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Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires?(6 posts)

Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires?davet
Mar 4, 2002 5:41 PM
Have any of you had experience, good or bad, with the Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires? Mileage? Puncture resistance?I'm looking at them as a replacement for Conti GP3000s. Is this a good idea? Thanks.
good experienceAllUpHill
Mar 4, 2002 7:43 PM
No punctures despite plenty of cuts inflicted on the rubber. I'm not exactly sure how many miles...probably close to a thousand and i'm still riding them. The tread (on the rear) seemed to wear a bit fast compared with other tires, but not terribly so; if i had rotated them every 200 miles or so they would have worn more evenly. I do considerable riding on unpaved roads, so i believe they've held up nicely.

They have a superbe ride quality which i immediately noticed on my first ride with them; they feel soft and supple even at 145 psi. Grip nicely in the corners as well. Mine are the 19mm width for what it's worth.
My experience with Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires...Cima Coppi
Mar 5, 2002 6:08 AM
Quite frankly I love these tires. They roll very smooth, the kevlar inner casing is extremely durable, and they allow for very high tire pressure. Puncture resistance is the best I have experienced. An example is last summer I ran over a nail. The kevlar inner casing prevented the nail from piercing it, and the nail turned horizontal between the tread and the casing. I have never flatted on these tires.

There are two downsides to the Vittoria's. One is, as noted above, the tread does wear quickly relative to the Conti's and Michelin's I have used. This can be mitigated by frequent rotation of the tires, but many on this board would suggest not rotating tires, period. I used to rotate my tires before purchasing my new bike, but I feel more comfortable letting the rear wear out, moving the front tire to the rear, and installing a new front tire. The second drawback is the price. Given what these tires are being sold for in Europe, it is rediculous to purchase them in the U.S. without really investigating prices. SDeals and Zonabici have the Vittoria's for the best prices (Total Cycling may as well, but I have not looked into it). I purchased a pair on E-Bay for under $70 for the pair (Excel in Colorado sells them for $59/each). I have also found that Supergo has the Open Corsa's for $35/each right now (They only have the all black, and the Yellow/Black tread in stock).

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re: Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires?PaulCL
Mar 5, 2002 6:18 AM
A few more comments to add to the previous posts...

I love these tires too. I rode Conti's for years before taking my LBS advice to switch. Great tires. The tread does cut and slice rather easily. But, its' hard to flat them. I will rub some shoe gue into the slice just to make myself feel better.

I have been buying them from sdeals.com About $50 per pair delivered. It takes about 2 weeks for delivery to my door.

I get about 2000 out of each tire. I have three sets at home: one new and unused, one set with 1500 miles, and one set for my indoor training. I love'm. Paul
re: Vittoria Open Corsa CX tires?HampstenGuy
Mar 5, 2002 7:57 AM
I switched from Conti GP to Vittoria Open Corsa CX two years ago and I've never looked back. They corner well, wear well and above all the ride is MUCH more supple and forgiving than the Conti's. To be honest I was shocked at how big the difference in ride quality was. As mentioned above the pricing on these in the U.S. is way over the top, so your best bet is to buy them mail-order from overseas.
I like themMike P
Mar 5, 2002 4:39 PM
I was using Michelin Axial Pros, liked them a lot. Good traction, but not high psi. They usually lasted 3k miles or so.

I switched to Vredstein Tricomps for a few sets of tires. They felt good with the higher psi and loved sticking to the road in wet weather. BUT, they often had a bulged out section on the tire when I received them; upon examination, the threads were visably screwed up. They didn't last as long as the Axial Pros and seemed to cut get really easily. I am using up my last ever set of these on the rollers.

I found a pair of the Open Corsa CX's on sale, bought them, love them. Some folks had told me they had problems with sidewall cuts. I have not had that problem. They do seem to wear out faster but I have just over 1500 miles on my current set and they are fine.

On a side note. . . I have been running the front at 110-120 psi, depending on road conditions. The rear I like to keep at 140-150 psi. My bike seems to handle really well with this set up and I don't feel the road with my upper body as much.

Mike