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Old 06-13-16, 12:07 PM
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Soma Vitesse Tires

Anybody out there in C&V Land have experience with Soma Vitesse tires, either the SL or EX version?

I've been using Grand Bois and Compass tires (mostly in 28 and 32mm sizes) for about ten years, and the Soma look similar in construction and weight, also made by Panaracer, but noticeably less expensive. I've experienced a few quality issues on both GB and Compass, not consistently bad, just enough to think about switching. I've had good luck, however, with wear life (typically 4000-5000 miles/tire, switched from front to rear), and no more flats or cuts than any other tires in my experience. I like their easy/fast rolling, ride quality, traction, effect on steering, light weight, and I'm not hung up on their cost if I consistently get that kind of life.

And for that matter, what other tires in a 700x32-33mm size do you folks like? I've tried Pasela and T-Serv with folding beads, and they seem to run smaller than marked, not as plush a ride, and a bit twitchier steering compared to the GB/Compass. The last point is important because both of my bikes are quick steering already, but the 32mm GB/Compass quiet that a bit on the Marinoni where they just fit.
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Believe it or not the Conti GP 4000S II that is listed at 28 is actually a 31. That's at the top of my radar (to mix metaphors)

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 23 25 28 mm Comparison
On a 17C rim and an air pressure of 100 psi, all versions of the GP4000S II are a bit wider than specified. With the 23C being 25 mm wide, 25C 27 mm wide and the 28C a whopping 31 mm wide.
I presently have some "commuter" 32's on my commuter (Schwalbe Delta Cruisers), and would like to try some premium tires instead, but I'm a little afraid that the mile of dirt road on my 5 mile commute wouldn't be nice to them.
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The Vittoria World Voyageur Hypers come to mind.
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About two weeks ago, I put about 245 very hilly miles over three days on a new set of Soma Vitesse 700 x 33mm SLs. Overall, they felt just fine. Mostly, I didn't notice them at all, which I suppose is a good thing. They replaced a set of Vittoria Hyper Rando 35mm tires (which I liked and had been running on this bike for several years) and are noticeably lighter (i.e., I noticed when I held each in my hand). I should add that when first installed, they were barely 30mm wide, but definitely expanded over the course of a couple of days (though I haven't re-measured).
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I run the 32 SLs on my McLean and 38 SLs on my Merckx.

80% gravel on the Merckx. Zero issues. They don't suck.

Sunday parade ride rides on the McLean. Too nice of a tire for rides around the lakes and paths.

Maybe I'll try them on the Bilenky just for grins.
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