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    Rubino Pro tires on a tandem

    I have been using Gatorskin 25c wire bead tires for a long time and they work well and seldom get a flat.
    I want to try something lighter and more racey knowing they won't wear as well as the Gatorskins.
    I would use the Conti GP4000s which I have on my single and has proven to be very durable and tough.
    But it has a very rough feel to it. I was thinking of trying the Rubino Pro which is supposed to be somewhat durable and is pretty inexpensive. Another possibility is the Michelin Krylion, I have always liked the Michelin Pro Race tires but have never tried a Krylion.

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    Never ridden them. 23c or 25c Vredestein Tricomps have a good feel and are reliable tandem tires. Be sure your rims can take the pressures to which these tires can be pumped. Most can when new, but rim wear will reduce max pressure. Replaced two worn rims because of this. I run 140 lbs. at both ends on the 23c. Ride is good. Presently running 130 lbs. in a rear 25c. I don't feel a difference between that and the 23c. Probably there, but I don't feel it.

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    I do not have them on a tandem but have Rubino Pros on my road bike in size 25c and love them. I usually run 120 PSI in the front and 130 in the rear. I believe they are rated to 130 PSI.

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    Well I went ahead and ordered one.
    Will report back in a few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
    I have been using Gatorskin 25c wire bead tires for a long time and they work well and seldom get a flat.
    I want to try something lighter and more racey knowing they won't wear as well as the Gatorskins.
    I would use the Conti GP4000s which I have on my single and has proven to be very durable and tough.
    But it has a very rough feel to it. I was thinking of trying the Rubino Pro which is supposed to be somewhat durable and is pretty inexpensive. Another possibility is the Michelin Krylion, I have always liked the Michelin Pro Race tires but have never tried a Krylion.

    Thanks.
    We are running Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX clinchers in a 700x25, 320 tpi tires. Not so cheap and a little hard to find, but nice feel and light (220 gm).

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    140 psi makes a nice bang when exploding!!
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    Surprised the GP4000s feel rough. Is it because they're 23mm rather than 25mm? The Rubinos are really a mid range tyre, whereas Pro Race II / IIIs, Vittoria Corsa CX and GP4000s are top end race tyres. They all grip better in the wet than Rubinos, ride better but wear more quickly.

    I've also tried Schwalbe Ultremos, but not on the tandem. IMHO these are a bit too fragile for the tandem, a one sharp stone can ruin the tyre with a side wall cut.

    How much air are you putting in? How much do you weigh? I am about 80kg and find 100-110psi is enough for my single bike on 23mm tyres and maybe 130psi with 25mm tyres on the tandem. No need for 150psi as it stops the tyres absorbing any road vibration and goes beyond most rim manufacturers' maximum psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrfish View Post
    Surprised the GP4000s feel rough. Is it because they're 23mm rather than 25mm? The Rubinos are really a mid range tyre, whereas Pro Race II / IIIs, Vittoria Corsa CX and GP4000s are top end race tyres. They all grip better in the wet than Rubinos, ride better but wear more quickly.

    I've also tried Schwalbe Ultremos, but not on the tandem. IMHO these are a bit too fragile for the tandem, a one sharp stone can ruin the tyre with a side wall cut.

    How much air are you putting in? How much do you weigh? I am about 80kg and find 100-110psi is enough for my single bike on 23mm tyres and maybe 130psi with 25mm tyres on the tandem. No need for 150psi as it stops the tyres absorbing any road vibration and goes beyond most rim manufacturers' maximum psi.

    I weigh 140lbs. On my single bike I use 100psi. I reduced it to 90psi on the GP4000s and it did not help much. I always use 23mm tires on my single. I don't think the Pro Race III or the Corsas would last at all on the tandem rear. The GP4000s probably would, its a lot more durable than the others, but now I am hesitant because of the ride on my single. I am going to try the Rubino, hope the ride improves over the Gatorskins. I use 120psi with 25c on the tandem. The price on the Rubinos is also a lot less.

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    Can't speak to the Rubino's and look forward to your future report....we have had very good results with Conti 4 Season GP's on both singles and our Tandem. Great road feel, really good traction and durable on a variety of surfaces... the only down side is the max mileage on the Tandem rear has been between 1300 and 1500 miles with three differnent sets... We are a 305 pound team plus the bike

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    Been using the Maxxis Re-Fuse 25mm/120 psi foldable tires without issues. Tire has an aramid layer to increase puncture resistance. Got 2,955 miles off rear tire. We are a +/- 250 lbs tandem duo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John R View Post
    140 psi makes a nice bang when exploding!!
    Those Tricomps are very tough tires. Max pressure 175 psi, but not many rims can take that! A few weeks ago, I was rounding a corner at maybe 25 and my line took me right into an unseen but large rock (the road was very rough chipseal). I hit the rock so hard it came up and knocked a bottle completely out of its cage and then continued up to bloody my knuckle. I stopped to retrieve the bottle, and a few seconds later pssssht, the pinch flat went. No apparent tire damage, no front tire blown in the corner. I rode the bike for a couple of weeks before I noticed that I had some broken cords and had to replace the tire. The tire had already worn the tread off the broken cord area, but I never felt it, that's how smooth those things are. I think it took a while for the broken cords to slip in the tire matrix so that a bulge occurred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mburchard View Post
    We are running Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX clinchers in a 700x25, 320 tpi tires. Not so cheap and a little hard to find, but nice feel and light (220 gm).
    Now those are nice tires! How have they held up on the tandem? What pressure? That's the other tire I'm interested in running.

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    Same experience here according to stoker. Conti's are very bouncy she calls it at 120psi. Michelins at the recomended 109psi are very plush, both the pro-race 3's and the longer lasting Krylions. We get good mileage on both of the Michelins, combined weight under 300lbs. These are no longer made in France which is kinda the trend these days. When I wear out the 6 tires we have there will be a brand change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    Now those are nice tires! How have they held up on the tandem? What pressure? That's the other tire I'm interested in running.
    They hold up OK. Tread ribbing on rear tire goes first, 500+ miles, then gets smooth and a little flat at 1000 miles, flatness becomes more noticeable and I replaced first set at 1500 miles, probably didn't need to (still had rubber on the tread), but with wife on the back of the bike I err on the side of caution. We run them just slightly higher than 23s on single, 115 psi vs 110 psi, I am 180 lbs, we are a little under 300.

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