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A handmade Italian tire at an approachable price. The Master Clincher is tough enough for the abuse of everyday training and quick enough for worry-free racing. Calicot puncture protection belt keeps sharp objects out, while a 320 TPI casing provides an amazingly supple ride quality. Specialized rubber compound and diamond tread offer excellent grip for confident cornering. Natural sidewalls set it apart from its sister tire, the Corsa clincher.

  • Size 700c x 23mm and 25mm (207 grams for 700c x 23mm)
  • Available in Black, Blue, Yellow or Red with Tan sidewalls

Note: Some models of carbon fiber wheels have a sharp or inconsistent edge in the bead seat area, which could cause cuts in the casing of delicate Veloflex clinchers, potentially compromising the tires over time. Because they are not able to inspect every rim for such inconsistencies, Veloflex states that these tires are not compatible with carbon rims.

Applications: Road Racing, Performance Road Riding 

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

Min Pressure: 100 psi

Max Pressure: 145 psi

Threads Per Inch: 320 tpi

Made in: Italy 

Black - 700c x 22mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 22-622 mm

Blue - 700c x 22mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 22-622 mm

Yellow - 700c x 22mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 22-622 mm

Red - 700c x 22mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 22-622 mm

Black - 700c x 20mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 20-622 mm

Blue - 700c x 20mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 20-622 mm

Yellow - 700c x 20mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 20-622 mm

Red - 700c x 20mm

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 20-622 mm

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Reviewed 8/18/2014
by  Matt M
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
A tire that makes a great bike even better

I have to confess that I originally bought these tires purely because I thought they'd look so pretty on my Pinarello bike. After mounting them up (which required a little more care and effort that the Continentals I'd been riding) I was surprised and delighted by the noticeable improvement in ride quality with my HED aluminum climbing wheels. I do worry a little that the Veloflex Masters might be a little more susceptible to flats - not for any good reason other than that they just feel thinner and more compliant than the Contis - but so far only one flat that would likely have happened with any tire. That they're hand-built in a small shop gives them a little extra appeal, too. I'm very pleased with my Veloflex tires and don't plan to change anytime soon.

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Reviewed 7/31/2014
by Anonymous
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East bay San Francisco area.
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comfortable and direct response,

I ride aggressively through corners and the grip and feel are very good , They seem too wear very well . The price is reasonable for a tire that works this well. My other bike I ride sewups and they are comparable in the feel and ride.

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Reviewed 6/23/2014
by Cyclist57
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Pompano Beach, FL
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Great Ride, BUT Flat Prone

I have two sets of rims, Easton Circuit which are my training wheels, and Rolf Vector Pros which I use for fast group rides. I use whatever reasonably priced tires I can get in red (to match my Cervelo) on the Eastons, and better tires on the Rolf's. I was intrigued by the specs on the Veloflex...handmade in Italy...320(!!!)tpi casing...gum wall sidewalls, at a reasonable price.

Couldn't wait to try them. I initially used regular butyl tubes, and decided to forego liners to really feel how they rode. Rode great! As close as I can remember to the Vittoria and Conti tubulars I used to use when racing!

However, put them on 4/5, have done approx. 1,000 miles on them, and have flatted 3 times in the rear, and once in the front. Last flat on rear was with a latex tube, and a liner.

So far it looks like that combination of a fast responsive tire that is flat-resistant is very elusive, if it exists at all. My rear tire has a multitude of cuts, that's why I put a liner in. It's a bit squared off, curious as to see how many more miles I can get.

Relevant info Ride in south Florida....good road quality, some glass (no recycling requirement for bottles?)

Rider weight 150 lbs.

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Reviewed 1/31/2014
by Erick Brian
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Tustin, CA
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Grippy, soft, and very thin. Many rips and punctures on them now.

These did great within the first hundred miles I put on them. Grippy, felt great on corners, and look nice! Putting them on was a bit tricky since they're totally flat (hand-made), but you get used to it once you start changing your flats.

I think I've ridden about 1,000 miles on them. I've had about 6 flats on them, two were on the same day. I got a rear flat, then a front flat. I've realized they're real soft and easy to puncture, probably why they're so grippy, but I don't trust them on my century rides anymore. They've got tears galore, and small stones lodged in the rubber. No bueno, son!

I'd recommend these for anyone who wants a nice race tire, and can afford to replace them often. I'm going back to conti's.

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Reviewed 10/24/2013
by velomonkey
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CT
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6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Gotta ride 'em to know

I've ridden a ton of tires over the past 20 years - Mich, Conti, Vred, Vittoria - I've tried most of them. Tires typically fall into two groups for me.

1. Reliable, decent flat resistance, decent weight but nonplussed ride and kinda ugly. Tires that work, but just aren't anything to write home about. The bulk of the tires fall into this catagory.

2. Sweet riding tires but lousy flat resistance AND they get small tears in them real easy. Tires that ride great, but don't last long and tend to flat more. These tires don't ride as nice as tubulars but are close, but they don't last long and almost negate the whole point of clinchers.

Veloflex is the only tire that is a sweet ride, looks great to boot (yes, gum walls) and actually lasts a while and has good-enough flat resistence. Yea they nick up kind easy, but they ride so much better and look good to boot and aren't all that expensive.

This is the tire I've been searching for.

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Reviewed 11/29/2013
by Anonymous
San Francisco
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The very best open tubulars!

Frankly these Are the greatest road tires. They are pretty much the ride as tubulars if you use them with latex tubes (of which Vittoria are the best). Do they last as long as heavy commuting tires? No but I get 3000 miles off of the rear and 5000 off of the front. The very best open tubulars and nice colors too!

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Reviewed 8/15/2013
by Aldo
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denver co
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Good Tires.

Difficulty getting them, finding them in the U.s.

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Reviewed 8/1/2013
by malmer7
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Sacramento, CA
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Classy look for a good price - initial wear not great, but tire still lasts

Really classy looking tire - gives you that retro look with a modern tread pattern, perfect for your italian frame. I did notice the tread on the center of the rear tire seemed to wear out quickly and squared off a bit in the first 30-45 days, but then the tire has held up well since then.

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Reviewed 7/25/2013
by Bob Hood River
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raised on sew ups, but this is the best clincher I have ridden.

So far, I have only used the Master on the front on a Zipp 202 for racing and every day training on both dry and wet roads. No wear or flat problems.

Great feel and cornering.

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Reviewed 3/26/2013
by Chambo
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Las Cruces NM
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My choice for tires.

These are my everyday tires. I feel like i'm cheating as 180 grams give me an advantage when riding with my buddies.

I got 1800 miles on the rear and over 3600 on the front. I weigh 175, ride about 100 miles a week. Some smooth, some chip seal.

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Reviewed 12/24/2012
by markc albuquerque
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Albuquerque, NM
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3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Light, smooth, but short-lived.

As a race tire the Veloflex is great. As a daily training tire, it is too fragile for harsh roads and New Mexico goatheads. Flats and rapid wear are part of the package with a tire this light and supple. Use them for races or special rides only.

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Reviewed 11/24/2012
by Dave W
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Allentown, Pa
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Very responsive

These tires when combined with latex tubes are the closest thing to riding tubulars.

The ride is very responsive to rider input, especially when making quick changes in your line while riding. They roll very smoothly and appear to be well made. I don't know about durability yet or flat protection, but I may have found a new favorite tire.

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Reviewed 10/10/2012
by Anonymous
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SoCal
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suberb - 320tpi casing is supple, VERY symetric, With latex tubes approaches a tubular ride

google the history - in my opinion and experience (including racing on THE best - clement silk sewups back in the day), this is a superb all-around clincher, and one of only a very few manufacturers that still make a 20mm profile tire. run with latex tubes and a 20mm 'record' on the front...

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Reviewed 9/15/2012
by Jimmy Z
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Elk Grove, CA
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The tires are not sized correctly

I tried installing these(sticker on box said,700x23)and the package said only install on ETRTO 622x13c. Called and the Guy on the phone said they would fit. Not.

I wish they did because they seemed like a great tire for the price.

Sending then back after I talk with a rep on Monday.

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Reviewed 7/27/2012
by maxpowers
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Colorado
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Great tire

Very fast, nice looking and smooth - best tire I have had and I think the blue looks good. I ride in Fort Collins, Colorado and usually flat every couple 100 miles due to goat heads, but none so far and well over 300 miles.

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Reviewed 7/23/2012
by Anonymous
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Light and speedy... Reliable, not so much.

Was very impressed when I first got these tires. I noticed a significant difference in speed from my older tires and liked the way they rolled. However, after less than 100 miles I was surprised to notice decent wear on my rear tire, long story short my rear wheel didn't even make it 300 miles before I had 2 flats and needed to replace the tire. Maybe I just have bad luck but I was not impressed with these tires at all, I'm going back to Armadillos.

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Reviewed 7/13/2012
by Mr. Pink
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New England
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Grippy, supple, smooth

I bought a pair of these tires for my 1991 LeMond TSX machine, and the tires are getting along well with the bike and the rider.

Full disclosure I have only put about 250 miles on them, so we're in the early going.

Starting from the top, the tires are beautifully packaged and you know you've purchased something special, e.g. handmade, when they arrive. Mounting them to my Mavic CPX rims was easy and didn't require tools.

Initial ride report What separates these tires from others is the high thread count cotton casing, coupled with a firm yet grippy rubber compound. You get a near tubular type ride quality, with the ease of operation one gets from a clincher. The rolling resistance feels low, cornering is supple and confident, and the tires are consistent even on granite cobbles. The descending and sprinting on these sneakers is inspired, too.

The sole surprise I had from using these tires is that the blue compound shed into a very fine dust on my frame, which was a bit strange when I wiped the frame down. It appears to be a one time event, and the tread is in fine shape. The actual amount of rubber dust was very low. To be clear, this wasn't a big deal.

I have yet to ride these tires in the wet, but I am sure if and when it happens, I'll just lower the PSI from 120 to about 100 and carry on without incident.

What separates me from giving this tire 5 stars is that longevity, at this point, is unknown. It may well earn that after the first 1500 miles or so.

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Reviewed 6/28/2012
by Anonymous
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Beautiful tires!

These are hands down the nicest tires I've used. Cornering is superb and the ride is just so unbelievably smooth that I never want to use anything else. One flat (a nasty piece of glass) in 250 miles so far doesn't seem too bad in terms of puncture resistance.

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Reviewed 6/28/2012
by RM
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Lawrence, KS
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Feels like a Pro tire!

After 300 miles, I started using for races only due to durability concerns 1200 miles later they are little worn but still look great!I was using GP 4000's and pro 3's, these feel much faster, are much more comfortable, corner great, and seem to wear great. You will pull over because you think your back tire is flat - they are worlds different than other clinchers I've tried, and much cheaper.

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Reviewed 4/30/2012
by Anonymous
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Kansas
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best ride ever

Have not put 200 miles on them yet, but.. They felt so light I'm worried about life span, I've been riding Conti 4000's & all seasons, Gatorskin's, Pro 3's, and Armadillos. Armadillos are only ones living full lives, Conti's are getting cut sidewalls, if these live 1000 miles I'll come out ahead. Even at 120 psi I always think I'm low on air. They feel fast, by far most comfortable tire I've ridden.

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