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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.

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 consist 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 clincher version of the ultimate classics tire
  • 320 TPI cotton may be the most supple casing in cycling
  • Compound and tread pattern conspire for maximum traction
  • Vittoria produces the most sought-after classics tires this side of homemade tubulars
Tech SpecsWeight
Tech Specs
700 x 25 c, 700 x 27 c
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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[700x25c] 240 g, [700x27c] 280 g

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

Worst tires I've ever had. 70 miles, 3 flats. These tires have NO ability to stop anything from piercing them. Besides the ease of flatting they are also the hardest tires I've ever had to mount. Never again will I by these.

Avg. ride time: 3h 59m per week
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Great tire

    Love this tire. It is much better than earlier versions; more resistant to cuts and wears longer. Great ride, respectable puncture resistance, and excellent grip. Never had problems mounting. Leave them in the sun for a few minutes when mounting new. No tire tools necessary but still perfectly secure on wheel. This is my everything tire for the last year +.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 28m per week
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    Great Riding Durable Tire

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the 27s and could not be happier. Very smooth, comfortable and durable. I originally put them on for a gran fondo and was very happy with their performance after the first 100 miles. Now after 1000 miles I can say they have held up very well. I have only had puncture thanks to a large piece of metal in the road. It appears as if Vittoria is phasing them out so I bought another set for future use and I would recommend others to do so before they are gone for good.

    One of my favorite clinchers ever.

      When I first tried to mount these on my Mavic Ksyrium Elites, I found it nearly impossible, and I've been mounting tires on rims for over 30 years. It reminded me of years ago when I worked in a bike shop and we'd have customers coming back in after buying new tires, swearing that the tires we sold them were the wrong size. So, I would assure them that the 700c tires they purchased would indeed fit on their 700c rims, and would mount one of the tires for them in order to demonstrate that it might be a tight fit, but it was possible. These Vittorias, however were the most difficult that I have EVER had to mount. I ended up going to some extreme measures that I won't elaborate on here, involving TWO tire irons (after breaking a 3rd) and zip tying one of the tire irons to the spokes to hold things in place. Tires will stretch after being inflated on a rim for awhile, but I was really frustrated when, after a 15 mile ride, I ended up with a flat from what appeared to be nothing more than a normal sized staple. Fortunately I was back in my garage by then and not stuck on the roadside. So, they aren't the most flat resistant tires, but they sure do ride sweet. Almost with a bouncy, high-energy feel. So, take your pick as to what your priorities are. Next time though, I'll probably go back to the Rubino Pros or Continentals. These were on sale from Competitive Cyclist, so I couldn't pass it up.
      UPDATE: Several months later, I found that this tire is more flat resistant than I thought, as the only flat I've had (other than a bad valve stem) was the one I got on my first ride. And, they are much easier to take on and off now that they have been on the rim for awhile. Problem is, now this tire is hard to find.

      Avg. ride time: 5m per week
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      Experimenting with wider tires

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I went for the 27mm to try a wider tire at the recommendation of a retired pro, so these are sort of a late winter experiment. I am 6'2" and 200 pounds. Along with the wider rubber, I reduced pressures to 80/95.

      These are great tires to begin with - I have used the Corsa for years, but the wider Pave at lower pressures have been a revelation. I do not note any obvious increase in rolling resistance, perhaps there is some. But, the ride is beyond plush and they simply feel more secure on some sketchy high speed descents we do on a beat up asphalt road (-14%).

      I suspect the Pave is getting upgraded as the rest of the Vittoria line up, I will still keep coming back for more and at 700 miles I am think that I will stay with 27/28mm rubber.

      Great riding tires with peace of mind

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Vittoria Open Pave tires are on the main ride of the most important person in my life. She loves their ride qualities. I depend on their ruggedness for the road riding she does. Great price and on-time delivery.

      Classic Late Fall and Winter tire

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a great tire for late Fall and Winter. Enough volume and TPI so it feels supple and responsive. Resistant to puncture, but it will flat (this IS a performance tire, after all). Wears well, similar to other CX models. If you want a bullet proof tire that won't flat easily, move on; if you want a tire that feels like something, even in gross conditions, this is your tire.

      My tire for Spring and Fall

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This tire has worked out great for me the past few seasons. I use it primarily during early season and late season rides. The ride quality is amazing, and they are durable enough to keep me from changing out flat tubes. Get a pair, you won't regret it!

      Avg. ride time: 5h 21m per week
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      Yes, these are by the best I have ridden

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Having tried a variety of tires over the last ten years, from Vittoria (Rubino), Conti, Michelin, Specialized, and I am sure I am missing one, these are by far my favorite. I stepped up to the wider version about four or five years ago realizing the 23s were just to harsh, especially with carbon fiber wheels. I was able to run a reduced pressure which, as all the articles will tell you, improves traction especially when wet. Yes, they do not last as long as some harder tires but with the riding I do it is worth it. They last a season at best but I have not experienced any flats in the last two seasons of riding on these. Roads are fairly clean where I am at so that helps. For the record, my second favorite is the Michelin Pro4 Service Course but unless I have major issues with Vittoria I am not going back. I do not race but participate in some very aggressive group rides one to two times per week aside from solo riding. I ride five to seven days per week, wracking up about 5,000 miles (outside) per year - the rear is definitely ready to be replaced. Turbo trainer work is done on a different bike with last years tires - makes sure I get the most use out of them. Just ordered the Vittoria with Graphene for next season and look forward to riding on them once spring hits.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      1. Aesthetics: The green ones look OG PRO on a set of H Plus Son TB14 box section rims. Get the black if you're not all about that pave #classicsclash.
      2. Ride Feel: OMG ACTUAL BEST. Like even the 25s (and they're small 25s) feel so damn good. Supple is the word. Very Supple. As in "I can't believe I'm riding an alu road bike on this ridiculously rough road with 25c clinchers" supple. Makes you at least question why gravel bikes exist.
      3. Traction: Compared to Pro4 (SC or endurance) or GP 4 Seasons, or most other "training" tires, these are the best. You can drop your friends on descents laughing while yelling "CRITLYFE" all winter long. Usually feels like the grip has no limit, unless they're worn out, then it can be bad. Ask me how I know.
      4. Flat protection. I destroyed a sidewall on my 3rd ride, on a sketchy gravel descent. Gatorskin miiiight have survived. Whatever. Otherwise that tire's replacement only had 1-2 flats and minimal visible cuts in its lifespan.
      5. Durability: The start that shines the brightest burns half as long, or whatever. They made it maybe 1500 miles. They're not gators. However, see #6.
      6. Price: Wait, really? $29.99?? My team is about to buy ALL OF THEM. They may be discontinued or something. Worth buying in bulk.

      Seriously. Go buy them while they're still available.

      Are these tires tubeless ready?

      Definitely not. But on a positive note they feel more supple than tubeless road, even with a standard tube.

      Great tires for those bumpy rides!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I enjoy the the best tires for racing but also for riding with our club, so I value a tire I can use for both long rides and races. Roads in my town aren't the best and I have been using 25mm for quite a long time now and I found the tires I ended up buying the most are the GP4000's, Vittoria Open Corsa Evo's, and the Open Pave's. I loved the GP4000's but unfortunately they bloom to a width that is a little too wide for my Giant Propel and rocks and grit scratch the cutout on the seat tube. The Corsa's were great but ultimately I chose the Pave's because they're a little more durable and there are better deals on them. They corner great, soak up the road vibrations, and most importantly they fit very well if you want to run 25mm tires but have little tire clearance.

      Avg. ride time: 2h 29m per week
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      Ditto everything Benjamin S. said!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Ditto everything Benjamin said! I have used these tires year around for years. I run the 27's (Sometimes I'll put the 24/25mm up front) at around 80psi on wide profile wheels (Flo 45's), and get my yearly milage out of them (up to 6000 mi), then stick them on my other wheels for use on my rollers for the winter. I never see anyone else using these (other than friends that were turned on to them), and it's a shame because there is a HUGH difference between the ride quality of these supple, high TPI tires and GatorSkins...and run them at the right psi, there is no increase in flats (YMMV)! If you're not pleased with the ride quality of your bike, tryout a pair of these and you'll be very pleased...25mm or 27mm, both are good but the 27's have a bit better ride.

      BY THE WAY...I looked at some reviews that said these tires cut easily. I will say that I do get some surface "cuts" if you want to call them that, but they have never caused any problems for me...just the price you pay for a softer tire and a great ride.

      Avg. ride time: 4h 39m per week
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      Very smooth ride!

        Heard these tires offered a smooth ride and truth be told they are. Jury still out on the wear as I haven't had them long enough.

        Why aren't you buying these?

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        You don't have a good reason not to grab two and give them a try.

        Every schmo that has issues with flats runs the same setup. Low TPI, inflexible tires (but they're thick and have Kevlar in them!), with thick butyl tubes, and PSI's above 110. Join the revolution. Get a flexible, comfortable, supple tire and pair it with latex tubes. Pump them to 90psi or so. I promise you'll have a better bike to road interface with less reliability issues.

        This tire specifically is just another great high TPI Italian tire that makes cycling more fun. Except it costs half of what it's brothers and sisters from the same company cost. And it has slightly better traction in wet conditions. And the red label on black sidewall looks boss. And did I mention it's cheap?

        It's winter, get the 27's. Put some of Vittoria's universally loved pink latex wonder-tubes inside these skins and enjoy awesomeness.

        Avg. ride time: 50m per week
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        Great Tire!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have had these tires on for about 650 miles and have never had a flat. I live in Florida so during the summer we get wet conditions, this tire had no problem with handling in the rain and never once slipped out. I noticed the back tire started to wear around mile 600, but that can be due to city riding traffic with frequent skids.

        Avg. ride time: 1h 12m per week
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        Fantastic Tire!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I put a pair of the 27mm in my Giant Defy 5. They're amazing! They have great traction, even in the wet, outrageously low rolling resistance, and are extremely resistant to punctures. I have not had a single flat, even riding through the glass & hole-littered roads of Boston. They are also extremely compliant, and make it a pleasure to ride on bumpy roads (well... by road bike standards).

        I've only had them for about 700km, and the rear tire already shows very small cuts and a bit of wear. The front tire looks better. These are not exactly high-mileage tires, but given their performance - that's about what I expect. Also, the green strip is a real attention catcher. Everyone looks at you, as if though you were Queen Elizabeth riding a unicycle.

        It seems Vittoria doesn't plan on making them anymore, so get these while you can!

        Fantastic Tire!
        Avg. ride time: 4h 39m per week
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        Great tire

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Only bought one 25mm for my rear wheel and it lasted me almost all summer. Over 3000km when I hit a sharp hazzard that slashed the tire open.
        Very supple and comfortable smooth ride.

        Finestre last 9 K gravel without a flat!

          This is the only tire I use. 25's. Just rode 400+ miles/over 40K gain in Italy. No flats! And the last day was a climb up Finestre, the last 9 K gravel. I forgot to let a bit of air out, but no problem. No flats, my bike handled well with these things on my enve 3.4's.

          Avg. ride time: 6h 40m per week
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          terrific packed dirt/gravel road tire

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          picked up a set of these in the 27mm width in the early spring to use on my X bike during the summer months to ride on paved road, dirt, and occasional gravel. ran pressure from 75-85 psi and got excellent road feel, grip, and traction when needed. only 1 flat from a goathead last week. now that X season is almost here I'll take them off and use them again for the same purpose next year.