I just picked up a set of tubular wheels and am looking forward to making the jump to running lower tire pressures. I ride & race in northern Calif. and am looking for one race tire to do it all. Of course, such a tire doesn't exist, but I can't afford multiple wheelsets, so I need a tire that's versatile. I'll use my clinchers for training, and the tubulars for racing.
I'm thinking of using my tubular rims for drier, less-slick conditions, and using my older Michelin Mud2 clinchers for the wetter race days.
Challenge Grifos....the Vittorias....what do you recommend? I'd like to keep the costs down a little bit -- I really can't justify spending more than $90-100 per tire. I weigh about 150.
I have run the Challenge Grifos, Fangos, and Vittorias XG (non 290 version) and have in my opinion the best are the Grifos.
If I was just looking at tread patterns I would have picked the fango for the better side knobs, but have come to like the grifo better as a do it all tire.
i had really good luck with the VIttoria XG 320tpi, i ran them in dry and ran them on a muddy day and they ROCKED! so if you going with one set of tuby wheels thats my choice.
Thanks guys; I appreciate the advice.