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    bad sew-up !

    Sigh, finally had to happen I guess. Just mounted (read glued) a new pair of Vittoria file treads. Did the whole '84' hour thing to finally do it right. Anyway, first ride out....thumpa thumpa thumpa.

    I was super careful mounting and aligning them, so wtf? I go to pull off the offending rear tire to see where I messed up and I spot a bulge. Tire was mounted straight, but there is an expansion (even along both sidewalls) creating what looks like a smaller diameter feeding into a bigger diameter tire. If you were to measure where it is pronounced, one measurement would be 32mm and the other maybe 38mm. Didnt notice when I had them stretching out before I glued them. It's like the tire 'grows' in width for about 3 inches, then reduces to its normal width.

    I'm assuming a manufacturing defect, unless anyone else chimes in with experience with this.

    Absolutely not dissing Vittoria's. Have had great luck with this tire in the past. Shoulda paid more attention before I voided the warranty by applying glue !

    Oh, and did anyone else ever get Mastic between their toes and not notice it until they're wearing shoes and socks at work the next day?

    just sayin'

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    Never wear sandals while gluing tubulars.

    just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by strathconaman
    Never wear sandals while gluing tubulars.

    just sayin'
    words to live by for sure.......

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    I'd get in touch with Vittoria about that, you prolly voided the warranty, but never hurts. Maybe they'll be cool, get you a new one at cost or something.

    Sounds like there is a casing failure, likely at the seam (under the base tape), I have had this happen to tubulars that have been raced a bit, not something that should happen whilst the mastik is drying. Good Luck.
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