Vittoria's Open Pave EVO CGs ride like tubulars with the convenience of a wire on and should satisfy the most demanding of four seasons racers thanks to ultra high density 320 tpi casing, puncture resistant Kevlar belt and very modest weight. However, ours initially demanded the mighty “Speed Lever” to persuade the ultra supple casings aboard a common or garden Mavic wheelset so resist the desire to mount them in the heat of competition unless you have a finely honed knack for seating stubborn tyres in seconds.
You could argue the Open Pro Pave isn’t strictly a new tyre but rather a reworking of the brand’s CG to produce what Vittoria claims is “strongest available” tyre on the market, probably. Like many other tyres, they feature a twin tread compound characterised in this instance by a green central strip, which not only complimented my bike's green and black livery but blends magic carpet ride, nominal rolling resistance with fearsome road hugging tenacity.
The herringbone and file combination tread coupled with a profile feeling larger than its 24mm provides welcome grip on greasy roads, encouraging demon descending and cavalier cornering, safe in the knowledge the bike is unlikely to slide out from beneath you. The 80% cotton 20% Kevlar construction and 320tpi casing keeps rolling resistance to the absolute minimum and used during some refreshingly dry periods, the ride quality was easily on par with a good tubular, boding well for summer competition and audax riders really looking to blast along in reliability trials.
Weighing 70 kilos I’m relatively light so cheerfully ran them at their (130psi) recommended maximum without discomfort but in the interests of thorough testing, dropping the pressures between 100 and 115psi rewarded with enhanced grip and smoother passage over pothole pocked asphalt without compromising rolling or puncture resistance. Riders some twenty odd kilos heavier suggest reducing the pressure to 85psi has no ill-effect when tackling the mighty pave such is the Open Pro Pave's dependability.
Perfect for four season’s racing, training and reliability trials
road.cc test report
Make and model: Vittoria Open Pave Evo CG folding tyre
Size tested: 24mm
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
"Especially for those who cycle all year round, on all road surfaces (including pavé and asphalt) and for racers in the North European classic races, Vittoria has improved one of its most traditional models, the CG, and raised it to the EVO K 320 Casing level," say Vittoria.
Four season's racing tyres delivering the performance of a tubular and the simplicity of a wire-on and to this end, they do exactly what they promise on the tin.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
700x24c folding dual density compound, Cotton/Kevlar construction (80/20) 100-130psi pressure range, kevlar puncture resistant belt.
About what you'd expect fo this level of performance.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Exciting and yet dependable in equal measure, the Open Pave seem wider than their 24mm profile suggests thanks to the surprising degree of comfort over rougher surfaces and the range of operating pressures offering maximum traction in the wet with minimal rolling resistance in the dry.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Pretty much everything...
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Tricky to mount in the first instance.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,