I ran ultra cheap Chinese tires for a long time. If I got a whole year out of one, it was a miracle. I bought a set of Pirelli P7's that were on sale, and holy cow they rode and handled so much better. But still, just under 2 years later, time for new tires. Finally broke down and bought a set of Michelins. Expensive, yes. Worth it, oh HELL yes. They ride and handle just as well as the Pirelli's, but here 2 years later, they still look terrific. I know I'll wind up getting about 4 years out of this set. Just bite the bullet, and buy Michelins. They're expensive up front, but they last twice as long as other "premium" brands.