The Vittoria Randonneur is a classic, long-lasting and very flat resistant tire. Great grip on wet surfaces, and lightweight for how burly it is. Plus, it comes in white!
They call it the Randonneur for good reason - just like randonneur riding, this tire goes and goes... High mileage.
Many other reviewers wrote that these tires are difficult to mount, and I almost did not order them because of that.
I was able to mount both 700 x 32 (reflective) on my 700 rims easily without tools, just hand pressure using 28-32 x 700 tubes. If I had to take them off, it would be easy with just one or two levers. They were as easy to mount as the many tires I have mounted before from many other bike tire manufacturers in many other sizes. The only tires that I ever had in the past that were impossible to mount properly and had to be returned were Schwalbe.
Maybe Vittoria fixed the sizing problem?
The front tire seated evenly first try. The rear tire was a little off-I am a perfectionist-so I deflated and massaged it a bit and while not perfect-it seated pretty even. Most shops and others would have not even adjusted it after the first try.
It looks great on the bike and the reflective strip really lights up the bike from the side-great for safety.
I tested them at the beach on the very sandy beach paths for miles and they gripped extremely well.
I have only had them a couple of hundred miles so I can't comment on reliability, puncture resistance, and wear. Hope to update that in the future.
I am a four-season cyclist and I was looking for something to help keep me upright and moving at a good clip during those months when narrow, training tires were too slick and before heavy snow and ice called for studded mountain bike tires. I have had these tires now for a little over a year and have logged about 2000 miles on them, the vast majority of which were commuting miles. A few times conditions were a bit dicey - ice covered roads that I should have used studded tires on - but the Vittoria's kept me snug and upright. No wrecks yet on these. Another point of interest are flats. I live in puncture vine country, so flats are just a way of life. However, I have had only one flat on these and it was from a roofing nail. All other potential bringers of doom have been shed-away. My initial interest in these tires was their grip, which has turned out to be perfect. My interest in flat prevention was not a concern, thinking it doesn't matter, you will get a flat. So their ruggedness has been a pleasant surprise. My one criticism is that they are not the speediest tires, but then they are not designed to be. A good purchase for trouble-free commuting.
I've been riding this Vittoria Randonneur tires for the last 2 years. I have very little reason to change away from this tire set. As a daily commuter, I have only had 1 flat. They are durable enough with a replacement every 6-8 months. These are by far the best bang for your buck tires.
I've had a number of different commutingcity tires. This was the only tire I've tried that I found did not handle wet pavement very well. I tended to spin the rear tire climbing steep hills and turning on the downhill seemed a little shaky.
I've gone through lots of these over the years and I keep coming back. They're cheap, they hold up very well, and they're not too slow. Grip is good in all sorts of conditions. They aren't race tires, and fashion cyclists won't write about your bike on their blog. But for everything else, they just work. They also seem to be quite low profile they are the only 28 I've found that fits on my tightest-clearance bike.
I use this on my commuter bike and almost feel like I don't need to carry tire repair stuff. So far I have not flatted at all and have about 2000 miles on them. They grip great in all conditions. They do seem heavy and have what seems to be high rolling resistance but that all is expected for these type of tires.
I rode a pair of these for one season and the wire casing on the INSIDE of the tire came unwound causing tiny pinhole size flats. it was annoying. they roll fine and mount easy enough but the build quality is crappy. I went back to gatorskins...
I chose these as my new bike commutingshopping tire, I had Zaffiro before and thought these had a good price and Vittoria made good tires. I bought 700c x 28mm so I would be able to get fenders on the vintage bike.
Negative 1. Stupid me bought the rigid wire tires and they were the worst ever fitting them my Sun CR18 rims. These tires have a directional tread so I had to take them off to flip them (haha) and it was harder to get off then put on!!!!! You better have a tire jack if you can't rip phone books in half! This is crucial on a commuter since if you have to change a flat you don't want it to be a pain in the keester.
Next Negative. I pumped these up to around 80psi and measured the width with a caliper. 25MM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you kidding me????????? NOT EVEN CLOSE TO 28MM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm looking for a little comfort with bigger tires!!! I'm seriously hoping it comes out that they all got mis-labled. I have 1 Panaracers on another and they measure close 28mm. WTF?
Positives (Ha) - Just a few short rides over some crackling road and they ride well, you know, since they're not 28mm after all. So fairly quick riding, and the comfort level is not bad. I like the feel of the rubber, it has thickness and strength and yet are pliable to smooth out bumps. In the hands before install I liked the feel of them. They have a nice look to them (way to go designers!). They feel like they will prevent flats.
Reccomendation - Do not buy, if you have to change a flat on these it will be your worse nightmare. Kind of pissed off by them.
We live at 8,300 feet west of Denver. The roads are paved but often have gravel and debris. These tires are wonderful to ensure you maintain stability even when hitting small rocks and a few objects on the road. The tires also provide a softer ride for my wife's aluminum road bike.
Relieved the rondo's 2 weeks ago. I log roughly 60 miles a week, so about 120-150 miles so far. I ride very rough, gravel laden road with allot of holes and bumps. No flats. No loss of pressure. I am very happy with these tires. I weigh 220 and really punish tires, but the Rondenneur's are doing great!
I just cannot seem to wear this tire down. It has been word down to the red inner layer for a year now and I am just testing how far I can push it, and seems to just keep on rolling. Very comfortable, good grip, puncture resistant and much more comfortable than some of the harsher tires like the Maraton or Armadillos. This is great for commuting or fall-spring riding. Not a race tire for sure, but great for other purposes.
These tires came on my new Jamis. In one year I ended up with 6 flats in the back and 4 in the front. All that in a total of 1,000 miles. Anything can puncture through these tires with ease. I've never had more flats riding the same roads then these horrible HORRIBLE tires!