Panaracer Ruffy Tuffy Tires - Clincher

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $39.59

Product Description

The Ruffy Tuffy tire features a checkerboard tread pattern and a kevlar belt for added durability.   Weight:  290 grams...

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rkosai a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2010

Strengths:    As for their performance, they do their job extremely well. No flats and barely any nicks in the rubber. My commute is only 8 miles/day, 10-15 days/month so I can't comment so much on tread wear other than there's hardly been any. At this rate, I'll probably get another 2-3 years out of them. They roll well and I like the roundish profile. They are noticeably heavy compared to my racing tires but with the amount of time I save fixing flats, I consider these to be just as fast.

Weaknesses:    This isn't really a weakness since they're intended for durability, but even with the extra air volume, they aren't the most supple tires I've ridden. Of course, this is due the extra puncture protection and extra thick tread. I do run them between 70-80psi which helps with comfort.

Bottom Line:   
On my commuter ride I had been running various 23C racing tires but were all turned into swiss cheese from the glass on San Francisco's lovely streets. The Ruffy Tuffys are the fattest tires I could fit into my 2002 Litespeed Arenberg, giving me about 2mm of clearance between the chain stays. It's a bit tight for my liking but no problems with rubbing. I had to re-dish my wheel though.

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Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Rivendell Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Armadillos, Conti Gatorskins, Conti GP4000, Vredstein Fortezza, Hutchinson Fusion 2

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Arenberg, Open Pro 32 spoke wheels, 9sp Ultegra, SKS raceblade fenders, Selle Italia Prolink Gel Flow saddle.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by huboon a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    Grippy, relatively light.

Weaknesses:    Flats...too many of them.

Bottom Line:   
I was incredibly impressed with the Ruffy Tuffys when I first rode them. Great cornering, light feel, and nice grip of the road surface. I felt I had found the perfect tire for my type of riding and all was copacetic for the first 1000 miles. But in the past month, without changing the type or locations of my rides, I have had a string of punctures that's caused me to throw up my arms and give up. In the past three weeks I've had at least a dozen flats. Admittedly, there were a couple that would have flatted any tire, but the others leave me scratching my head. As much as I love their performance, I'm tired of being seen with my bike upside down on the side of the road. I've decided to give up on the Ruffy Tuffys.

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Favorite Ride:   roads, asphalt or dirt

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Conti Contact, Vittoria Randonneur Pro

Bike Setup:   Cannondale cyclocross w/ Cane Creek Strados wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bmoc11102 a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2006

Strengths:    Round profile, low resistance with good tire size/pressure. Good classic looking tire.

Weaknesses:    After 1 year, the tire seems to be separating at the edges of the tread squares (in continuous lines around tire). Hasn't caused a problem yet, but I'm kind of waiting for a blowout...

Bottom Line:   
I've used these (700/28) on my fixed commuter/century/all-round ride for 1 year now, and they've been great. They run fast and smooth. Not a flat yet.

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Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Rivendell

Similar Products Used:   Panaracer TG

Bike Setup:   Panasonic track frame; mavic CXP22 rims; IRO/Formula hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gsutter a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2004

Strengths:    Great cornering ability.
Kevlar belt and thick tread.
Perfect width: fast, smooth-rolling and shock absorbent.
Just right in every way.

Weaknesses:    None found yet... except I wish they also made a 26" version!

Bottom Line:   
These tires are fantastic. 700c x 28mm, very round profile, kevlar bead, kevlar belt, thick tread for long wear and puncture resistance. They stick tight to the road, especially in corners, where the round profile lets you smoothly lean way over with confidence. Ruffy Tuffys are made for Rivendell by Panaracer, and are of excellent quality. They're perfect for Just Riding Around, training, commuting, touring, tandems and anything else. I've become a better rider because of these tires. How many part upgrades can you honestly say that about?

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Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Rivendell

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Ruffy Tuffy Question

I searched the forum and checked the reviews for this tire, but my question was not directly addressed, so hopefully the commuters/ touring Cyclists on here can help. I am not impressed with how the Gatorskins work on cold wet roads. I might go back to the Marathon Supreme, but I was wondering i ... Read More »

Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy

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ruffy tuffy

I'm looking for a durable tire to ride on city streets. I'm considering rivendell's ruffy tuffy and the pasela tg. I know the ruffy tuffy is made for rivendell by panaracer, and have heard it is basically a beefed up version of the pasela tg. Anybody know the details?Read More »

Rol-y Poll-y vs Ruffy Tuffy

Anyone have experience with both of these? I've ridden Rol-y Poll-y's for five years and couldn't be happier. I ordered a new pair and was sent the Ruffy Tuffy's instead. Will they give a significantly harsher ride than the Rol-y Poll-y's? I've ridden Armidillos in the past and didn't enjoy the expe ... Read More »

Did I mention Riv's Ruffy Tuffy tires already?

If I did, and it looks like I'm shilling for Rivendell, I'm sorry. But I ordered a set a couple of months ago (with the Speedblend sidewalls, because they're $11 cheaper) and I've been riding on them ever since. Couple of days ago I nicked a sharp rock and cut a hole in the sidewall of one, so I swa ... Read More »

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