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While we're on the subject of tires...collinsc
Oct 24, 2003 9:22 AM
I've been reading a lot about the Veloflex Paves lately. Lots of glowing responses but few comments on wear and durability. They seem quite light, so I'm not expecting much, but how do they hold up?

I'm a long time Vittoria fan, but am currently on Pro Races that I find sticky and durable but harsh riding. Tell me of your experiences with Veloflex.
I like themDougSloan
Oct 24, 2003 9:41 AM
I like Veloflex tires. They are light, and importantly, mount more easily than Michelins on some rims (like Campy).

Their construction is nearly identical to Vittoria, as far as I can tell. Should be, as apparently they are made in the old Vittoria factory in Italy, after Vittoria went to the far east.

They don't seem to cut as bad as Pro Races.

I love themfiltersweep
Oct 25, 2003 5:03 AM
They are a work of art compared to a Pro Race... and have a perceivably better ride.

You won't hear me comment of durability because I currently use them only for my racing clinchers. I picked up two pairs at $60/pr on ebay and they just seem too nice to use as training tires. On the other hand, life is too short to be riding on garden hoses, so I finally put one on front that I picked up dirt cheap on ebay. Frankly, the ride so well I don't really care about durability ;)

BTW- I've never had a Pro Race cut all the way through the casing. They look fugly from the outside after a thousand miles (many little "cuts") but when I get around to replacing them, the inside is very clean. I think it is just the tread that is cut- and that is the price we pay for something with at least a half-decent ride (vs. something like a Schwalbe or Specialized "kevlar" tires that has an entirely hard plastic feel to it).

The ironic thing of all this is that I'm likely getting some Blizzaks for my car this winter- and they seem dirt cheap after all the bike tires I've purchased (at a little over $100/each for CAR tires).