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 Post subject: Which 25mm tubular tire?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:57 pm 
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I've been debating on buying a set of Zipp 303 firecrest and I planning on running 25mm tires for a comfy ride, I've searched for 25mm tubular tired I've come up,with these 3, anyone have a preferences to these three brands?


http://www.vittoria.com/en/product/cotton-tires/#

http://www.veloflextires.com/veloflex_roubaix_tubular2.htm

http://www.contionline.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/race/tubularroad/competition/competition_en.html (seems harder to find)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:07 pm 
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I tried the vittoria's in 25 and they were good.
The Veloflex Roubaix is a very nice tire too. 6/9 bar pressure. I used those as well and they come out a bit more narrow as compared to the vitto's. The roubaix's are more designed to run at lower pressures - they do roll great but for a pure road tire i'd go with the vitto.

Forget the Conti's :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:25 pm 
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strobbekoen wrote:
I tried the vittoria's in 25 and they were good.
The Veloflex Roubaix is a very nice tire too. 6/9 bar pressure. I used those as well and they come out a bit more narrow as compared to the vitto's. The roubaix's are more designed to run at lower pressures - they do roll great but for a pure road tire i'd go with the vitto.

Forget the Conti's :D


The Vittoria's are nice: But way to puncture prone... I prefer Conti's, because of their best overall performance (puncture resistance, rolling resistance and price).


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:20 pm 
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I'm riding Continentals only for the last 4 years and had never a single flat on the road , and I'm talking 50.000 + miles. I used the Sprinter, Gatorskin, GP 4000 and since available the Competition in 25mm and they are by far the best and changed the ride feel to a Cadillac. They also fit perfect to my wider HED wheels. I also would like to mention that I only ride carbon tubular wheels and don't have special wheels for training, like clinchers.


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 Post subject: Which 25mm tubular tire?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:29 am 
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So it between the veloflex & competitions


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Unfortunately the Vittoria vs Veloflex arguments are more often than not based on brand loyalty. I for one would be genuinely interested how the Vittoria Pave (24mm) stacks up against Veloflex' Paris Roubaix (between 24 and 25mm apparenty).

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:50 am 
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Do yourself a favour and get the Veloflex
Roubaix, if you like skinwall - Arenberg, if you prefer all black


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shiny, it would be great if you could go into some detail about your recommendation -- particularly regarding protection from cuts and punctures. Cheers.

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wassertreter wrote:
Unfortunately the Vittoria vs Veloflex arguments are more often than not based on brand loyalty. I for one would be genuinely interested how the Vittoria Pave (24mm) stacks up against Veloflex' Paris Roubaix (between 24 and 25mm apparenty).


I'd say the vittoria pave get cuts easier than the veloflex roubaix but neither actually puncture easily. The roubaix rolls better so between those two, I would take the veloflex roubaix. For normal roads I'd take the CX II. For 22 or 23mm tires, the Veloflex Carbon.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:47 pm 
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what strobbekoen said.

the Roubaix/Arenberg is everything you could want in a tire - grippy wet or dry, supple and they certainly seem to be harder wearing than the Vittoria's


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Interesting about the puncture protection. Does the Paris Roubaix / Arenberg have a protection strip as well, like the Pave? I thought the latter might be better for that reason.

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Ensure you will have enough clearance in your frame. Sounds like a wide combo.

Will a tubular tyre stretch on a wider rim like a clincher would ?


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wassertreter wrote:
Interesting about the puncture protection. Does the Paris Roubaix / Arenberg have a protection strip as well, like the Pave? I thought the latter might be better for that reason.


Yes it has a protection strip - not sure if it's kevlar though


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Will a tubular tyre stretch on a wider rim like a clincher would ?


No. A tubular tire is a self contained pressure vessel. It will measure the same regardless of the rim.

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