Review: Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 25mm Tires
Personally, I have always been curious about Vittoria tires since I bought my first pair of 23mm Corsa Evo CXs back when I first started riding. The difference between those and the stock tires that came on my bike were like night and day. They were so supple, so fast, so...prone to flatting.
When Vittoria announced their graphene infused tires a few years back, they made promises that I bet a lot of people were skeptical about. You can read all about that HERE. I just wanted a fast, supple tire that didn't flat at the first sign of debris.
I hoped that this new batch would give me the great speed and feel that I had remembered from those original Corsas. I mistakenly bought a set of Corsa Speeds instead of Corsa G+ tires. The Speeds were their "competition" tire. I installed them on my tubeless Bontrager Aeolus wheels, and I hoped for the best. They were so supple, so fast, so...prone to flatting. In my first ride, I punctured five times. Eventually, I had no CO2 left to re-inflate the tires, and I had to call my wife for a ride home. As I stood under a tree and waited for the ride, all I could think of is "What the hell did I just waste my money on?"
So, it is amazing that I ever bought another Vittoria tire again, but I started to notice how many shops and how many folks were riding the Rubino Pro tires. People would tell me how they were a great mix between performance and durability. After having tried so many race tires, I decided to take one last chance on Vittoria, and I am glad I did.
Last year, I finished off the summer and over 3,000 miles on a set of Rubino Pros. They were easy to mount, offered good flat protection, and rolled just fine. In races, they cornered well and handled rough surfaces just fine, such as the track at Holland Speedway where summer sessions heat up. I had so few problems with the Rubino Pros that I decided to stick with them again this year.
These 25s measure slightly bigger on the wide internal width of the Aelous wheelset. I have not measured them, but they seem more like 28s. They are easy to mount, and they grip and roll just fine. At around $35 a pop, they are half the cost of the Schwalbe One, my other favorite. I'm going to stick with the nice compromise and save some money. The reliability and performance of the Rubino Pros are enough for me, for now.
For a full rundown of the Rubino line, check out this great video from Western Bike Works. For your own set of Rubino Pros, check out Campus Wheelworks.