Shikoro 700c Clincher Tire

The Shikoro is a quick, durable, armored tire that maintains excellent road feel. Superb for training, touring, and commuting.

. • Dense Weave Polyamide breaker offers bead to bead for protection against punctures at the tread and sidewalls

• 4HD casing offers low rolling resistance

• High Mileage carbon rubber compound with all road tread pattern

• Sizes: 700 x 23, 28, 33, 38, 42c

• Weight : Kevlar bead: 290g (23c), 320g(28c), 350g(33c) 430g(38c)

Steel bead: 350g (23c), 490g(38c)

• Brown sidewall, black tread

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Shikoro 700c Clincher Tire

  • Road Bike Action Shikoro Mini-Review

    SOMA SHIKORO One of the newest models from Soma’s tire line, the tube-type Shikoro, was designed for training, touring and commuting thanks to its high level of puncture protection. Made in Japan by Panaracer, the Shikoro can be had in two versions—Kevlar or wire bead—and in an impressive five sizes, from 23mm all the way up to 42mm. It includes a thick casing and a densely woven polyamide breaker to help prevent cuts from sharp objects. And, the tread features a unique pattern of squares with miniature siping to help improve grip, and the rubber compound was selected for its longevity, designed to give you plenty of mileage before needing to be replaced. The sidewalls are decked out in a unique dark brown color for added style points. THE RIDE We mounted our size-28mm Shikoro tires on a set of Zipp 202 carbon clinchers, which measure 24.6mm wide at the brake track, and they came out to 26.8mm wide fully inflated to 100 psi. Interestingly, Soma recommends running the Shikoro’s tire tread in opposite directions, with the side grooves pointing inward on the front wheel and outward on the rear wheel. Out on the road, the tires performed well, offering an amount of both dry- and wet-weather grip akin to other comparably sized tires in the Shikoro’s price range. They’re not the supplest tires you can buy, but considering that they were designed for training and commuting, the Shikoros rolled reasonably well. And although we didn’t test them to failure, we suspect that they’ll give you plenty of high- mileage service. If you’re looking for a suppler alternative, check out Soma’s Vitesse clincher model with the same tread and a softer casing. STATS Price: $59.99 (Kevlar bead); $44.99 (wire bead) Weight: 320 grams Sizes: 23, 28 (tested), 33, 38, 42mm