I generally run the 23mm Fortezza's on my bike at high pressure (125psi). The Fortezza's are a very fast tire with a tremendous amount of road feel, reasonable (but not fantastic) wear, and relatively durable. I actually loved the feel of them. With the knowledge that they were going away, I bought these Senso's 25mm. I'd been reading about how 25s added comfort without sacrificing speed. This is only a preliminary assessment as I have not put many miles on the tires, but I am delighted to say that so far I LOVE these tires. I can confirm that they have delivered a smoother ride without sacrificing an ounce of speed. If these prove to be as durable as advertised, you'll have to pry them away from my cold, dead hands...
Whether I'm making a quick paced 30 mile local run or a week long tour across the state, the Fortezza Senso hugs the corners, provides security on downhills, and rolls over the rough country roads of Tennessee. Ride these babies with confidence rain or shine !
I rode the predecessor of this tire (Tricomp) for several years and enjoyed the handling and road feel. Prior to installing my new Sensos (23C) on my Specialized Tarmac Pro I used a set of Continental Four Seasons (25C) on a hilly century. Following the century I put on the Sensos and was flabbergasted by the difference. The Sensos blew me away with their road feel and descending capability. I don't know yet about wear so cannot yet give them five stars. So far I love these tires.
Not having used the Fortezza Senso tire yet I can't comment on it. But if the Fortezza Senso is as good or better than the Fortezza Tricomp it replaces, then it's a very good tire. I presently have the Fortezza Tricomp (23c) on my road bike and have so far accumulated 3000 miles with only one rear wheel flat tire to mention. I ride 5000 milesyr approximately and the Fortezza Tricomp on my bike replaced two sets of Michelin PRO 4 Endurance tires which are also good. However, although the Michelin Endurance tires are slightly faster than the Fortezza Tricomps, the Fortezza Tricomps seem to last longer and have a better grip in sharp turns and wet pavements. Therefore, relying on me experience with the Fortezza Tricomps, I will buy the Fortezza Senso tires when the time comes to replace them. I ride the Fortezza Tricomps at 125psi and presently they they have outlasted the Michelin Endurance tires by 800 miles and still going strong.
Bought these tires and went for the slightly larger 25c hoping to extend the life of the tire as I am a big guy. In ten years of serious road cycling I have never had a tire wear out in three months. They have a great grip but no way do they last. Vredenstein claims they have good grip and fair wear... My front tire is their Tri-Comp which they discontinued. It has over two thousand miles and looks fine. I am an avid cyclist and regularly do 80-100 miles a week. After a summer, with two weeks on vacation, these tires did not hold up. Given the cost, it ain't worth it. My original wheel set lasted over two thousand miles and when I replaced them with a better wheels these tires were recommended... Other than a really good grip I am not impressed. Could have been a bad tire. Will see if the replacement holds up. If it does not... You will hear about it.
This is great year round tire it. It's light weight durable and good for any road conditions. I live in Pa. where the winters are brutal on the roads causing large pot holes. I used to use heavier tires in the winter. But these tires handle any conditions without flatting. I bike 8000 miles a year and have tried a lot of tires over the past 40 years and found that these are the best.
The tires perform great and handle really well except (big exception) that I've had 2 flat tires in my first 3 rides. Just started the process to try to get a replacement for what I hope is just a bad egg.
I've been training and racing on these this spring and I am completely satisfied with their performance. They aren't heavy nor are they too thin - they are an awesome balance that makes me at ease while racing on them.
Used for commuting and casual road rides.
Supple ride (like a Michelin). Rolling resistance is high.
But worst of all, the tires are very flat prone. Compared to that Specialized Roubaix Elites that they replaced with no flats over several thousand miles, I have had two flats in 200 miles. Both goat-head caused flats.
Hopefully they will wear soon.
The rolling resistance is great and the puncture resistance is exceptional. I use Fortezza Tri-comp on my race bike for the same reasons.
Had these tires on my Trek Domane for a little over 200 miles, a little early but LOVE these, feel is great on the road great grip makes you feel even more confident on rough or slick pavement. Got them on sale at BTD, so very happy with you guys & the tires. More than likely will stay with Vredestein.
I use this 25mm tire in all black for 40 to 60 mile rides on smooth to rough pavement and hilly back roads in Kentucky in rain or sunshine. They haven't slowed me down any since I replaced my Continental 4 seasons and have had no flats in the few hundred miles I've put on them. They handle just as well as the 4 seasons. The tread seems to be holding up well too. I can't tell you how long they will last, but for the price, ride quality, and handling I believe they are an excellent value. I like the subtle styling of the white text on the sidewall too.
I'm now riding my second set of Sensos since I first tried them last summer to replace some Michelins that fell apart after 300 miles. Like other Vredstein tires I've ridden, the Sensos have proven very durable through use on generally bad roads with occasional time on dirtgravel hiker biker trails. The Sensos handle nicely in wet conditions, and inspire confidence while cornering in dry conditions. Road feel is about as comfy as you can expect from a tire with 120 TPI, and a lot of this has to do with proper tire pressure (IMHO) as tire materials. The tire bead is solid, but not so tight as to make tire mounting painful
I run the 700x25 because I generally prefer the ride quality of 25s to 23s. The Senso 25s come in fun colors to match your kit andor bike colorway, which is rare, given that 25s of any brand are hard to find in anything but black. This is neither a deal maker nor a deal breaker for me, but it's nice to have the color options in such an outstanding tire.
Bottom line The Senso fully deserves its relatively high MSRP. The discount pricing offered by BTD makes these tires a very good deal.
These tires are in a category with only three others in my opionion. Vittoria Open Corsa, and Schwalbe Ultremo V-GuardOne. They have low rolling resistance, smooth casing construction for rough road assistance, very true to size, good weight, and the most puncture resistant tire in this group!
Durable, Good grip in the rain. Everybody flatted in the rain but me !! Have used Vredesteins on my bike for 9 or 10 years now and won't be changing brands. I ride approx 800 to 1000 miles per year mostly on nice days but sometimes rain happens.