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Old 10-10-2014, 06:38 PM
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… in praise of vittoria corsa elite tires

Okay, these are such great tires I thought I should post something about them.

The downsides of tubular tires:
They can flat, and then you're in some trouble.
They wear quickly.
They're expensive.
They're difficult to mount.
They lose lots of pressure in a short period of time… what a hassle, have to pump them up before every ride.

Well... these tires don't have at least four of the five outlined above.

You can pick them up for ~ $50-$55 per tire, they're tough, flat resistant and they wear slowly. The pictures below are after 400 miles of use, with lots of climbing out of the saddle (therefore much more wear on the rear tire). Top is the front, bottom the rear.

They have butyl tubes, so you can go at least 3 days before you have to top them off with your pump. In spite of that they (somehow) seem to ride just as smoothly as latex tube tires.

And they are super easy to mount, go on straight (even easier than other tires made by the same company). No fuss, no bother.

Oh, yeah. Get the 25's.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:47 PM
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I feel the same way about Vittoria Open CX clinchers. Best tires I've ever owned.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:54 PM
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Thanks for the report! How do these compare to the Open Corsa CX or SC, which go for about $70?
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:24 PM
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Thanks for the report! How do these compare to the Open Corsa CX or SC, which go for about $70?
I've ridden both, but not a lot of miles on the SC's. Well, IMO the ride is awfully close in quality, and after you get in the first 25-50 miles of use, the grip seems about as good.

Wear rate is better, air pressure loss is dramatically better.

And they're easier to mount up and get straight on the rim than either of the other Vittoria tires.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:39 PM
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The Corsa elite is a tubular last time I looked. Does it make sense to compare it to the open corsa tire (either cx or sc)

There is no Open Corsa Elite is there? I don't think so.

I agree that Vittoria makes the tires that get my money. I'm out of the tubular game now, but the open corsa's are excellent.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:45 PM
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I have 4 of these coming, should be here early next week. I've heard a lot of good things about them in the past months.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:28 PM
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I'm pretty sure Tom is comparing the Elite tubular to the Corsa CX and SC tubulars...FWIW.

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The Corsa elite is a tubular last time I looked. Does it make sense to compare it to the open corsa tire (either cx or sc)

There is no Open Corsa Elite is there? I don't think so.

I agree that Vittoria makes the tires that get my money. I'm out of the tubular game now, but the open corsa's are excellent.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:51 PM
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I've only got 100 miles or so on the set I glued up last week but I really like them so far. Btw, I paid $38 each for them from Ribble with free shipping. In hindsight I should have ordered more than two but I was skeptical that a tubular priced so low would work so well.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:14 PM
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+1 to all the positive comments. If I don't look down, I have a hard time telling whether I'm on my Pave CGs or Corsa Elites -- both in 25mm. Thanks to OldPotatoe for being one of the first to call them out as a great tire, which helped me decide to give them a try. Now if they only came in a tan sidewall...
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The pictures below are after 400 miles of use, with lots of climbing out of the saddle (therefore much more wear on the rear tire).
This just made me laugh. I know what you're getting at, but all I could think of was the insinuation that you're laying down rubber every time you attack out of the saddle.

More seriously, at this price point, it actually seems reasonable to consider tubulars.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:33 PM
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… you're laying down rubber every time you attack out of the saddle.
Now that is funny.

Attack? I need to stand to climb just to get up the hill…
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:40 AM
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Base tape

Do the Elites have the latex coating on the base tape?
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Thwart... Are those the tires I traded you for the Campy brifters? I rebuilt the right and have been getting lots of use out of 'em , so looks like a win-win trade. Enjoy the tires!
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Do the Elites have the latex coating on the base tape?
No. Don't think so..I'll check the new ones I have. Great tire, my now go to tire..290 TPI vs 320 of CX, butyl tube, hand made, great tire..25mm.

I have never taken anything off the base tape before gluing..just cleaned it with acetone.
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:56 AM
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Do the Elites have the latex coating on the base tape?
Mine did. Exactly the same as the CX's and SC's. A little solvent wipe (or like in the old days of Vittoria, abrade a bit with a butter knife, or something similar) before gluing up is recommended.

OP knows much more, but that's what I do…

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Thwart... Are those the tires I traded you for the Campy brifters?
The very same. Glad to hear it worked out well both ways.
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