P.S. I just received several pairs of 2012 Ultremo ZX 28mm (have not placed them in webstore yet). I want to measure their real width and test them against 23mm to see if I can detect any of the "wider is faster" thing (not that I want to start another thread here )
I'm just going to slip this in: maybe it's time for manufacturers such as Conti and now Schwalbe (let's blame Tour magazine as well while we're at it) to realise that there is no such thing as a low rolling resistance tyre with such a low true TPI count.(No matter how hard they insist on fooling themselves in the lab)
One which, to add insult to injury, they insist on bracing further (effectively reducing suppleness a good deal once more) with all sorts of so called high-tech anti-puncture belts.
Having personally enjoyed thousands of kms (without a single flat) on Schwalbe's own, admittedly pre-aged, Milano tubular tyre which BTW has great grip, no puncture protecture whatsoever, weighs only 250g a piece... Which is not bad at all for a tub with a butyl inner tube....and best of all is unbelievably comfortable to ride on.
O, almost forgot....You could buy the small miracle for say inbetween 19 to 30 Euro each. And that for a tubular.
Naturally, this little gem which has even received good press, has been phased out only to be replaced by a similar product with belts and brace bien entendu.....Duh, duh??
Why am I telling you this? Well, being old enough and almost wise enough, I see companies trying to invent all kinds of chemical formulae to make a tyre like this and that while all the time there's a simple recipe to everything. A Bit KISS I know but bottomline is that they're bending over backwards to dazzle you with all kinds of novelties that makes they're product look better on their (advertising) paper.
So, Ultremo and me ranting aside, imagine the Ultimate as a true racing clincher that would truly roll on a real road. With or without a fine latex inner tube....?? Can be done.
After all the rubber compound is there, high tpi cotton or silk canvasses aren't rocket science either, slicks roll better (with minor reservations) and who says we can't age tyres at the factory using some secret alpha ray to make them raceworthy puncture resistant right off the shelf?
Ecxuse me for putting this little bombshell here and yes, I do have an axe to grind as I see once again a fine product being ditched for something no one's waiting for. Net result will be that that product too will soon disappear as it has lost its raison d'etre.... Plus ca change....
Just ignore this if it upsets the brainwash somehow. I'll start a new post and we'll take it from there.
Enjoy the tyre,
P.S. More venum: The Ultremo is the first tyre developped in Europe thanks to your leggs and bruises.....
Being a snob is an expensive hobby.