Sunday, January 10, 2010

Vredestein Fiammante DuoComp review and other stuff...

So, as we are beginning to get back into the swing of 2010, and at the request of what I assume is one of the many pastatrails readers (that's you, Carlos from Houston!)... a few quick thoughts on the performance of the Vredestein Fiammante DuoCompes that I installed a while ago.

Well... after about a month of use, I can state that... I like 'em. They have been ridden in what has been a very wet and windy Rome winter (a joke for some of you, but Siberian-like for us Southern Europeans!). The grip in wet and grimy conditions has been excellent. Absolutely no issues at all. They are holding up quite well (admittedly, I have yet to put a lot of kilometers on them) and I have had no flats, which is always positive.

Coming off cheap Vittorias (Rubinos) I must admit that they roll better (offhand I don't know the differences in TPIs though, so it is simply a sensation that I cannot back up with anything concrete). Ergo, I recommend them highly as a performance oriented training clincher. Although yesterday I did see a pair of the new Vittoria 320 TPI 'open tubulars'... oooohhhh.

On a separate note, I just received a set of Ciamillo Negative G brakes purchased slightly used from a fellow Weightweenies forum member. Ooooohhhhhh (yup, second time I say that in today's post)... beautiful.

And to prove just how light they are, I have added a picture. 192 grams (ok, without pads). Holy moly. Happy Pete... enjoy your riding!

The new arrival...


  1. Siberia??? It's snowed everday of 2010 including later this afternoon! MGF and I just got back from New York Last night. Snowmobiling in 3 feet of snow. It was beautiful. Though the quads are a bit sore. What's that tell us except someone hasn't dedicated themself to the Fortius as they promised :)

  2. LOL Dave. Fair enough. On the Siberia quote and the training thing...

  3. Thanks for taking the time to post the review Pete! Just realized they only come in 700 x 23...was wanting 25mm to ease the bumps on my hefty weight (245lbs).
    Anyhow...happy trails.

  4. Fair enough Carlos, you are right in that you should probably mount at least 25mm for comfort.

    All the best, Pietro

  5. I was of course talking about my quads and lack of dedication thus far. I will ride tonight I will ride tonight I will ride....


  6. I had these Vredestein's on my new Cervelo R3, and removed them after about 400km in favor of continental S4000's. Too many flats with these Vredestein Fiamante Duocomp tyres.