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Item # VIT002E

Believe the hype.

Anyone with a passing interest in cycling tech has probably been exposed to the hype surrounding Vittoria's new quadruple compound design, the heart of which is a thin, nearly transparent layer of carbon called graphene. The claims made for this material have been impressive, but we weren't sure what to think until we got our hands on Vittoria's Corsa G Plus Clincher Tires. Vittoria blends four rubber compounds with the inclusion of graphene for the Corsa G, and, without throwing any hyperbole around, we'd say the difference is very noticeable.

The tires' 4C ISOtech construction, which allows for separate base and surface compounds to be strategically placed throughout the tire, made cornering feel smooth and consistent while the fast-rolling center reduces the atrophy of watts on straightaways. Vittoria claims that the elasticity and carbon construction of graphene creates an incredibly durable tire, but for even more reassurance, it adds KEVLAR to further reinforce the core spun K casing. With multiple cotton fibers twisted together to create one yarn, core spun casings are significantly stronger than typical casings, and they don't add additional weight to the tire.

The Corsa G's luxurious 320 TPI is a final element that sets it apart from other tires. TPI measures the number of threads per inch in a tire's casing, with higher counts equating to a lighter tire with a suppler ride. Whether it's due to the high TPI, the claimed benefits of graphene, or a combination of both, we can attest to the Corsa G's supple road feel and ability to smooth chattering chip seal surfaces. In the clincher version, each Corsa G Plus will add between 235g and 265g to your frame, depending on size, and the tires' classic, gum-wall aesthetic makes them an eye-catching addition to your frame.

  • A superlative cycling race tire
  • 4C ISOtech construction blends multiple compounds
  • Graphene reinforces without compromising road feel
  • 320 TPI core spun casing is race-day supple
  • Classic style of gum walls

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Claimed Weight:
[700c x 23mm] 235 g, [700c x 25mm] 240 g, [700c x 28mm] 265 g
TPI:
320
Casing:
corespun with KEVLAR®
Type:
clincher
Size:
700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm, 700 c x 28 mm
Compound:
4C ISOtech

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Great Rolling and Sweet looking tire!

    I bought these with some reservation, but im glad i did. These have been great and looks great on my Argon 18, with the Vision Metron wheel set. If they had more i will buy another set.

    Great Rolling and Sweet looking tire!

    Another great Vittoria Tire!

      I've been using the Vittoria Open Corsa CX since 2011. They are truly great riding tires. These new Corsa G+ feel just as great. I run 23mm on Zipp 30s and the Vittoria latex tubes. I really don't know why so many folks are complaining about flats. These shoot rocks out of the way like bullets and flats have never been an issue with me. I'm a big guy and I've run the rear as high as 135psi. Dependable, strong, and fast. I don't use any other tire. They are the best i've used.

      Another great Vittoria Tire!
      Avg. ride time: 3h 11m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Sold on the 25mm but..

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

      So 1st thing 1st.. I got a flat 2.23 miles on my first ride on these. The piece of glass looked like something I've ridden over a million times with my GP4000. In defense of the tire I will point out the following:
      It happened on century ride and I saw two other riders with flats before me early that morning. So I wasn't alone.
      It happened with an old butyl tube. I blew up one of the latex tubes on install the night before. The latex tube/Corsa combo had no issues.
      The rest of the 98 miles with the Corsa/new tube was great, no issues.

      I'm ridden too long to fall for a fad or be talked into believing something, but I'm here to tell you, these 25mm Corsa's are awesome. Fast & comfortable, I couldn't believe it, the hype is real. I'm going to change out all my road bikes to 25mm Corsas, because if I don't I won't want to ride those bikes, it makes that much of a difference. Take a chance, I did and I'm glad I did.

      I will look out for durability issues but I'm willing to trade less mileage for a better ride. My Contis will last forever but ride like a semi truck. Maybe a tire liner will help but might defeat the purpose, so I'll just ride like this and take my chances, it's worth the ride quality.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 51m per week
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      Open Pave Replacement?

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      For context, 80% of the time I'm riding cotton tires, be they the sadly discontinued and extreeeeeemely hard to get on the rim Vittoira Open Corsa SC/CX, Speshy Turbo or my favorite Veloflex Master (25mm only). When this new tire was released from our beloved Vittoria couldn't wait to jump on them. A few other early-adopter homies acquired them the day they were released and suffered some first-batch woes. A few flats, but nothing catastrophic. Since then they've seemed to stand up to their claims of low rolling resistance and durability.

      After spending some time with the inGamba crew last month and hearing their mechanics swear by them for a few minutes I decided I needed to drop in. My personal first pair were stretched around some HED Belgiums last week and thus far I have a few hundred winter miles on them over sanded and salted roads. Ride quality is bananas (even at 28°f outside temp across frozen asphalt) and grip is supes nice. My report on puncture resistance will be submitted after i've spent more time on them. For now, five stars.

      Open Pave Replacement?

      Almost totally tubular

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I got sold on the ride of tubular tires over 25 years ago, when I first started riding "seriously" ... there's something about the process of gluing up a set of tires that calms me. It's probably the fumes from the glue frying my brain cells, but whatever.

      The fact remains that nothing rides quite like a tubular, and the downsides (expense, time to glue properly) are far outweighed by the upsides (ride quality, lighter wheel/tire combinations, handling).

      I've always had the best luck with Vittoria tubulars from their low-end Rally training tubies to their high-end Corsa CX/SL offerings.

      So now, on those occasions when I ride clincher tires, I'm riding Vittoria Open Corsas (the same casing & tread as the tubulars, but in a clincher format). They've come a long way, and the ride is approaching that of tubulars, but I tend to only use them for training. For races or other important events, I'll still put out the tubulars for the ultimate performance.

      Only 4-stars instead of 5-stars like the tubies, but that's only because I can't give them 4.5 stars.

      Great tires

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Much improved over previous version. Not nearly as prone to flats and corners like a race car. Over 1000 miles and still ride like new. Highly recommended.

      Unanswered Question

      Are the anthracite sidewalls cotton sidewalls dyed black or are they a rubber sidewall? Also wondering if the feel of the tire is the same for both versions?

      great tires great price

        cant believe how fast cc got my tires to me..i even received a call before and after just to make sure I am happy. keep up the good work competitive cyclist. cant wait to try the tires out got the black on grey. free latex tubes were a plus.

        Long term

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Straight away I noticed the bike felt very fast, responsive, handled even better in corners, and seemed to dance up the short steep climbs. The 25mm width offered a very comfortable ride whilst on the pot hole infested streets and highways where I live.

        However there were some draw backs. Despite being almost puncture proof over the past year, they have taken a beating. Numerous cuts, and small holes crater the tire where small rocks and glass have stuck in.

        Bottom line:
        The durability just isn't there. But if you are looking for a tire to add some excitement to your commute, or a race day tire without going tubular, then these are an excellent choice.

        Has anyone attempted to fit the 28mm version of these to a Enve 2.0 fork? I know the 28mm version of the GP4000SII does not come close to fitting. The older VITTORIA OPEN PAVE EVO CG III in a 27mm fits with plenty of room, so I'm thinking if they are sized the same as those, they should fit fine.

        Running the 28's on DT Swiss RR440 rims and they only measure 27 wide. Not an Enve fork but just to give you an idea of width.

        Over 6K miles and no flats - Fast

          I have 6K miles on the front and have replaced the back once. I locked up my breaks and the skid wore the first back tire down. Running my tires at 120 PSI and not using latex tubes. Very pleased with these tires and will be buying another set soon. I am wondering if Latex tubes are the culprit for some of the bad reviews because of flats? Seems like I read certain carbon wheels cause latex tubes to get very hot and blow? Interested what other know...

          Ride Quality over Durability

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These tires definitely live up to the claims regarding ride quality. They provide an extra level of smoothness on uneven terrain and boost your confidence in corners. In my opinion they out perform the GP4000s in this area. However, I know other reviews have not been so kind on their durability and the increasing likelihood of flats. Flats are so variable to terrain, weather, tire pressure, it's hard to gauge. But, after only 1100 miles or so on these tires, the skinwall version (as much as they look cool) show too much abrasion and ultimately for me, blew out the sidewall. Flats are one thing, blowing out a sidewall is not acceptable for these high dollar tires. I'll give them another try down the road if they beef up the side but for now, back to the GP4000.

          Updated and Upgraded

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Having been a long time Vittoria Servizio Corsa rider I was extremely pleased to hear that the new Corsa G Plus was updating and replacing the top tier Vittoria tire that has been seen on neutral service bikes in the Giro.
          Graphene, the gee whiz new wonder material, has added a new dimension of durability to the compound while still maintaining the expected Vittoria grip and comfort. This allows also a lighter tire since Graphene adds significant additional wear and puncture protection for a race level open tubular. The new tread is now linear, which is said to lower rolling resistance and increase speed.
          This new tread and compound is coupled with uber high 320 TPI cotton casing which only adds to the overall sweet ride, grip and overrall comfortable ride. Coupled with a latex tube and you have a the closest ride to a tubular you can get to.
          My personal experience has been with 1500 km on varied mountainous terrain including stretches of dirt road, mountain descents and races/group rides. No flats, no issues with a premium ride in all conditions all the time with Vittoria latex tubes.

          Avg. ride time: 5h 15m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Fast!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          No tire grips in the corner like these suckers. I can dive a corner in a crit at 30+ mph with complete confidence that hey will hold!!! On the flip side, they are on my race only....REPEAT....RACE ONLY wheels. I would NOT use these tires for training!!!!!!

          Avg. ride time: 1h 57m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Thanks for adding Anthracite Sidewall

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Vittoria made me really happy by adding an Anthracite sidewall version of this tire. I'm really wondering whether those folks having flat problems with this tire are instead using the "Speed" version of the same tire that doesn't have the flat protection.

          Thanks for adding Anthracite Sidewall

          Smooth Tire- but is it worth it?

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These tires are admittedly a smooth ride. Is the smooth ride worth it, if you spend more time on the side of the road versus actually riding? I have had nothing but puncture after puncture with these. And I'm not talking about running over a big piece of glass or a nail, or big thorn. I'm talking small little pieces of debris that wouldn't have even effected my ride if I were on GP4000sII's. Great for a racing clincher-but for training let me spare you the hassle and pick up some Contis.

          Smooth Tire- but is it worth it?

          My friend runs these tubless and runs them on glass filled, potholed roads with no issues. He tracked down the Victoria rep who told him they are actually tubeless ready. He sealed the cotton casing with tent seal on the inside for good measure on one of his sets and not with the other. The result was the same. He has had no issues with sepage or seating. Easy to mount and didn't need a compressor. Maybe give that a try?

          Cringes at how you change flats:X

          High quality + wider = new ride

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Riding on the junky roads of southwest Oklahoma is a surprising proving ground. Realistic scenarios that the majority of riders will find themselves is tough to come by, but the conditions can be so harsh as to really test what a tire can handle. The shoulders of larger roads are inordinately trashy (small rocks, glass, assorted road flotsam) and the smaller side roads are all in various states of disrepair. Transitions from municipalities to county generally always cause a change in paving/asphalt type. The wind is omnipresent (it is Oklahoma) so even small changes in the bike yield easy to recognize symptoms.

          For data purposes, I ride a Specialized Roubaix with HED Belgium Plus (25mm) rim. Previous tires were Vittoria Rubino G+ 25mm run at 90PSI up front and 100PSI rear installed with Vittoria Ultralite 25/28 tubes.

          I ordered the Corsa G+ in 28mm with gum walls and decided to go with Vittoria's latex tubes based in previous reviews. Installation was a real pain initially. Basically I was trying to change it like every other tire I've ever changed. Dumb. I watched a YouTube video where a British guy solved my issues (press the tire into the rim dummy, no levers needed!). I finished the install with 75PSI front and 90PSI rear and stuck the beast back onto its rack.

          Overnight I lost 10pounds per tire. Not so bad. I pumped them back up to 75/90 and went to the meeting spot for the Saturday group. Holy smokes. Nirvana. The difference between a 120 TPI 25mm tire with butyl tubes and a 320TPI 28mm tire with latex tubes was stark, to say the least. The bike just didn't want to slow down when I freewheeled. It just went and went. Bumps that normally caused a noticeable chatter were now only minor bumps. Cornering was never bad on the Rubinos, but now it was like being on rails. Confidence was high, I repeat, confidence was high.

          Some minor nitpicks after the first couple days. 1) gum walls on a 28mm aren't aesthetically pleasing against the wide alloy braking strip. My tire/rim combo goes black, gum, alloy, black. It's a weird look. And it prompted mucho poop talking from the grupetto. The term "beach cruiser" was used more than once 2) it not exactly aerodynamic looking, though the numbers don't really back that up. This isn't an issue with this tire specifically, just 28mm tires in general. 3) clearance could be an issue for some. Again, no fault of this tire specifically.

          Durability will be judged at a later date. Thus far, no cuts after some pretty gnarly highway trash yesterday.

          In the end, it was a great ride. It's smooth, cornering is much better, and the connected feeling to the road was noticeable. I don't have any hard math to back up that wider is better after 25mm. Here's what I do know. I don't think you can switch to wider tires all willy-nilly. In fact, I think the difference felt overall from one tire to the next was as much to do with the tire's makeup as the size change alone. It felt great to me, and I felt faster overall. My pedaling was definitely smoother. Other than that it's hard to say. I will say this, it's hard to hear the term "beach cruiser" when it's coming from 100yds behind you.

          Great Tire

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've always been a fan of Vittoria tires. So, when I decided to upgrade my wheelset, my first thought was the Open Corsa. However, it seemed the G+ was the latest innovation so I took a chance. Man, these tires continue to amaze me. I've been riding them since March and have had no problems -- I usually average around 80 miles a week during the Summer. They really smooth out the road and with their raised-ridge tread they definitely reduce rolling resistance as well. I also really like the gumwall effect too; it looks really good with dark carbon wheels.

          Absolutely NOOOOOO!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          so after 400 miles 3 flats. a big nope. I wanted to love these. nope nope nope. they absolutely suck to get a flat fixed in the field. I want my money back. what a waste of $150.00 They are fast when you get them to 130 psi. I loved them my first ride. then a flat second ride I discovered they are not worth the trouble. it is as if they have NO flat protection, zero. the only positive i am willing to give is they corner well. very grippy. again you will not get these on or off without tire levers and it a hassle even then. 6/3/2016 Competitive Cyclist is kind enough to offer me an R.A. for my tires. all I have to do is make it home from work. I went around a corner and front tire flatted. now one wreck, cracked helmet, ripped seat, torn jersey and scraped bruised body I can say that these tires are the single WORST cycling Item i have had. 5 flats under 500 miles. useless. the only saving grace is the R.A. FROM A GREAT RETAILER.

          I rode with Shawn when two of those flats happened. His bike was noticeably faster with those tires than other tires he had tried, BUT... As he said, they are simply impossible to mount on the rim without the use of tire levers, making them a real pain to work on in the field. And the risk of a pinch flat makes them not worth it.

          I'm really surprised about the flats. I have over 2,000 miles on these (I'm on my second pair) and I've had ZERO flats. Over that same mileage my previous Open Corsa's typically would have had a flat every 500 miles or so.

          They are a pain to mount when new and you have to really make sure the bead is fully seated (or else you will quickly get pinch flats). They stretch over time, but I carry tire levers to make sure I can fix a flat on the road if needed.

          Odd just mounted them out of the box with my fingers on enve smart 4,5's. I have been riding vitt's for years now and have always loved the handling and feel of them. Sometimes it's a run of bad luck and not the product. Wish you would have had a better experience with them because they handle like they are on rails

          Sounds like you might have the Corsa Speed, which is TT only. I run a standard G+ 25c as a front tire only in all conditions. Also, who in their right mind runs 130psi? You're losing so much speed through suspension loss. I run my tires at 87f/95r...and I weigh 180 pounds. The tread seems as resistant to cuts as my 4 season rear, it's rather remarkable. Buttery smooth ride, amazing traction, rolls so fast over rough surfaces. My only concern is the sidewall longevity, but steep mountain descents with poor road surfaces haven't affected the tire at all. They are very hard to mount without pinching the tube, much more so than any other clincher I have used, so that could be part of the problem. Poorly seated inner tube = frequent pinch flats.

          Don't get better than this

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          If you have never had the pleasure of riding a high TPI tubular tire pumped to high pressure it's hard to describe in words. You just feel connected to the road, that tingle sensation when a cold wind blows on the back of your neck and the hairs on your arms stand up.

          This might sound silly so some but if you have experienced this you'll know what I'm talking about. This is what my experience has been with these tires.

          I sidestepped the trend of getting 25mm tires and went with a 23mm instead. Mounting them to a 25mm rim the tires mates perfectly with the sidewall wheel width making for a perfect streamlined profile, no lightbulb shape here. Then I installed vittoria latex tubes to round out the experience.

          Clencher tire manufacturers have gotten so good at making tires these days, specifically vittoria, that a set of premium tires and tubes, the Corsa G+ are faster than a tubular tire. According to bicycle rolling resistance they are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10w.

          I can't comment on their longevity because I haven't ridden them long enough but they feel indescribable on the road. They grab the corners like I have never experienced before.

          As far as looks are concerned I initially wasn't in love with the gum wall design but once I install them on my new wheels they had an undeniable cool factor and made me feel faster.

          My previous season of riding has been on Bontrager r3 tires. While these felt fast I experienced a whole new level with the Vittorias.



          These are pricey tires but I believe you get what you pay for. I might not recommend them as a training tire because that could get kind of pricey, but for the weekend warrior or the avid racer these are hands-down the best tires on the market.

          If you're a fan of Pro cycling then you'll notice quite a number of Pro teams are running these tires.



          My only slight grumble with these is they were rather difficult to install. A moderate amount of baby powder and some good tire levers did help.



          If you're riding gator skins right now and switch to these with latex tubes it's the equivalent watt savings of of running 80mm deep carbon wheels.



          Do yourself a favor and get them you won't be sorry.

          Don't get better than this

          25mm tires aren't a trend , you're just slow to catch on ......