I use a set of these on my Kreitler aluminum rollers. Very pleased with the durability of these tires. Rear tires last about 5,000 miles before the sidewall weakens and develops a blister. Front tires last about 8,000 miles with the same result. I'm assuming that the heat from constant friction eventually wears down the material. I have no complaints-these tires are worth the price!
I currently have both the Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer and the Continental Hometrainer. I use them on the same trainer, but different bikes. The Continental is on a better wheelset than the Vittoria. Overall, both work much better than an old road tire (Continental GP 4000s). You will probably be happy with the Vittoria, but I find the Continental has less slip when I really crank on the pedals. I can't rule out the possibility that the slight performance difference is due to the better wheelset. If I had to get another training tire I would pay the premium for the Continental. With only limited use on both tires there is no sign of wear - just make certain to keep them pumped up to at least 100psi.
Only have two uses on this tire, but so far it seems to be slipping far less on my Kinetic trainer than the road tire it replaced. No rubber dust after a workout either.
Don't know about tire life yet, but I'm happier now than before I bought it...
I've gotten into indoor training pretty heavily (for me) over the past year, and unfortunately have gone through trainer tires really quickly (I think). One Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer for only about 500 miles, then 2 of the Conti HomeTrainers giving me 600 and 1200 miles individually, and now back to this Vittoria for my 4th tire in the past 9 months. This one's been solid for about 700 miles so far, and it's still looking practically new.
For the money, this tire works even better than its main competition. The compound on this tire is a little soft, which gives it a smooth ride, and as long as you keep a fan on it, inflate it to just over 100 psi and don't overtighten it to the drive surface, it seems to have really good longevity. Maybe the first one of these I tried long ago was just a dud, but I'm impressed with this trainer tire now!
Tired of mega loud squealing from regular old bike tires on your bike trainer? This is your solution. I have a yelloworange version for mine and just got this one for my wife's bike. All quiet on the basement front. So worth it.
After destroying a fairly new tire doing an FTP test (on a Tacx trainer), I decided Id better get one of these. It was a b%& to mount on my spare Shimano rim, even with levers. Make sure you keep it well over 100 psi, or youll overheat a tube and pop it. Its fine once on, but a hassle to mount. Wish Id just bought a wahoo.....
Ive used both the Vitoria and the Continental home trainer tires. I think the Vitoria is acceptable, but the Continental version is a better home trainer tire. The Continental home trainer is more expensive, but its worth it because its muck quieter.
I haven't been using this tire for long, but I tried running my regular street.road tire on my indoor trainer before installing this one to see the difference. It's quieter, smoother, and for all the reasons the product description describes, I have confidence that this is the right equipment for use on my trainer and it'll last much longer than using my outdoor tires. Well worth the cost. (Though like others say, it may be easier to have a back-up wheel to keep it on)
Purchased Same tire back in 2009 when I started to get more serious about cycling. Spent 100s of hours on the trainer with it. It finally wore down to the point where it was not gripping the roller very well. Very durable, and fairly quiet on the trainer.
I have raced bikes for over 12 years and live in the Northeast. I would just use old tires from racing on my trainer and thought that was ok. I decided to get the trainer tire and huge difference. Where have I been. Best thing I ever did and super cheap.
I don't know what to say, it's a trainer tire. Huge improvement in noise levels and feels like I need a less force pressing the roller against the tire to avoid slipping.
Pros red color makes it a fantastic Valentine's day gift, great traction against metal roller, quiet enough to ride while the baby sleeps in the same room.
Cons in my experience, the Zaffiros are a PITA to mount. You'll probably want to pick up a few celebratory beverages for when you finally manage to get that second bead in place. I keep an old rear wheel with this tire specifically for the trainer to avoid swapping tires.
I am using this tire on a set of Cyclops rollers so I can keep my expensive tires for outdoor use. I like the quality and wear this tire provides. It mounted with out issue for me on my Boyd Altamont wheel and because I do not have a dedicated wheel for this tire yet it gets changed a good amount. I am pretty brand loyal and Vittoria is my tire choice but it is a good tire for its intended use so I have no reason to try any thing else.
Super stiff bead makes the tire difficult to mount (actually broke a tire iron getting it on), but once mounted up it seems to show virtually no wear and tear after a month or so of use on an indoor trainer. Hard to beat cost wise.