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Serfas Drifter Tire with FPS

by Serfas

Price: $29.95 - $86.15
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  • Versatile mountain bike/hybrid tire ideal for pavement or loose fire roads
  • Integrated flat protection system for puncture resistance
  • Inverted Tread pattern reduces rolling resistance on roads
  • 69-durometer compound offers amazing durability
  • Wire bead ensures a secure fit

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Product Description

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Designed to handle the pavement or loose fire roads, the Drifter is an excellent choice for riders who want a fast ride on the road but don't want to lose traction on loose gravel roads or well-packed trails. Ideal for mountain bikes and hybrid comfort bikes, the Drifter offers exceptional puncture resistance, a secure fit, amazing durability, and a great feel.

Specifications:

  • Pressure: 45 to 65 (max) PSI
  • Weight: 630 grams
  • Tread type: inverted
  • Bead: Wire

Product Description

Designed to handle the pavement or loose fire roads, the Drifter is the best dual pourpose on the market.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003BYUL2E
  • Item model number: CTR-tire
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,725 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Quiet ride, decent rolling resistance, and incredibly puncture resistant.
Rusty Razor
If your riding primarily on pavement or sidewalks...occasionally on unpaved roads, grass....these are a good buy for a hybrid tire.
T. Mccarthy
Very pleased with these tires highly recommend for adverse riding surface.
Charles Camden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Baker on April 20, 2010
These are simply great tires. I ride a mountain bike 20 miles a day about 5 days a week for fitness, and nowadays I find that I almost never venture off the bike paths anymore. I had put road slicks on the bike, but I'm a pretty big guy (~225 lbs) and I found that I was getting flats all the time. Then I got a pair of these as a gift and have been really happy with them. I got over 3,000 miles out of the first pair before I wore them down to where I started getting frequent flat tires again. I have about 1,000 miles so far on my second pair and not one flat so far.

Pros:

*good traction on both wet and dry pavement.
*no more flat tires (at least until they have a *lot* of wear on them.)
*they wear very well and you will get a lot of miles out of them.
*not super expensive compared to other similar tires.

Cons:

*hard to get on when they are new (not a big deal, but it's noticeable.)
*slower than road slicks, though better than knobbies.
*kind of noisy, especially at first.

When I do eventually need to replace the pair now on my bike, I will buy these again for sure.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By bike_commuter on February 12, 2011
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If you are reading this, you are probably looking for a "compromise" tire between road and trails. You probably spend most of your time riding on pavement, but still like to venture out and hit the local paths every so often. You mainly want a tire with lower rolling resistance than your knobbies for getting around town, but don't want to be strictly limited to paved surfaces. You also want a really tough and durable tire that will never go flat on you on your way to work.

Well, I have to say, I don't think you'll be satisfied. First off, these tires just don't cut it for any sort of off road riding except perhaps grass (but who rides on grass??). The worst part about these tires is the "inverted treads" pick up all sorts of crud (including small gravel, bits of metal, glass, etc.) causing the tires to go flat. One of the things I was excited about was the durability rating of these tires. They maybe be durable in the thick parts, but those inverted sections are really pretty thin. I ride to work in all conditions and on some rough roads (occasionally through construction zones and the like) and, even when being really mindful to keep the tire pressure high, I found these picked up whatever was on the city streets, often causing flats.

My advice: buy two pairs of tires (good solid slicks and knobbies) and just change the tires when you are going to hit the trails. Keep those slicks at full pressure and you'll rarely get flats - even riding through whatever debris the city may through at you. I'm not one of those folks who thinks you need two bikes (one for the road and one for the trails), but I do think having two pairs of tires is the way to go. That will make your old faithful fit for anything you throw at it.

One last thing worth mentioning - I had the 1.5 width and the inverts in the 2 inch may be less susceptible to picking up crud - I don't know. Try it at your own risk....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on June 19, 2013
I have these tires on my Trek 7000, setup as a hybrid commuter and occasional dirt road rider.
After 600+ miles with a 220-lb rider, the Serfas name finally rubbed off the _center_ of the rear tread. The front center tread still clearly shows the product name in the middle of the tire! These are going to last a long time! Love them! I am very pleased with their performance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Codes04 on May 13, 2013
Size Name: 26x2.0-Inch Verified Purchase
These Serfas tires probably give me 2mph speed increase for the same effort as compared to the knobby tires on the mt bike previously. Decent on snow and ice too. I'm very happy with these tires and highly recommend to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Welles on September 15, 2013
Size Name: 29x2.0-Inch Verified Purchase
I have a 29" mountain bike, but mostly ride on the road, so those knobby tires were just annoying. These are much better, and a much smoother ride. I can go faster with less fatigue with these, and they have a special feature, you can still tackle dirt and off-road terrain with the inverted knobs. It's the best of both worlds. The reason I say "buy two" is, well, I was an idiot and bought one thinking it was a pair, got one tire, bought another one and now I can ride without those knobbies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Treesloth on April 30, 2013
Size Name: 26x2.0-Inch Verified Purchase
I can safely say that I've never gotten a flat while using these tires. They will always be on my city cruiser, love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johan Soto on April 29, 2013
Size Name: 26x2.0-Inch Verified Purchase
This is a very good street tire, it has a good grip and it is lighter in comparison with others brand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Alldredge on April 22, 2013
At the outset, I must tell you that I hate knobby tires.

In 2008, I acquired an early 90's hardtail mountain bike with Richey tires. It only took me a couple of days to get a pair of these, put 'em on & and trash the Richeys. I wanted QUIET!

While not TOTALLY silent, Serfas Drifters are a big improvement over knobbies. As well, they seem to grip well in the wet (which we have very little of in south Texas these days) and they have held up well on glass-littered streets and hard-packed clay canal roads. I don't ride single track or stony trails but I do ride on unpaved roads & limestone covered rail trails.

Since November of 2008, I have had only one puncture and that was from a tiny sliver of steel that wormed its way past the FPS belt in my front tire.

I am very well pleased with these, especially for the price, and would not hesitate to buy another pair when I need to.

Update: May 17, 2013. This weekend I got a flat on the rear wheel of my MTB with these tires. I noticed that the tires were getting a bit weather worn. I picked out some tiny sharp stones and one thorn tip out of the tread.

None of these was the cause of the flat, however. The flat had nothing to do with the tire at all. There were a couple of places where the cheap rubber rim tape had worn through and the rim itself (over 20 years old) had aluminum shards floating around the spoke holes which penetrated the rim tape & caused the flat.

Bottom line: The FPS has worked for me with only one flaw (mentioned above) for nearly 5 years. I'll buy these tires again, for sure. Or possibly the fancier version of them: Serfas Survivor Drifter Tire.
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