Vittoria's new Rubino Pro Graphene 2.0 tyres are designed as an all-rounder to tackle most road conditions, and they do a decent job. Durability and grip are impressive although they aren't the quickest rolling against some of the tyres in this price range.
- Pros: Great wet weather grip, no visits from the puncture fairy (yet)
- Cons: Not as fast rolling as some
Graphene has been touted as the latest wonder material over the last few years and if you do a bit of research you can see why. Having incredible strength and stiffness is only part of its benefits, it is also one atom thick, or should that be thin.
It can be added to many applications, increasing various performance metrics, and that is why Vittoria says it has used it in these tyres. Apparently the graphene interacts with rubber by filling the space between the rubber molecules, giving better durability for higher mileage and protection against punctures. There should also be an improvement to wet grip too.
I'll start with that. The Rubino Pros use a triple compound for the main part of the body, which Vittoria calls 3C. It has quite a tacky feel to it. Banking the bike over hard for corners and roundabouts found plenty of grip, and after a short bedding in process I was happy just to really let the bike go and keep pushing towards the tyre's limits.
Traction on steep, damp hills was pretty good too. With the roads properly wet I was impressed with how similar the behaviour of the Vittorias was compared to riding in the dry.
For quite a low thread count tyre (150tpi) there is a decent bit of feedback coming from the rubber and carcass, so you can feel what the tyre is up to beneath you.
When it comes to rolling resistance, they are quick enough but you can feel that they aren't a full race tyre. They seem to take just a little more effort to keep spinning than the tyres that normally sit on my race bike, the Panaracer Race C Evo 3s. For the same 25mm width, the Rubinos are about 40g heavier too.
With a mix of riding on main A-roads and jaunts out into the country lanes, I haven't picked up any damage on the Vittorias: no cuts or slices and certainly no punctures, and while not the most scientific test they seem to be pretty robust for day to day riding.
And should you pick up a flat, they seem to be easy to remove and refit at the side of the road.
With an rrp of £39.99 they are the same price as those Panaracers I mentioned, and I'd say they have a slightly better ride quality than the Maxxis High Roads, which are lighter but a tenner more.
Overall, the Rubino Pro G2.0s are decent fast training tyres, ideal for high-tempo club runs or sportives where the added advantage of having a slightly tougher tyre outweighs the higher rolling resistance.
A good all-round training tyre that'll work for wet races
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Vittoria Rubino Pro Graphene 2.0 tyre
Size tested: 25mm
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Vittoria says, "Designed for intensive training, it is equally suitable for racing events. The Rubino Pro builds on the standard Rubino platform, utilizing the same exclusive 3C Graphene compound structure, long service life, puncture protection, and sharp handling traits, but substitutes a folding bead material for reduced weight. The Rubino Pro has long been a favorite for both training and racing, and with the addition of Graphene technology compounds, is more versatile than ever!"
They are pretty decent as an all-rounder.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
150 TPI Nylon casing for high mileage
Functionalized GRAPHENE 2.0 compound allows for increased wet grip
3 compounds in the tread (3C) for increased wear life and better rolling
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Dependable tyres if you like to ride quickly but want that backed up with durability.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Wet weather grip is impressive.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Rolling resistance isn't the best out there.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
There is a lot of competition, but I'd say the Rubino Pros are priced fairly.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
They're decent all-rounders, not quite as quick as others on the market but dependable and with good wet weather grip.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.