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    31 Reviews


    Unfortunately for those of us who revel in such esoteric things, tubular tires are rapidly going the way of the dodo, at least as far as non-professional use is concerned. Essentially, if you don’t have someone gluing your tires for you, and swapping wheels whenever you flat, it’s probably not worth running tubs. That hurts to write, but it’s true. And in place of those oh-so-smooth tubulars sit tires like the Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX, which is a tubular in everything but installation.

    “Open tubular” is the name that tire companies give to tires that are constructed using a tubular casing, but then attached to a clincher bead, which retains most of the riding characteristics of a tubular, with all the convenience of a clincher. It really is having your cake and eating it too.

    • The most 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
    • Item #VIT0090

    Tech Specs

    700 x 21 c, 700 x 23 c, 700 x 25 c
    Claimed Weight
    [700x21c] 195 g, [700x23c] 210 g, [700x25c] 220 g
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    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 like them but the rocks tore one up.

      I really like these paired with latex tubes. Unfortunately, one rock too many on the rear tire put a deep cut that readily tore off at only 563 miles within 1 month. I had a pair of 23's on hand so I will give the 25's one more chance after I run through those since pricing is so reasonable. I like the feel of the 25's better. but I did want to try to 23's for experience sake.

      I like them but the rocks tore one up.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.


        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.

        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.

            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.

            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.

            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.

            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.

            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.

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

            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.

            Are these tires true-to-size? I'd like...

            Are these tires true-to-size? I'd like to go as wide as possible without frame rub.

            I've got Michelin Pro4 and the 23s measure 24.25 while the 25s measure 27.1 (which begin to rub the frame when out of the saddle).

            Can someone look on the box and tell me...

            Can someone look on the box and tell me if Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX III are manufactured in Italy or China or Tawain. Thanks, Gianni

            Hey Backcountry, aren't these actually...

            Hey Backcountry, aren't these actually clinchers? If so, why are they listed under tubulars?

            Hi Michael, these are indeed clincher tires. It sounds like there may be an issue with our search filters, perhaps due to the fact that these are also considered "open tubulars" using Vittoria's own vernacular for a clincher. If you have any other questions, feel free to shoot me a note directly at For more immediate assistance with product questions, you can also chat or call in to talk to one of our bike experts.