I started using my second pair of Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c clincher road tires, so I decided to write a review.

I use Vittoria Zaffiro’s as a training tire (usually in winter). They are not suitable to use in the races, since they are a bit heavy (340 grams) and have a bad rolling resistance.

Specifications of Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c clincher road tire:

  • Threads Per Inch: 26 (26 TPI)
  • Folding: no (rigid)
  • Weight: 340 grams each (700x23c)
  • Max Bar Rating: 7-10
  • Max PSI Rating: 100-145
  • Puncture protection: yes
  • Aqua-Flow rain tread pattern
  • Price: $14.09 on the wiggle
Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c Clincher Road Tire
Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c Clincher Road Tire (black)

I really liked them as a training tire. They are a bit heavy, not very fast (but not too bad), but grip really well and have a good puncture protection. They grip well in wet conditions too, even in some of the awful roads in Istanbul. I feel safe while riding on these tires, especially compared to Bontrager R2 tires.

They are really, really cheap, so probably they have the best price/performance ratio as training tire.

I was using Continental Grand Prix 4 Season as winter training tires before. But I switched to Vittoria Zaffiro’s because they are much cheaper and feel almost the same. Just a bit heavier (4 Season tires are 220 grams) but I didn’t notice this much while riding. I can even say they are like Conti 4 Season’s with much better price.

Pros:

  • Cheap (very!)
  • Grip well on every type of roads, wet and dry
  • Good puncture protection
  • Durable
  • A lot of color options, including black! Black is good.

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Bad rolling resistance
  • Hard to mount on the rims (really!)

My overall rating: 4 stars/out of 5
4-star

Keep in mind that I gave 4-star to these tires as training tire, they’re not suitable to use in the races, as I mentioned above.

Would I buy another pair again in the future? YES

My LOOK 565 with Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c Clincher Road Tires
My LOOK 565 with Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23c Clincher Road Tires

M. Özgür Nevres

I am a software developer, an ex-racing cyclist (at the amateur level) and a science enthusiast. Also an animal lover! I write about cycling on this website, cycling-passion.com. You can check out my social media profiles by clicking on their icons.

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