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.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2011
Strengths: Cheap(er), high pressure, rolls well
I would say these tires are neither good nor bad. I would put them right in the middle. I bought them hoping to find something more durable than the Open Corsa Evo II tyres and cheaper than them and the 4000s. Well, they were cheaper. As for durability? I would say nay. They lasted about 1400 miles, just a few hundred more than the Open Corsas. They roll well, hold incredible amounts of air and corner predictably. I wouldn't say they hold a corner better than the Vittorias though. They certainly handle better than my old Michelin Open Pro 2's. They are pretty much in the middle. Not the best, not the worst.
They did a great job until the end of not allowing anything to puncture. After that, it was game over. Not as bad as the Vittorias or Michelins but probably not as strong as Contis.
Would I use them as a race tyre? Probably not? A training tire? Maybe. Would I buy again? Probably not. I'm sure there's better things out there. I'll keep trying something until it meets durability and price standards. I'll let you know when I get there.
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
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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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