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by TomManhattanBeachfromcouldn't get bead to seat on rimAfter reading several good reviews at REI & elsewhere, I looked forward to installing the Randonneur Cross tires onto my 1990 vintage Trek 850 MTB.I had extreme difficulty getting tires to seat properly on rim, despite using talc on inside and soapy water on on bead. Finally I had to take both rims to REI, and the helpful bike mechanic used a Park PTS-1 tool to force/twist the tire to seat. After a few miles of riding, the tube's schrader valve separated from the tube, and went flat. I suspect all the tire twisting may have caused latent damage to the tube (although, the Novara tube also seemed a bit flimsy).Replaced tube, again I couldn't get tire to seat. Back to REI, the mechanic re-seated the tire with PTS1 tool, and this time even he coudn't get tire to seat absolutely true & straight.Another ride, this time the OTHER tire & tube goes flat. Same problem, valve broken, possibly from all the tire man-handling getting it to seat. Back to REI store a 3rd time to re-seat tire & a new tube. The mechanic suggested the Vittoria tire was too narrow for my rims, which seemed plausible. Many of the newer Mtn bikes seem to have proportionally much narrower rims, I noticed. However, the 1.75" wide Vittoria replaced the original 1.95" tires, and it didn't seem _that_ much narrower to me.I really wanted to like this tire: low rolling resistance, good tread design, and said to be puncture resistant. Maybe I had tires from a bad manufacturing batch -- [...].Given the problems I had, I'm going to try installing wider tires (1.95-2.1") from a different manufacturer, and just toss out the Vittoria tires.
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 2out of5
by TomManhattanBeachfromnew info on my previous reviewI am now reasonably convinced I had a bad batch of Vittoria Randonneur Cross tires ...
I removed the Vittoria tires and installed Specialized Nimbus Armadillo tires ...
The Specialized tires are even _narrower_ than the Vittoria, 1.5" vs 1.75" ...
The Specialized tires' bead immediately seated straight & true without any special effort -- no soap solution or brute force was needed ... while my rims may have been wider than optimum, the fundamental problem seems to have been the specific Vittoria tires ...
While the Vittoria seems to be of good _design_, watch out for manufacturing defects and quality control issues ... YMMV.
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 3out of5
by klmmicrofromGood traction, but hard to roll -Bought this tire to replace a competitor brand's faulty one. I have built out a touring bike based on my old MTB and knobby tires are no longer desired or required.
Mounting: Was hard to get onto the rim, but not so much as to require any tools. Took about 15 minutes of effort to get the thing beaded. Once on, no issues with fit at all. Checked to make sure that there was no damage and pumped it up to max (70 PSI) to seat it thoroughly. Done and ready for road testing.
Found that the tire grips to just about every surface I put it on. Gravel, road debris, dirt path, pavement (wet and dry) gave me no pause. The tire is about as good as it gets in this department. Unfortunately, this excellent traction comes at a price...rolling resistance! I have been using 87 PSI 1.4" wide tires for a while that rolled almost as well as my road only bike. This tire gave me a workout that I was not expecting. Feels like a light drag brake engaged all the time.
The compound itself looks fine after 50 miles. Aside from a little "dirtiness", it looks like I just mounted it. The tire appears to be very tough and I would think that it would be great for areas with...well, less than clean bike paths. Rode through some broken glass and stopped to check about 50' later. Nothing to show that it was even on the road.
I would give this tire a solid four stars if it were easier to mount and rolled easier. I would recommend it, but only as a commuting tire where distances are short enough that the extra resistance will not be a big factor. For touring or long distance, I will most likely try another model tire.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4out of5
by DenverDavidfromGood nasty weather tireI've put about 150 miles commuting on these tires so far in nice weather, rain, and snow. They are very well constructed, solid tires. They have very good traction - I didn't slide at all in the rain and slid what I consider an average amount in the snow. The only downside to these tires is that at 1.75" they are big and inefficient for a commuter. They are still much better than the vast majority of low pressure (30-40 psi) mountain bike knobby tires, but leave something to be desired in the rolling resistance department. If they made these in 1.25-1.5" (in the 26" size) that could perhaps be inflated to 80 or 90 psi they would be much better.
Bottom line: These are excellent nasty weather commuting tires, but during the summer narrower, higher pressure slicks are much better.
Date published: 2007-11-20
Rated 4out of5
by mack the knife2fromnot badI just put these tires on so I have no idea how durable they will be, but they do seem pretty strong. One of the reviews claimed they were hard to mount and I did not find that to be the case. I have only changed 1 tube in my entire life, and I mounted both these tires and had them aired up in 20 minutes. Definitely smoother riding than the more serious off road tires I had on before. I would recommend these tires to anyone who wants to commute on bike.
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 4out of5
by DolgevillebluefromPretty good tire--hope you don't flat!!!I've completed on/off road multi day tours with these tires on a converted mtb ala G.Peterson. There was no sign of wear until after 1500 miles. Then wear came a little faster. I have about 2000 miles now and there is some red rubber showing underneath the black, presumably warning of replacement. They have done great on towpaths, country roads, city streets, mud, and I don't find the rolling resistance to be that noticable. I weigh about 250lbs. plus about 40 lbs worth of gear on most extended rides. I've only had one puncture when a shredded tire wire imbedded itself near the sidewall. That was rough because they are extremely difficult to put on and off the bike. Essential to have best quality tire levers and very strong hands.
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 4out of5
by David M.fromExcellent.I used these tires on a commuting build for a friend. I'm really satisfied with the way the tires have held up to abuse and dry desert terrain with thorns and goatheads, but I think they're only suitable for a touring or or commuting build. They have moderate tread and some moderate rolling resistance issues, but hey - I wasn't looking for slicks, so I loved them. I think they're good for utility or touring duty, but would be stupid for a trainer or a racing rig.
Date published: 2011-11-26
Rated 4out of5
by Zootown BobfromRolls Easy!Good choice for this commuter. No punctures but need more time to be definitive about durability.
Date published: 2013-06-13
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Vittoria Randonneur Cross 26 x 1.75 Tire Customer Reviews