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Vredestein Fortezza Road.....(9 posts)

Vredestein Fortezza Road.....PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 17, 2002 6:29 AM
...I've read some good reviews about these.Anybody else have experience riding on these?I was thinking of switching from my Conti GP next year.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....Chen2
Dec 17, 2002 6:40 AM
Good ride, very firm yet supple sticky feel. Rated to 145psi but I prefer 132 - 135. They fit relatively loosely on the rim. I blew two tubes when initially mounting, the tubes squeezed out between the bead and rim. Since then have not had that problem. Tread seems to wear faster than Continentals or Michelins. I prefer a tighter fitting bead like Michelins, don't like worrying about popping the tire off of the rim.
~Al
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....varmit
Dec 17, 2002 6:56 AM
Very low rolling resistance. Corner best of anything that I have used. Wear fairly quickly.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....brian n
Dec 17, 2002 6:58 AM
I used to ride only continental GP's (the old ones from about 5 years ago), but made the switch to Michelins, Vredestein and Veloflex. I find the Vredesteins and the Veloflex to ride very similarly, they seem to have a rounder profile than the continental gps. they also seem to roll a bit faster, but that could have been my imagination switching from old to new tires. I do think they have a better "supple" feel over high frequency cracks, etc. I think the michelins where best at this, but i foudn them not as durable as the Vredesteins/Veloflexes (a close second). I did not like the continental sidewalls, they always cut prematurely on me before the tread was close to being done.

i should say that i've only ridden the vredestein fortezza single compound tires, not the goofy colored ones. i think they last a little less due to the softer rubber.

given that they all cost the same as the conties, i'd pick the vredestein or veloflexes as racing/training tires (or if you like a traditional looking tire), and the michelins as your racing only tires. they're all a good bit better than the conties.

-brian
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....pmf1
Dec 17, 2002 7:43 AM
I've used the tri-comps off and on over the years. Its a good tire. It has a habit of shedding threads on the sidewall after 1000 or so miles. This has no effect on wear or performance, but can be a little annoying. I like the choice of colors they come in.

labicicletta.com has them for $33/tire.
Liked my Fortezza's. . .js5280
Dec 17, 2002 9:22 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...
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....look271
Dec 17, 2002 10:18 AM
I agree with the other posters. Additionally, they are the best rain tires I've ever used. Don't last very long, though.
What everyone else said, plus they are heavierKerry
Dec 17, 2002 4:50 PM
Run about 270 gm vs. the 220-230 of Conti, Michelin, etc.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Road.....pina
Dec 17, 2002 5:43 PM
I have ridden these for 3 or 4 years and really like them. I have used all the others also. I think these are more durable than Veloflex, but heavier. They are a very nice ride compared to most of the others.