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This review relates to my use of Vredestein Cycle tyres and in particular my experience of the Vredestein Fortezza and Fortezzo Quatro Tricomp tyres
Those of you reading through my reviews have probably started to think I tend to buy alot of bike tyres and answer is - yes I do and it can get expensive. On my race bike I estimate I go through at least 3 tyres per summer alone- and that can rise depending on road conditions and punctures however I have been able to get a whole year out of a tyre before and over 10000 miles
I first started using Vredestein Fortezzas as a recommendation from a friend who overed them over the internet for around £15 per tyre. They offered a comparable level of performance when compared to tyres more expensive so I gave them a go and ended up hooked! They're a little more expensive now (30.99 gbp from wiggle.co.uk) however i'm sure if you shop around you might get a better deal- Ribble Cycles were selling them a year ago for less than £20)
Road Bike Tyres
These tyres are for racing style bikes that use hooked rims (Also known as Clincher). These are the most common fitting and hook onto the rim requiring an inner tube inside. The right choice of tyre is extremely important. Lighter tyres will accelerate quickly however may be more prone to punctures
The Vredestein Fortezza Quatro Tricomp specification
Size available 700 x 23c (Standard size for racing bike tyres)
Tyre Pressure (recommended) - 8.0-12.0 Bar (116 to 175 psi)
Bead - Folding kevlar gives a lighter weight and easier to fit tyre
Weight - 230g per tyre (Alot of race tyres are now around the 200 gram mark- if Vredestein could lower the weight of this tyre to that it would be a phenominal tyre however 30g extra is acceptable for the performance they give)
Treads Per Inch - 120 tpi (High level shows quality casing)
Puncture protection- Kevlar belt
The name Quatro Tricomp comes from Vredesteins previous Tri comp (Three Compund model) The Quatro takes this to a fourth level by adding an additional drainage strip to clear away more water
The most important thing about a tyre is how it feels on the road. Using these tyres at the 120 psi that I ride all of my race tyres at the tyres feel fast yet grippy in the dry. Cornering is very consistant and I feel confident pushing into corners
The main performance feature I find for these tyres is in the wet where they feel just as grippy as in the dry and can be pushed comfortably into wet corners unlike many other tyres I have used and as a result I love to race in the wet.
I once had a fellow racer tell me that when you road race you learn to take bad racing lines well through corners and these tyres help me do that. All in all a fantastic tyre that I continue to go back to.
The only real negative for these tyres is that there are many race tyres now available that are lighter- however lighter weight does not always mean better performance as the principle abilities of a road tyre are grip and low rolling resistance
For those with a separate pair of training wheels and Carbon wheels for race day these would make a great training tyre.
This review is also posted on my Ciao.co.uk account under the same username.