I was keen to try a Schwalbe Ultremo on my BBC 2-4 cross bike. For ~250kms it was a nice tire….fast and relatively comfortable to ride. Unfortunately on my way home from an Easter BBQ last night I must have run over some glass as the sidewall was completely ripped open…=-( Luckily I had friends with me who could assist with some lighting [we were in the pitch dark in a park] and I had a $10 bill to use as a tire boot. Although in the photo above you can see the inner tube has ripped through the $10 bill and is trying to explode on me – happily I got home without it doing so.
I can’t fault a racing tire for being cut open by debris. It was made to go fast and it did that really well. I’m going to see what else I can get at my LBS that might be a bit more affordable. I can see that this might happen again and I am not as eager to drop $80 on a tire the second time around – especially since this really isn’t an uber high performance bike.