But you have to factor in the tire life to the price. I stopped buying those Vittorios--even after getting them on sale--when I realized I couldn't get 1000 miles on 'em.
Aaron Lipstadt Hollywood CA
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On Jul 2, 2010, at 6:02 PM, Fred Blasdel <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Oucho McGoucho! Too rich for my blood. Since they're making them, someone
>> must be able to afford them. The cost of one of those tyres is about double
>> what a nice radial white wall tyre for my Bentley will cost. I can justify
>> the car tyres, but not the bike tyres. Seems a little out of line; but
>> that's just me.
> Sounds about even to me -- one luxury bike's worth costs as much as one
> luxury car's worth...
> Plus these bike tires are 2010's *ne plus ultra*, used by Olympic medalists,
> whereas the Bentley tires might have been the best of 1930, you'd get
> laughed out of Le Mans today :)
> I've thought about getting some "Vittoria Crono Evo CS" tubulars for a new
> build, they're available under $70 in street pricing and are only 165g for
> the 22mm wide version, and have one of the lowest rolling resistances
> tested. There's a Pista version for around $80 that comes with gum sidewalls
> and is 160 g for the 22mm section and just 140 g for the 19mm one.
> Those are all claimed weights, but they could easily be lighter than the
> Conti Olympics at 164g actual, although the Contis may indeed have lower
> rolling resistances and higher pressure capacity.
> The lower price of the Vittorias makes them a lot more ridable -- as in,
> that I could actually bring myself to ride them :)
> -- Fred Blasdel in Seattle, WA