got even thinner. I like them, even tho they're not super-durable - same lifespan as a 23mm same model. Fast rolling for a fat tyre, and good on slightly rutted roads, and comfy. Goodmat protecting the rim. Cheapish. I wish they made Re-Fuse (bad name, good tyre) in 32mm - very tuff tyre. But they do a 28mm. Hmm.
I have these tyres (in 700c x 32) on a 2012 Giant Seek 1 and have had 5 punctures in 1000km. So much for "w/puncture protection" as per the specs. I think they may have missed an "o" as it should have been "w/o puncture protection"
What are you all replacing them with? I am contemplating Continental Gator Skins.