Strengths: Durable all season flat resistant long lasting tire
Hold there color for life of tire
I have been biking for 40 years and these are the best tires I have ever owned.I've tried Michelin Pro Race 2 and 3,Continental 4 season and their racing tire.There are too many others to list them all.I get 2000+ miles on my rear tire I don't rotate tires I weigh 190 LBS.That's 600 more miles than any other tires I've tried.
I haven't had a flat in 19 months and I average 8000 miles a year. .I live near Philly there is lots of salt and cinders and pot holes in the winter and these tires hold up with hardly any nicks.The best deals I have seen are on E-bay usually about $79.00 a pair.
I've got a set of these matched to Mavic Ksyrium SR wheels. Its a match made in heaven. high speed cornering is super stable. The also are quite durable; Aside from the white paint the tread is good as new after 1,000 miles. The grip very well in rain and on oily roads. I would definitely purcahse another pair as a year round training tire.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2013
I've used a couple of sets of these and they are decent...for what you pay, so a 4 value rating is appropriate. However, I would give them a 3 1/2 overall rating if I could.
Sure, You'll find many other tires that are better, but you'll also pay a lot more. These tires can be had from places like Probikekit, Ribble and Wiggle at about half the MSRP. All of these companies usually ship to the USA for free or at a very nominal cost.
As for durability, they have gone 2k to 3k for ME (165 lbs. average). I think what's lost in tire ratings is the fact that no one factors in their weight. Just like a car (Continental and Michelin do make car tires after all), weight, to a large extent, determines how long your tires last. I have found that at 2k the crown (roundness) is pretty much gone and at 3k, well I'm pushing it with thread showing. I tend to get more wear on one side of the tire and since these are NOT directional tires (like the 4000's), I can flip them, which helps me get more out of them, otherwise they'd be toast at around 1.5k .
Performance is good initially, as it is with most tires, but it drops off once the crown starts to wear, which is no surprise really.
Strengths: Durability, supple ride quality, east to mount
Weaknesses: Not the least expensive tire out there, but you get what you pay for.
I've been riding these for about 1200 miles so far on various quality roads and conditions. I'm 180lbs and run them at 130psi on an Al frame (with carbon forks) and the ride quality is a noticeable upgrade over my previous Vittoria Zaffiro Pros. Ride quality is soft, supple, quiet and fast. My only flat to-date was a tube failure at the valve stem completely unrelated to the tire. Any undue wear to the rear tire has been caused by me being too lazy to rotate or swap tires on my trainer whereas the front still looks practically brand new. I will buy these again and again.
Strengths: Goes on and on...indestructable
Weaknesses: I've read that their traction is not optimal in wet weather. I haven't experienced that yet, but Canadian winter will give me plenty of opportunities for further testing
I bought a 1987 Bianchi road bike off of Craigslist several months ago. The owner is a collector, so in this bike's life, the tires were only changed once. He put a Continental Grand Prix 4000 on the front and a Vredestein Tricomp on the rear.
The Vredestein is still in excellent conditioin. The Conti had to be replaced, despite being on the fron wheel, which gets less load. The tire's threads and fabric were showing all around the rim. In other places along the sidewall, the rubber was so thin, you could feel the threading of the fabric underneath.
I just bought myself a road bike, and I am a Clyde. The bike I bought has theses tires on it, and they are gray in color. After doing some research, I found that at my weight (245), I really need to be on something like a 25. These Tricomps are 23C.
By the way, what does the C mean behind 700?
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WesternBikeWorks Deal of the Day, til midnight 10/23
Vredestein Fortezza Tricomps tires, $38.99
Oh, and Free Shipping over $75...which two of the tires just puts you over.
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In case anyone is interested, Nashbar has the yellow Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp 700x25 tires on sale right now for $24.99, and the reds are on sale for $29.99. Killer deal! I ordered the reds early this week, and they just arrived.
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