Road Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Rubino Pro Control

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  • Vittoria Rubino Pro Control
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Vittoria Rubino Pro Control with the new G+ graphene triple compound is a new addition to the Vittoria Rubino series. The Pro Control is a stronger version of the regular Rubino Pro and is made to handle the worst road conditions. To make this tire stronger, the sidewalls are made stronger with an extra layer of casing material and a thicker layer of rubber to protect the casing against cuts.


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Although the Control is a stronger tire, I'm not sure if it also uses a different compound than the plain Rubino Pro G+ (read review). All that can be found about this tire is that it uses the new 3C G+ compound which is the same as used on the Rubino Pro. Vittoria does show an extra logo that suggests this tire can be used in sub-zero degrees weather. Some clearer info about the compounds used on the new Rubino tires would be nice.


Vittoria also released a Rubino Pro Endurance that appears to be even stronger and uses an all-season compound. Unfortunately, the Endurance is a very heavy tire at 480 grams for the 25 mm version. In my opinion, this makes it more of a touring tire than a road bike tire.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Vittoria
Model Rubino Pro Control
Year 2016
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Med
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Manufacturer part number 111.3RC.18.25.111BX
EAN8022530001915
TPI -
Compound 3C G+
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 320 grams
Max Pressure 130
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23C)
25-622 (700x25C)
28-622 (700x28C)

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control Test Results

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 320 grams
Measured Weight 297 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
397 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 23 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 3.3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 65 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Measured weight of my 25-622 Rubino Pro Control is 297 grams, this is quite a bit less than the specified weight of 320 grams. Just like the regular Rubino Pro, the Control measures 26 mm wide and 23 mm high on a 17C rim at an air pressure of 100 psi.


Compared to the regular Rubino Pro, the total thickness of the tire at the center of the tread has gone up slightly from 3.0 mm to 3.3 mm. The thickness of the sidewalls has gone up from 0.55 mm to 1.05 mm. This increased thickness of the sidewalls is the result of an extra casing layer and a bit more rubber.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
16.9 Watts
CRR: 0.00507
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
17.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00531
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

As expected from a tire that offers better protection, rolling resistance has gone up. Compared to the regular Rubino Pro, rolling resistance is close to 2 - 2.5 watts higher across the air pressure range. Just like the other new Rubino G+ tires, rolling resistance of the Pro Control rises fast when dropping air pressure. When looking at the 60 and 80 psi measurements, relative performance is worse when compared to other tires.


When we look at other tires that offer more protection, the Michelin Pro 4 Endurance (read review) seems to outperform the Pro Control by quite a big margin. The Pro Control does outperform both the Continental GP 4-Season (read review) and Schwalbe Durano (read review) at the higher end of the air pressure range.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Vittoria Rubino Pro Control road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 12 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall Members Only

Just like the regular Rubino Pro, the Pro Control scores 12 points in the puncture resistance tread test. This makes sense as there doesn't seem to be a difference in puncture protection of the tread area except the slightly higher thickness of the Pro Control at 3.3 mm Vs 3.0 mm. For a tire that should offer more protection, 12 points isn't that impressive.


In the sidewall puncture test, the Pro Control scores slightly higher with a score of 6 points. This is the result of the extra layer of casing material and a thicker layer of rubber. In real-life, the 1.05 mm thickness of the sidewalls should provide a bigger improvement than the raw the puncture test numbers show.

Conclusion


  • Vittoria Rubino Pro Control
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

For a tire that is supposed to give extra protection, the 12 points it scored in the puncture resistance tread test is disappointing. The sidewalls are much stronger especially because of the greatly increased thickness of 1.05 mm -not many road bike tires have sidewalls that thick. The increased strength the Pro Control offers over the plain Rubino Pro G+ (read review) results in a rolling resistance that is 2 - 2.5 watts higher.


If you're looking for a strong tire that still has a low rolling resistance and weight, the Michelin Pro 4 Endurance (read review) seems to be the tire to beat. Still, I can't say the Rubino Pro Control is a bad tire. If stronger sidewalls are what you're looking for in a tire, it should serve you well.

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RATING: 3.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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