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Old 04-03-05, 09:57 PM
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What tires do you race on?

Just wondering what tires people are racing on? Any feedback on the Vredestein Fortezza Race tires would be appreciated, especially how they compare to Michelin Pro-Race if anyone has ridden both.

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Old 04-03-05, 10:16 PM
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I like my Veloflex Pave's...
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Vittoria Zaffiro Pros. I love them. I'm planning on sticking with Vittoria when these wear out, or when I get dedicated training wheels I'll put these on those and put Rubino Pro's on the race wheels.
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Last year I raced on Michelin Pro race and they were excellent I didn't flat in any races. This year I am running Specialized S-Works Mondo's and they seem more durable then the Pro race so far. But they are only for racing I use a set of Michelin Carbon's for training.
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Old 04-03-05, 10:45 PM
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I also like the Rubino pros... right now I am running on teh straight rubinos though.
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I am riding on Michelin Pro 2's and I love them. I might try the Rubinos who knows haha.
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Rubino's puncure pretty easily, especially here in the beer bottle chucking capital of the world. The Pro version is better, and I use them as training tyres - cheap on probikekit.com.

I have Conti Attack/Force on my race wheels
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Tufo elite road
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Vittoria Diamante Pros. Beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful
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Michelin Pro Race or Axial Carbons
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First few races this year were on Michelin Carbons 'cuz I couldn't be bothered to take them off the bike. Next week's race will be on the new bike and Conti GP3000.
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last year i did everthing on Michelin Carbon... first year back to racing after a long layoff so i didn't really care... good training tire... not that great for racing though.

This year i'm going to be racing on Vredestein Fortezza Tri comp.. even though i haven't raced on them yet (everything in ontario, canada has been cancelled so for due to weather)... i've tried them out... i like to put a little wear on my tires before i lean into a corner in a race with them. they are a really great tire so far... no wet weather testing yet though... they should be much better than the Michelin Pro-Race though... they have twice the thread count... those Veloflexes look pretty good too.. nice thin casing.. wonder how reliable they are though.. not much rubber there either... look like a realy good 'race day only' tire.
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I have vittoria open corsa Cx on my aero wheels and specialized mondo pros on my kysriums. The vittorias are super sticky for crits etc, but also cut easy. The mondo pros seem great so far, but don't have many miles on them yet.
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I have recently bought a pair of Vittoria Open Corsa Evo-KX. Anyone have experience with these? Got the pair for $AU98.00
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Originally Posted by sherpa
Last year I raced on Michelin Pro race and they were excellent I didn't flat in any races. This year I am running Specialized S-Works Mondo's and they seem more durable then the Pro race so far. But they are only for racing I use a set of Michelin Carbon's for training.
Interesting that you think they are only for racing. I ride mine hard every day in the club ride, and race them also. My only flat in 2300 miles of riding them was a roofing nail right through the center of my rear tire. No bothersome chads of glass/pinch flats since running them. BTW, I was afraid that I would not be able to repair with a new tube, and the tire kept going (albeit making a click on every revolution) for a few miles with the nails sticking in it. It finally gave out.
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Continental Grand Prix 3000
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Maybe I don't have enough experience with tires but I've used expensive Conti Gran Prix, Michellines, etc.. and I never notice anything? I am using Bontrager Race tires now. For $60 I have a new set for the bike. Size 23 filled to 110 PSI.

Would I really notice a difference in a 80 dollar tire?
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Yesterday I rode my first ever race on an old pair of 25mm wide Conti GatorSkins. Bad idea.
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Originally Posted by Bruco
Yesterday I rode my first ever race on an old pair of 25mm wide Conti GatorSkins. Bad idea.
Why bad idea?
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
Why bad idea?
Because they are slower. At least, I feel they have more rolling resistance than the 23mm Grand Prix I usually ride. They also make for sketchier cornering. I used the GatorSkins for winter training; just did not have the time to change tyres.
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Training on Continental 2000 and race on Continental Sprinter Tubulars.

Nothing feels so great as a nice set of wheels with Tubular tires pumped up to 160lbs..
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Originally Posted by socalrider
Training on Continental 2000 and race on Continental Sprinter Tubulars.

Nothing feels so great as a nice set of wheels with Tubular tires pumped up to 160lbs..
Which brings up an interesting issue that I am more confused than ever about - tire pressures. I am about to foray into the world of tubulars for the first time. My new set of Zipp 999's run only tubular tires. The bike mechanic at the shop who has been wrenching and racing bikes for a zillion years, and just went through a certification course in Colorado Springs to be an official USCF wrench claims that anything above 120 pounds increases rolling resistance. I must say that I find that difficult to believe, but I wish I could know the definitive answer regarding running high pressure as allowed in tubulars.
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Originally Posted by divekrb
That same BS has been floating around for years based on zero emperical testing...it was an "expert" opinion given by the same guy that said tubular tape didn't hold as well as glue, even though "I haven't actually used the new tape". I have, it holds 2-3X better.

Aside from physics, there are dyno tests out there that show this is false. Run them as high as the road conditions and your teeth allow. Track guys regularly run up to the full 220 that some tubulars are rated at.
Thanks for your input - although I have no empirical data to prove my belief, I believe precisely what you have stated, and will act accordingly - the opinion of the mechanic notwithstanding.
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Most of the better tubular tires have burst pressures that are 2 to 3 times the recommended pressures.. You can easily get 140-160 lbs in a Corsa Tubular.. The continentals have a higher recommended pressure and I could easily go up to 200lbs with no problems..

When you switch from clinchers to Tubulars, it is a noticeable difference.. The wheels just seem to glide on the road..
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Whatever castoffs I scrouge out of the trashcan at the LBS. S-Works, Contentals, Michelins, etc. I've got quite a collections now.
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