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Fortezza wanted(11 posts)

Fortezza wantedMVN
Sep 29, 2002 8:26 PM
Who uses Fortezza Tricomps? I'm thinking about getting a pair but just want some feedback as to other's experiences with them. Everywhere I've looked only has one color too, even though the website says they are offered in 7 color combos. I'm looking for yellow/black, but nowhere to be found. Are they worth the bucks? Any other tire suggestions appreciated, also. They are going on a GT ZR 3.0. Thanks in advance.
re: Fortezza wantedJohnG
Sep 29, 2002 8:38 PM
totalcycling has the yellow tricomps.

Both the tri-comp and the reg Vred's are very good tires (I.e. grippy and smooth riding). You can expect to get around 1500 miles out of a Vred on the rear if you're a normal sized rider.

Good tires...Allen az
Sep 29, 2002 10:07 PM
I've used the regular Fortezza's and the Tri-Comps, and both were great. The thing is, I didn't really notice a difference between the two, and the price difference was too much. I personally would get the regular Fortezza's.

(125 lbs. here, maybe that matters?, I don't know)

a riding buddy has the regular fortezza'sSpirito
Sep 29, 2002 11:02 PM
he swears by them and logs a lot more miles than me.
he mentioned that other tires excel in one or more areas but his fortezza's are a good marriage of traction, milage, puncture resistance and weight. he opted for the lower spec (?) version as he wanted the look of black with regular colored sidewalls as he rides a classic bike.

i know he had ridden conti's and michelins for some while before switching to veloflex's (which he loved) but wished for better milage. fortezza's were the answer for him.

from his good experience with them i am swayed but for now i ride vittoria's open corsa's (super grippy and brilliant ride) and like them very much. i ride (130 psi) through a lot of glass and bad roads and have yet to experience premature wear or any flats that many others (even the guys i ride with) have with these.

tires are very subjective things - whats good for the goose may not always be good for the gander.

Try the non-Tricompsboneman
Sep 30, 2002 12:02 AM
I've used both. Now if you don't ride at times in wet or greasy conditions, ignore this bit as I found the Tricomps to be not good in less than dry conditions.

In the dry, they're very nice tires with a supple ride. Puncture resistance is good until the tread flattens and wears down. Then the PRB will be exposed to cuts.

The standard Fortezza's a lot more controllable in the wet than the Tri's, plus they're a bit less in cost.
good and badslow-ron
Sep 30, 2002 3:13 AM
First the bad. I had the cords showing on my rear tire at 700 miles. Guess I should have rotated or something.

Now the good. Never had to fix a flat on the front or rear yet. I've run over chrushed beer bottles, pieces of metal and everything else with these tires. I don't race but they seem to corner well and offer a compliant ride even at 120 psi.

Not sure if I'd pay full price for a tire that only lasts 700 miles but if I found some on close-out I'd certainly buy them again just for their resistance to flatting.
re: Fortezza wantedpmf1
Sep 30, 2002 5:43 AM
I think they're decent tires. They wear well and have a nice ride. They have an annoying tendency to shed little strings once they start wearing. This occurs on the sidewall. It doesn't affect the tire's wear, but can be a little annoying. I like Axial Pros better. I got some Axial Carbons that have a yellow stripe and look nice. These wear well and are a bit cheaper. Conti makes some yellow tires as well. Check out -- these guys have pretty good deals on tires and plenty in stock.
Mostly good.look271
Sep 30, 2002 6:12 AM
I have a pair of the non-Tricomps (I wanted all black), and I have been mostly happy with them. Light, easy rolling, and they held really well in the rain on several long decents. I've had only a few flats with them, and that was after the rear tire had worn down quite a bit. Get them from They're much cheaper and you get tubes with them, too.
Sep 30, 2002 6:31 AM
I really like them very surprised at flat resistance in nYC andOld_school_nik
Sep 30, 2002 6:45 AM
very low R Resistance. I used to use Michelins and switched over tot he Vreds tricomps - haven't used Pro Race so can't compare but a very nice tire and as I said no flat in NYC on streets and park - impressive - the website has more n diffeence between tri comp and non-tricomp.

Liked my Fortezza's. . .js5280
Sep 30, 2002 7:34 AM
Good puncture resistance, reasonably light, 145 psi so low rolling resistance, good grip although I wasn't racing crits with them. Tread life is good, but not super long. I replaced them with Axial Carbon (great price) but would have got another set if they were on sale at the time. Originally had Axial Pro's. I've been lucky with tires so far.