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decent tubular tyres for under £30???

naffetsnaffets Posts: 72
edited February 2015 in Road buying advice
After some tubular tyres but wont be doing too many miles on them so don't want to
break the bank.
They have to be gumwall as its a retro build.
Have read about the conti giros and the vittoria rallys which are cheap but a lot of people
dismissing them for various reasons inc not sitting well on the rim.
Any recommendations or experiences on above very welcome ??


  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Unless someone is doing a crazy deal then good for 30 does jot happen. Most likely candidates are continuing sprinter's at that price. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • To be fair, if you're not going to be racing on them, and need to have the gum wall then either would be a reasonable choice. Road CC reckons the Contis are allright for the money as long as you don't expect them to be exceptional, and the Vittorias have mixed reviews, but it generally seem to be allright if the tyre isn't suffering from a defect (i.e. not round enough/ lumpy).

    I would just go for the ones you like the look of the most- even buy one of each and see how they go. At the prices advertised online (£13 for the vittorias, £16 for contis) you can't go too far wrong, and if you inject sealant into them then they'll probably both last reasonably well- possibly better than racing tubs due to thicker tread.
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    The ride quality of the cheap tubs is inferior to the continent sprinter's. The more expensive continue competition and vittoria pave or corsa tubs are in a class of there own. continue giro and vittoria rally are really not worth the effort. -wheel building and other stuff.
  • GrillGrill Posts: 5,610
    Just pony up for a set of Veloflex Carbons. No point in riding on rubbish tubs.
    English Cycles V3 | Cervelo P5 | Cervelo T4 | Trek Domane Koppenberg
  • team47bteam47b Posts: 6,424
    I have the Vittoria rally 19mm gumwall on my 1964 Imholz, lovely and round, went on fine, no problems with them would not hesitate to replace with same when the time comes. ( bought them from rose bikes, 23quid a pair!)

    Post pic of your bike anyway!

    Disclaimer: My bike is for pootlin' around only. We do have some lovely smooth roads and it doesn't rain:D
    my isetta is a 300cc bike
  • andy_wrxandy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    Have a look on Planet-X, they seem to be flogging old-stock tyres and tubs at cheap prices.

    They're old models, funny sizes, funny colours - I guess they're buying-up old stock from the suppliers or bankrupt shops

    I bought some bright yellow Gommitalia 19mm for £5 each last year - they're absolutely hideous, but they're only for on the turbo and I need them narrow as my TT bike has very tight rear clearance

    Can't remember if any gumwall (or 'para' as Vittoria call it)
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