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Vittoria Open Pave CG III Clincher Tire

Vittoria Open Pave CG III Clincher TireVittoria Open Pave CG III Clincher Tire
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Vittoria's Open Pave CG III has proven its merits on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix and through the most demanding racing conditions, boasting a blend of speed, responsiveness, and durability that leaves other tires in the dust.

This updated design is better than ever thanks to the new ISOgrip rubber compound which combines incredible grip with low rolling resistance, delivering excellent performance in wet or dry conditions. A diamond center tread with chevron shoulders adds predictable grip and sheds water in wet conditions, and the super-supple Corespun K 320 TPI casing includes Kevlar threads for the ultimate combination of cut resistance and ride quality.

Available in Black/Green and Full Black. 700c x 25mm (25-622 ISO) and 700c x 27mm (27-622 ISO). Folding bead. 240 grams (25mm version).

Note: This clincher tire is somewhat confusingly labeled as an "Open Tubular." It fits standard clincher rims.

Applications: Road Racing, Performance Road Riding 

Tire Type: Clincher-Folding 

ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622 mm

Min Pressure: 100 psi

Max Pressure: 130 psi

Threads Per Inch: 320 tpi

Made in: Thailand 

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Reviewed 2/8/2013
by Maria (BikeTiresDirect.com Staff)
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Portland, OR
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13 of 13 customers found this review helpful.
Super cush

Pricey, yes, but very supple. I like this tire on road and off (hard packed dirt, gravel). It's a great performer and lasts a long time for a race tire. The tread is minimal, but effective, and makes a fun zipper sound when you wipe glass off in motion.

On top of all that, no flats yet (about 2000 miles so far).

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Reviewed 3/1/2014
by 96Wahoo
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Belgium
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4 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
Impressive tires that can really handle Pave

To begin, I currently live in Belgium. This means I can occasionally be surprised at full speed by a section of pave (cobblestones), chip-seal, or just plain bad roads at any moment. After reading up on tires after my last flat, I decided to lay out more money and buy these pave tires. Despite the fact the green stripes in no way match my bike. Or any bike I think I have ever seen, bar the pro Movistar team bikes. (Someone at Vittoria copying this?!) That said, these tires have been worth every cent. I have been seeking out pave in preparation for the Roubaix Challenge, and have been thrilled to find I can maintain on average 2-3 mph faster on these tires- I never knew tires could make that much difference. Off the pave, despite running 27mm vice 25mm and slightly lower pressure, I have seen no average speed difference on good roads, so durable, and low rolling resistance. I have yet to get a flat on these (though, to be fair to Conti, I have only flatted once on the set these replaced). So to sum up... expensive? Yes - hence the 3 stars (any bike tire that begins to approach car tire prices... enough said). But I do not regret this purchase one bit. These are outstanding - and fast - tires that do everything advertised.

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Reviewed 3/3/2014
by Adkerr
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Eugene, OR
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Top notch winter and mixed condition road tire.

I switched to the Open Pave CG III on my winter road bike. I live and ride in the Pacific Northwest where our winters are not particularly icy or cold but are very wet. We tend to accumulate a lot of road debris, especially along the edges of lanes and throughout bike lanes and cycle tracks. Gravel roads tend to become soupy muddy messes. A wider profile all conditions tire is a must for winter cycling. I don't ride competitively anymore, but I do ride hard and often. Performance and durability trump most cost concerns for me. I've experienced no loss of speed or endurance with the Open Pave CG III but have noted improved cornering and confidence due to rubber compound, tread pattern, sidewall construction, etc. It's not necessarily a direct benefit of the tire, more of the increased contact patch, but comfort is improved too with no significant weight penalty. I'm hard pressed to even discern a weight difference and any that exists is insignificant compared to the tire's other benefits. I cannot yet speak to durability, but performance to date suggests these tires will roll well throughout the season, which around here lasts a long time. Apart from the Open Pave CG III I ride mostly tubeless road tires. So my only criticism is that I'd love to see this tire come out in a tubeless clincher version so I can run it at lower pressures. That said, I've used Vittoria tires before and this one trumps them all. Compared to other top brands, Vittoria generally and the Open Pave CG III specifically are very hard to beat. Aesthetically, that new green sidewall is really sharp and adds a nice pop of color to otherwise gray, hazy days in the saddle. It's not a budget buy, but you get what you pay for right? Overall impression, buy them, ride them, love them.

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Reviewed 8/18/2014
by Anonymous
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nice riding tire,

Pretty picky with tires. Most of my riding is road commute but I do a few races season. I've tried several types on my Ridley XFire 'cross (Continentals GP4000s-Utrarace-Speedride, Kendas, Vittoria RubinosZaffiros) to see which gave good ride quality and quantity.

I found these Vittoria Open Pave CGs to be a 1)generally smoother riding tire than others, 2)fairly robust even after 1-2K riding miles, and 3)very nice wet weather tire - definitely better than Conti GP4000s. I think the wet weather handling (wet pavement to driving rain) aspect was best feature as these Vittoria's improve the ride quality and bike handling considerably -at least on pavement. I think they corner and hold the road better than the lower priced Vittorias and def better than the Continentals (x23 or x25mm). The reason that I didn't give the Open Pave a higher value rating is they are $65-85 per tire which is an absurd price to pay for a tire for the type of riding I do. I did get these at a steep discount (basically 2 for 1) but probably wouldn't get them more than 1x per yr.

I've taken these out on local CO Front Range roads and classicsCX courses which have a variety of surfaces (smooth, debris laden, packed dirtgravel, sand andor marginally rideable). I found that they perform well but depending on the road type (paved road vs trails) require a bit of tire pressure manipulation to dial in ride quality.

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Reviewed 9/11/2014
by Anonymous
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Boulder, CO
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smooths out the rough roads

most supple riding road tire I have ever used.

surprisingly good puncture resistance.

excellent grip. good wear.

I use it with latex tubes (filled with 10ml Caffe Latex)

55-65psi on graveldirt roads (I weigh 135lb)

27 width

I like to ride the dirt mountain roads around Boulder

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Reviewed 8/2/2014
by Coral Snake of the Mountains
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San Diego, CA
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Superb Choice for Rough Roads

The pavement in my neighborhood is horrible. So no matter where I ride, I always leave and return through bumpy, cracked-up crumbly crud. I also like to take a lot of unpaved shortcuts. Because of the places I ride, I'm finding that I like a bit more rubber than most of my roadie friends. I tried a set of Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech 28s, but had a slight bit of rubbing on the rear brake when out of the saddle, so those had to go to another bike. With the Open Paves, I'm riding the 27s with no clearance issues on my primary road bike. So far with 2,500 miles on them, they're my favorite tires ever. I'm a 160-pound rider on wider rims, inflating to 80 psi front and 90 psi rear. At this rate, their durability has been better than par. Their feel over roughness and grip through corners is superb. The green side walls are a nice visual bonus.

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Reviewed 6/25/2014
by queridiculo
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
cush, fast, questionable durability

I'm on my 2nd set on these tires and my experience with them mostly mirrors how others have described them with durability being the main exception.

I ride the 27mm version at around 100psi mounted to Hed Belgium wheels and cuts through the casing that ultimately resulted in flats have been a constant problem.

Ended up replacing the rear tire with less than 200 miles on them after suffering a number of cuts, and the replacement has suffered a similar fate with roughly 600 miles on them at this point.

Love the tire, but given the durability issues the price is a bit bothersome.

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Reviewed 8/21/2014
by Anonymous
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Memphis
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My favorite training tire!

This is an awesome tire for training as well as gravel grinders in this area. I especially love to pick up the all-black versions when BTD has them in stock.

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Reviewed 5/13/2014
by ideas77
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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
700 X 25 are a no go!

Hands down, I've never been through so many tubes in my life. I've gone through total of 4 of them since mounting this tire onto my beloved ENVE 45 wheels. It always seems to go flat on its own after a rough ride through some gravel areas here in LA and Hollywood Hills. The reason I bought these tires, because Los Angeles roads are so terrible. Perhaps the casing is so stiff that it punctures the tires? I don't know. Every single time a tube has blown, I check for thorns or sharp objects embedded within the tire. And every time (like it claims) is really puncture resistant. No thorns, no nothing. So what gives? Perhaps the tire or tube isn't seated correctly? I've thought that over a million times. But I'm a guy coming from the Holy Grail of tires. The Continental 4000S. Hands down the best tires I've ever ridden. Wear indicator is gold, also mounting the tire only requires one lever instead of doing a workout with two. Perhaps I think.. well maybe I should've gone with the 27C width? seems like that's what the pros are using and perhaps maybe that was my mistake of not looking too deep into the reviews and going for it. But the 25's really are like continental 23C.. and I can only guess that the 27C is like Continental 25's. I say save your money and either go with the 27's and let me know how it goes, or just stick to what you know and go with the 4000S.

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Reviewed 5/28/2014
by Durishin
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Connecticut
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Rides nearly like a tub.

I put a pair of these on my Synapse at the suggestion of an bicycle engineer colleague. They are a revelation in terms of both ride on the typically broken roadways of New England and handling. In fact, they are as close to cornering on tubulars as I have come.

This summer I am recording rides for a book of rides in Connecticut. With the Open Pave's I have encountered lightly and tightly packed gravel, sand, mud and wet cobbles all of which these tires have handles with aplomb.

Previous tires on this bike have been Hutchinsons, Vredsteins, Vittoria Rubino Pros, Vittoria Open Corsas.

If you're seriously into any riding that is not a criterium - these are the open tires (non-tubular) to have.

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Reviewed 3/21/2014
by WAMTB
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Snoqualmie, WA
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Great tire

I put a set of the 27mm tires on this spring, on Hed Belgium Plus rims. The end result is right at 27mm wide. I've previously had several sets of the 24mm version. The 27mm seems like the same only better. Fast rolling, comfortable ride. 150 miles so far and one flat, which was caused by a piece of glass. Probably approaching 40 miles of gravel out of that distance with no issues. The tires do seem to wear somewhat quickly. Overall, I think its hard to find a tire with this combination of ride quality, speed, and puncture resistance.

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Reviewed 12/5/2013
by jimsunn
Ontario, Canada
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
wider is cooler!

I am sold on wider tires, the ride feel, better handling and lower rolling resistance is without comparison I race on 23mm front and 25mm rear Vittoria Corsa Evo tubulars and use 25mm tires front and back on most of my bikes now, so I thought I would give these 27mm clinchers a go on my training hoops. I can't notice them being slower but I do notice a better ride quality. Carbon frames have become very stiff and a wider tire with a lower pressure seems to work.

For the 'shoulder' season these tires make perfect sense but I will stick with 25mm for the ride season.

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Reviewed 11/14/2013
by Kevin C. in Minnesota
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Rochester, MN
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Nice tire for &40some&41 gravel racing & rough roads!

I bought these in a 27c size and mounted them on my road bike (Tarmac) for use in gravel races. I weigh 150 lbs and run them att 62-65 psi and they do well as long as the course is hard-packed and there's not too much deep stuff.

The surprise with these tires, though, they ride so nice with the extra volume that I think they'll become my training tires for road use, too! For pavement, I bring them up to 70 psi and they're fast and oh so comfortable! When my buddies are whining on their 23c's about a crappy stretch of pavement I just smile and tell them that I don't know what they're talking about.

Only negative, from an aestetic point of view, the green shoulders really don't do much on a red & silver bike. Wish I could buy them all-black or in other colors (like red shoulders).

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Reviewed 10/25/2013
by Anonymous
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Columbus, OH
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0 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
No issues so far and have gotten several compliments on the look.

I have ridden several hundred miles on these tires and have had no issues with cuts, flats, or holding traction on the road. I have gotten several compliments from folks on how they look, which is nice but not a reason to go out and buy them.

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Reviewed 8/12/2013
by Anonymous
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Ellensburg, WA and Tucson, AZ
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2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.
Strong and Supple describes this great tire.

I ride a variety of country roads and this tire gives me cornering confidence on less than smooth roads and the supple casing rolls over freshly chip-sealed roads very smoothly. I bought the 25mm size and it measures 24.5 on my old 19mm Mavic Reflex SUP rims. Although not as supple as the Open Corsa Evo's the added durability/longevity is worth the trade-off for a everyday ride and they run as true as the Evo's. I have only ridden them for a few hundred miles, but they show no sign of tread wear or cuts and have had no flats. Hopefully they will wear well going forward, if so, they will replace The Michelin Pro Endurance (replacing the out of production Krylions I swore by), on my other bike that faces the road hazards of riding on the streets of Tucson. The Michelins have held up fine, but not nearly the ride quality of the Vittoria. I'm guessing the Pave will be a great compromise of durability and ride quality. Highly recommended at this point.

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Reviewed 7/19/2013
by Dave Bicycle
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Bergen County, New Jersey
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1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.
Durable Tire with Good Ride Quality

I originally purchased the Pave tires for use in late fall, winter, early spring because they are good in bad road conditions. I have continued using them into the summer. They are very durable and withstand the worst road conditions, hence the name Pave. I don't mean to jinx myself but I have been through 2 sets of these tires without a flat, and ridden them for thousands of miles. True, they are not the lightest tires but I am not racing on them. I find that the 25cm tires (they moved from a 24 to a 25) provide a softer ride.

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Reviewed 6/7/2013
by campione32
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Casole d''Elsa &40 SI &41, Italia
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best touring tires available, impossible to buy them here in Italy form Vittoria an Italian company, go figure

performance touring on racing bike on asphalt and strade bianche.

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Reviewed 5/11/2013
by gregorio
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Northern MN
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3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
Like them a lot

I ordered these to use once winter was over and the worst of the debris is off the roads. I use and love conti 4 seasons during the early spring and late fall After about 400 miles I would characterize these tires as slightly more supple & comfy than conti 4000's. On rides longer than 50 miles I feel less beat up by road shock.

I haven't flatted on rough roads, as yet, and can detect no signs of wear or damage to the casings - in spite of the odd patches of chunky gravel. Compared to the conti 4000 25mm, I would give the durability edge to conti over the long haul last year I got 2K out of the back and 3.6K from the front. The vitoria's are more comfortable and of course have sick green sidewalls.

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