One of the top end road tubs, the Vittoria Corsa Evo CX is a good all round tubular, which is a popular choice for road racing and time trials. It is my second most used tubular after Continental Competition, and has been pretty hardy so far.
It has a tpi of 320. This high thread count helps offer smooth ride with low rolling resistance. The puncture resistance is helped by a PRB 2.0 puncture resistant belting. At 245 g it is not the lightest tub on the market. It’s ideal performance would be on a tough road surface. If you are riding on pancake flat tarmac, you might get away with a thinner tyre – like the Vittoria Chrono or Veloflex Record.
However, riding without support vehicle and knowing the road surfaces in UK, I generally prefer the more durable tub like Vittoria Corsa.
I have been riding a Vittoria Corsa Evo on and off since 2012 (I tried it mainly because I couldn’t get any Continental Competition at the time). It feels a good ride, even when pumped up to 120-140psi.
I have had two punctures on Vittoria Corsa Evo, this is over about 800 miles of racing and warming up. It’s as good as it gets whilst still retaining a race performance. I used to think Continental Competition were indestructable, but I got two punctures this week from the smallest of thorns / pinch flat. So I think it’s hard to say there is much in it between the two most popular tubs.
I have never had any problem fitting to a range of wheels. It is quite subtle and easy to roll on to the tyre.
One note, there are three different valve options. If you have a deep rim wheel, you may want to get one of the custom Vittoria valve extensions. This is good because sometimes other adaptors are not ideal.
They wear relatively quickly. After 500 miles, I’m looking to replace or just keep as a spare for a puncture.
Very good handling. Have ridden in wet and hilly time trials, but the grip is good. I would recommend 23′ rather than smaller size of 21′.
If in doubt, you can always use what many other people and pro teams use. Vittoria claim that the Vittoria Corsa Evo is one of the most popular tubulars in the peleton. Though I’ve heard other similar claims too.
Weight: 245-255g. Similar in weight to the Continental Competition and a range of other tubulars. Definitely not one of the lightest, you could go down to 220 grams for some high end tubs. The Vittoria Chrono comes in at 180grams. The difference is the greater puncture protection of the Corsa.
Max Bar Ratings: 8-14. Max psi Ratings: 115/200
One thing is that the Vittoria Corsa looses air quite quickly. I’ve noticed other people make similar comments, so it’s not just me. Could be a bit of a pain for a 12 hour time trial. But, generally I pump up before a race anyway.
Rolling resistance of tubulars
According to this study, The Vittoria Corsa Evo does quite well. It is interesting that according to this test the tyre and inner tube combination do better than the tubular. However, as with all studies there is always a margin of error and it is relatively small differences we are seeing.
|Deda Tre Giro d’Italia||0.0038|
|Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX||0.0039|
|Michelin Pro 2 Race||0.0042|
|Vittoria Diamante Pro Rain||0.0044|
|Michelin Megamium 2||0.0047|
|*Veloflex Carbon (Tubular)||0.0049|
|*Gommitalia Route du Nord (Tubular)||0.0050|
|Panaracer Stradius Pro||0.0051|
|Schwalbe Stelvio Plus||0.0052|
|*Gommitalia Platinum (Tubular)||0.0053|
|*Vittoria Corsa Evo CX (Tubular)||0.0054|
|Schwalbe Stelvio Evolution Front||0.0056|
|Continental GP Force (rear specific)||0.0057|
|Schwalbe Stelvio Evolution Rear||0.0057|
|*Vittoria Corsa Evo KS (Tubular)||0.0057|
|Continental Ultra GatorSkin||0.0058|
|Ritchey Pro Race Slick WCS||0.0058|
|*Continental Competition (Tubular)||0.0059|
|*Veloflex Roubaix (Tubular)||0.0059|
|*Continental Podium (Tubular)||0.0060|
|Specialized S-Works Mondo||0.0061|
|Continental GP 3000||0.0067|
|Hutchinson Top Speed||0.0069|
|*Schwalbe Stelvio (Tubular)||0.0069|
|Continental GP Attack (front specific)||0.0073|
|*Tufo Elite Jet (Tubular)||0.0073|
|*Schwalbe Montello 300 (Tubular)||0.0075|
|*Tufo Hi-Composite Carbon (Tubular)||0.0077|
Source: Tyre rolling resistance
A good all rounder for racing. It is not cheap at around £60 – £70. But, as usual tyres and tubs is not something to skimp on. If you can afford an expensive bike, you can afford the best tubulars. The only real question is when you want to forsake the puncture protection and really go for broke with a pure time trial tyre like The Veloflex record or the Chrono variety.
- Vittoria Corsa Evo CX at Wiggle £61
- Vittoria Evo Corsa at Wiggle (currently £42.99)
- Vittoria Corsa at Amazon.com $102
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