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Old 11-25-21, 02:37 PM
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Bike24.com has these fat, fat Schwalbe G-One HT Speed Evolution tubulars with a "basketball" tread in 30mm width for a great price:

https://www.bike24.com/p2196555.html

I bought 4 and immediately had to try them on my Velocity Major Tom rims and they are a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for me my wheels are 130mm rear hub, rim brake and all of my road bikes seem to run out of clearance with tire widths much wider (or taller) than 27mm.
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Rant:

Vittoria replaceable valve stems suck!

I'm down to I think the last one of these, a file tread tire used for all around riding on the CX bike. It developed a slow leak, and I thought about adding some goop, but the valve core is not removable.

The leak got worse so I pulled the tire and found no puncture, just the stupid stem having come loose. This is not the first or even the third time I have seen this with various tires.

At least Vittoria finally abandoned the misguided idea, so possibly you have been blissfully unaware- if so, count yourself lucky.

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Old 11-26-21, 12:39 PM
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woodcraft Which model of Vittoria tire are you referring to? Do you mean valve core or the entire stem? Rallys used to have nonremovable valve cores, but recent production has removable cores.
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Another sale... Excel Sports has Vittoria Corsa G+ 23mm tubulars (black or tan sidewalk) for $29.88, regularly $134.

https://www.excelsports.com/vittoria...ular-road-tire

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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
woodcraft Which model of Vittoria tire are you referring to? Do you mean valve core or the entire stem? Rallys used to have nonremovable valve cores, but recent production has removable cores.

In this case it is "Cross EVO XN" but it was on various tires.

The silver & black are valve stem extensions, & the red are the hated stems, in different lengths.



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Old 11-27-21, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
Another sale... Excel Sports has Vittoria Corsa G+ 23mm tubulars (black or tan sidewalk) for $29.88, regularly $134.

https://www.excelsports.com/vittoria...ular-road-tire

Hat tip to Bob Freeman on CR.
Thanks for the heads up 🙂! I ordered a pair.
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Old 11-27-21, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Thanks for the heads up 🙂! I ordered a pair.
I got the last tan one. One black left. What a price! Nice compact lightweight spare
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Old 11-27-21, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Thanks for the heads up 🙂! I ordered a pair.


Me too!
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Old 12-01-21, 11:58 AM
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I went ahead and pulled the trigger for a pair of Veloflex ProTour 28s on Monday (Nov 28). Shipping was free from Italy. DHL informed me earlier today that they will be delivered today. I'm kind of stunned at the free, fast shipping, especially given the already discounted sale price for the tires. Usually, when I contemplate buying something from Europe I have to factor in a steep shipping cost and expect it to take forever to get through customs. I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth here, just pleasantly surprised at this turn of events.
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I went ahead and pulled the trigger for a pair of Veloflex ProTour 28s on Monday (Nov 28). Shipping was free from Italy.
what website from Italy?
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Old 12-01-21, 01:34 PM
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looks like the famous yellow jersey 3 for 50 is now 3 for 60
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Old 12-01-21, 01:41 PM
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what website from Italy?
veloflex.it

The tires were shipped from Bergamo.
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Merlincycles dot com is just about out of all the older ‘named’ Veloflex models.
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Old 12-02-21, 11:47 AM
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I went ahead and pulled the trigger for a pair of Veloflex ProTour 28s....
I mounted them on rims to stretch yesterday and pumped them up to 3.5 bar (~ 50 psi). When I checked on them this morning, my thumb test suggested they'd not lost much air. I thus conclude that the ProTours have butyl tubes instead of the latex tubes in the dear, departed Vlaanderen. *sniff*
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Old 12-02-21, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
Another sale... Excel Sports has Vittoria Corsa G+ 23mm tubulars (black or tan sidewalk) for $29.88, regularly $134.

https://www.excelsports.com/vittoria...ular-road-tire

Hat tip to Bob Freeman on CR.
I just bought 4 of the Speeds. 209 gms! At my heyday in a long departed millenium I raced 220 gm silks.

I haven't made the switch yet but I am stockpiling to go tubular on my three "good" bikes. (Peace of mind on 50 mph descents plus the custom fix gear of my BF photo is a pure late '80s road race bike, just fix gear and is crying for wheels better than training clinchers.) I want one wheelset to be as close to my old racing as is feasible.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro View Post
I mounted them on rims to stretch yesterday and pumped them up to 3.5 bar (~ 50 psi). When I checked on them this morning, my thumb test suggested they'd not lost much air. I thus conclude that the ProTours have butyl tubes instead of the latex tubes in the dear, departed Vlaanderen. *sniff*
ProTour
https://www.veloflex.it/en/tubular-t...r-gum-sidewall
https://www.veloflex.it/en/tubular-t...black-sidewall

Tubular with a very soft 320 TPI (Threads Per Inch) Corespun casing and an innovative compound that provides very low rolling resistance and great roadholding. It is equipped with an anti-puncture protection belt and an exclusive latex air chamber, for improved elasticity in every condition.

Technical details
TPI (Threads Per Inch) 320 Threads Per Inch (120/cm)
Protection Belt Calicot puncture resistant layer
Casing Compressed Pes/Co corespun
Rubber tread Natural rubber and silica exclusive compound
Inner tube Latex low rolling resistance
Valve Presta 42 mm with changeable core
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My Speed came in yesterday. That thing is sooooo light and the sidewalls sooooo thin. If I had a pair, I don't think I would use them on any but the smoothest of roads right after the street sweeper when over them and back over them. But it is a nice spare
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Never had Panaracers but they look to be a very good quality. They are pretty tight so I'll stretch them out for awhile.

Finally got these out on the road today. I'm pretty impressed with them, you?
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hazetguy Thanks. I stand corrected. Still scratching my head about the low air loss though.
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hazetguy Thanks. I stand corrected. Still scratching my head about the low air loss though.
Must be the "an exclusive latex air chamber" which excludes air loss.
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I went ahead and picked up a pair of these this morning, seems like a stellar deal at $70/pair. Always liked the Panaracer clinchers I've owned, might as well try their tubulars at this price.
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Finally got these out on the road today. I'm pretty impressed with them, you?
I love them, they're perfect. I'm going to buy a few more of them.
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I love them, they're perfect. I'm going to buy a few more of them.
Same here, just pulled the trigger on some more.
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Same here, just pulled the trigger on some more.


Those DO look nice - I especially like that file tread on the Cobble model. I could maybe even turn a blind eye toward the butyl tubes.
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
My Speed came in yesterday. That thing is sooooo light and the sidewalls sooooo thin. If I had a pair, I don't think I would use them on any but the smoothest of roads right after the street sweeper when over them and back over them. But it is a nice spare

Mine arrived too- fast! I think I'll mount them on the 60mm wheels & just use for fun, fast, but not too far rides.

Light, but still not as light as the Tufo Elite Jet (seen here with valve extension & glue).



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Quick question for those of you who carry a folded spare tubular on your rides and use valve extenders.

Do you carry a valve extender along with your spare? Or do you unscrew the extender from the flat tire when doing a repair on the road? My first flat last year was a bit challenging as I couldn't unscrew the extender from my flatted tubular. I got lucky as I found a wrench in a nearby construction storage unit. Just curious what others do.
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