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Old 04-15-07, 01:34 AM   #1
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a love/hate for rubinos has turned into a hate of axials

So I used to have this love/hate thing going on with rubinos. I liked 'em, but they were near impossible to get on and nearly impossible to get off. Today I broke three levers trying to get a set off.

I swapped 'em out for a set of michelin axials. They were $6 ea on clearance through IRO. They have gumwalls, and I wanted something classic looking. Anyway, these are way more of pain in the @ss to get on then rubinos. I thought there could be nothing worse.

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Old 04-15-07, 01:37 AM   #2
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you're doing it wrong sonny.
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metal tire levers
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What rims are you using. Rubinos usually are rather easy to work with on most of my rims.
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+1. This way instead of new levers you only have to buy 3 new rims with every set of tires.
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same luck here. i use a rubino tech in the rear and i broke a few levers before taking the wheel to the shop. they had to use a metal lever and it left a little mark on my rim. those tires are pretty awesome for durability but suck for going on/off.
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Old 04-15-07, 02:46 AM   #8
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My rubinos practically fell onto my wheels.
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Rubinos were super easy for me, maybe it's your rims.

I just got these torelli rims and it's a mother and a half getting these damn verdesteins on and off.
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i have some gum wall axials i'm still running, the ones with the little green stripe, and they've been amazingly durable tires. i bet you like em when you ride em.
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Michelin tyre levers. All others suck ass.
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I cursed myself, tires, and the world trying to get a pair of Rubino's onto my IRO wheels. However, they practically fell onto my aeroheads.
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Soma levers (which are coated metal) are pretty hard to break and won't eff your **** up.
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what rims?
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If I were a betting man, I might bet 25cents that they are SUN rims, b/c when I had a pair they were a total biach
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I use Rubino's and metal tyre levers, they are the best balance for grip and puncture resistance.
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If I were a betting man, I might bet 25cents that they are SUN rims, b/c when I had a pair they were a total biach
ding ding ding. sun venus rim. pain in the ass!!!
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I had a Rubino roll right off my rim at the staggering speed of 15 km/h. I also got flats every 150 km like clockwork. Never again!
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can't remember which model but i have some 90s era mavics that are a pain in the ass with rubinos
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when i cant get a tire on

i just get the same tire in a 27"

its almost too easy to get on after that
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it took me an hour to get a rubino pro onto a weinmann rim once.
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rubino pro slicks + open pro cd rims. no levers needed, and they've held up downtown better than any other tire i've tried. two thumbs up.
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you're doing it wrong sonny.

No, actually I'm not.

Old Mavic MA2 rims. Older Mavics and Rubinos have been known to not get along. It's def the rims, but I had to vent.
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