Vredestein Fortezza SE Tires - Clincher

4.38/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $34.99

Product Description

For competition and all around use on dry roads, Vredestein's Fortezza DuoComp clincher is a great choice. It balances weight, durability, ride...

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by philipaparker a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2011

Strengths:    Good wear, cornering and grip on dry pavement.

Weaknesses:    Skid and lose their grip on wet payment.

Bottom Line:   
Bought these tires after reading the reviews here and they didn't disappoint. They are black with blue sidewalls and match my bike. Two things pretty flat resistant, I ride and San Francisco and there's lots of glass and road debris and I haven't had a flat yet, vs having a flat everytime I rode with the stock tires that came on my Trek Madone. The tires are a little hard and they tend to skid a little on wet payment, but hold well and corner really well on dry pavement. Overall I have been pleased with the purchase.

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Favorite Ride:   Over the Golden Gate

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Continental gatorskin, very good similar ride.
Bontrager Race Lite, flats easily, smoother ride.

Bike Setup:   Trek Madone 4.7, Sram Rival.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bobshere a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I've been using Fortezza SE tires for a number of years. They are way cheaper (I've gotten them for as little as $18 on sale with a team discount in quantity) than the Michelin Axial Pro's I had used in the past and last much longer. As the front tire hardly wears I don't rotate. I do keep an eye on the front tire. If it "squared off" or is on the bike for way long (15,000+ miles or five years, etc.) I'd take it off and use it as a rear tire. You want a good reliable tire on the front for safety. As for rear tires, I have used 3 indicators: a) if I start getting lots of flats ("Three in a row and out" is an old maxim) I'll ditch a worn looking tire even if it otherwise looks like I could get a few more miles out of it; b) if I see casing showing I replace it immediately; c) if the tread is squared off rather than rounded I'll often get rid of it. This is because I don't want to try getting the last mile out of a tire and chance a long walk. Also, I find that a nice new tire rides so much nicer than a squared off tire at the end of its life that I'm willing to let it go before fabric shows. Using this system I get 2,500 - 3,000 miles on these tires (I don't ride in the rain and don't skid stop), probably more like 4,000 if you figure in mileage/wear on both front and rear tires.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jason1500 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2010

Strengths:    At least 1000miles and no flats!!

Weaknesses:    none from my perspective

Bottom Line:   
This is my second season riding these tires and I couldn't be happier. Previously I've had Bontrager selects which flatted on my very first ride and then Bontrager Race lite tires which also was puncture prone. I have probably about 1000miles on these tires and never gotten a flat yet!! My experience as far as tire characteristics are very limited all I can say about that is they feel faster then the two bontrager tires I mentioned and I feel comfortable putting them on edge around a corner.

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Favorite Ride:   20 miles out and back look

Price Paid:    $29.00

Purchased At:   performance bikes

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Select
Bontrager Race lite

Bike Setup:   2006/2007 Trek 1500 Discovery Colors
9spd 105 Derailleurs, Ultgra 6500 octalink crank, Forte Titan wheelset, specialized toupe team saddle.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dmar836 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2010

Strengths:    Cheap

Weaknesses:    spongy sidewall

Bottom Line:   
I do over 3000 miles a yr and typically on Conti Attack/Force. Rear was worn so I put this on. It was as new set in black from a "collector" bike I had bought. I used only the rear tire and it was the mushiest ride I have ever felt. I kept looking to see if my frame was broken or if the rear was flat. It wallowed and I could hardly track at over 25 mph. Scary. I hope they are better perhaps on stronger wheels as they appear to be a nice compromise. Also, being black, maybe they are an older version.

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Favorite Ride:   Rollers

Purchased At:   Came on another bike

Similar Products Used:   Panaracers, Conti GP Attack/Force, and a multitude of others on my vintage bikes.

Bike Setup:   Alloy frame, full carbon fork, Sram Force.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Double D a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2009

Strengths:    wear & tear
puncture resistance
rolling resistance
color options

Weaknesses:    thinking this tire was one-dimensional. It is not.

Bottom Line:   
I bought these tires as a racing tire years ago. With commitments and (relative <40) old age, they have become mostly commuting tires. Overall I have been extremely impressed with their sensitivity and resilience. For example, I've ridden on a pair for over almost year, daily commuting and training in DC. Glass, random metal, and terrible roads are standard here - not to mention the almost routine dual-break layout to avoid idiot pedestrians.

I've had only one flat - replaced the tube and its given me a couple more months of service (so far).

It (and its parent) raced well, now it is a great and fast commuter. Overall, very high marks.

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Favorite Ride:   there are many

Similar Products Used:   Continental GP3000

Bike Setup:   Klein Quantum Pro (pre-Trek), full DA, Koobi saddle, Open Pro/DT Swiss.

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What is the difference between the Fortezza SE that is sold at Performance and the standard Fortezza tire? Color only, or are there other differences?Read More »

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I just put one on my rear tire (700 x 23). It was a beeatch to get on, but that's besides the point. Does anyone inflate them to the max psi of 160? What's the point in doing that, it seems really high! Also, how many miles should I expect to get out of it? I've got a GP3000 with about 3000 mil ... Read More »

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