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Mountain biker turned Roadie, needs some technical advice(7 posts)

Mountain biker turned Roadie, needs some technical adviceBeam rider
Aug 3, 2001 3:12 PM
Good evening guys:

Just ran across a deal I couldn't refuse, making me the proud owner of a Softride Power V. It has a Campy Racing Triple drivetrain, Chorus brakes, cassette and shifters and a set of Spin wheels with Corsa Cx tubulars.

Being a died in the wool mountain biker I normally would have never considered a bike like this, but it's just too pretty not to ride. I guess I'm expanding my horizons as I mature.

My question concerns the wheels and tires. I'd like to know if these Spins are worth keeping considering the recent demise of the manufacturer and the overall bad experiences I see described frequently regarding the durability of these wheels. Also having never owned a tire that could be inflated to more than 65 PSI I don't know if it is normal when I inflate these Corsa tubulars to 130 PSI for them to only hold pressure for about a day before they need to be topped off again. It seems they lose about 20 PSI a day with no leaks in sight according to the soapy water. My mountain bike tires will go a week or two without losing air.

Thanks in advance for the help!
re: Mountain biker turned Roadie, needs some technical adviceMike K
Aug 3, 2001 4:41 PM
Sounds like you got yourself a fine Tri bike.
I ride both MTB and road and I've heard all of the horror tales regarding Spin wheels from MTBikers (you seem to have heard the same thing). I've also seen a bunch of them, in various states of disrepair, (MTB version) laying around my LBS.
I don't have any personal experience with Spins and I've never heard anything good or bad about them from the road community. Seems like you've got them so you might as well ride them. I doubt getting rid of them would be a financially smart move.
So far as tires go - welcome to the world of high pressure! It is nothing for your Vittoria's to lose 20psi overnight. Most high pressure tires (tubular or clincher tubes) I have used bleed air like there is no tomorrow. Always top off your tires before every ride.
Have fun on the roads!
re: Mountain biker turned Roadie, needs some technical adviceBeam rider
Aug 3, 2001 6:15 PM
It seems as if everything is a little more finicky with this bike compared to my mountain bikes so I guess I'm not surprised with the air situation, but thanks for confirming my suspicions that the high pressure is harder to contain.
good tires don't lose airRusty McNasty
Aug 4, 2001 12:15 PM
I haven't had to top up my Tufos in more than a month! Buy good tubulars-the $h!t ones aren't worth the bother.
Corsa CXs are great tiresHank
Aug 4, 2001 3:08 PM
and they loose air. It's normal.
Corsa CXs are great tiresBeam rider
Aug 4, 2001 4:19 PM
I think the consensus is that these tires are losing the normal amount of air, notwithstanding Rusty Mcnasty' comment. His attitude coupled with the inability to express himself like an intelligent and helpful member of this board renders his opinion completely non credible in my mind.

Thanks for the help guys. I'm looking forward to learning how the other half lives (or rides).
Corsa Cx is the best you can buyspookyload
Aug 4, 2001 4:18 PM
For a little clarification here...The Corsa tires (the CG and CX) have won more races in the world then Tufo tires have been ridden in. They have ben Vittoria's top of the line tire for 20 years. Your tires are losing air pressure because they have latex tubes. Latex tubes bleed down over night. Just like their condom buddies, they have larger pores than butyl tubes, and it just happens. That is why they are only 98% safe. Just kidding. As a tip, you might try to sell off those tubulars and get a strong clincher set to save yourself money on tires. If you flat that baby you have to replace the whole tire, not just patch the tube like you are used to. Unless of course your Betsy Ross sewing skills are up to snuff and you cut the back tape off, rip the seam on the tire, repair the latex tube(good luck with that one), then do the whole process in reverse. Your wheels are a valuable asset to some tri geek out there, and should be able to get a decent resale price.
P.S. Welcome to the road. Now you won't have to clean your bike as much.