The Open Corsa EVO CX features Vittoria's Corespun 320TPI casing which is the reason it is the industry's most subtle riding clincher tire. It also has Vittoria's classic CX fine file tread that has been used for decades by champions and have scored countless victories over the years. The combination of this casing with the CX tread makes for an outstanding ride.
The CX EVO has EVO technology that includes a Kevlar SiO2 3D compound with added silica for reduced rolling resistance and better grip in the wet and dry conditions. The composite Corespun K 320 TPI casing uses a blend of Polycotton (cotton and polyester) and Kevlar threads spun to 320 tpi for maximum comfort(even at high inflation pressures).
While other tires might last longer or be a bit more durable, none can match the pure road feel of the Open Corsa CX. It is a true race tire that rides like a tubular.
I have used these tires for quite some time. They are not a training tire. I use the 24mm green cx for that which add durability to the mix. I have the EVO CX on my go fast wheels. I have never felt more confident in crits/ road races while cornering than on this tire. My set lasted the season this year over the course of 30 races. I have tried Michelin, Conti and others. I always come back to this one.
Pros: fast, grip, feel
Having 30 years of riding under my belt, I've had the opportunity to try out a multitude of road tires over that time. You name it, I've ridden it. And time after time I've tried something new I end up back on Vittoria. Its the ride quality of Vittoria CX clinchers sets the standard, in my opinon. Go with latex tubes and you are as close to the tubular ride quality as you can get without having to deal with the nasty mastic. Although the rubber may be deemed a bit soft by some and not as wear resistant as other brands, I've had good results using the tires on both paved and gravel roads. And its in the rough where you really cannot beat the smooth roll and great handling qualities of the CX.
Pros: Handling, smooth ride, style.
Cons: Durability is somewhat less than other brands
I have been riding these tires for years, and before I switched to clinchers for good, I happily rode the tubular version (when you could buy them for $25 each). The road feel is sublime, cornering is sure, they are easy to mount, and despite an affinity for getting small cuts, they wear reasonably well. However, make no mistake, this is a race tire, not a training tire. Puncture resistance is poor. I've had three flats in my last three rides, and that gets old pretty quickly. I guess you can't have everything.
Pros: Supple road feel, good adhesion, easy to mount
Cons: Poor puncture resistance
Spent the last 6 years on Conti 4000s. Put these on and went for 1 ride. It is love at first sight. Much better feel. (It feels like you're riding 25's, even though riding a higher pressure than I'd normally run in 23's.) I decided I don't care if they cost more or I have to replace them after 1500 miles. BUT - very steep, wet climbing - they slip way more than the 4000s (which never slips unless on a leaf or grate.) May be a deal breaker for me, as I do a lot of that.
Unless you are comming off high end sew up's you will find this tire to be the best you have been on. I have used Conti 4000 and before them the 3000 for years. Have also used some of the other Vittoria tires but the EVO CX is a full two steps above. If you have gone from Alum. rims to high end Carbon, remenber the difference ? Well same for this tire. It is light years better and thats from a 40yr. prespective. Enjoy.
Great fast training tire, Im a heavy rider 180 lb+ and have 2000 miles on a set. The front still looks good and the back is starting to show wear, but should be able to finish out this season. Will purchase again.
Great race tire if you plan to visit the wheel pit! Its true this is a supple, grippy, low rolling resistance tire... unfortunately durability is not included in the list of superlatives. Only used in two them races... they are already trashed.
I wore out some Conti 4000ss. They were great tires--no complaints. This time I tried these Vittorias and after around 600 miles, I can say that these feel nicer. They are noticeably smoother riding, nothing different than the tires. They also have a livelier feel. They remind me of the Veloflex that I used before the Contis.