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Description

Open Corsa CX

We admit it, we're 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 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 CX, resulting in the new Open Corsa 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 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 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, 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 winningest race tire line in history
  • Supple-as-butter casing for inimitable road feel
  • Isogrip rubber for increased grip in all conditions
  • Confident cornering that gives you an edge on technical courses
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
Compound
IsoGrip
Size
700 x 21 c, 700 x 23 c, 700 x 25 c
Type
clincher
TPI
320
Bead
folding
Recommended Use
road
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Weight

Actual Weight

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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Grams

Oz

Black, 700c x 23mm
222g
7.83oz
Black, 700c x 25mm
232g
8.18oz

Claimed Weight

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[700x21c] 195 g, [700x23c] 210 g, [700x25c] 220 g

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Horrible

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After 500 KMs sidewall blew out on one and within a week he other.

Horrible

Bad luck I'm afraid. I've used them for years and I never had a failure.

Avg. ride time: 7h 56m per week
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Perfect for training and racing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I loved this tyres, very smooth and great grip. So far zero punctures. Highly recommended.

Avg. ride time: 51m per week
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Great tires for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Withholding one star as these seem to be wearing pretty quickly after a few hundred miles. Look great, had minimal trouble mounting them (there's a tiny tread direction arrow, easy to miss), and much more comfortable than the 23's that came with my bike.

Corsa's for real...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a longtime non-compete cyclist Ive never been able to see the value of paying more than 30 or 40 for a tire. When I saw these on sale I thought dang I can try out some Corsa's!

The Evos were made in 2013 or 14 and were the ones with kevlar in the mix. They got bad reviews with slippage for wet roads and didnt hold up well. Quickly dropped from the Vittoria lineup and the CX 3's replaced them with an isogrip compound.

I ordered expecting to get the Evos but to my suprise I got the CX3's with ISOgrip. Fantastic tires. I never thought they would make that much of a difference in ride feel but they sure do. I totally understand now why so many cyclist pay top dollar for these. Not sure how well they will hold up but the road response is definitely much better with these tires.

Great job by CC got the better tires in 2 days flat. Quick shipping.

grit sucker

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Only got over 300 mi on these guys before they started having chronic flats.
Rubber is very supple... too supple. Punctures relatively easily (compared to other tires I've been running at this price). Holds onto rocks/grit/glass. Need to pick out stuff from the tires after every ride. At least they're fast, while they last.

Avg. ride time: 3h 16m per week
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Love these!

    VITTORIA is my go to road tire. Tried many other brands and these are simple the best and the price (when you catch a sale) is just an added bonus. I have these is 23 and 25 and I also run the VITTORIA Pave 25 in the spring and fall.

    Best of the bunch

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Suppleness equals speed and comfort and these have exactly that. Unlike most clinchers, they don't ride harshly and don't bang around. With latex tubes, they approach (but do NOT equal) tubular like ride quality. Yes, they wear faster than most and are a little susceptible to cuts, but that is the price one pays for ride quality. In my opinion, well worth it. Very similar, if not the same, to the Veloflex offerings. Interestingly, I prefer the Corsa Evo to the newer Corsa G + -- they feel more supple. I've been using these as my standard clincher tire for a few years, with some forays into Conti, Vredestein, Veloflex, and Challenge, and I consider these the best in performance, quality, and value.

    Don't miss out on these

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These tires are seriously fast. Puncture protection is also top notch, considering the type of tire you're dealing with. These are a discontinued tire, but they're still some of the very best in the world, and a screaming deal at this price. I've already stocked up! Feel free to reach out to me at jdraper@backcountry.com if you have any questions!

    Just my experience

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I expected these tires to be fragile, but they have not been. I ran them in 650c on my old Softride but got nervous because the rears wore quickly and put my trusty Michelin Pros back on. Then I bought a Cervelo S5 (an older model, the Tour de France limited) and had Continental GP4000S IIs put on Mavic Cosmic Pro SC wheels. I didn't get 200 miles and the Contis were out of round and trying to wear a hole through my frame. Admittedly, the S5 has a very close fit in the rear and you couldn't run 25s on it ever, but still, I had the right size tire and it was rubbing. I bought a second tire to replace the out of round tire and again, less than 200 miles and I'm wearing through the electrical tape I put on the frame to hide the rub marks and protect the frame from further damage.
    All that said, Vittoria is highly recommended from other S5 owners, and I know why. Despite my largess at ~100 kg, I've not had even the smallest problems with the Corsa CXs. Zero flats. 1500 miles. Truly ride like tubulars (and I remember what Clement Criterium Seta 220s felt like!). I stocked up on a few sets to last a while, but now I see the same kinds of reviews for the Graphene Corsas. Almost makes me want to try them just to see if I have the same experience I've had with the CXs.

    Great tire if you're careful

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have close to 2000 miles on a set of these., the wear is average for a softer compound tire. They are easy to mount and ride smooth, and corner well. I did cut one bad, my fault for not paying attention, hit old piece of sheet metal. I was able to boot the cut and rode it 40+ miles back home.
    I highly recommend these and just bought enough to use this season.

    Avg. ride time: 7h 47m per week
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    3rd set in 2 months.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    First set of 25's from here gone in 560 miles. Severe cut/hole in tread. Tried some 23's, from probikekit, gone in 155 miles. Sidewall blowout. Third set of 25's from Comp Cyclist gone in 285 miles. Severe cut in tread and bubbled. Done flushing money down toilet. Lovely ride with latex but hear the Whoosh. I average 140miles per week.

    Awesome quality and unbelievable savings as well....

    No Problems Here

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Never had a problem with these tires. For having such excellent ride qualities, I would have expected more flats than I’ve had—especially over the crap roads up here in northern Michigan. I am forced to ride over lots of chip seal, etc. No puncture in the more than 3000 km I’ve put on a single pair. They are far more durable than they are sometimes made out to be. I should mention, however, that I’m a somewhat lighter rider, at 150 lbs. I run them at 125-130 psi on standard, not wider rims. I’ve bought up a few pairs of these after having such a positive experience. At this price, I’ll definitely add more.

    I should have known better.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Okay, first the good stuff. They roll so smoothly that I jumped off the bike twice to make sure they weren't going flat. At those times, they weren't. Now the bad: Four days; five flats. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, otherwise known as the Southwest Goathead Sanctuary. Even with liquid flat-fighter, these poor tires don't stand a chance. Tomorrow I'm going to install some Panaracer kevlar liners. They weigh only 25 grams and don't influence the ride. If that doesn't work, then I'll admit Vittoria is not suited for desert climates and lumpy roads. Too bad. They really do ride and roll beautifully.

    I live in NYC and don't remember getting a flat on them. The weight is what I didn't like at first, but they ride so smooth.......You won't get a better tire for $25-$30 bucks. Those who got four flats in five days probably never checked the inside of the tire for the culprit be it glass, nails thorns........

    3 Flats last 5 rides...Total Garbage

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these tires based on the reviews. I was very excited to get these, and put them on my Zipp 303s. Positive: They are comfortable. Negative: Not durable. I have now had 3 flats in the last 5 rides (150 miles). First was a small puncture from the smallest of thorns. Second was a small chard of glass, and today, another cut from a rock through the sidewall. I have a total of 330 miles on these, and had one other flat which was another thorn.
    I realized flats can be bad luck, but this was just too much. I will NEVER EVER buy these again, and I would never recommend this to anyone. I guess you get what you pay for, and these things are cheap.

    They are touted as a "race" tyre, and surely a race that one will never finish. I burned through 3 sets in 3 months. Live and learn.

    It's a Racing Tire Alright

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Before buying these tires I had ridden a pair of Diamante Pros (Vittoria's old "Ultegra"-equivalent tire) for over a year. I bike commute and do a weekend warriors' group ride in the DC Metro area. I took a gamble on a racing-only tire because I'd had so much luck with the Diamantes. And the price is great! The ride quality of the Open Corsas is not markedly different from the Diamantes, although I did notice some free speed on long descents, and the cornering is awesome. After only a month though, I have a gash on the front tire and will need to replace it.



    So everything you've read about these tires is true: the ride is fantastic but they won't last. Really. I'll probably give the new Corsa G+ a try, but I wish Vittoria would just bring back the Diamantes!

    It's a Racing Tire Alright

    short term review

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

    I bought these in a 25c and mounted them to DT rr440 rims which measure about 20mm wide external, 16mm internal. The tire measured 25.04mm mounted, so pretty much bang on. Im coming off maxxis 23c courchevels where I ran 105psi rear, 95 front. I weight 162 @ 6'1. I've only just taken these vittorias out for an hour after work, so this is just a first impression. I ran them at 95r/85f and I was thoroughly impressed. The road feel was just incredible. 320TPI casing out of the box feels like a flannel bed sheet its so soft. They felt very supple over the road. I was on decent pave for most of my ride, and they were noticeably faster. I don't train with power, so I can't say how much. We have a lot of chip seal road here on the colorado front range and the feel over that was really nice, really well damped. Im just thrilled about these tires and can't wait to ride them again. I can't comment yet on puncture resistance or durability but based purely on the feel from 1 hour on the bike I will probably just buy another pair to have on hand, the sale price is crazy!

    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.