Tires Serfas Drifter tires...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by astring, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. astring

    astring Member

    ..no, really, try these. thorn proof slimed tube and liner and you are ready to roll.
     

  2. az cra-z

    az cra-z Guest

    I put one of these on the back wheel and rode around over the weekend. Runs nice and smooth, very round. It does "drift" around some on bumps, but I'll probably get used to it.
     
  3. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I'm putting new shoes on the recumbent, including the Pyramid brand puncture resistent $10 tubes.

    Putting the Sertas Drifter on the back:

    http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=634

    The descriptive label that came with it says there are 4 layers, ergo, no need for the tire liner.

    It reads

    Extra Thick Tread Layer
    Survivor Layer (for protective resistancy)
    FPS Layer (flat protection system)
    Nylon Breaker (for added reinforcement)

    and a fatter Odyssey Path 20" tire on the front.
     

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  4. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Drifters rock !!!

    Been riding on them for 5 months now and still love them !!!
    No flats !!!!:jester:
     
  5. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Apparently, they don't come from J&B imports, my bikeshop guy found a supplier that carried them, and waited until he could get enough items to include buying about 10 of these tires.

    You can click on the main part of that Serfas site, and there is a list of shops that carry the brand.

    http://www.serfas.com/

    If this works, especially on the rear, it will be worth the extra money not to have that worry.

    btw: I'm going to avoid the slimed punctureproofs for this years builds, just use the Pyramids. I had a heavier customer get a flat from the seam giving way on the slime brand, while I can't remember anybody having failure with the Pyramids on the rear.
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  6. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Hey Recumbenteers !!

    Wow, what a difference on the front handling, I was most interested in switching the front, the Drifter review on the rear will be a few days away.

    I switched out the ultra-Kendra 1.5 tire that my Sun came equipped with, (w/ a regular tube, recommended 100 psi, but I was running around 60 psi), with that Odyssey 2.0-2.1 Path and a $10 Pyramid heavy duty tube.

    It recommends 90 psi, I'm less than 50 psi. My guess is the weight is at least doubled.

    But on the first spin moments ago, the handling is definitely better, more stable, especially WOT.

    I have the rubber gasket, 5 layers of electric tape AND a second rubber gasket I had, laid over the spoke-ends.

    I doubt I ever have to worry with the front wheel/tire for thousands of miles.

    Wish I had done it before the North Carolina escapade !!
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  7. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Surfas Drifters

    I got mine online from REI
     
  8. Junster

    Junster Member

    I looked at these tires on the serfas site and several others. The sites with buyer reviews almost all were glowing with praise. I have been looking at every tire I can find, I'll be needing new ones soon. I just wanted to say thanks for the heads up on these. They look better than any others I've seen. I'll be buying a pair soon.
     
  9. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    The serfas drifter tire looks very similar to the Continental Town & Country. I've been running the continental on the rear, and it's worked out nicely. Wears very well, and has good traction.
     

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  10. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Yea

    That reverse tread pattern works good. Also channels water good.
    Without adding more resistance...
     
  11. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I don't care about channeling water. It's impossible for our bikes to go fast enough to hydroplane. All other things being equal, a slick tire gives better traction on paved surfaces than a treaded tire, and it can't hydroplane. (At 50 psi, the bike would have to be going over 80 MPH to hydroplane.)
     
  12. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I may not even carry spare tubes on the recumbent.

    It's raining, so the test ride is hours away, but I just got through pulling off the old steel wheel, mounted the Serfas Drifter on the Weinmann 12 g. alloy wheel.

    (2) rubber spokeend gaskets and (5) layers of electric tape on the inside.

    Pyramid punctureproof tube AND tire liner.

    Then the Serfas.

    I reckon I have this thing 50-100 mils thick.

    Bonus, when I aired it up, the heftier set up was much lighter than the steel wheel I just took off.
     
  13. BigPotato

    BigPotato New Member

    FYI: the ones on the REI website are the non-Survivor versions. I think bamabikeguy is using the Survivor ones.
     
  14. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Agreed. I use T&C 2.1's. They're fantastic and work with my friction drive well. Very stable.
     
  15. happycheapskate

    happycheapskate Active Member

    Thanks for the tip. Maybe I'll try them some other time. They look like Conti Town Countries, which I like.

    I'm using Geaux Roadster 1.5 kevlar belted slicks with a "reverse tread' pattern like tioga city slickers a little.
     
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