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    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.

    • 320tpi casing
    • Open Tubular design
    • Isogrip rubber for increased grip in all conditions
    • Item #VIT0090

    Tech Specs

    Compound
    IsoGrip
    Size
    700 x 21 c, 700 x 23 c, 700 x 25 c
    Type
    clincher
    TPI
    320
    Bead
    folding
    Claimed Weight
    [700x21c] 195 g, [700x23c] 210 g, [700x25c] 220 g
    Recommended Use
    road
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    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.

    Love

      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.

          Best crit/road racing tire

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have been on a quest to find the ideal tire for crit's and road races. My goal has been to balance rolling resistance, aero, cornering, handling in wet conditions, puncture protection, and a variety of sizes. This is that tire in my opinion. These are the best i have found in really sharp corners and in wet conditions. The rolling resistance is right at the top of the best tires out there and windtunnel data suggests its not hurting you either. The puncture resistance is decent when they are new but understand that they have around 800-1000 miles of life before they are compromised. Also do not ride these on the trainer for warmups before races, you will drop the tire life by a few hundred miles quickly.

          Racing Tire

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've been a continental guy for a long time, loyal to the gatorskin for commuting and the grand prix 4000 for general training and racing. As a bold risk taker apt for for venturing into the unknown, I took at shot at these so I'd have a better base for comparison between different brands.



          Thus far, I'm impressed.



          "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.



          Now durability is where I'm still a bit skeptical. They're holding up well so far (about 500 miles), but we'll see how they compare to other brands after more heavy use. Will be back with an update on that later, but for now I'm loving them!

          Update on wear: not as durable as some other brands. After about 900 miles I had a few flats and they just weren't going to last for me. Awesome ride for those 900 miles though. Would run these again.

          My Favorite Race Tire, Plus Training!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have ridden all the top tires and due to it's traction, superb supple casing, and fast ultra low rolling resistance, this has become my favorite tire. The only down sides are they are pricey and wear much faster than most, yet I do not get flats/punctures on them! They are surprisingly tough for a top end race tire. Bear in mind that I change out my rear the moment the center tread goes smooth, as I will not try to save a buck in favor of flats. I HATE FLATS!

          Amazing ride quality!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I'll make it short, because it has pretty much all been said.



          If you want tubular-like ride quality without the hassle of tubulars (gluing, flats), pair them with Vittoria Latex tubes and "voil�". You will not believe that you are riding clinchers.



          I run them on my ENVE 6.7 clinchers, which makes for a sublime ride. Now go and get some!

          You have to try these

            Vittoria is based in Northern Italy like many of the Big names of Italian cycling: Bianchi, Colnago, Pinarello, Campagnolo, Columbus tubing, Cinelli, 3T, Deda Elementi, etc. Vittoria has been manufacturing pro-level bicycle tires for 60 years. It shows. Their range and R&D is pretty amazing. For example, check out Vittoria's green "Pave EVO CG III" in tubular or clincher. They were designed specifically for puncture resistance and performance on the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix (to dream) -or the wet chip & seal on your local roads in the Fall-Winter-Spring.

            Yes, Vittoria tires are made in a company-run factory in Thailand (Michelin's excellent Pro4 Service Course race tires are also made in Thailand), but the company and design is based in Italy -as always.

            Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX tires feature fantastic traction, grip, and dynamic feel. The latter is what really sets these Vittorias apart for me.

            Great tire though not made in Italy. Vittoria sold their original Italian shop to Veloflex who uses these old digs to still produce hand-made tires FROM Italy. Vittoria moved their production to Thailand as noted elsewhere. As an aside, I just weighed the hand-made Veloflex Corsa 23, it coming in at 199g. I weighed the Vittoria Open Corsa EVO CX II, it coming in at 225g. That being said, BOTH are excellent tires and the only two tires I ride now (Veloflex Master 22/23 on vintage, which is same tire as Corsa without the black dye on sidewalls). The only negative to the Veloflex is they are perhaps the hardest tire to install I've ever encountered. You must treat pre-stretch these tires if you have difficult wheels. I'm always amazed at how many people opt to ride tires that are so inferior in ride, handling, and rolling resistance, just to gain some extra wear. The difference is not subtle.



            - kh

            Race Day Tire

              I strap these to my Zipp 202's on race day since it is a racing tire. In conjunction, I use the Vittoria latex tubes which will take the tire to the next level for super fast rolling and a comfy ride. I have not experienced any flats on race day so far. I have used the Conti 4000S, but in my opinion the open corsa are faster and corner very well. They fit my Zipp 202's really well and I am able to get them on in about 30 seconds using only my fingers. That is important because if I do flatten, it can get it changed super fast. Like I said, this is my race day tire, it may not be as durable mileage wise or offer bomb proof flat protection as say a training tire, it does serve it's purpose on race day and that's what I want. I run mine at 110/115.

              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 atierney@backcountry.com. For more immediate assistance with product questions, you can also chat or call in to talk to one of our bike experts.