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VittoriaOpen Corsa CX - Clincher

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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
700 x 21 c, 700 x 23 c, 700 x 25 c
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Actual Weight

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Black, 700c x 23mm

Claimed Weight

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

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Like a quality tubular

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Only couple rides on them so far but they ride very nice. Paired with latex tubes these tires remind me of good tubulars. I like them a lot! I'll see how durable they are, no complaints so far.

Sticky Smooth! But Not All Conditions.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has to be my all time "go-to" tire. I've tried other tires but they don't seem to have the same ride quality or cornering confidence, which is about as close to a quality tubular as you will get with a clincher. But I have to deduct one star for durability, not exactly an all-weather or commuting choice, as they tend to wear faster (less than 3k miles) and cut or pick up debris more readily than most in the wet. But if you ride mostly dry, well maintained roads you will absolutely love the performance - sticky smooth! Especially if you opt for the larger 25mm or 28mm size.
As stated in another review; I would not inflate to max pressure, it just negates the ride quality. I would recommend experimenting with a lower psi and then increase to a pressure that feels best to you.

Love these tires

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The high thread count makes these tires extremely supple and smooth to ride. They also seem to have low rolling resistance based on coasting performance against other riders on downhills. Others have complained about durability. I get about 2000 - 2500 miles out of these tires. There are nicks in the tread, but nothing that cuts through the cord making the tire unusable.

Great Tires

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Vittoria has always been my go-to tire for the road whether is was tubulars or clinchers. 25c is the new 23c and clinchers are the new tubulars (for everyone except those who get them for free and have a PRO mechanic gluing them on). IMHO, you can't buy a better tire.

several thousand miles of use for me

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I must have much nicer roads than so many other folks such that I get along with these tires (25mm size mounted on HED Belgium C2 18mm interior width aluminum rims) well enough to get 3,500 miles or so as a front tire, then rotate it to the rear position for another 3,500 miles before it gets worn through to the casing and I trash it.

I pair them to Vittoria latex tubes, inflate to my preferred PSI (80psi front, 95psi rear) before each ride, pay attention to avoid debris on the road, and I have no trouble with them at all.

Nice ride feel, great traction, last me several thousands of trouble-free, four-season, mostly dry miles, cost < $30, I'd get more if I didn't already have a sufficient stash of tires to wear out before I buy any more tires.

Possible Failure Issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

See my three star review below, regarding ENVE alert. Possible failure issues. I think it is probably important enough to be up top, first review that comes up.

FYI: Possible Failure Issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought several pairs of these some time ago. Like most reviewers, I love them. Unfortunately, ENVE recently put out a consumer product safety alert, warning their customers about numerous sidewall failures when using their wheels mounted with tires constructed with ‘natural fiber’ casing. They mentioned a few Corsa variants and a similar Challenge model by name—any ‘open clincher’ with cotton, etc. filament sidewalls. They emphasized the fact that this is not an issue only with ENVE wheels, and even mentioned (or at least implied) that they believe any rim bead, carbon or alloy, can cause chafing/abrasion that can eventually cause failure. And crashes, which have been reported. I am going to hang onto mine, but I am going to keep a close eye on them; maybe replace them, once their normal rotation time rolls around. But they’re not training tires, so I would imagine that their tread/effectiveness, with regard to what they were designed for—racing; limited mileage—will tick over before catastrophic failure occurs. Anyway, I just thought I would put it out there.

FYI: Possible Failure Issues

Awesome tires and better price!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love these tires and the price is fantastic. These tires ride the most like tubulars of anything I have ever ridden.

Favorite Tires

    I have never liked tires as much as the Vittoria Open Corsa CX. I have used Michelin Pro Race 3s and Continental Grand Prix 4s and the Vitttoria’s are smooth riding and fast, I will definitely purchase again. I need to get another pair while they are on sale.

    All aroud tires

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Many years ago I used to ride on tubular tires from Vittoria, nowadays I have clinchers in my bike. This tire pattern and quality is great for all around training and even for some racing, although for a race with bad weather I prefer continental. Great value when bought with discount.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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


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

    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.

    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.

    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.