On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM, email@example.com
> Oucho McGoucho! Too rich for my blood. Since they're making them, someone
> must be able to afford them. The cost of one of those tyres is about double
> what a nice radial white wall tyre for my Bentley will cost. I can justify
> the car tyres, but not the bike tyres. Seems a little out of line; but
> that's just me.
Sounds about even to me -- one luxury bike's worth costs as much as one luxury car's worth...
Plus these bike tires are 2010's *ne plus ultra*, used by Olympic medalists, whereas the Bentley tires might have been the best of 1930, you'd get laughed out of Le Mans today :)
I've thought about getting some "Vittoria Crono Evo CS" tubulars for a new build, they're available under $70 in street pricing and are only 165g for the 22mm wide version, and have one of the lowest rolling resistances tested. There's a Pista version for around $80 that comes with gum sidewalls and is 160 g for the 22mm section and just 140 g for the 19mm one.
Those are all claimed weights, but they could easily be lighter than the Conti Olympics at 164g actual, although the Contis may indeed have lower rolling resistances and higher pressure capacity.
The lower price of the Vittorias makes them a lot more ridable -- as in, that I could actually bring myself to ride them :)
-- Fred Blasdel in Seattle, WA