I am at long last diving into the tubular world....I found an older Campy Record wheelset. Now I've got to choose a tire. These will be race-only wheels, so I am willing to spend for some good tires. I am looking for some input. I am considering the following tires; Vittoria (Cross Evo XG), Tufo (T30 Pro, Prestige), Challenge (Grifo). Anyone have experience with any of these? The T30 Pro seems a bit underwhelming, but it's a better price than the others. The Grifos seem almost too soft. I've heard good and bad about the Tufos. I'd like to get at least one season (20+ races) out of these, so durability is an issue.
The Grifos seem like they are worth the money. I had looked at the Gommitalias, but I did not find too much info. I'm leaning toward the T30 Pro, although I'm not sure what they mean by "training tire". I would hazard a guess that they won't last as long....
I'm running 32 Tufo Elites; they ride nice but don't have much knobs on the edge of the tread. But, next year, I will probably switch over the Grifos; a teammate told me the ride (who had been on Tufo's for a couple of seasons) is better.
The consensus seems to be the Grifos....I ordered some T30 pros to keep within budget, hopefully I will not regret it. In any case, I am excited to try tubulars. Thanks for the input. Once I get them glued up I will report back.
Two T30 Pros on ebay for $64. I always try to buy local, but there is not a shop in Central Oregon that stocks cross tubulars.....
Cyclocross: Side effects may include but are not limited to; nausea, blurred vision, increased heart rate, and an elevation in blood pressure. Should you experience difficulty sleeping, compulsive headset repacking, frequent derrailuer adjusting, constant checking of tire pressure, or impulse bicycle parts purchasing, register for the next cross race immediately.
Glue, wait, glue, wait, glue, mount. Note to self; Do not drink beer and mount tubulars. I finished the front, and in my haste mounted the rear backward. A lack of drinking buddies prompted a slew of comments from me to me, and after some snide remarks (again, from me, to me) I decided to leave it where it was. I've run other tires this way and been quite happy so what the hell......This is my first ride on sew-ups, I'm gonna enjoy it.
The T30 Pros feel good. I am surprised at how nice they ride. I can feel more of each little change in the the surface. When the hangover wears off I'll hit the local trails. If the snow melts, ever.