Veloflex open 28mm
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    Veloflex open 28mm

    Noticed a new tire offering from Veloflex: Open Corsas and Masters in 700x28. No doubt they will run narrow as 28s go, but at least they are a step in the right direction. So far I only see them available overseas, priced around 32EU and up. Looking forward to trying them out.

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    Thanks for the FYI. If/when you do try them I'd be curious how big the actually are.

    After having bought a couple of 25mm Veloflex tires and seeing they were actually more narrow than a 23 mm Vitoria I'd be hesitant to get the 28mm Veloflex if I actually wanted a 28mm tire.

    I'll definitely try one when I need a 25mm racing tire though. Great tires and usually at a pretty good price.

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    world class cycles has them. Great company to deal with

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    Similar good news: Looks like Vittoria has a 30mm corsa now.

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    I ordered a Master, 700x28, from World Class Cycles on June 15. Still waiting for them to break radio silence. I did the payment through Paypal, and they do not show that the order has been processed by WCC. A few days ago put in a query on WCC web site as to whether they have 700x28s in stock. No reply so far.

    Beginning to wonder if these tires are vaporware.

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    Yup, Veloflex run really narrow. I rode them for years. Now mainly using Vittoria Corsas. Also have Panaracer Pasela Protite in 28 mm on my Tommasini. Funny thing is that the frame could fit 30s or even 32s...but the Campa Delta brakes limit going above 28. I debating swapping them out for other calipers. I know, I know. They're at the max adjust limit.

    I'm on a bigger tire kick these days, on my road and cross and commuter bikes. No longer that concerned with flying around, just nice to ride on some fat tires

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    Got One

    OK, the Master 28 I ordered from Bike24 in Germany on July 5 arrived today. It cost Eu29.40 plus Eu19.99 for shipping. I'd guess they'll be a little cheaper (shipping included) when they finally show up in stock in the US, but I didn't want to wait.

    Quasi-scientific measurements:
    weight: 234gr
    unmounted width, edge to edge: 73mm
    total thickness at center: 3mm
    mounted width at 70psi: 27.8mm

    This is on a spare Boyd Altamont rim, internal width 18.3mm across the hooks.

    Of course the real test will be in the riding. That won't happen until I wear out a tire. The Master will go on the front, naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobf View Post
    mounted width at 70psi: 27.8mm

    That sounds promising. I never measured my 25mm Veloflex or any tire mounted but either the Veloflex 25mm was way smaller that advertised size or others were way bigger because the Veloflex was very obviously more narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    That sounds promising.
    I agree. Keep in mind, though, that my rim is sort of wide.

    Even so, this tire seems much closer to stated size than Veloflex 25s I've had in the past. The widest tires I've used were Vittoria Corsa G+ 28s, which measured at about 29mm on my wheels. So the Veloflex isn't far behind.

    Here's hoping my sample of 1 speaks for the product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobf View Post
    Keep in mind, though, that my rim is sort of wide.
    oh yeah, I didn't have that in mind. Anyway, look forward to hearing what you have to say once you ride them especially considering you have used Vittoria Corsas which would be my standard of compare too.

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    Bit of a dredge here, but I finally mounted a Veloflex Master 28 on my front wheel. After a few hundred miles it's my new favorite tire. I find it livelier and more confidence-inspiring than anything else I've tried.

    Not that I've ridden every 28mm tire on the market, but I have used:

    Vittoria Corsa G+: First version with graphene. Pretty good until the treads peeled off.
    Continental GT 4000SII: Also nice, and they held up well.
    Rene Herse Ultralight: Even nicer than Vit or Conti, plus they seem to last and last.

    I don't expect Veloflex to last anything like RH, which I'm told has a thicker tread than most. But V is cheaper so maybe the cost per mile will be a wash. And lately I'm seeing Master 28s on sale in several places. There are even deeper discounts on the Corsa 28, which I guess is identical except for black sidewall.

    One deduction from full marks: My first Master measures just over 28mm wide at 70psi on my wheel. Very good. But the second one I bought for a spare, when mounted on an old rim of the same width, measures about 27mm wide. Not a huge deal, but I'd rather see them hold to 28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobf View Post

    One deduction from full marks: My first Master measures just over 28mm wide at 70psi on my wheel. Very good. But the second one I bought for a spare, when mounted on an old rim of the same width, measures about 27mm wide. Not a huge deal, but I'd rather see them hold to 28.
    Thanks for reporting back. I'll probably give these a try when I need tires.

    Regarding what I quoted. I'm pretty sure these type of supple light tires stretch after time. I still have a few of the pre-graphine Vit corsas and when ever I replace the rear it certainly looks smaller than the front that I'd had on there forever. Then eventually it doesn't look smaller. Pave and the newer Corsa which have kevlar in the threads don't seem to stretch nearly as much.

    So unless you measured both brand new, stretching could have something to do with the difference.

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