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Description

We admit it, we're even subject to the occasional bias -- especially when it comes to tires. However, this bias isn't solely built on presumption, instead, it's formed from two equal components: Our own experiences on the road, and our customers' feedback. Along these lines, the Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX had long been distinguished as our best selling tire upgrade, and the most ridden tire in the office. And in typical Vittoria fashion, the best just keeps getting better. Now, Vittoria has performed a redesign of the aforementioned EVO CX, resulting in the new Open Corsa EVO CX.

Now, if you're unfamiliar with how the Italians operate, we'll breakdown the title for you. 'Open' is the Italian terminology for clincher, as in the clincher-version of Vittoria's Corsa CX tubular tire. Meanwhile, 'Corsa' translates directly to 'race,' as in, this is a race-designated tire. 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 CX'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 CX 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 CX. By this, we mean that the tire's weight hovers around 217 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. However, like any racing tire, these benefits arrive at the cost of a relatively low wear-resistance, but on race day, you're not going to be worried about wear.

The Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX Tire is available individually in either a 21, 23, or 25c size. It is available in a clincher form and in the colors Black, Red, and Yellow.

  • 320tpi casing
  • Open Tubular design
  • Isogrip rubber for increased grip in all conditions

Tech Specs

Compound:
IsoGrip
Size:
700 x 21 c, 700 x 23 c, 700 x 25 c
Type:
clincher
TPI:
320
Bead:
folding
Claimed Weight:
[700x21c] 195 g, [700x23c] 210 g, [700x25c] 220 g
Recommended Use:
road
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Solid tire

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never used Vittoria tires before but would recommend them to all. They have received a few small cuts in them but have not had a flat yet. Comfortable ride and they feel like you are going slow but when you look at your speed that is not the case. You can not bet the price either.

Love my Corsas

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are my second set. I mount them this time of year just before my annual 180 mile charity ride. I got 2,500 miles on my previous set and had trouble free experiences right up until the end. Used them in heat, cold wet and dry. Rode like butter, never flatted until the last day. But that was because I pushed their lifespan.

I will ride nothing but Corsa tires.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires are great rolling road tires with good ability to turn with confidence. I expect I will get a couple of thousand miles out of these Corsas, so they are durable.

Great tire

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Great rolling resistance. However, if you are a heavier rider using them for an every day tire expect them to get nicked and gouged quick, especially the rear. Had to replace the rear at just under 600 miles and under 4 weeks, running 8.5 BAR on the rear and 8 BAR on the front. Still a very comfortable ride but better suited for roads with little debris.

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.

Avg. ride time: 13h 17m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Love

    I took at shot at these so I'd have a better base for comparison between different brands.



    I was quite I'm impressed from the get go and continue to run these for a summer race and training tire.

    "Tubular like feel" its pretty cliche, but it totally fits here. Very, very firm grip in the corners, ridiculous low rolling resistance and surprisingly puncture resistance are the big advantages here. It's been a tire I've been using at weekly crit races, and team rides, and I'd consider it a racing upgrade over the Grand Prix 4000.


    Durability was where I was a bit skeptical. They've held up well and even survived an unplanned 5 hour adventure on dirt and gravel roads last fall. That's what really did it for me, was astounded they actually held up that day with 0 punctures.

    Avg. ride time: 10h 8m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    The best?

      Yes, These are the best tires I have ever used. I run mine about 120 psi. The ride quality is incredible. I paired mine with latex tubes and Enve 3.4 wheels.

      Newbie question: Any problem using less than the recommended 115-145 psi for the Open Corsa EVO CX clinchers? I've been riding on Michelin Pro4 Service Course, 90 psi front / 100 psi rear, which is within their recommended tire pressure of 87-116 psi. Yesterday, I needed to replace the rear tire, so I bought one at the LBS since they don't carry Michelins. I'll replace the front in the next week or so, and was wondering if I can run the Vittoria's at 90 / 100 psi front / rear, which is below their recommendation. Thanks.

      You can but why? The ride quality at the recommended PSI is incredibly smooth. These are the best tires I have ever used. I run mine about 120. psi.

      I've been running them at 90 / 100 psi because I've read that less pressure / more road contact is faster, and my LBS recommended 90 / 100. This week I tried 115 / 125, and it was too bumpy on the (paved) rural farms roads I ride on, which are more torn up by farm equipment than the weather. On normal roads, they felt fast.



      I did some more searching today, and found that my HED Ardennes Plus LT wheels have a max PSI of 100(!), and that HED recommends a PSI of your weight with the bike in kilograms multiplied by 1.3. So, I'll try 110 / 120 for a while.

      Avg. ride time: 13h 17m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Still Love 'Um

        I took at shot at these so I'd have a better base for comparison between different brands.



        I was quite I'm impressed from the get go and continue to run these for a summer race and training tire.

        "Tubular like feel" its pretty cliche, but it totally fits here. Very, very firm grip in the corners, ridiculous low rolling resistance and surprisingly puncture resistance are the big advantages here. It's been a tire I've been using at weekly crit races, and team rides, and I'd consider it a racing upgrade over the Grand Prix 4000.


        Durability was where I was a bit skeptical. They've held up well and even survived an unplanned 5 hour adventure on dirt and gravel roads last fall. That's what really did it for me, was astounded they actually held up that day with 0 punctures. With the release of Vittor's new tyre lineup, you can get these at a STEAL right now.

        Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX

          The tires ride great. At 160 PSI, they feel very soft and supple with exceptional grip. The only down-side is durability. Other tires I get 2,500 miles per set. With these, I'm hard-pressed to get 2,000 miles.

          If a great ride is worth a bit less durability, these are the tires for you.

          Great tire, tough and lots of miles

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Don't understand the reviews that say they don't last long. I ride mine as an everyday tire and have over 4000 miles on the front and 2200 on rear and they still look great: no significant cuts, still round and look like they have a lot of miles left. Never had a flat. I'm also riding Conti GP4000s tires on a different wheelset that have about the same mileage but have squared off much more, and also no flats. But the Vittorias ride so much more nicely right out of the box and for the first 2500 miles or so. The Contis took that long before they stopped feeling like they were made of solid rubber. The Vitts have it hands down when it comes to road feel and suppleness and are just as fast, tough and long lasting. I ride 23s at about 117/105 PSI rear-front with Michelin latex 18/20 tubes on suburban roads.

          An update to the above review: I retired the Vitt. Corsa CXs even though they were still rideable but they were getting close to showing the casing and I got my money's worth. Final mileage - tire #1: 4400 miles on front, 1440 rear; tire #2: 2800 rear, 1440 front. And one (1!) flat the entire time. Best training tire ever, and very competent for fast group rides and "B" races. Very sorry to see Vittoria has taken them out of production.

          Great tire!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I love the way these tires ride. I have been riding Vittoria tires for a long time and I go between these and the Rubino Pros. It's hard to quantify if these really roll that much better than the Rubinos, but they definitely ride much nicer. I run the 25's and they are just very comfortable. I have always liked the Rubinos but you can feel a huge difference in ride quality when you ride them back to back. Rolling resistance doesn't seem too different and cornering grip is also tough to say as I don't push the corners too much. It is just amazing how much smoother these feel. I haven't had anymore issues with flats either. I did rotate my back tire to the front at around 600miles. Still going strong at 900 miles.

          Avg. ride time: 2h 38m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          They are OK

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          Look, they are supple, they feel great, they corner as if on rails. But after just a few hundred miles they look trashed - the whitewalls are more like taupe-walls and there are splits and cuts everywhere. I bought them as race day only tires but even for that purpose, they are an expensive proposition for how quickly they degrade. As soon as they are unrideable (likely soon), I'll go back to the trusty GP4K S2 - the ride isn't quite as nice but it is still very good and the combination of performance, durability and puncture resistance really can't be beat.

          have anyone tried a Corsa front and a 4000s rear? how is the ride?

          Grip, predictability, confidence

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I run these in 25s. They wear a bit quickly, and what you trade in wear you get back i grip. These are my go-to tire, and I've no intention to change.

          Avg. ride time: 12h 14m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Vittoria Open Corsa is top shelf

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I bought these as racing tires. The Open Corsa is arguably the best tire you can buy for rolling resistance, which is what happens when your energy gets soaked into deforming the tire as it contacts the road rather than pushing you forward. For example, to go the same speed with Gatorskins vs the Open Corsas you have to constantly work about 20 watts harder. That's a lot of power wasted. Buying a racing tire is the cheapest way to get faster with no additional effort. Because the tire is soft, the cornering has (so far) been superb. In fact, I've never ridden a tire that could inspire as much confidence as these in a turn. But the very virtues that make them great for racing means that they're going to wear out fast and probably flat more often than a training tire. To minimize the chances of a flat, I run latex tubes. This not only helps even more with rolling resistance and comfort, but latex is better able to tolerate little pokes from whatever slivers I pick up.

          When training, I leave a Vittoria on the front--front tires hardly wear at all--and a Continental 4000S II on the back. This lets me have fun cornering while still providing decent rolling resistance and puncture protection where it's usually needed most (in the rear). Even so, the Open Corsa picked up little slivers of rocks while the Conti so far has no marks or cuts. So, again, this is a soft and delicate tire that will reward those seeking speed and handling, like racers--this is NOT for people who value durability.

          Is this tire the same as the Vittoria Open Corsa CX III Clincher Tire? If not, how are they different? Thanks.

          please it would be nice if you could answer the question? still waiting a year later.........

          thanks

          Michel

          I think the CXIII doesn't have the ISOGRIP rubber for cornering. I haven't tried the older version so I can't speak to whether the new tires are better, but the latest iteration feels superb and confidence-inspiring while slicing through turns.

          Best Answer

          Just ordered the Open Corsa EVO CX and the box states Open Corsa CX-III. Compound is ISOGRIP. 320 TPI is indicated as the Open Corsa EVO family.

          Avg. ride time: 13h 59m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Best crit/road racing tire

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have been on a quest to find the ideal tire for crit's and road races. My goal has been to balance rolling resistance, aero, cornering, handling in wet conditions, puncture protection, and a variety of sizes. This is that tire in my opinion. These are the best i have found in really sharp corners and in wet conditions. The rolling resistance is right at the top of the best tires out there and windtunnel data suggests its not hurting you either. The puncture resistance is decent when they are new but understand that they have around 800-1000 miles of life before they are compromised. Also do not ride these on the trainer for warmups before races, you will drop the tire life by a few hundred miles quickly.

          Avg. ride time: 13h 17m per week
          • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

          Racing Tire

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've been a continental guy for a long time, loyal to the gatorskin for commuting and the grand prix 4000 for general training and racing. As a bold risk taker apt for for venturing into the unknown, I took at shot at these so I'd have a better base for comparison between different brands.



          Thus far, I'm impressed.



          "Tubular like feel" its pretty cliche, but it totally fits here. Very, very firm grip in the corners, ridiculous low rolling resistance and surprisingly puncture resistance are the big advantages here. It's been a tire I've been using at weekly crit races, and team rides, and I'd consider it a racing upgrade over the Grand Prix 4000.



          Now durability is where I'm still a bit skeptical. They're holding up well so far (about 500 miles), but we'll see how they compare to other brands after more heavy use. Will be back with an update on that later, but for now I'm loving them!

          Any update on how these wear? I ran the open corsa evo cx iii clinchers, and they wore quicker than i would've liked. I've ridden about 1,100 miles on these (able to calc bc of strava), and they're worn.

          Update on wear: not as durable as some other brands. After about 900 miles I had a few flats and they just weren't going to last for me. Awesome ride for those 900 miles though. Would run these again.

          My Favorite Race Tire, Plus Training!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have ridden all the top tires and due to it's traction, superb supple casing, and fast ultra low rolling resistance, this has become my favorite tire. The only down sides are they are pricey and wear much faster than most, yet I do not get flats/punctures on them! They are surprisingly tough for a top end race tire. Bear in mind that I change out my rear the moment the center tread goes smooth, as I will not try to save a buck in favor of flats. I HATE FLATS!

          Amazing ride quality!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I'll make it short, because it has pretty much all been said.



          If you want tubular-like ride quality without the hassle of tubulars (gluing, flats), pair them with Vittoria Latex tubes and "voil�". You will not believe that you are riding clinchers.



          I run them on my ENVE 6.7 clinchers, which makes for a sublime ride. Now go and get some!