In this article I’m going to give you my list for the best road bike tires for wet conditions.
The requirements necessary for riding in less than optimal conditions like rain are very different from those who like riding with the sun high in the sky. A wet road necessitates a tire that’s more grippy for obvious reasons. Especially after a dry period it’s not only the rain itself which makes the road slippery, but also everything that has fallen on the road and disolves because of the rain, like dried up oil.
Also the season which sees more rain than others also are accompanied with trees shedding their leaves and other organic stuff. When combined with rain this can become a dangerous and slippery mix as well on the road you’re riding on.
You also want a tire which is more puncture resistant. Not only is their more crud on the road, the change of it sticking to your tire has also increased. And if there’s one thing nobody likes is to catch a cold because your temperature is dropping needing to repair a flat while being drenched.
So without further ado I present my list for the very best road bike tires for wet conditions.
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season
The Continental Grand Prix 4-Season utilizes an extra wire-to-wire layer Continental calls Duraskin.
Each road tire in the Continental lineup uses a puncture resistant breaker for the center tread. The Grand Prix 4-Season uses two, effectively doubling its puncture resistance when compared with the other tires.
And last but not least, the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season uses 3 layers of 110 TPI compound for both durability and longevity, without sacrificing to much in terms of weight, grip and ride feel. Which makes this tire one of the if not the most impressive tire on this list.
It comes in sizes 23, 25, 28 and 32 mm.
Panaracer Race D Evo 4
The Panaracer Race D Evo 4 is a pretty lightweight folding tire.
It’s the most puncture resistant tire of their race lineup, having a different added compound sitting on the entire surface of the tire.
The Japanese brand always makes high-quality tires with the best characteristics a tire should have. The Panaracer Race D Evo 4 is no exception. Supple, grippy, gorgeous-looking and fast make a very solid combination with the added puncture protection.
The tire is available in both black and tan options with 26 and 28 mm widths.
If you ask me the Pirelli Cinturato’s understated design is one of the best on this list. This tubeless-ready tire is far more robust than the P Zero on this list, going in the direction of a gravel tire.
These tires are truly all-weather condition tires, offering great grip and puncture resistance all through the year. That added protection does mean they will tip the scales at 300 and 340 grams for the 26 and 28 mm versions. So it’s no weight-weenie tire.
Specialized Roubaix Pro
The Specialized Roubaix Pro uses a different Endurant casing which can also be found on their gravel tires.
So basically it runs gravel tire protection in a road bike package, trying to combine the best of both worlds in a singular package.
The Roubaix Pro furthermore has Specialized’s standard BlackBelt puncture protection.
Coming in sizes 25 to 32 as a folding tire it’s a tire you can take of the beaten path and into the woods, should you be so inclined.
Vittoria Corsa Control
If you want a bit more puncture protection but still have Vittoria emblazoned on your sidewall, the Vittoria Corsa Control will suit your needs.
It’s obviously heaver than its other namesake, but with it comes extra protection. It has an extra tread inserted into the tire, which adds control and durability for less than optimal road conditions like cobblestones and rougher roads.
It’s also a perfect companion for those who don’t mind riding in wet conditions. So choose this tire over the normal Corsa if rough and wet is what you like.
The Vittoria Corsa Control is also the only tan-wall road bike tire on this list that comes as a tube. So if you have a very premium vintage road bike or a very premium set of modern-day wheels you can take advantage of everything tubes have to offer as well.
Vittoria Rubino Pro Control
The Vittoria Rubino Pro Control is the stiffer, heavier and more puncture protected version of the standard Rubino.
It’s a training tire with bead-to-bead protection besides and enhanced puncture protected layer. It’s nylon casing is meant to withstand the elements of all seasons.
Available in standard sizes 23 to 28 mm as a 60 TPI folding tire.
Specifications best road bike tires for wet conditions
|Name||Size||ETRTO||Weight (gr)||Tread Color||Sidewall Color||Buy at Amazon|
|Continental Grand Prix 4-Season||700Cx23||23-622||235||Black||Black||link|
|Continental Grand Prix 4-Season||700Cx25||25-622||230||Black||Black||link|
|Continental Grand Prix 4-Season||700Cx28||28-622||295||Black||Black||link|
|Continental Grand Prix 4-Season||700Cx32||32-622||340||Black||Black||link|
|Panaracer Race D Evo 4||700Cx26||26-622||240||Black||Tan|
|Panaracer Race D Evo 4||700Cx26||26-622||240||Black||Black|
|Panaracer Race D Evo 4||700Cx28||28-622||260||Black||Tan|
|Panaracer Race D Evo 4||700Cx28||28-622||260||Black||Black|
|Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite||700Cx23||23-622||285||Black||Black|
|Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite||700Cx25||25-622||315||Black||Black|
|Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite||700Cx28||28-622||350||Black||Black|
|Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite||700Cx30||30-622||400||Black||Black|
|Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite||700Cx32||32-622||430||Black||Black|
|Specialized Roubaix Pro||700Cx23/25||23/25-622||260||Black||Black|
|Specialized Roubaix Pro||700Cx25/28||25/28-622||300||Black||Black|
|Specialized Roubaix Pro||700Cx30/32||30/32-622||355||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||295||Black||Tan||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||295||Black||Black||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||265||Black||Tan||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||300||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx25||25-622||265||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||350||Black||Tan||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||350||Black||Black||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||315||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||280||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx28||28-622||280||Black||Tan|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx30||30-622||370||Black||Black||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx30||30-622||370||Black||Tan||link|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx30||30-622||320||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx30||30-622||280||Black||Black|
|Vittoria Corsa Control||700Cx30||30-622||280||Black||Tan|
|Vittoria Rubino Pro Control||700Cx23||23-622||290||Black||Black||link|
|Vittoria Rubino Pro Control||700Cx25||25-622||300||Black||Black||link|
|Vittoria Rubino Pro Control||700Cx28||28-622||340||Black||Black||link|