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Rubino Pro vs. Krylion vs. Pro Race 2

Old 05-02-07, 06:20 AM
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Rubino Pro vs. Krylion vs. Pro Race 2

I know that tires have been discussed to death, but I'd like to gather some opinions from my fellow BF members.

I currently have Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks on my Felt F2C w/ an American Classic 420 wheelset. I've been happy with my Vittoria's, but it is all I have ever known. They are not worn out yet, but when they do later this summer, I want to have new tires waiting and ready.

I've narrowed down my choices to another set of Rubino Pro Slicks, Krylions, or Pro Race 2s. Looking at the specs, all 3 weigh 220grams, so no difference there. But there is a difference in the maximum PSI (although I know this is a numbers game largely controlled by the legal dept and the marketing dept). The Vittoria's are rated at 125psi, while the Krylions are rated at 116psi and the Pro Race 2s are rated at 110psi.

I weigh in at 218lbs and like to run higher PSIs. On the Rubino Pros that I'm using right now, I run 125 on the back and 120 on the front. If I run a lower pressure on the Krylions aor the Pro Race 2s, will I be at a disadvantage given that I am a heavier rider?

I'm also looking for general feedback on these two Michelin tires compared to the Vittoria Rubino Pros.

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I run Pro Race 2s. Good traction and very flat resistant in my experience.
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bps, have you noticed any difference between the Rubino with the kevlar bead versus steel?
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For me the Michelin's last longer, however the Vittoria's are a hell of a lot easier to take off and put on.
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Based on this test, I'd go with the Pro Race 2's http://www.rouesartisanales.com/article-1503651.html
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Not sure how tight the bead on the AC wheels run, but both the vittoria Rubino Pro and the Pro 2 Races went on plenty easy on my Mavic Open Pros, but both were very difficult on my Fulcrums. I like the ride of the Pro 2 Races better, but have no real complaints about the Vittorias either. If money difference is easy enough - get the Michelins.
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kergin, I've only ran the Rubbino with the kevlar bead.

merlinexrtaligh, thanks for the link! Good info...

Keep them opinions coming!
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Don't worry about max psi of the tires, look at what the rim is rated for. I'm alot lighter than you but you may prefer the ride of 25's at a lower pressure.
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Everybody always overlooks the Vredesteins Fortezza SuperLites... why is there never any love for the greatest clincher ever built? Rides almost like a tubular, durable as hell, and lighter than anything out there...

(except those Conti Supersonics... but you're only supposed to race on them, and then trash 'em after like a K)
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I think I'm leaning toward the Pro Race 2s. I'll probably order three of them. My Vittoria's aren't worn out yet, but once they do and I put some miles on the Pro Race 2s, I'll dig this thread up and throw my opinion on here.

Thanks for everyone's input!
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I usually run the Rubinos because of the price. I like the Pro Race 2's a little better though. Best handling tire I've ridden to date is the Vredestein Fortezza TriComp.
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I weigh 230 and put 120psi in my ProRace 2's.

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I paid $28.74 each for a pair of Pro 2 Race from PBK. I just got them. It took about 10 business days but the price was worth it.

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