BTW, g'day Foo.
Buggar. It took all my strength to get the tufo on my old araya to stretch it. Not looking forward to trying to glue it on. I've bought some goo off. Might try to clean it and see how I go.
I've had a bad run with Vittoria. I've tried the Evo Tech and the Evo Slick and had plenty of puncture issues. The final straw was a double puncture in a recent race. Not ideal. An experienced rider said he had switched to Tufo with good results so I'll give them a go. If they stretch ok I'll glue them I think.
Next time you buy some Vitto's try to age them in a dark, dry place for about six months. It won't turn them into miracle tyres but at the very least it should up the puncture resistance.
I'd avoid any tape and especially this Tufo one as a) it adds unnecessary weight (about 40g/wheel) and b) what seems to be very convenient at first will soon turn into a nightmare once you try to get it off the rim.
I have my opinion on Tufo tubulars which I voiced here several times already so I'll wait and see what you think of them....
No, you're not rubbing off on me yet, Geoff.
It's just that I've always considered there being two sorts of aging: one is the outgassing of chemicals present in adhesives (handmade tubs mostly) process and two is the aging of rubber compounds.
While I always considered natural rubber to benefit from aging (after all natural rubber is created from vulcanised latex) I'm surprised to learn synthesized rubber is not entirely ultra stable either.
Anyhow, this information, as kindly shared by 11.4, is a first of its kind as so far we only had our own accumulated experience to go on.
My last personal experience with Vittoria tyres predates 2005. Since then I ride in a geographical aera laden with flints and all kinds of stuff these tubs seem all too eager to collect and burry in their threads, so.....
i've got a couple of weeks cycling holiday coming up where there'll be fast descents with hard braking, and also some nice 60kph+ swoopy corners
now i'm wary of riding it there in case the grip is iffy or in case more will peel off under load, so i'm thinking of putting a fresh one on and keeping the old one for training/easier rides
am i being too picky? or is it better to swap tyres? it looks like this...
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