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Old 11-28-12, 12:43 AM   #1
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Tubular recommendations for indoor board/outdoor concrete tracks

Just wanted to get some input from you guys as to the best tubular race only tyre.

I currently race on an outdoor 333m concrete track using Vittoria Corsa Evo CX (21mm) which seem to be fine.

I am planning on racing our (Australian) National Masters Track champs next year on an indoor board 250m track and was thinking of upgrading my race tyres for the event (or a bit before).

What tyre would you guys recommend... keeping in mind I don't really want to go to an "indoor only" tyre.

My main events are Kilo, sprints, Keirin (if they run it). Wheels are Zipp Zedtech 808 front, 900 Disc rear.

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Old 11-28-12, 12:52 AM   #2
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Heading to Perth? Nice! I was planning on going till very recently when I decided I'd rather put the travel costs towards a three week holiday to ride as many of the big climbs in CA, NV, CO and AZ instead...

I would think the Vittoria Evo CX would be your best option as an allround tyre if you want to ride both. I know a few people who ride the Vittoria Pista Evo on both concrete and timber but expect them to wear quickly on the concrete.
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If these are special event wheels, I'd go Pista EVO's, they are the fastest. I usually get a season out of a pair riding primarily concrete doing special events only, which means my districts (elite and old guys), the local big race, and both sets of nationals. Probably a couple smaller races too, so maybe 7-8 races. Almost as fast and a bit more durable are the Veloflex Records, VERY nice tires.
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Thanks mate... yeah, I have booked my flights.

I was considering going to Perth, then last week I won two bronze medals at the QLD Elite track champs (Kilo and Keirin) so that kind of locked it in for me!

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Thanks BP... yes, they are proper race only wheels.

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I'm told that Continental Sonderklasse (Special Class) are very, very nice. A teammate glues them up for Nationals every year. But he doesn't expect them to last very long. Most of my team use Conti Steher as a more-durable weekly race tire (outdoor rough wood). Great tire for the relatively ordinary cost.
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Anybody raced with FMB pistas? http://www.fmbtires.com/piste_cotton.htm

On the road I went from Continentals to FMBs and noticed a big improvement. I'm wondering if they are equally good at track tires.
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Thanks for the input guys... I think I am going to give the Vittoria Pista Evo CS a go.

Next question, 19mm or 22mm?



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What's the banking on the indoor track and what are you used to?

If you aren't used to riding on a steeper embankment or on 19's, it may get slippery. 19's don't leave much to ride on.
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22's for sure, unless you are tiny.
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Sorry... can't find any info on how steep the banking is, here are some photos etc. of the indoor track I will be racing on: http://www.venueswest.wa.gov.au/our-venues/speeddome/

Here is what I normally race on:
http://www.qld.cycling.org.au/?MenuI...402%2F37511%2F

I weight 80kg (176lb) so not a lightweight.

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You're used to long and shallow, and the Speed Dome looks short and steep(er).

I'd go with 22's.
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