Vredestein Fortezza Pro TriComp tyre review£65.00

Tacky tub

BikeRadar score4/5

These tyres came fitted to the Zipp wheels we tested recently, but we liked them so much we wanted to review them on their own. The barely treaded surface rolls superbly with fluidity and easy speed.

The Curve Control System profile means they drop into corners with real conviction too, so it’s lucky that the tri compound sticks them like glue, even in the worst winter conditions.

In fact, the more we’ve ridden them, the more fearless we’ve become – even the slips we’ve had have been well-communicated and saveable.

As with most tubs, they really come into their own on rougher roads. Here they suck out more sting and rattle than clincher tyres to smooth out your cadence and cruising speed.

At 260g they’re heavier than competition like Conti’s Competition tubs, and they’re not cheap. But long-term wear feedback and puncture-proofing from the PRS barrier layer suggests they’re a luxury, high-velocity investment worth making.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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