VittoriaOpen Corsa EVO 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 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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

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 $28.95. I've already stocked up! Feel free to reach out to me at jdraper@backcountry.com 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.

    Awesome quality and unbelievable savings as well....

    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.

    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.

    They are touted as a "race" tyre, and surely a race that one will never finish. I burned through 3 sets in 3 months. Live and learn.

    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!

    Thanks for the awesome review Marcus!

    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.

      The best?

        Yes, These are the best tires I have ever used. I run mine about 120 psi. The ride quality is incredible. I paired mine with latex tubes and Enve 3.4 wheels.

        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.

        You can but why? The ride quality at the recommended PSI is incredibly smooth. These are the best tires I have ever used. I run mine about 120. psi.

        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.

        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.