Road Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0

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Contents and Test Summary

  1. Introduction
  2. Manufacturer Specifications
  3. Size, Weight, Thickness
  4. Rolling Resistance: 15.2 watts
  5. Puncture Resistance: 11 tread / 5 sidewall
  6. Conclusion: 3 / 5 Recommended
  7. Comments
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 is an updated version of the Rubino Pro G+ 1.0 that was released in 2016. Just like nearly all Vittoria G+ tires, the Rubino Pro now comes with the latest 2.0 version of Vittoria's Graphene compound. For the Rubino product line, Vittoria claims to have improved wet grip and mileage of the G+ 2.0 compound when compared to the G+ 1.0 compound. They do not claim reduced rolling resistance for the new Rubino compounds so it'll be interesting to see how it performs in our test.


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Before the Rubino Pro G+ 1.0, there was the Rubino Pro III (read review) of which we were big fans. The Rubino Pro III offered a relatively low rolling resistance and good puncture resistance at a decent price. With the release of the Rubino Pro G+ 1.0 (read review) that changed a bit as the G+ 1.0 Rubino Pro was slower and more expensive than the older Rubino Pro III. Although Vittoria doesn't claim improved rolling resistance for the Rubino range, we do hope the new Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 surprises us in some way.


Also interesting to note is that some sizes (25, 28, 30) of the Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 are now available as TLR (tubeless-ready) versions. The TLR versions add about 30 grams of weight and should be used with sealant to completely seal the tires but will still be a bit lighter than the equivalent Rubino Pro with an inner tube. The Rubino Pro TLR versions are interesting as they probably are one of the first medium price range tubeless road bike tires.

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Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Vittoria
Model Rubino Pro G+ 2.0
Year 2019
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 11A.00.140
TPI 150
Compound 3C G+ 2.0
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Width 25
Specified Weight 250 grams
Max Pressure 130
Made In Thailand
Available Sizes 23-622 (700x23c)
25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28c)
30-622 (700x30c)
23-571 (650x23B)

Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 Test Results

Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements (Bike Wheel: 622x17C, Pressure: 100 psi / 6.9 bar)
Specified Weight 250 grams
Measured Weight 245 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
345 grams
Measured Width 26 mm
Measured Height 23 mm
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.9 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall 0.65 mm
Unmounted Casing Width 64 mm
Unmounted Tread Width 34 mm
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Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results (Speed: 29 kmh / 18 mph / 8 m/s, Load: 42.5 kg / 417 N)
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance 140 psi / 9.7 Bar Not Tested
CRR: Not Tested
Rolling Resistance 120 psi / 8.3 Bar 15.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00456
Rolling Resistance 100 PSI / 6.9 Bar 16.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00492
Rolling Resistance 80 PSI / 5.5 Bar 19.0 Watts
CRR:0.00570
Rolling Resistance 60 PSI / 4.1 Bar 23.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00707
Use the formula: RR (watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load
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Puncture Resistance Test Results

Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Puncture Resistance Tread 11 Points
Puncture Resistance Sidewall 5 Points
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Conclusion


  • Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ 2.0
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

In our tests, the new G+ 2.0 version of the Rubino Pro doesn't impress. Rolling resistance has once again gone up a bit when compared to the previous G+ 1.0 (read review) version of this tire. On top of that, puncture resistance has also gone down a bit. Unfortunately, we don't test wet grip or durability, but our test results do make it plausible that, as claimed by Vittoria, they have improved wet grip and mileage of the Rubino G+ 2.0 compound.


If you're looking for a fast-rolling tire that doesn't break the bank, the Continental Grand Prix (read review), or Ultra Sport II (read review) now look like the top picks. The Rubino Pro III was once our top pick in this category but it looks like that tire has been discontinued a long time ago. You can now compare 3 generations of Rubino Pro on our site here.

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RATING: 3 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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