I wanted to get the maximum width that my chainstays would accommodate for my casual road bike to soften/improve the ride. The wheels are HED Ardennes with a 21mm internal width. I was running an old set of Michelin Pro2, 700x25, which measured 700x27 on these wide rims. The Vittoria 700x28, measured 700x28, which tells me they would measure less than 28mm on older narrow rims such as my Mavic Ksyrium Elites with their 14mm rim width. This indicates they are undersized. Curious what other people are measuring once mounted.
To give you an example of rim width affecting tire width, I mounted 700x25 Michelin Pro4 Endurance on my new HED Ardennes+ with its 25mm rims. The 25mm tires stretched out to 29.5mm on those rims. This is in line with what HED promotes/claims. I was expecting to get at least 30mm on my new Vittoria tires with my 21mm Ardenne rims.
The last point. Another reviewer compared the Vittorias to Michelin Pro4 Endurance and said they were more compliant/softer or something like that. I run both the Pro4s and the Pro2's. I can definitely say my Michelin Pro2's were more comfortable tires than these Vittoria's that replaced them. So these tires were disappointments in both areas.
Maybe they handle better. On this bike, I'm not pushing that on the local MUP, so it is a minor consideration.
To end on a positive note, I got the two-pack with tubes. Great value and they look great on a vintage bike with the tan sides.
Before trying these tires I was only using Continental Grand Prix's and Specialized Turbo Cotton's on my Specialized Tarmac and was having issues finding them, so I started looking for something to hold me over and came across these tires. I figured to give them a go till I get a set of tires I am used to, and man was I surprised. I really like how these tires roll and feel on the bike.
At this price point, quality, and feel, I personally am not finding any reason to go back to the other tires.
I have purchased three pairs in a row of these for my wife's and my bike and am convinced that they provide the best combination of performance, durability, flat protection, and solid ride. We ride some pretty rough pavements in our area and the G2's handle the rough roads as well as they handle the smooth ones. For the price, they are the tire of choice for us.
These tires ride like more expensive offerings from other brands. They are very sensitive to air pressure changes. A middle-of-the-road pressure will give you a very balanced ride with great grip, good rolling resistance, and nice shock absorption. More pressure makes the tire faster and handle quicker, but still offer confidence in corners. A little lower pressures will take the edge off of hits and make long distances easier on your body while still providing solid cornering. I've run through a few patches of broken glass and not had any flats. They're wearing pretty well too.
Only recently have I begun to use this tire brand more extensively, than the Continental Grand Prix I use to ride on my road bike. Main reason at first purchased new aero rims, and could not for the life of me install or even remotely take off the tire from the rim, even with the tire tool. Purchased these tires and install as I normally would. Find the rolling resistance and puncture resistance the same as the Grand Prix. Have about 500 miles on the tires with no issues. Also they come with a Red sidewall that matches my frame.
I have ridden 2-3 sets of these in all weather conditions in New Mexico, where the worst of all thorns - the notorious goat heads - and pebbles, rocks, and glass line our roads. I get excellent mileage out of them, rarely flat, and man are they fast. They are easy to mount and remove (one Pedro's tire lever is sufficient). They are more comfortable than most other road racingtraining tires I have used. I used to ride Conti GP 4000S. The Vittoria are less costly and last a lot longer (2-3 times longer in my experience) on our really prickly and rough New Mexico roads. Still, these are not commuter tires as I have read in another review. If you want a commuter tire try the Specialized All-Weather Armadillo. Perhaps the Vittoria Rubino Pro Control would be a solid choice for commuting but I have never ridden it.
I put these in 30c on my S-Works Tarmac. The comfort level is exceptional with only a minor dulling of the razor sharp handling. I still get after it but tend to put more stock in comfort and these really did the trick for me. Highly recommended
I bought the 30mm version to use for the Eroica ride in Tuscany. I fitted these to the vintage steel framed bike and they performed perfectly. I couldn't be any happier with them after conquering the long course, 100k gravel and 109k pavement. They rolled very well and cornered well on the pavement switchbacks, they tracked well in the gravel and hardback. If the gravel got deep and soft, I started to get a little loose but hey, these aren't MTB tires. No flats! I saw countless people changing tubes on the side of the road through the event. I'm sold on these as a durable, fast trainingracing tire if your roads are less than perfect. Go with the Corsas if you have perfect pavement and need every little bit of decreased rolling resistance, but these will take care of you in any tougher environment. BTW, these are a huge step up from the old Rubino Pros (2010 or so).
My Specailized Roubaix Expert came with specialized roubaix pro endurance Tires in a 2325 mm size (whatever that means). Switched those wheels to a bike I dont ride much and Just swapped out to the Rubino Pro in a 25mm and did a 35 mile ride. Rims are 14 mm internal width. Wow. I cant comment on durability yet, but these tires roll fast and the ride is noticeably smoother. Very pleased so far. When dismounted the original tires were very stiff. First time I think I have noticed how much tire quality can affect the ride.
This is my second set of these tires. The last ones lasted me approximately 2 seasons of riding. Then they epicly failed. But they are and were far better than the continentals I was running before. Buying new tires every couple of years is definitely worth it for the value, smooth rolling resistance and over all quality and longevity of these tires.