We are big fans of the entire Soma tire lineup. The Supple Vitesse, Cazadero, and Shikoro remain amongst our top tire sellers each year. With the expanding all road segment, cyclists are looking for more durable tires, wider than typical widths, and reasonable weights for the entire package. The Supple Vitesse is available in both the SL casing and the EX casing. The EX gives you slightly longer wear, while the SL is the super light casing which averages approximately 20 grams lighter than then comparable EX tire. The tubular casing gives you low rolling resistance even with the all-road tread pattern that hooks up great with many various surfaces.
anwered by: canteau The Soma Supple Vitesse EX 700c Tire is a 90TPI casing. Soma has a post here about the construction of their tires and the casings Panaracer (the company that handles production for Soma).
anwered by: canteau It will depend on the size of the tire you are using and the pressure rating of your rims. Larger Soma Supple Vitesse Ex tires will have a lower pressure range than the smaller sizes, which is common with most tires.
Each size will have a pressure range printed on the tire, the most common size we sell, the 700x28mm version for example has a pressure rating of 85-105psi with most riders using the tire somewhere in the middle at around 90-95psi.
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I was looking for light, supple, fast tires at least 35mm actual width for paved and gravel pleasure riding. These tires fit all the requirements and were affordable too.
The previous tires were Challenge Paris Roubaix which measured 30-31mm on my H Plus Son Archetype rims. They have been my benchmark tire. Their limitation was poor stability on fine gravel or sand patches. Otherwise the Paris Roubaix tire was great.
The surprise with the Supple Vitesse SL was that they did everything the Roubaix did AND was better on gravel. They are really as fast, as quiet and smoother on pavement.
My rear tire has a hop caused by a narrow area or dip, but it could be the tube and I haven't done troubleshooting yet. 250 miles or so, no flats.
So far, they have surprised me in a positive way and I'd have no reservation in recommending them.