After spending three years testing and perfecting the product, Vittoria Graphene tires for road, off-road, and urban cycling successfully reduce rolling resistance and increase grip and tread life!
Graphene is a carbon material that is only one atom thick yet an incredibly strong material. The benefit for bicycle tires is increased tread life, increased grip, and because it absorbs less energy, provides up to 40 percent less rolling resistance.
G+ Isotech Graphene Compound for Vittoria Tires
Vittoria says the Graphene Plus compound it uses – called G+ Isotech and created by an Italian company called Directa Plus – is several atoms thick. When the tire is rolling straight, the rubber compound is its hardest, therefore reducing rolling resistance.
When the rider accelerates, brakes, or corners, the compound softens and offers more grip. We will confess we don’t really understand how a carbon compound can do that, but the testers so far say it works really well!
They do feel differently than other Vittoria tires, which we use for road and cyclocross. There’s a different feel to the compound.
The mountain bike tires – Morsa and Mezcal – get great traction, minimal know squirm (the knobbies on the tire can twist and turn under pressure), and better wear rates.
Here is the list of Vittoria Graphene tires currently in stock. Ben’s Cycle can order the Corsa Speed models, other Rubino Pro models, and the E-Goma and E-Barzo models.
- Corsa road clincher tires. Corsa tires – clincher and tubular – are high-performance tires meant for racing. They will wear faster than Rubino tires.
- Corsa road tubular tires
- Rubino Pro road clincher tires. Rubino tires are meant for training and all-around use. These will last longer.
- Rubino road clincher tire
- Revolution urban tire for city and mixed terrain use
- Morsa off-road tubeless-ready tire
- Mezcal off-road all-around tubeless-ready tire
Vittoria Graphene Tires are Faster on the Road
BicycleRollingResistance.com did a series of tests on the new Vittoria Corsa tire with Graphene. They say the rolling resistance – friction that slows the tire down when it’s on the road – is lower for the new Corsa.
I’m happy to see Vittoria’s claims to be true. At least in the rolling resistance department, the new Corsa G+ is a good improvement upon its older predecessors. While it doesn’t outperform the popular Continental GP4000S II or Schwalbe One in the rolling resistance test, I know there are people that wouldn’t trade their Corsas for anything. If grip and wear have increased as well, these will be great tires.
Bike Radar said the Corsa Speed tires were some of the best clincher (open tubular) tires they’ve ever tested.
…the Corsa Speed is tangibly fast on the road with an ultra-efficient roll that not only gobbles up pavement but does so with incredible comfort. They’re also impressively grippy and with an actual weight of just 215g in the sole 700x23mm size (plus 35g per tire for the requisite sealant), the Corsa Speeds are even some of the lightest options around. In terms of all-out performance, the Corsa Speed is easily one of the best clinchers I’ve ever used.
Bike Radar also says, though, that the Corsa Speed tires were a little fragile and should be saved for race days!
Bike Radar did a nice job of explaining the new technology for road, off-road, and urban tires in this post.
Call us or stop in for more information and to check out the tires. Vittoria also makes graphene-enhanced carbon wheels!