Stuff we like - Vittoria Corsa G+ tires and Kool Stop pads

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Writing ad infinitum about wheels is all well and good, but wheels alone don't work. They need some other stuff. So here we will describe some of the other stuff that we like. 

927 joyful miles on them as of right nowHaving been long time devotees of Conti GP4000s for tubed tires, and Maxxis Pardrone and Schwalbe One and Pro One for tubeless road, I've been on 25mm Vittoria Corsa G+ with Vittoria latex tubes for almost a month and 927 miles of riding. Granted, that is not a lot of time, but so far I'm in absolutely zero hurry to switch to anything else. 

The lab tests on these tires say they're big league fast: not quite as fast as their world-beating but tissue paper thin Corsa Speed brethren, but equal to the Conti GP4000 which is the usual benchmark for rolling resistance. The Schwalbe choices are right in that cluster as well. Though some have said that their wet grip is somewhat meh, I have not had that experience in the few wet rides I've done with them. In dry conditions? Cornering on them is so fun it should require a license. The comfort with latex tubes is blissful, and they make a slight but mesmerizing hum when you're really hupping along. That's probably a bad thing, since noise made is energy lost somewhere, but I do enjoy it. 

Size wise, they are exact analogs of GP4000. The 23mm size is just about 26mm actual, with the 25mm size really being 28mm actual. Be sure your bike has the clearance, Clarence.

They also come in gumwall, which I will use when these wear out or they get passed along to Mike, whichever comes first. Gumwalls are making a strong comeback these days, and I've definitely got the fever. Bob does, too - we finished these wheels for him yesterday. 

Since they'll be covered in drool all the time, the wet grip better be good.With all that speed, sometime you're going to have to slow down, and for that I've long trusted Kool-Stop. Their Dura 2 pads are slightly shorter top to bottom, which works well with a lot of the narrower brake tracks that rims have these days. It doesn't seem to compromise functionality at all, and while it might cost them a little bit of lifespan, it does make setting up your pads quite easy. 

Mixed in the front, black in back

My personal choice is to use the dual compound black/salmon in the front (salmon is the rain compound) with an all black pad in the rear. This is still a very very rim-friendly setup, but you have that bit of extra when you get caught in the rain without having to sweat pad swaps. While the compound really is rim friendly, the performance is great. Good modulation, great feel, good overall power, no noise ever. Of course there are specific rims where you need to use a specific pad, but for your all around alloy rim with machined brake track, you can't do any better than these. 


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