I have been using these tyres for commuting for some time and am generally happy with them.
However, I have a few questions. I noticed that the grip in the wet is kind of average, and I seem to remember that it used to be better. Given that my tyres have done around 6,000 km in 6 months (but are still in good conditions, they present cuts though), do you know whether I need to clean them regularly with soapy water perhaps to increase the grip? Is it possible that accumulated oil and general dirt (from the road) has diminished the grip? I inspected the tyres, they look quite clean.
I'm 69kg and inflate the tyres (for commuting) to relatively high pressure (110PSI). Is this perhaps the problem?
(For comparison, I used Gatorskin before the Vittoria and the Vittoria have better grip and comfort overall).
Thanks for the replies!
At the very least I wash the wheels if it's been a rare dry day to remove salt.
I had some Vittoria Diamante Pro Tech tyres that I never felt comfortable with in the wet. I tried various pressures but was never confidant with them. Interestingly, they didn't wear much in the centre of the tread but started to fall to bits at the edges.
It seems to me that as tires get older, the rubber gets harder and lose suppleness. 6000km is a lot on a rear. These tires must be worn dead flat across the contact point of the tire, which is more than likely, contributes to the problems. Do you rotate your tires. I never move a rear tire to the front, but instead always try to buy tires in 3's. 2 rears :1 front.
I have used those in the past and found them, as all vittoria tires, tend to cut easily.
Bizarrely enough the central thread is still fine - no major signs of wear (well, hard to spot them anyway as it's the central section of the thread is slick).
I ride a lot at night down dirty greasy lanes, and after me and my mates had a few scares each, we ditched them.
Ribble used to sell wheel and tyre combo's with them; it got to the point where i said "keep the tyres"....
On a different note, I have Aksiums on commuter (Caad9), and I find the Caad9 + Aksium + Rubino Pro too harsh! Will switch to Conti 4000s + Shimano RS20. Should make the Caad9 more enjoyable given my weight. And will lower the pressure to 100PSI too.
Notwithstanding that I still believe that the Rubino have very poor grip and don't ride that well, the Aksium are overly stiff for my weight, and that 110PSI is too high.
I'm taking the Caad9 in for a check-up of the headset, will report back next Friday.
I had a couple of pairs of Folding Rubino Pro's on the shelf in the workshop so thought I'd bung them on there to get me out on the road for minimal expense.
First few rides I got what I was expecting, pretty rubbishy ride, not a great experience but passable as a training tyre in the dry.
Last couple of weekends I've been getting out in the wet and been having a nightmare, these things are a total disaster zone!
4 punctures, and so lacking in the grip department I can't quite believe it?
They literally wheelspin uphill on wet/slightly greasy surfaces and are absolutely appalling in the corners.
Had three really close calls on averagely wet roads over the weekend........I need to get rid of this junk before they put me in accident and emergency.
Any good advice on what's a great winter training tyre that works well in the wet? Been out of it for a while so not sure what's good any more.
There are threads on this mate
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