HOT: Active* forum members generally gain 5% discount at starbike.com store!
Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Articles FAQ Contact About




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 6:31 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:49 am
Posts: 263
Of the five race clinchers listed, which is the most satisfactory?

-Veloflex Pave'
-Schwalbe Ultremo ZX HD
-Gommitalia Targa K
-Hutchinson Atom Comp
-Vittoria Open Corsa CX

_________________
Due to the urging of all the ladies...I do NOT shave my legs!


Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Mon May 07, 2012 6:31 pm 


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 7:51 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:40 am
Posts: 419
Veloflex will get lots of love around here.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 7:57 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:26 am
Posts: 1761
Location: Atlanta, GA, US
For racing or training? What kind of roads do you ride on? What is more important, ride or durability?

There really isn't one tire out there that fits all (though some seem to come closer than others).

_________________
My Bikes

My Photoblog


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 8:44 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:07 pm
Posts: 147
Location: San Mateo, California
I've used only the Hutchinson Atom Comps clinchers in your list, but I wasn't very satisfied with them because the tire (rubber itself) begins to crack in a very short period of time. Although I'll have to say they are very sticky and fairly light.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 3:13 am 
Offline
Tubbie Guru

Joined: Tue May 03, 2005 2:20 am
Posts: 5793
Location: Belgium
Hi,

Zachariah wrote:
Of the five race clinchers listed, which is the most satisfactory?

-Veloflex Pave'
-Schwalbe Ultremo ZX HD
-Gommitalia Targa K
-Hutchinson Atom Comp
-Vittoria Open Corsa CX


Veloflex Pave does not exist (but no doubt very good :lol: )

Schwalbe Ultremo: anything Ultremo from Schwalbe rolls well but does not last very long and borders on the downright dangerous. Not sure if they'll ever sort that compound out. (Kinda their attempt at outdoing Conti's Black Chili stuff. No cigar so far)

Gommitalia does not manufacture tyres AFAIK, most of their top tyres are made for them by Veloflex (or so I hear). Not sure where the rest comes from.

Hutchinson: No idea but I don't know a single soul actually raving about them.

Vittoria Open Corsa: a disaster recipe on anything remotely moist. Go for the SC if you do not mind the para sidewalls.

If it were for my own use:

1/ Veloflex (any Veloflex)

2/ Vittoria EVO SC (almost as good as Veloflex but probably cheaper to most people)

1/ + 2/ Are handmade, so called "Open Tubulars" meaning their tread is not vulcanized onto the casing but glued on. They are worth buying well beforehand so the glue can fully outgas and stabilize.
Veloflex uses natural rubber as opposed to synthetic rubber, which also benefits from "aging" a couple of months prior to use.

Keep in mind that none of the tyre on your wishlist are particularly reknowned for being puncture proof (for what that's worth) and only bring out their best performance when using a good quality unpigmented latex inner tube.

Ciao, :)

_________________
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:54 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:47 am
Posts: 905
Location: somewere floating between here and the other side
every pair of vittoria's i had so far live a short live due to small cuts, they just don't seem to last for me

gommitalia made verry happy at half the price of the vitorria's and at least twice the life span

im missing vredestein, they do make very nice tires


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:02 pm
Posts: 37
I've been a user of Conti GP4000s for a number of years but recently switched to schwalbes. I like the schwalbes but found out by accident that you can flat spot them fairly easily if you lock up the wheels.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 1:25 pm 
Offline
Tubbie Guru

Joined: Tue May 03, 2005 2:20 am
Posts: 5793
Location: Belgium
Hi,

Any soft compound would do that. That doesn't mean the tyre is bad, quite the contrary.

Ciao, ;)

_________________
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:20 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:02 pm
Posts: 37
Not complaining at all...just a little surprised that they would flat spot so easily. Overall I prefer the schwalbes to the Contis but don't have any data to support it.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:26 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:38 am
Posts: 414
Zachariah wrote:
Of the five race clinchers listed, which is the most satisfactory?

-Veloflex Pave'
-Schwalbe Ultremo ZX HD
-Gommitalia Targa K
-Hutchinson Atom Comp
-Vittoria Open Corsa CX


Oh man! You left out Michelin! And little known Challenge, or how about Grand Bois? Seriously! And where is Continental?!?!?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:41 am 
Offline
Tubbie Guru

Joined: Tue May 03, 2005 2:20 am
Posts: 5793
Location: Belgium
Hi,

Quote:
or how about Grand Bois?


Don't those need to be mounted on lovingly crafted wooden rims? :P

I mean Grand Bois and Continental in thew same sentence.....Ahemmmm :noidea:

Ciao, ;)

_________________
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.


Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Thu May 10, 2012 12:41 am 


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2012 3:04 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:38 am
Posts: 414
fdegrove wrote:
Hi,

Quote:
or how about Grand Bois?


Don't those need to be mounted on lovingly crafted wooden rims? :P

I mean Grand Bois and Continental in thew same sentence.....Ahemmmm :noidea:

Ciao, ;)



Actually, no. Grand Bois tires can be mounted on alloy rims.

Grand Bois and Continental were written... get this... in 2 separate sentences. :P


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 12 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot] and 31 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. Veloflex Carbon or Arenberg?

[ Go to page: 1, 2, 3 ]

in Road

timjsharpe

36

1960

Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:13 pm

sugarkane View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Veloflex Extreme on rough roads

[ Go to page: 1, 2 ]

in Road

victorduraace

18

1605

Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:47 pm

RyanH View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Light wheels can accomodate Veloflex 700x22 tires?

[ Go to page: 1, 2 ]

in Road

athletic

17

991

Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:20 pm

barsook77 View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Vittoria Corsa SR

in Road

philhul

5

642

Wed May 28, 2014 6:49 pm

philhul View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Vittoria Valve Stems?

in Road

addicted

0

286

Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:23 am

addicted View the latest post


It is currently Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:57 am

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Advertising   –  FAQ   –  Contact   –  Convert   –  About

© Weight Weenies 2000-2013
hosted by starbike.com


How to get rid of these ads? Just register!


Powered by phpBB