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Vredestein Fortezza Tires?(11 posts)

Vredestein Fortezza Tires?Colorado Ron
Feb 28, 2003 11:26 AM
Anyone using these? How will they hold up to general everyday use.

thanks!
re: Vredestein Fortezza Tires?mwood
Feb 28, 2003 11:35 AM
I have a set which just went over 1000miles. I am using a 700X25 @ 120psi on an aluminum frame bike.
They give a good ride, stick very, very well and seem to be wearing OK, although the rear has "squared" a little more than I might have expected. I am hesitant to say it, (don't want to jinx myself) but I have yet to have a flat, and I ride on pretty varied surfaces.
All in all, I think they rock.
Great tires...riney
Feb 28, 2003 11:58 AM
I have been averaging 2200-2500 miles per set barring any sort of catastrophic event. They are great for every day riding and come off really easy if you ever have to take them off. I have had two legitimate flats in three years of riding them with the exception of the above mentioned catastrophy.

Swap them out for something lighter on race day and then put 'em back on. BTW...I am 150 ride fair to good roads on a steel frame in all kinds of weather.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Tires?GregJ
Feb 28, 2003 1:38 PM
I had good luck with them. They lasted a long time and I did not have a single flat and I wore the rear tire through to the casing. I did not purchase another pair as they are a bit pricy, I bought a bunch of Michelins at Performance for a lot less. When I am done with them I may try the Vreds again. Performance has the Fortezza Comp on sale for 29.99.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Tires?pina
Feb 28, 2003 1:58 PM
Great tires, i have ridden everything and i prefer these. Truly handmade and a very nice ride and i ride in northwest rain quite a bit. Harder to find than most tires, but worth looking for. I don't think any other tires are more flat resistant than these and give the same quality of ride. Come in lots of colors also.
re: Vredestein Fortezza Tires?steve-z
Feb 28, 2003 4:21 PM
My favorite tires. Feels like a lightwieght racing tire, but reasonably long lasting.
thanks for the feedbackColorado Ron
Feb 28, 2003 5:30 PM
I've ordered a pair.
good choice/were the best price on 700x25 VredsGiant Joe
Feb 28, 2003 8:53 PM
Good choice colordo
after tring A about dozen different tires over just over A year the last being conti Ultra gator skins lasting less then 200 miles before first flat(gash).
Im going back to the tire(fortezza) that last the longest without A flat(almost 2000 miles and was smooth ridding until It went square on the rear!
Anyway Vredestein also has A tire called "Ricorso" that they say is more durable that sells for $20 each,only available up to size 700x23.I ride 25 nows or I would try these for sure.
Anybody know were to get A better price on Fortezza 700x25 then excel($38)most stores I check don't carry this size?
Joe
Fortezzas are good. Try also Conti Ultra 2000Coot72
Feb 28, 2003 9:54 PM
Here's my take after several pairs of both. Conti Ultra 2000s are tougher than Fortezzas. I rode 5 pair of fortezzas in the southwest, where there is more rock and glass than anywhere else. Fortezzas cut more easily than Ultra 2000s. The Ultra 2000 has a harder rubber compound. They don't stick or feel as nice as Fortezzas, but Ultra 2000s get fewer flats. The difference is if you have to ride through a patch of glass or small rocks. The Fortezzas would get more cuts.

On the other hand the Fortezzas were more durable than other tires I've tried, so they are not weak by any means.

The Fortezza ride is nice, too. It's the tire I ride with on my steel frame. I put about 115 psi (I weigh 155), and the feel is great. I haven't tried Veloflex yet, but Veloflex seem too light for everyday use.

For training tires, I have had the best luck with Ultra 2000s. The key with Conti is that you have to watch the sidewalls. I toss them after 1200-1500 miles. I also avoid leaning the bike against objects so that the sidewall gets in contact with the object.

Although I might spend more on tires in the long run, I also spend less on tubes and wasting time fixing f**ts. I also ride down some steep hills, so I prefer having tires that aren't too old.

Coot
Lots of FLATS!!!!mazobob
Mar 1, 2003 5:05 PM
I went back to conti grand prix- road coast to coast on them without one flat!!!! Regular conti grand prix not the 2000 , 3000
Bob
True Dat!look271
Mar 1, 2003 6:43 PM
I liked them because they had great grip, especially in the rain, and they held up for decent mileage, but I had more flats with them than with any other tire I've used.