5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
I had tried out road tubeless a few years back and had a bad time. Two seasons of non-stop punctures which wouldn't seal and paper thin, expensive tires.
I decided to give it another shot with these Rubino Pro TLR tires, and a different sealant. What a difference! I've only noticed the rear going soft once in two seasons, over two sets of tires--- it sealed permanently. I put about 5,000 miles on that set before I noticed a few threadbare spots on the rear. The front still has a few thousand miles left in it by my measure. My other pair has about 3,000 miles on them and the rear tire appears to be about halfway worn. I would rate these for 5-6,000 miles at 80-90 PSI (rear) with a 165 lb. rider. The front tire lifespan is TBD, but my guess is about 7-8,000 miles under those same conditions.
I had always stayed away from tires with a tread pattern for fear of collecting tiny rocks, metal, or glass, but the tire seems robust enough that they have never had issues. Anyway, the pattern wears away anyway leaving me with the "no tread" pattern I want anyway.
Mounting the tires is a bit tight but manageable. My tactic is to make sure to push the seated bead all the way against the opposite side of the rim before attempting the next bead. It does require a tire lever at the end, and maybe an old toe strap or two. They're no worse than other tight tires I've had. One downside of the very tight bead is that it's hard to crack open, and keep open, the tire bead to add sealant, if you don't have removable valve cores to add through. Seating the bead is straightforward on my tubeless-ready rims and don't require anything more than soapy water, if that. I use an air compressor to seat them at 120 PSI, leave overnight, then deflate and set them at 90 PSI for riding.
I don't push my bike handling to such an extreme that I can "feel" the difference between tire compounds or TPI, so I won't pretend to offer advice on that here. I can say that I've never felt a lack of basic traction, as I have with some other, hard compound tires.
Considering my track record with these tires, their price and availability, I'll likely keep buying these until they stop making them. If you're having a bad time with tubeless road, give these a shot. They just might change your mind.
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