Vittoria Corsa G+ Open clincher tire review

Supple riding (and durable) tire without the hassle of gluing tubulars

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Since most tubular tires cost between $90 and $125 on top of glue costs and installation time, paying $76 for an easily installable Corsa G+ tire was a pleasure.

Since most tubular tires cost between $90 and $125 on top of glue costs and installation time, paying $76 for an easily installable Corsa G+ tire was a pleasure (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art’s Cyclery and was written by Kyle Engen. The original post can be found here.

Lowdown: Vittoria Corsa G+ Open Clincher Tire

I’d never been blown away by Vittoria‘s Open Corsa tires. They were speedy and supple, but their ultra-soft rubber was prone to rapid wear and slices. Since the release of Vittoria’s Graphene line of tires — including the Corsa G+ Open Clincher — there’s been nothing but monumental praise. Puncture protection and durability paired with both grip and suppleness: Could this be true? I mounted some up to find out for myself.

Stat Box
Weight: 265g (25c) Available sizes: 700×23, 25, 28
TPI: 320 Price: $76
Compound: Graphene with G+ Isotech Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5 out of 5 stars
Bead: Folding

Pluses
Minuses
  • Good ride quality
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Durable
  • Reasonable weight
  • Traction on loose surfaces
  • Puncture resistance
  • Less hassle than gluing tubulars
  • Less expensive than tubulars
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Corespun Kevlar casing

Review: Vittoria Corsa G+ Open Clincher Tire

One thing I can’t go without mentioning is the Corsa’s all-weather tread pattern and its confidence-inspiring handling. I rode this tire in a decent amount of dirt, mud, and wet weather through the start of the year and was quite impressed with how it performed. The unidirectional tread offered excellent traction without a deficit in rolling resistance.

The unidirectional tread offered excellent traction without a deficit in rolling resistance.

The unidirectional tread offered excellent traction without a deficit in rolling resistance (click to enlarge).

Since most tubular tires cost between $90 and $125 on top of glue costs and installation time, paying $76 for an easily installable Corsa G+ tire was a pleasure, especially when you consider that this tire delivers all the performance of a tubular AND MORE (read “better aerodynamics”). To me, this tire is the absolute definition of a good value: better features and performance at a nicer price.

With somewhere near 700 miles on these tires — most of which were spent on dirt while scouting for the l’Eroica course — I only got one puncture. Considering that these tires flaunt a 320 TPI (race) casing, the single puncture that I’ve had thus far is quite a testament to the tire’s Corespun K (Kevlar) casing being both lightweight (265 grams) and durable.

With somewhere near 700 miles on these tires — most of which were spent on dirt while — we only got one puncture.

With somewhere near 700 miles on these tires — most of which were spent on dirt while — we only got one puncture (click to enlarge).

Vittoria’s Corsa G+ Open Clincher delivers better performance, traction, and aerodynamics. Being a clincher and not a tubular, the Corsa is also much more user-friendly and allows you to fix the flat (or two) that you’ll inevitably get. Finally, this tire costs much less than most tubulars on the market. To me, this tire is an absolute no-brainer.

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About the author: Arts Cyclery

This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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