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Green with envy.

Whether it be Roubaix or Flanders, you've surely seen the Open Pave CG's characteristic green stripe pass over the finish line in top position. And while we've yet to see clinchers break the tubular's stranglehold on the cobbled classics, we have seen race-day carbon clinchers make an unprecedented rise. Accordingly, with the Vittoria Open Pave EVO CG III tire, you're able to apply Vittoria's strongest available grip to any road that warrants a touch of added confidence.

Now, if you're unfamiliar with how the Italians operate, we'll break down the title for you. 'Open' is the Italian terminology for clincher, as in the clincher-version of Vittoria's Pave CG tubular tire. Meanwhile, 'Pave' translates to 'cobblestone,' as in, this is a tire that's designated for rough roads. Put the two together, and add in the evolution designation of 'EVO,' and you have a next-generation tire that's designed for speed. And while we understand that a name is simply a name, the Open Corsa line's results speak for themselves. Simply put, this line boasts more race wins than any other tire in history.

And now that we have your attention, let's dig into the CG's construction. Vittoria gave this tire a 320TPI casing composition, meaning that the sidewalls are comprised of 320 threads per inch. And if you're wondering why there are 'threads,' this is because the EVO CG is a cotton tire. But, don't think that this decreases durability. In fact, Vittoria used a corespun, or 'polycore,' technique for the casing's construction. Essentially, this means that the casing fibers are made by twisting staple cotton fibers around a central filament core, creating one yarn from multiple fibers. As a result, the material is between 40 and 50% stronger than typically spun materials, while retaining a similar, if not lower, overall weight. Additionally, the 320TPI cotton casing provides the ideal stiffness-to-weight ratio for the CG. By this, we mean that the tire's weight hovers around 240 grams, depending on width, while still retaining a perfect level of flexibility for cornering.

Along these lines, you'll notice that the casing's high TPI equates to finer-grade fibers used in its composition. Accordingly, the fine fibers are more malleable than say, 220TPI casings, and this flexibility creates a more adaptable interface for the tire's rubber contact surface during cornering. So, this design provides a higher level of grip than rubber, which is why cotton casings are used on nearly every high-end tubular in the world. Additionally, the weave's density also absorbs a great deal of impact, while also contributing to a low-level of rolling resistance. This equates directly to both comfort and speed.

For this generation of the EVO, the tire receives Vittoria's newest rubber compound, ISOgrip. After two years in development, Vittoria is confident that it's set the benchmark for racing rubber. According to Vittoria, ISOgrip expresses equal grip in both dry and wet conditions and features its lowest rolling resistance to date. And for the Pave CG, Vittoria incorporated its grippiest tread pattern to date. So, whether you're actually racing cobbles, or simply wet chip-and-seal roads, the Pave CG will provide a reliable traction with the surface beneath you.

The Vittoria Open Pave EVO CG III Tire is available individually in either a 25 or 27mm size. It is available in a clincher form and in the colors Black/green.

  • 320 TPI
  • ISO Grip rubber compound

Tech Specs

Compound:
ISOgrip
Size:
700 x 25 c, 700 x 27 c
Type:
clincher
Casing:
Corespun
TPI:
320
Bead:
folding
Actual Weight:
Black/Green, 700c x 25mm: 257g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Great for rainy wet climates

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Despite getting a flat on my very first ride w/ the Open Paves, I've been very pleased. I've now put several 1000 miles on these puppies and they are especially excellent for gritty roads and rainy conditions of the spring here in Maryland. The tires do wear way more quickly than Conti GP 4000s, but that's just so you buy more. ;-P I would buy these again for spring, winter, and fall riding in adverse conditions.

27mm so much better than 25mm

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These tires fits narrower than my previous Conti Gran Prix 4000S II. The 25mm were not even 24.5 on same fairly wide rims (26mm external). Not to mention that the 25mm are soo tight to install. So tight that I sold them on eBay. Then i bought the 27mm on sale and I love them. They measure 26.5 on a 26mm rim. The ride like a dream and are a breeze to install. I have read they will be discontinued so I am stacking up before shops run out...

Awesome Tyre

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tyre is superb. The rolling friction is really nice and feels really clean and in tact with the roadway. I've gone through grass, gravel, and even a busted beer bottle with no problems. I am really enjoying this tyre and will be using it to ride 300 + miles to the beach later this month. I'm not anticipating any issues as I have done several training rides with none. I will update after my trip. Overall great tyre.

Avg. ride time: 11h 9m per week
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Fantastic Tire for everything

    My weapon of choice for rough rock-chipped roads, gravel grinding, and epic rides.

    Reliability on the road is exceptional, durability is a cut above any other high TPI tire I've been on. A lot of bang for your buck here for the amount of miles it takes to wear these puppies down.

    Surprisingly supple feel for an ultra comfortable ride, but sturdy and quick enough for a road race or a few practice crits here and there.

    Great all around, any condition tire!

    My favorite tire

      For the absolutely crappy roads of N Orange County, CA these are the best tires for the money. In our area, many of the roads have even no maintenance for30+ years and they are worse thantheobbles we've ridden in France and Italy. I can rely on the tires to take the punishment and last a long time (6-8 months at 100-200 miles/week).

      Vitoria has put outstanding flat protection belts in these tires. I have picked up lapel pins, glass, wire and all sorts of other stuff. As with all tires, the tiny pieces of auto facial tire wire can work it's way through.

      The only downside is that in my opinion they are a bit slower and take a little more effort to get them moving. At 70 years old, I don't race that much anymore, but these guys roll smoothly up to about 25 MPH on the flats and really grip the road on mountain descents.

      I plan to stock up with these tires and ride them into the ground. If the replacements are anywhere near as good, I will buy them when these are used up.

      The green stripe

        ...the mark of those who know.

        Based in northern Italy (tires made at their own plant in Thailand), Vittoria has been manufacturing pro-level bicycle tires for 60 years. It shows. Their range and R&D is pretty amazing.

        For ex., these Pave EVO CG III's were specially designed to be used on the cobblestones ("pave") in the famous "Spring Classic" races in northern Europe like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders (which is like the Super Bowl to the people of Belgium).

        This is one strong and tough tire featuring an incredible 320 tpi. The suppleness, cornering grip (including in the wet), and the road "feel" is what makes Pave's special.

        But all tire characteristics form a compromise. In exchange for the superb cornering grip, these Paves do wear out a little faster than some tires.

        I use these Pave III's in the 25 mm size as a general fast training and riding tire. I use the 28s in the winter. In summary: Great fast training/riding tire for rough (chip & seal) roads, especially if wet.

        By the way, in my experience, the puncture protection has been very good with these Pave's. The rubber does get small cuts easily. But actual flats are rare in my experience.

        Great on Texas Chip

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is refresh of a previous review for the 700x27C Open Pave CG III Iso-Grip which I prefer to the 25's. These and the Schwalbe One 25C's are my favorite tires. They are a little higher volume vs. the Schwalbe One 25C's I feel (though I have no data to back that up) and like them better than the Schwalbe One 28C's. The Pave's are particularly good on rough chip seal. I'm 95kg (~210#), have them mounted on Zipp 303's and run them at 86/90 PSI F/R with Schwalbe Extra Light tubes. I average about 15,000km/yr. Good grip, decent durability, good puncture resistance, supple ride, good for killing road buzz when properly inflated ... nothing rides well at 120 psi on chip seal, crap roads, or gravel ;-) In my humble opinion lower pressures are not only more comfortable result in fewer tire cuts, not to mention lower rolling resistance, better grip, and less fatigue. They aren't cheap but if you ride a lot in less than ideal conditions the "good stuff" usually equals fewer breakdowns and crashes.

        Doesn't get any better

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Crazy durable for such a silky smooth ride. Will be my yr round tires. I'm 200lbs & bring my single speed mtb style to the rd bike which I typically schred rear tires.....not these.

        Great fall, winter, spring training tire

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        For years my "crappy weather" tires have been Bonttager Hard-Case mounted on a set of Campy Proton rims and they do the job, they have been pretty much a install, ride, and forget about them. However, Hard-Case are not overly fast and their wet weather grip and ride characteristics are only so-so for the version I have been riding.
        For the past seven years my summer tire set up has been Vittoria Diamante, in what ever particular version was current at the time - Pro Light currently, mounted on Campy Shamal Ultra wheels. I love them! Handle great, ride great, and are reasonably flat resistant.
        Given the great performance I have gotten from the Vittoria Diamante series, last winter I decided to give the Open Pave EVO CG III a try. Understanding that the Open Pave would not duplicate the performance qualities of the Diamante exactly, I did hope that they would live up to their reputation of a good handling, reasonably fast, and durable "crappy weather" tire. And they have!!! Touch wood, no flats yet, and the ride is supple with great grip and road feel.
        Sizing and Fit:
        I would have liked to try the 27mm but was concerned if I would have enough clearance so I went with the 25mm. No problem what so ever. They run very true to width (compared to what I have heard and read about other tires) and I have no issue with chain stay or brake clearance. I am sure I could go with the 27mm.
        My only complaint, there is no way in hell you can mount these tires on Campy Proton rims and should you ever have a flat expect to get them off and back on with cold, numb, fingers and hands.
        My Proton wheels have been regulated to indoor trainer use and I have the Open Pave mounted on my Shamal Ultra wheels. I would have never thought there would be such a difference in the rims.
        Would I buy the Open Pave again for a fall, winter, spring and gravel road tire: Yes!

        3 Flats in one ride

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        Just purchased these tires 2 weeks ago, slightly damp conditions today on South Texas roads had 3 flats 2 front 1 rear flat. Good feeling ride, but very little puncture resistance, not what I expected from a Pave' Tire.

        Unanswered Question

        These tires look like the ticket. Does anyone know how wide the 700x25c is when mounted on a 700 x 17c rim? I've got some tight clearance with front mech. Thanks!

        Nice Riding Tire

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I took the tires off that I normally ride and put these tires on to compare them. I ride on some pretty rough roads so I usually ride tires that are heavier and punture resistant. These tires are much more comfortable and seam to have less rolling resistance. I rode them for a week and then put my old tires back on. I decided to save the Vittoria's for special events and not use them for my day to day riding.

        smooth

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I started using vittoria 25mm when conti 25mms started rubbing. I really like them, they are on the thin side of 25mm if you know what i mean, they are light and smooth. I have 2 sets on two different bikes. Did not get any punctures yet on both after maybe 800 miles or so.

        smooth

        Great training & racing tire

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I'm a long-time Open Pave fan. I have used several versions of the tire, the old 24 mm, 25 mm, and 27's. I like the 27's best -- they are almost a gravel tire, and I have ridden them fast on crushed stone and gravel trails as well as all kinds of pavement. I use these as a training tire, and fall-winter-spring tire. I've raced them in a half iron distance race with some rough pavement, where they were super comfortable. My current set up has the 27's on wide rims (Hed Belgium+). The Paves are on the narrower size for their listed widths, but still true to size (unlike some other brands' 25's that inflate to 28 mm). They are a go-anywhere tire that is fast, grips well, and holds up nicely. I have never flatted on them over thousands of miles. I recommend them to any serious rider.

        Spot on. I'm a big fan of the 27's as well and have been running them for years. They are particularly good on rough chip seal. I'm 92kg, have them mounted on Zipp 303's and run them at 86/88 PSI F/R. Good grip, decent durability, good puncture resistance, supple ride, good for killing road buzz when properly inflated e.g. nothing rides well at 120 psi on chip seal, crap roads, or gravel ;-)

        Comfortable, no flat protection

          I've had good luck with the corsa evo so I decided I'd give these a chance. They roll great and make awesome contact with the pavement but I experienced two flats on the second day of using them. One flat was in the morning, pulled out a tiny burr, second was at night, due to something in the bike lane. Nice supple tire, but pack a flat kit.

          Smooth and Fast

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have been riding on Vittoria Rubino Pro 25 mm's, but I wanted a bigger tires for an upcoming Gran Fondo, which is run over rough roads in Northern California. Years ago I had run Vittoria's Paris-Roubaix tubulars, which were fantastic and I figured these were as close as I could get in a clincher.



          The tires were everything I could have hoped for on the Gran Fondo and I've put several hundred more miles on them since. At about 90 psi, these are smoother than any other clincher I have run, but they are also responsive and feel extremely planted in fast corners. The 320 thread count really shows it's superiority in feel and ride. They also have a very nice sound and promote confidence on all surfaces.



          Don't know yet how they will be for durability, but at even half the mileage of lesser tires, the ride is worth it!

          Smooth and Fast

          Vittoria Open Corsa CG3

            For 8 years Ive stuck with Contenental : Race 3 and 4 also Gatorskins. The Vittorias i purchased were the first high pressure tires- min. 115psi max 145 . I run them at 125psi seems good for my weight 195lbs. They feel wonderful ...make a different sound on pavement and grip turns as well as any Conti. I ridden. Ive only put 1k miles on them so dont know yet about flat resistance. The real payoff is their ease in changing. In swapping and changing them on 2 wheel sets they are very easy to change. One lever to break a tire loose .. back on its hands only with minimal effort. This means a lot to me after the hassel of stubborn tight tires on hot Georgia and S.C. roadways!

            A tyre made for the sussex roads

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Riding the roads of Sussex are what i call a training ground for the spring classics races, such as Paris-Roubaix. The roads are a heavy mix of rough tarmac, pot holes and gravel. Over the winter months i had been riding Conti GP 4 Seasons. Although they are great tyres for winter months of rain , i wanted something more supple for the rough roads. I was recommend the Open Pave tyres and what a difference i felt on even the first ride, Running them at 80psi. When riding through gravel i felt a massive difference in comfort. On wet tarmac the grip was excellent when committed to turns. All though i don't try and aim for the pot holes but when travelling speed and on a road less than familiar, they can creep up on you. Great thing though is that they held together, which set my confidence on these tyres to an all time high. With out doubt the best tyre i have used.

            Sweet, sweet, ride!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Just swapped out my Bontrager R4 25mm 220 tpi clinchers for these Vittoria 27mm tires. All I can say is what a great tire. I don't know if its the extra 2mm or the super high thread count, but I'm 175lbs and I ran these at 110 lbs and they were like riding a magic carpet. I could probably run them at 100lbs with no problem. I ride regular chip seal but in Colorado there are a lot of expansion cracks and hitting them can be bone jarring, even on my Domane. But with these they all but disappear...love em.