This is my fourth set of Zaffiros. Prior sets performed exceptionally well, particularly for the price.
I noticed right away the tread design was a bit different, but the biggest change is max PSI. My old Zaffiros (700c x 25mm) maxed out at 130psi. The new ones max out at 100psi. Uh-oh.
After one week and 100 miles, any performance concerns have been laid to rest. The tires ride smoother and rolling resistance is noticeably better. Not exactly sure if thats due to the new design or simply that Im running on brand new tires, but Im pleased with them so far. Time will tell if theyll go the trouble-free distance of my older Zaffiros.
Note tire picture and specs havent been updated on the BTD product page.
I ride my bike to and from work and sometimes when I exercise. I actually did it for part of the winter honestly. The tire I bought from them has withstood snow, the blistering heat, and even a tornado. Honestly great product. Bought again just recently for my other wheel.
The 700 x 25 are amazing for the money........The sidewall is stamped Min 70 PSI and Max 100 PSI and you MUST pay attention to the DIRECTIONAL ARROW on the tire.............!..overall these are great tires...not racing quality but for general riding..no problems...no flats after 300 miles..........
I've been running these Vittoria tires on my road (25-28) and cyclocross (28 on road, off season) bikes for some time time now. The price can't be beat for good, solid performing tires. The tires last well, especially if cared for and rotated occasionally to ensure longevity. I ride about 250 milesweek. They are easy to mount new out of the box (let the tires 'relax' half a day before mounting).
I really like this tire, i use it for city and touring. Here in the states I use 700 x 28 but when I travel abroad i'll go up to 700 x 32.
It's a real good rain tire too. The price is unbelievable !
I really like this tire, its smooth and fast with great feel. I find it very durable and have never had a puncture with this tire. For the price you can not beat it. I ride year round and am amazed how well it works on hard packed snow covered streets. I will be buying these again. A tire!
My last set of rubber were Panaracer Pasela which were great, but a recent purchase left me not so happy with the build quality, so I shopped around for a tire to fit my vintage Italian frame with high PSI clinchers. I was really attracted to the PSI rating and the review that mentioned Zaffiro were nice solid gummy grip tires, which I need here in NYC. Ride quality is smooth, resilient, and easy rolling to absorb the road imperfections that NYC is famous for. The big scare came when I fit the tires into my frame and found space of one or two hair filaments between the tire and the down tube in my tight geometry custom frame. My only major recommendation is to check the spacing of your frame since this is a really high profile tire about 3cm (1) above the rim, and a they are a bit heavier then the Pasela (but perfect for NYC streets).
Bought these as replacement tires for a 93 Giant Kronos road bike, have ridden approximately 60 miles on them. Have performed beyond my expectations, even on packed gravel- was on an unfmiliar trail and he asphalt ended and the hardpack began. They handled very well. I am looking forward to putting more miles on them soon.
This is my third set of Vittoria road tires. I wore the first two sets out after thousands of trouble free miles on each. This set is on it's fourth month, 1500 miles, with no issues. I typically ride 5 days a week at an aggressive pace on paved rail trails. Are there better ties out there? Probably, but it's hard to beat the value of this solid performer.
I have been using Zaffiro training tires for years, starting with the Zaffiro 2 (what a great tire!), and moving on to the Zaffiro 3 (Good tire but not as good as the 2 version). Recently I bought some Zaffiro training (some people are calling this tire the the Zaffiro 4).
Recently I bought a batch of the new Zaffiro training tires and I was shocked at the quality difference. You could feel the difference and also see it stamped into the side of the tire showing a maximum pressure of 90 pounds. I did not ride on them (I run 100 pounds in my 28mm tires) I sent them back to the Bike Tires Direct and exchanged them for a different tire. These tires would probably be fine for lighter weight riders but not for us Clydesdales .
It was user-error, admittedly, but I was inflating these after first install with a pump with no gauge. I over-inflated and blew the tube. This also created a 3-inch gash in the tire, making my new purchase useless. I can use the second one on my indoor trainer, but I'd be weary of taking these out on the road.
After swapping a narrow 700c wheelset onto my 1979 Takara Sport Road Bicycle since I broke too many spokes on the old 27 inch rims, I decided to give these 25mm road tires a shot, because they are two times cheaper than the Continental Gatorskins. After installing the tires without needing tire levers, I test rode the bike and noticed an increase in speed by about 2 mph and noticed a little rougher ride, but that's expected for a narrow tire. My effort to climb steep hills has decreased, giving me the advantage of wasting less energy. I would definitely buy again from BTD!
Bike Tires Direct has earned my trust and loyalty, and as for the Zaffiros I first became aware of Zafirro tires after I bought a Raliegh Rush Hour, and the tires endured three seasons of constant use. I now ride a Lapierre racing bike. If the cyclist is looking for a high quality, low cost, puncture resistant, training tire, these tires are a great choice. He or she should first consider that the tires are heavy, but the high pressure and minimal contact with the road surface enables less resistance. I'm glad I bought them, and again they are puncture resistant training tires. Thank you Bike Tires Direct.
Great deal and tire. Decided to try these this year as I ride on a mix of roads from newly paved to rough asphalt.
Have over 250 miles on these so far and not one problem. Good ride on 700x25's and good training tire.