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Choosing tires, please help!boat
May 23, 2002 10:31 PM
I am trying to decide which tires I should change to. Currently, I am using a Vittoria Rubino Pro, but i would like to change to something better. I am deciding between Vittoria Open Corsa CX, Michellin Axial Pro Race and Continental Grand Prix 3000. Please help. Please comment on what are the pros and cons of each tire. I am looking for the one that has low rolling resistance and that will help me in both faster acceleration and better cornering. Thank you very much.
I would go with the Corsa CXs.Quack
May 24, 2002 6:59 AM
If you're picking a race tire, all of the tires will work great for your requirements of weight, cornering, and resistance. Of the three, I would go with the Corsas. If your picking a tire to train on, I wouldn't buy any of them. It only took me 4 years and about $1000 to realize that training on race tires and ultralight tubes is a huge waste of money. My tires of choice now are $20 Vredestein Ricorsos for commutes and rain rides and $30 Michelin Axial Carbons on group rides in dry weather, both with heavy butyl tubes. The Ricorsos never cut and the Axial Carbons go for 2500+ miles. Plus, I've found that training on tires that don't stick as well as race tires gets me to refine my cornering techniques which is beneficial come race day when you're on race tires at faster speeds.
Go for the Vittoria's (#2)PaulCL
May 24, 2002 7:47 AM
And buy them from Parker international at $22 each vs in the US at $50 - $65 per. My Corsa CX TT's last about 2500 - 3000 miles each. Of course that't without pulling some 'boner' move like I did this week and run over a friggin' boulder. Tore the sidewall and bent a rim.
Michelin's for sure!Mr_Grim2
May 24, 2002 11:25 AM
I actually just switched to the Axial Pro-Race tires from Rubino Pro's and am glad I did! The Michelin's are awesome! They ride great, don't pick up a lot of shit from the road, corner great, and look cool!

I always look at what the pros are using when undecided about equipment and if you look, you'll see that this tire is the most widely used (you can't help but notice those light-blue tires everywhere!).
No choiceKerry
May 24, 2002 5:03 PM
These tires are more the same than they are different. You might just as well shop by price. While lots of people say not to buy these "expensive" race tires that wear out fast, I get my GP3000s from LaBiciletta (labicicletta.com) and right now they have them for $280/10. Just get some friends together and buy 10 tires, and you have a very high performance tire for $28. I typically get 2500 or so miles out of a back tire (I weigh 180 lbs.), and my 125 lb. wife gets 5000 miles on a rear tire. For the guy who spent $1000 on tires, all I can say is that $1000 worth of GP3000s would have lasted me 90K miles. LaBicicletta also has quantity deals on Michelin and Vredestein, among others.
Once you go Pro Race...manofsteel
May 24, 2002 8:21 PM
...you'll never go back to anything else. I thought I had the best tires in the GP3000's, I found an even BETTER tire! If you are a fan of Axial Pros, this is basically an improved version of it. Lighter, stronger, faster. I've had them 1 week, and they've already proven their worth. But you better decide soon because they're going fast. I know that around the LA area they're selling at an alarming rate. I was lucky enough last weekend to get my hands on a pair of yellow ones. (I preferred the black tread) Supergo's got 'em cheap online, but they are also back ordered for who knows how long. With that said, they fit your criteria for tires. Good luck! manofsteel
helpInatb
May 27, 2002 4:36 PM
The Michelins are hard to mount
The vittorias don't have much flat protection
The Continentals develop a flat spot after a couple hundred miles
Unfortunatly, I have had all of theese tires and after 400 miles with vittorias I switched to Vredestein fortezza. excelent tire except that 145 psi will shorten the lifespan though it can take it.
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