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Vittoria Pave EVO CG III Tire - Tubular $
Strong enough for Paris-Roubaix, or whatever you have back home.
The word "Pave" translates to "cobblestone," as in, this is a tire that's designated for rough roads. 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 Corsa line's results speak for themselves. Simply put, this line boasts more race wins than any other tire in history.
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 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 270 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 Vittoria Pave EVO CG III Tire - Tubular is available individually in either a 25 or 27mm size. It is available in a tubular form and in the colors Black/green.
- 320TPI Corespun casing
- ISOgrip rubber compound
- All tread pattern design
- Latex inner tube
Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.
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Long term update...Love these tires
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
9/6/16: Finally got a flat on the back tire after 3800 miles. It was not a puncture, but rather a blow out of the sidewall. I was kind of experimenting to see how long it would really last. The tread was basically worn flat and smooth, so next time I will just put on a new tire at around 3500 miles. By the way, the front tire STILL has tread after 4000 miles and it is still going strong. I now inflate to about 90 in the front, and 95 in the rear. Seems perfect for my weight and the ride is smooth and sure.
Original review:I just built up a new bike and decided to go with Bora One 35 tubular wheels and mounted the Pave tires. First time on tubulars in many, many years. I now have 1000 miles on the bike, wheels and tires. No flats so far! The tires ride great, even when the road is rough or there is some dirt, sand or gravel on the road. I weigh 155 and have been pumping to 110 rear and 105 front, but I'm thinking I should start trying some lower pressures. My Pave's are 25C. At first, I did not like the green stripes, but I love them now. So many people have commented on how cool they look - totally unexpected.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My weapon of choice for rough rock-chipped roads, gravel grinding, and epic rides where a tubular flat would mean disaster.
Reliability on the road is exceptional, durability is a cut above any other tubular I've been on. A lot of bang for your buck here for the amount of miles it takes to wear these puppies down.
Surprisingly supple feel for an ultra comfortable ride, but sturdy and quick enough for a road race or a few practice crits here and there.
Great all around, any condition tubular!