Vredestein Fortezza TriComp Slick tyre$90.00

Quick, light and grippy

BikeRadar score4/5

The 'Tri' in the name refers to triple compound rather than multi-sport use to make it fast, limousine-smooth and remarkably light. Those attributes make this tyre make a top Ironman race contender.

The TriComp triple compound is faster than most on the rollers, but the supple carcass makes it feel even quicker on the road. This is particularly obvious on rougher surfaces that slow stiffer tyres down.

It accelerates really quickly and it’s grippy enough to really chuck into corners hard without worrying. Despite relatively modest claims on wear and puncture proofing it’s actually a lot tougher than many tyres with hyped up claims when ridden in real-world conditions.

This article is compiled from reviews originally published in Cycling Plus and Triathlon Plus magazines, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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