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gran compe ss vs. vittoria rubino/zaffiro

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Old 07-25-09, 03:26 PM
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gran compe ss vs. vittoria rubino/zaffiro

Hey... so im looking for a new tire for my new super tarck velocity wheelset that i have on the way.

im looking for people's opinion on the gran compe, rubino (pro 2) or zaffiro. I ride mostly in NYC, but will also be taking my ride with me to rural mass. for college next year. any advice would be appreciated.

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brake or not?
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gran compe ss sucks.
actually, they all suck.
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brake or not?


Brake
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Old 07-26-09, 02:58 PM
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gran compe ss sucks.
actually, they all suck.
Care to elaborate?
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vittoria zaffiro sucks, 0 puncture resistance.
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Vittoria Randonneur!
Nice thick tread for good wear.
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Care to elaborate?
expensive, low TPI, heavy, poor puncture resistance, fast wear.
all the gran compe ss tires have going for them is color.

buy a real tire instead of wasting your time and money.
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I've had both rubino pro's and zaffiro's in NYC. If you run a brake and don't skid much, I think they'd be fine. Each one lasted about a month for me. So far, I really like the panaracer t-servs, and I'll probably stay with them after my current pair. There are a million threads about long lasting tires...
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^^thanks man i appreciate it
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I run the Rubino Pro's. No punctures in 4 months of daily commuting on them. I have a front brake, but do skid a bit as well, and the back tire has noticeably squared off - not really in handling, but visually.
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If you want Vittoria, go with the Randonneurs. The Gran Comp SS tires seem to wear quickly.
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Maxxis Re-fuse. Not one of the tires you list but 9 months in on the front tire and one flat so far. The only other tires I have ridden that long were Armadillos and they ride like crap.
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Gran Comp SS has terrible puncture resistance and wears very fast too
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are those gran comp ones the nazi tires?
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Rubino's have been solid for 3 months. Skidding, too.
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Randos would be first choice. But between the two you mentioned, Rubino Pro's. I have Rando's on one bike, Gators on one and (recently) Rubino Pro's on the other. I was running, 23's, 25's and 28's for a bit of variety. My preference is Rubino Pro's in the 25.
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Originally Posted by Enxu View Post
I run the Rubino Pro's. No punctures in 4 months of daily commuting on them. I have a front brake, but do skid a bit as well, and the back tire has noticeably squared off - not really in handling, but visually.
Scratch that. Tuesday morning. 2 miles in to a 20 mile ride. POP - PSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH! Something went through the tire, into the tube. Randomly left my wrench somewhere other than my saddlebag. Grrrrrr.

At least it was only 2 miles and not 10.
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Old 07-30-09, 10:47 AM
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I rode zaffiros and they were just alright.
I have been riding Randos for a while and they are super tough, they may be heavy but I am more interested in flat resistance and long wear.
I just ordered a new rear tire, a Panaracer RiBMo...seems tough as well and light.
 
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