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Vittoria Rubino Pro installation and other options??(13 posts)

Vittoria Rubino Pro installation and other options??wspokes
Oct 21, 2003 6:38 AM
I need some physical therapy today due to trying to mount my Rubinos on my 98 Campy Euros rims...OUCH! painful experience. Once I struggled I thought about how reasonable it would be to have to change a flat out on the road with these tires!?! It takes extra strength and tools to do it at home...how about on the road? So..are there any really good tires out there that don't require tendinitis in my thumbs?? All my Vittorias seem like a bit of a struggle but these are ridiculous...so before I venture out to sink another wad of $ in tires...I want to know if there are some reasonable quality ones out there. thanks
Same problem hereinnergel
Oct 21, 2003 6:49 AM
I switched to the Rubino Pro's from Conti GP3000's and it took me forever to mount the Rubino's. On top of that, I had a flat during the first rally I rode on them. It took me almost 20 minutes to change that thing. By that point, I was so far behind my group, I could never catch up. Very frustrating.

The only suggestion I've heard that helped at all was to warm up the tires a lot before I put them on. I live in Texas so I just threw them on the back porch for a little bit, but a hairdryer should do the trick.

The Conti GP3000's were much easier to mount, so you might look at those. You should be able to get them for $30-40 each if you keep your eye on the sales. biketiresdirect.com is a good place to start, and they sponsor this site.
Same problem here...wspokes
Oct 21, 2003 7:16 AM
I heard the same advice regarding "warming up" but that would be a little difficult in the fall here on the east coast...especially while out on a ride. A definite bear to install. I have ridden with the Vittoria All weather PRO Team tires and they weren't that difficult to install. I may give the contis a try, you were the second person to recommend them.
Same problem here...innergel
Oct 21, 2003 12:29 PM
Understood on the "warming up" theory, esp. this time of year on the east coast. I made the switch to the Rubino's in the summer after 9 flats in three weeks on my Conti's. Talk about a giant a** whip. At one point, my daughter and I were playing tug of war with the new Rubino's trying to get them stretched out. And if I remember correctly, the rear tire was much more difficult to mount than the front. So certainly could be a tire/wheel compatibility issue. BTW, I ride Rolf Vector Pro's.

All in all, though, I have had good experience with the tires. I've only had the one flat and they have been durable and ride well.
easy fix for hard to put on tiresandy02
Oct 21, 2003 7:25 AM
Put a small amount (drop) of extra dry chain wax on a towel and run it around the bottom of the tire bead
Tried it...it was still a wrestling match! nmwspokes
Oct 21, 2003 7:43 AM
Nucleons here, same problem.No_sprint
Oct 21, 2003 7:52 AM
Campy on many rims, for some reason uses a very shallow inner rim design which makes them tougher than most. I've found the Nucleon/Michelin combo so tough I'll never use it again. Conti is a little better. Funny, I've heard the Campy/Vittoria combo to be a good one, maybe not...
thinner rim tape helpsconsolidated
Oct 21, 2003 8:45 AM
Switching from cloth Velox to some really thin Conti tape helped me quite a bit.
Must be tire/wheel compatibility...DINOSAUR
Oct 21, 2003 8:47 AM
I've used a couple of set of the Rubino Pros on my Mavic OP's and they fit a little tight on first mounting, I had to use a tire iron to get them on, but not the problem you have encountered.

The Rubino Pro tires should have no problem changing on the road once you get a couple of miles on them.

I had good luck with Vredestein Fortezzas, about the same price as the Rubino Pros.

I went back to Conti GP3000's, they are more expensive, but I think they are worth it in the longrun (IMOHO)....

Try BikeTiresDirect.com for the best prices on tires I have found: Conti's, Victoria's or Vredestein's....

The most difficult tire I ever mounted were Panaracer Stradius Elites on my Mavic OP's, but they went on easy on my Rolf VC wheels, so I'm thinking it must be a wheel/tire compatibility thing....
I agree tire/rim and thanks to all for feedbackwspokes
Oct 21, 2003 9:59 AM
Ok, I fit it on another front wheel of mine without any problems. the wheel uses a campy omega rim...so, I am going to buy in on the idea it is a tire/rim compatibility issue...BTW, Panaracer Stradius Elites were so miserable that my friend used to put weights on his to "stretch" them before putting them on his bike...and sometimes that was near impossible. He wouldn't switch tires due to sponsorship issues...it was fun to watch him.

thanks to all...
I had similar problems but switched tolotterypick
Oct 21, 2003 9:06 AM
Fortezza Road. They got on pretty easy, not too easy, and are working very well.
re: Vittoria Rubino Pro installation and other options??JetSpeed
Oct 21, 2003 11:21 AM
I was quite suprised how easy my Rubino's mounted on my
Mavic K's, but when I tried to mount them on an older set
of Mavic's I own, it was a bit more of a hassle.

I think the Mavic K's have something to do w/how wasy they are to mount on the rim (for me at least)?
re: Vittoria Rubino Pro installation and other options??MikeC
Oct 21, 2003 8:25 PM
I absolutely could not mount Axial Pros on my Campy Moskva rims "on the road." But I don't have any trouble at all with Vittoria Open Corsa CX, and they have a great ride. You can still find the 2003s at a good price.