Good but not Great
I rode a pair of Mondials (700C, 35mm) over a year and a half and about 15,000km in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Northeast India, Nepal, and mainland India on touring bike with 25kg of gear. Despite some pretty gnarly roads, I only had one or two punctures the whole time. However, within the first 2,000km I had blown a hole in one sidewall, and after about 10,000km I started to get lots of sidewall wear and tear, several times so much so that the tubes bulged out. I managed to get another 5,000km out of them by frequently visiting Indian street cobblers and getting some leather patchwork done, but by the end of my ride the tires were pretty wobbly and Frakensteinish.
I'll be switching back to Marathon Plus Tour tires - a little heavier, but I got 14,000 kilometers out of my first pair before I got the first puncture, and never had any sidewall issues. Pros:
Near perfect puncture protection.
Lighter and cheaper than Marathon Plus Tour models. Cons:
Sidewalls are a little too weak for loaded touring bikes and rough roads. Would Buy Again:
May 15, 2015Reviewed by:
Mike @ www.threeruleride.com
Was this review Helpful? Yes No Report as Inappropriate