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    Open Corsa CX

    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 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 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

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    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

    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.

      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 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.

        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.

        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.

        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

        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.