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Please help me with your tubie prefs.(11 posts)

Please help me with your tubie prefs.No_sprint
Jul 10, 2003 10:20 AM
I should be gettin' my newly rebuilt wheels after destroying them in a race nearly a couple of weeks ago. I need new tires too, of course. We've got a deal with Panaracer. I've never run them though. I'm looking at the Vittoria Corsa CX Evo. Any of you guys recommend it above the Conti Sprinter?
think about tufoyeah right
Jul 10, 2003 10:30 AM
I only run tubies on my track bike, but tufo is a team sponsor and a lot of guys ride them, and seem to like them a lot. they seem reasonably durable for race tires, and they actually are garunteed to weight what they say they do. i think they constitute a good value.
re: Please help me with your tubie prefs.mapei boy
Jul 10, 2003 11:01 AM
The Vittoria Corsa CX's I've ridden ride more softly and securely than the Conti Sprinters, but in my experience the Contis are more rugged and reliable. If you are doing your own tire changing, you should know that the Corsa is more flexible and stretchy, thus making it a whole lot easier to mount on the rim. Even after stretching them, Contis can be a beast to put on. I haven't tried them since they've come back on the market, but I remember the Clements as being extremely fine tires. The Clement Criteriums were fragile, but the Paris-Roubaix model was strong as a rock, and good-riding, too. They did weigh a hefty 290 grams, though. (Off the top of my head, I'm not totally sure Clement is offering these two models. I'm still pretty sure, though.) Anyway, don't worry about the Italian companies' tires being made in Thailand. The Thais build their tires with at least the same quality as the Italians used to.
It all depends on what you are going to use them for.MR_GRUMPY
Jul 10, 2003 11:18 AM
I prefer Conti's for road races because they are a little tougher than Vittoria's or Veloflex's.
On the other hand, Vittoria's are better for crits because they are less "stiff".
Tufo's are great for track use, but don't "roll" as well as the others in road use. Once they flat, you have to squirt "goo" into the tire to plug the hole. You can't fix them like a normal tubular. They might be OK for training.
Crits virtually exclusivelyNo_sprint
Jul 10, 2003 11:21 AM
I'm leaning toward the Vittorias. Thanks for your help.
Go with Vittoria...biknben
Jul 10, 2003 12:08 PM
The vittoria Corsa CXs are great riding tubies but they aren't the most durable. The sidewalls are paper thin and the tread isn't much thicker. It's the only tire I've tried that was noticably different from a clincher.

Sprinters will be longer lasting and more flat resistant but don't offer that tubie feel. I went with Tufo Giro Twix tires most recently and would say they are comparable to the Sprinters. I will be going back to the Vittorias when it comes time to get more tires.
re: Please help me with your tubie prefs.flying
Jul 10, 2003 11:35 AM
Veloflex Criteriums
I used Vittoria Corsa's CX & CG's form 10 years but when they sold out & a factory in Thailand started making them they went downhill.
Veloflex is made in Italy by the former Vittoria factory & workers. They are what I remember Vittorias being.

Danny at Crit USA sells them as well as other brands Mich/Conti's etc. at a great price. Email him ....he sends them 1st then you send him a check. Great guy
had great experience with both Sprinters and Tufo Special S33.nmniteschaos
Jul 10, 2003 1:18 PM
My next tubs will be Tufo hi-carbon lite'sdawgcatchr
Jul 10, 2003 10:25 PM
I have been running Corsa CX's and Conti Sprinter's. The CX's ride very well, while the Sprinter's are very durable and wear slowly (although the ride quality isn't much better than a decent clincher). But, even though I work in a shop, the CX's are still $49 wholesale. That is way too steep, especially considering the rapid rate of wear. I have heard very good things about the Tufo's (ride fairly well and are super-durable), plus I can get them for $27 each (our distributor gives employees a nice 20% discount off of wholesale), so if they are close in quality to the Vittoria's, yet at almost 1/2 the price, it is a no-brainer. I will be posting my thoughts on the review-part of this site when I have some km's on the tires.
Go Vittoria Evo CX!!Cat 3 boy
Jul 11, 2003 1:53 AM
I ride Vittorias all summer even training on my best road bike. I've never punctured (ha ha here comes a puncture) using CX's, they just wear the tread down to baldness & then the kevlar belt is visible & it's time to change, give them a try
My next tubs will be Tufo hi-carbon lite'sNo_sprint
Jul 11, 2003 9:02 AM
I'm not lucky enough to get that good of a deal. :( I tyically pay $50/tire.