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Old 01-25-20, 12:51 PM
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Two Rear Tire Options

For the next rear tire, the candidates are going to be one of the following for replacement.

Vittoria Zaffiro Pro IV 60 TPI Tire, 700x32

Vittoria Rubino Pro IV 120 TPI TLR, 700x30

Has anyone used those two tires?
How did they wear? Was one worn out faster than one would like or develop issues before being worn out? What kind of mileage did you get out of them?
Were any of the two more prone to punctures? Did one seem to attract debris or collect sharp objects more than the other? I don't recall the brand of a previous tire I had, but it seemed like a twig or small jagged stone/rock would puncture rather too easily, & that I do not want.
I normally use a 32 for the rear, but have used a 28 in the past & didn't notice a ride quality difference. However, I wondered if it was the cause of spoke tension issue as the wheel needed to be checked more frequently than I cared for. Would the Rubino be significantly harsher on the wheel than the Zaffiro? I couldn't find the Rubino in a 32, otherwise I'd just spring for that tire & be done.
How much of a difference would the TPI make for reliability, comfort, & other areas for use?

I've used the Vittoria Randonneur Cross in the past, & it was decent, just very hard to install. I don't mind a difficult install if the tire is worth the effort.
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Old 01-25-20, 05:10 PM
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I use both of those tires. The Rubino is a better quality with a nicer ride and handling, lower weight and better mileage. Nothing wrong with the Zaffiro Pro. The 32's have a decent ride, the width helps smooth things out. It is heavier and gets a bit less miles, and does not corner as well. They both do OK on wet pavement. The Zaffiro Pro is generally cheaper than the Rubino for initial cost, but maybe not in the long run. I use the Zaffiro for more casual, slower rides on my heavier bikes. The Rubino Pro I have not used in awhile as I have found other tires I like better, but they are also more expensive. I would not hesitate to purchase Rubino Pro's again if I am looking for a good quality tire at a lower price.
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Cyclingnews.com had an article about 'best road tires' Rubino Pro made the list but i think i read 25mm, so maybe not your tire.


let me find the reference.
edit: well shat, can't find an article i read within the last 48hrs.

FWIW - while I was searching, there were other articles listing the Rubino Pro III as a best buy, but 25mm tires were the size evaluated.

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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
I use both of those tires. The Rubino is a better quality with a nicer ride and handling, lower weight and better mileage. Nothing wrong with the Zaffiro Pro. The 32's have a decent ride, the width helps smooth things out. It is heavier and gets a bit less miles, and does not corner as well. They both do OK on wet pavement. The Zaffiro Pro is generally cheaper than the Rubino for initial cost, but maybe not in the long run. I use the Zaffiro for more casual, slower rides on my heavier bikes. The Rubino Pro I have not used in awhile as I have found other tires I like better, but they are also more expensive. I would not hesitate to purchase Rubino Pro's again if I am looking for a good quality tire at a lower price.
While one costs nearly half of the other, how are the initial savings relative to punctures vs mileage? If the less expensive option is more prone to taking in sharp objects, then I can justify the more expensive option.
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Old 01-26-20, 02:15 PM
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I have nothing to back this up, but if memory is correct, 25mm Zaffiro Pro's were more prone to flats than the 25mm Rubino Pro's. However to compare the 32 mm ZP's to 25 or 28 mm RP's, that is no longer true. As stated above, I have not used the RP's in a fair amount of time. I do have a pair of ZP's, 32mm, that have more than 1500 miles and they have not flatted at all. Also, they still have good tread. I have 25 mm ZP's that have no more than 500 miles and they are the same. I have them because they were on sale at some point for around $26 a pair. These past few days, for the first time, I am using Panaracer Gravel Kings in 26mm. I really like them. Nice comfortable ride and good handling, including wet pavement. I know I bought them on sale but not sure what the price was. I am thinking $62 for a pair. All road/pavement miles.
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That does give insight for what to consider when making the decision. Just finding the best place on cost is going to be the goal now. Thanks!
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I used the old Rubino 3's for years in 23, 25 & 28 - I didn't like the G+ as much. I'm now running the Zaffiro Pro 32 rear 30 front on my commuter (80's Bianchi drop bar bike with 3sp Sturmey Archer). I found them plenty fast, with good flat resistance. I liked the Rubino 3 better, but haven't tried the second generation graphene Rubinos. Probably won't, at this point.

I'd take the Zaffiro pro over the Rubino wire tire, if that comes up.
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I've used both tires and here's my experience.

The Rubino tire has a smoother ride, better traction in both dry and wet conditions, lasts almost twice as long, gets less flats, less cuts, felt less sluggish (probably due to the Rubino weighing 150 grams less).

So of the two you mentioned the no brainer choice is the Rubino.

My current commuter tire now is the Specialized Roubiax Pro tire, this tire while about the same weight as the Ziffiro rides smoother and faster, in fact I think the Spec tire is smoother riding than the Rubino; but the Spec tires after about 1,500 miles looks like new, has no cuts on them vs the Rubino had a two or three. Flat wise the Spec hasn't had any yet but neither did the Rubino at this level of miles whereas the Ziffiro had a 3 or 4 but the Ziffiro was wearing faster too so that could have contributed to more flats. So far the Spec tire is on it's way to becoming my favorite tire, just depends on how many miles I can get out them and how they continue to hold up against cuts and flats.
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Having run Vittoria tires for a bit now I can say anything with Graphene is excellent, Really great grip and seemingly good durability. I have been running various Corsa G+s on road bikes and my gosh do I love them. Super supple and so far only one flat and that was an oddity on a new tire with new tube and everything and nothing seemed out of place (I am super cautious after having enough blown tires in my ears either from myself or usually a shop mate) but once replaced I haven't seen the problem. I am currently running the Rubino Pro Endurance on my Ti road bike for winter time (and because my old tires had a small gash that didn't actually go all the way through but I decided to change it anyway because I was already doing it and winter was fast approaching. A much heavier tire and quite noticeably so but I am much less worried about punctures than on the super light Corsas and the grip is certainly the same.

I should note all my tires are folding bead (except maybe some older Conti Gatorskins I have lying about just in case)

For me life is too short to run cheap tires. Certainly get one that meets your needs but don't be afraid to get a nice tire.
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Originally Posted by greatscott View Post
I've used both tires and here's my experience.

The Rubino tire has a smoother ride, better traction in both dry and wet conditions, lasts almost twice as long, gets less flats, less cuts, felt less sluggish (probably due to the Rubino weighing 150 grams less).

So of the two you mentioned the no brainer choice is the Rubino.

My current commuter tire now is the Specialized Roubiax Pro tire, this tire while about the same weight as the Ziffiro rides smoother and faster, in fact I think the Spec tire is smoother riding than the Rubino; but the Spec tires after about 1,500 miles looks like new, has no cuts on them vs the Rubino had a two or three. Flat wise the Spec hasn't had any yet but neither did the Rubino at this level of miles whereas the Ziffiro had a 3 or 4 but the Ziffiro was wearing faster too so that could have contributed to more flats. So far the Spec tire is on it's way to becoming my favorite tire, just depends on how many miles I can get out them and how they continue to hold up against cuts and flats.

Do you have a link to that Specialized Roubaix Pro tire in a 700 x 32?
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Having run Vittoria tires for a bit now I can say anything with Graphene is excellent, Really great grip and seemingly good durability. I have been running various Corsa G+s on road bikes and my gosh do I love them. Super supple and so far only one flat and that was an oddity on a new tire with new tube and everything and nothing seemed out of place (I am super cautious after having enough blown tires in my ears either from myself or usually a shop mate) but once replaced I haven't seen the problem. I am currently running the Rubino Pro Endurance on my Ti road bike for winter time (and because my old tires had a small gash that didn't actually go all the way through but I decided to change it anyway because I was already doing it and winter was fast approaching. A much heavier tire and quite noticeably so but I am much less worried about punctures than on the super light Corsas and the grip is certainly the same.

I should note all my tires are folding bead (except maybe some older Conti Gatorskins I have lying about just in case)

For me life is too short to run cheap tires. Certainly get one that meets your needs but don't be afraid to get a nice tire.
A cheap tire would not be considered, however, unnecessary spending for a tire that could be outperformed by a lesser costing tire is something to keep in mind.
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