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Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton

Richard Strattonwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put a set of these on my Orbea about 1.5 weeks ago. They measured up slightly narrower than the Vittoria Rubino 25s I was replacing on my Vision Team 30 rims. I noticed a very marginal speed gain over the Vittorias, and I felt a little less rolling resistance on climbs. I was pretty happy with them until I heard a loud "POP" on an evening ride. The rear sidewall blew out after less than 200 miles of riding. I know this isn't an uncommon problem with any tire, but at this price I really can't recommend a tire that fails so quickly and has such poor quality control. Luckily the good ol' gearheads are refunding me for the failed one and hooking me up with some Conti GP4000s that I should have bought in the first place. Hopefully they prove to be a more durable race tire. I like going fast, but you can't go fast if you ain't moving.

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Richard Stratton

Richard Strattonwrote a review of on May 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put these on a single speed steel Kona Paddy Wagon that I commute on daily, with the intent of riding some midwest pea gravel trails on the weekends. They're really great on Katy Trail-style gravel, but I ended up putting my gatorskin 28s back on for my commuting. The extra rolling resistance over slicks is really noticeable when you only have one gear. I'll keep these around for weekend gravel rides, but I wish they were more road-friendly so I didn't have to swap tires all the time.

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