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Vittoria Rubino Pro's feel flat?(3 posts)

Vittoria Rubino Pro's feel flat?innergel
Jul 25, 2003 1:37 PM
On the advise of my LBS, I have recently switched to a new pair of Vittoria Rubino Pro's from Conti GP3000's. I was having a rash of flats over the last few months on the Conti's, and they said the Rubino's were more durable.

Is it just me, or do the Vittoria's seem to feel like they are about 1/2 flat all the time? I've done 5-6 rides on these tires and they just don't feel right yet. I pump up the tires immediately before every ride to 125psi, but I'm always looking down to see if I'm flat. I'm 6'5" and 220lbs, so I'm pretty hard on tires, but these just don't seem right. Maybe I'm just used to the Conti's.

Any suggestions or comments?
Not for me...DINOSAUR
Jul 25, 2003 6:33 PM
I'm on my second set of Rubino Pro's. I found them to be hard riding at first, then I dropped my psi from 110 to 105 and now I'm at 100 (front and rear) and to my suprise they seem very comfi at that level (I weigh 190-195). It might depend on what wheels you are using. I have Rolf wheels on my second bike and I have to run the Panaracer's at 110 or it feels like they are bottoming out. The Rubino Pros and Mavic O.P.'s seem like a good combination. At 125 psi they should not feel flat, I would think they would be very harsh riding. High psi means premature tire wear and there is really no reason to inflat that high. I would think at your weight 110 would be fine. There was an article on tire pressure on RoadBikeRidercom recently, you might click on that site (you have to subscribe to it first, its free). I never thought I would be riding at 100 psi, but it's very comfi at that level. My bike handles a lot better, not as jarring and no rim punctures (which was my main concern). But tires are like saddles, everyone has different likes and dislikes. The main reason I went to Rubino Pros was $$$$$$, I can get them for $35.00 a tire at my LBS. They also wear better than the Conti's (for me anyway)......
Aug 1, 2003 12:56 PM
These tires have seemed to improve a bit over the last week or so. I spoke to a few people at the LBS and they said something like "the kevlar beads need a few hundred miles to break in. I had the same problem when I switched, but they are fine now. Just give them a chance."

I'll try lowering the PSI and see how that works. If it doesn't improve, I'm thinking I might have problems with the rim. BTW, I have Rolf Vector Pro's.