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Recommend me a cheap and durable tubular tire

Old 08-13-10, 04:21 PM
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Recommend me a cheap and durable tubular tire

For training or to carry as a spare?

I'm thinking Vittoria Rally.

What do you think?
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Old 08-13-10, 04:32 PM
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That vittoria is the cheaper one u can get in the stores. It works. No idea if you can put tufo sealant inside tho.

The best training tubular i have used was an Alvarez 300 grams, Alvarez is or was a ocmpany from argentina, the rubber they used was recycled from jet planes tires, so no wonder why was so durable. Had to trash a couple no because of flats but because the fibers were dry like paper, but the rubber was still usable. THey had a triathlon model that was the most rounded tubular i have ever seen ever, more than tufos. But im talking about maybe 20 years ago anyways, the side of those triat tubulars was that once u get a flat there was no way to see wtf the hole was. U opened it and streched the area where the flat was and f... nothing!!! Closed it again, here we go the flat was still there somewhere
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
That vittoria is the cheaper one u can get in the stores. It works. No idea if you can put tufo sealant inside tho.

The best training tubular i have used was an Alvarez 300 grams, Alvarez is or was a ocmpany from argentina, the rubber they used was recycled from jet planes tires, so no wonder why was so durable. Had to trash a couple no because of flats but because the fibers were dry like paper, but the rubber was still usable. THey had a triathlon model that was the most rounded tubular i have ever seen ever, more than tufos. But im talking about maybe 20 years ago anyways, the side of those triat tubulars was that once u get a flat there was no way to see wtf the hole was. U opened it and streched the area where the flat was and f... nothing!!! Closed it again, here we go the flat was still there somewhere
Good point about the sealant. I put Stan's in my race tires, but being a belt-and-suspenders kind of guy, I'd still like to carry a spare.
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Old 08-13-10, 04:48 PM
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Vittoria Rubino Pro tubulars...
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Rei has the expensive vitorias cx whatever models on sale, rei outlet. Asked in the stores in they do not carry tubulars so pretty much oyu haveto get these ones online
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I use those Rallys as spares and spares only. They flat very easily. Not much more to say... they will get you out of a bind.
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Old 08-13-10, 06:26 PM
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Servizio Corse sew-ups from The Yellow Jersey. You get three for only $50.00 and they're very durable. Check them out at this link: https://www.yellowjersey.org/tt.html

These are good tires for training/everyday riding. Thai-made casing of fine-stranded cotton with a smooth, modern tread, 127tpi thread count with your choice of a black sidewall or traditional natural tan side. 300g with a butyl tube that will hold air for weeks. 21.5mm tire casing, removable brass valve core.

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Old 08-13-10, 06:27 PM
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I use the rallys. I have around 600 miles on them and they are great. They hold air really well too. No problems cornering or riding well wet.
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I'm not a fan of the cheap vittorias. I have one that I carry for a spare on my training bike. it makes me nervous to carry a spare that flats easily but for my training bike, I figure if I flat half way, I would only need to ride about 8 miles to get back. I might try those yellow jersey tires, but I have learned that there is no such thing as a good cheap tubular. the cheapest tire I like is the conti sprinter.
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Old 08-13-10, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by fogrider View Post
I'm not a fan of the cheap vittorias. I have one that I carry for a spare on my training bike. it makes me nervous to carry a spare that flats easily but for my training bike, I figure if I flat half way, I would only need to ride about 8 miles to get back. I might try those yellow jersey tires, but I have learned that there is no such thing as a good cheap tubular. the cheapest tire I like is the conti sprinter.
I had my doubts about the Servizio Corse tires from The Yellow Jersey, but they've held up very well on south Louisiana's often gravel and glass-littered roads without a single flat since I mounted them slightly over a year ago. At 300 grams they're strictly a training/everyday tire, but if you want something cheap and durable then I highly recommend them.

BTW - The tires that my Servizio Corse replaced were almost 20 year-old Continental Sprinters. They sat for 17 years in storage and then still held air when I pumped them up!

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Old 08-13-10, 10:05 PM
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Tubular tires are totally tubular, dude.

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Old 08-13-10, 10:18 PM
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Servizio Corsa hmmm... As long as they are more rounded than the rallys i would be super happy. I got one the other day, the sucker is like swollen, like 1/4 of the tubular is swolen, it sucks. I have one that it might be like 12 years old and is more rounded that the new one i bought.
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Old 08-13-10, 11:30 PM
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5 flats, 5 Vittoria Rally's, less than 50 miles total, never again [even if they were free]. Rocks [small] caused all the flats. Riding on paved bike trails.
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Old 08-13-10, 11:36 PM
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Tufo S33 -- cheap and long lasting -- yes it's 25 more than Vittoria Rally but they go 4000 miles or more. The cheapest Tufo but last longer than the sprinter which costs more.
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Ehhh. Excel has a sale on Vittoria Evo CXes for $50 and change.... why not get a few of those?
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I tried the Rally route, bad move. I'm guessing I got about 200 miles total on two tires. They don't like rocks in the road. I'm switching to the Gatorskins by Conti. I hope they do better. I had to buy from PBK, ($50) as I couldn't find any in the States. I really like the ride of tubulars so I hope this works out.

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Continental sprinter gatorskins - pbk
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Couple questions here:

1. Not so concerned about price, but what would be a very durable (most puncture resistant) AND rides well? I live in NOLA, and there's a lot of road debris down here, so I want puncture resistance but I don't want to ride on a tire that has a bad ride.
2. I have the Vuelta Team XRP carbon tubular wheels that were in the BF group buy several years back. Can you use tape on these (There's already glue residue on the rim BTW) and can you use tape after you've used glue? I just shredded my hands trying to get the current tires off, and would like to use tape if it is an easier change than glue.

I just removed a set of Veloflex Corse Servicio (very expensive but nice ride) because to 21c width was too narrow for agressive cornering. The rear punctured so I am sending them for repair and going to put them on my disc wheel and deep dish that I use for TTing.

Here are the wheels:

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=1#post5722784
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I'm partial to the Panaracer TourGuard tyres with kevlar belt. Hard to find as they're an older model. I think Yellow Jersey has them. These were the only tyres I've used that I've worn completely out before they got punctured. A couple thousand miles.
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how was the ride?
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The Rally's are cheap and ride nice, but you do have to be careful. I keep buying them because, well, I'm cheap, and careful. Why do I keep buying them? Because I keep getting @!#$@@ flats! They seem to be prone to being sliced by rocks. I thought I learned my lesson with tubulars, but I got a deal on some Campy aero wheels...
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Gommitalia Espresso tires, $69 a tire at Western Bikeworks, and the occasionally run them for 20% off of that price.
thats the best price I've seen on these. They and the Veloflex Criterium tires are based on the old Clement Criteriums
wonderful riding tires. They have removable valve core if you need to put an extender on the valve.
as someone said above, don't ride cheap tubulars.
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I'm annoyed that I went ahead and bought the Rallys before reading the responses to this thread. (Why ask for advice and then act before you get any? 'Cuz I'm impatient and stupid.)

When I received them I immediately recognized the tread: They're the same tires sold by Torelli as "open tubulars." Which I remember loving the ride, but hating the fact that they were so soft. A sharp pebble caused a flat on those. Anyway, I've got them stretching out, and I'll take one with me as a spare on a training ride, and hope I'll never have to use it.
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Anyone have any feedback on Conti Sprinter Gatorskins? I read here once that they didn't ride well, but that may have just been one poster's opinion.
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Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
I'm partial to the Panaracer TourGuard tyres with kevlar belt. Hard to find as they're an older model. I think Yellow Jersey has them. These were the only tyres I've used that I've worn completely out before they got punctured. A couple thousand miles.

Thanks, found them there. That's one on my list now. Decent price too for a three-pack
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