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Vittoria Rubino Pro III Tire

The Rubino Pro III is the best choice in a Vittoria tire for high-mileage and durability. This all-conditions tire is an excellent choice for a training, winter and sometimes race tire. While it is a little heavier than than Vittoria's Open Tubular tires, it maintains a smooth ride quality and delivers longer life. The trade-off becomes full-on performance versus durability, lower price, and solid ride characteristics.

The upgraded 150 tpi casing offers good a balance between ride quality and sidewall durability. The dual density, twin tread has softer rubber on the sides and denser rubber down the center to offer the rider rolling speed with lower friction resistance and more grip as you lean into a corner. This tread features the Prisma COM Vector pattern which is designed to work on smooth and rough terrain. It also fairs well in both wet and dry conditions. The PRB 2.0 breaker belt under the tread helps prevent punctures and is supple enough to not adversely affect the ride quality.

The Rubino Pro III has been the tire of choice for many ultra-distance cyclists and has been proven durable and effective in events like RAAM. No, it is not a pure racing tire. Vittoria covers that elsewhere, but if you require a good riding tire with long life, durability, and high quality, it is hard to beat the Rubino Pro.


  • Solid mileage and durability clincher tire for all weather conditions
  • 150 tpi nylon casing is supple enough for smooth ride and excellent grip
  • Aramid Endura dual density rubber compound firmer in center, softer on the edges
  • Prisma COM Vector tread pattern for fast rolling, cornering traction
  • PRB 2.0 puncture protection belt
  • Colors: Black, Red, Blue in 700x23, Black only in 700x25, 28
  • Weight: 700x23 225g, 700x25 235g, 700x28 245g
Reg Price $52.99


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Posted on 9/10/2011 11:10:35 AM

I have been running the new 150 tpi Rubino pros in 25c for about 500 miles. I did not think the change from 127 tpi would make much difference, but I find the new 150 version noticeably livelier and more supple than the old ones. They reformulated the tread compound which also may make a difference. I can run higher pressures without too much chatter on most roads or let air out for a plusher ride on rough roads. They are not as plush as Michelin pros or conti 4000s, but dont feel nearly as belty as the old Rubino 127 tpis and so far no flats or cuts and no signs of wear. They roll well and can be pumped up to 135 psi. I weigh 205 and go 115/120 psi.

I measured the tire and its a 24c, not a 25c, which is actually a plus on my Cervelo R3 which has tight clearances. Some 25s are just too tight, so this is a nice compromise. More volume than a 23c but still enough room.

Make sure you get the new 150 tpis. The packaging is clearly marked. Many places still sell the old 127s.


Posted on 7/18/2011 10:57:03 AM

Generally will put in about 15-20k miles a year and tend to like these tires the best for overall road feel and price point. These tires have a smooth roll to them and am always impressed on how well they corner for a clincher. As far as durability is concerned, it’s been mostly good on my part. As the time training on the tires continues, I will see cuts begin to occur more often but nothing that I wouldn’t see from most tires in training rides. In races, I will typically use tubulars but these tyres have been very reliable in creating a similar feel and providing a good price if your not racing on clinchers. I have used them very well in race/training type efforts where I need race-type effort simulated on my bike.


Posted on 8/20/2008 1:51:41 PM

The good: They ride nicely, grip the road and corner well and look great in celeste on my Bianchi. The bad: They are far from durable. Before the slight rubber excess of the center seam is even worn away I usually get a cut in the colored portion of the tire that results in flats. I have tried crazy gluing the cuts, which actually works well, but inevitably another cut occurs elsewhere that dooms me to yet another flat. I bought a new pair before a race, and 6 weeks and less than 1,000 miles later I’ve got multiple cuts on both and have flatted two rides in a row.


Posted on 1/12/2008 4:13:23 PM

I’ve put about 30,000 miles on these over the past few years. They typically wear around 4,000 miles for me. Even then there is usually some tread left, but why chance it? I’ve had very few flats, and they’ve always been from nails or tacks rather than glass or gravel. They’ve responsive and handle well to boot.


Posted on 2/20/2007 5:04:10 PM

Tires are outstanding, Rode the open corsa for a change, great tire, but changing flats is not my idea of fun, corsa was fun for 500 miles ,then after that, break out the quick stick, the last set of rubinos I had wore for 3500 miles with 1 flat from a screw @ 47 mph on a downhill, WHEW ! I still have the front as a spare ! Only serious pro would find any fault with the rubinos


Posted on 2/19/2007 5:47:28 PM

Here in northern Thailand, I ride on some of the worst roads in the world: sections of roads with potholes everywhere (war zones could not be worse), very roughly finished roads, and roads with lots of dirt and gravel. my new Vittoria Rubino tires have so far lasted 6 weeks of long rides without a flat and with little damage to the casing.


Posted on 12/14/2005 2:35:41 PM

Great tire for riding a track bike in the street. Awesome skid wear and when coupled with Mr Tuffies or something similar, they are impervious to punctures.


Posted on 9/12/2005 9:50:07 AM

Best Race tire I’ve ever used. Supple, tough, and responsive.

Allan Tucker

Posted on 11/26/2003 6:23:45 PM

These tires are quite reasonably priced and perform good for most types of general road riding. The casings I have seen fitted were all very uniform without any twisted sections or high/low spots and could be put on with your hands even when new. The only thing I wish is that they made a 20 profile series, however this 23 is slightly smaller than most other 23 series tires on the market. When new with only a few miles on them, these tires can be a bit unpredictable on slightly damp road surfaces so you need to pay attention on slow turnarounds. Italian reputation for quality now made in Malaysia.