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Verdict: 
Robust, fast-rolling tyres that are great on the tarmac and when taking to firm gravel tracks
Weight: 
563g

The Vittoria Terreno Zero tyre is a new move into the gravel market and it's a good opener thanks to a reasonably grippy compound; they're smooth, quick rolling on and off-road and offer loads of puncture resistance. The lack of knobbles does mean you'll be limited to dry stony trails, though, with no option to take in a bit of the local soft tracks.

  • Pros: Fast rolling on tarmac, good puncture resistance
  • Cons: Smoothish tread pattern no good if your gravel track gets muddy

The Zero tyre uses a lot of the technology from Vittoria's established cyclo-cross range – the Terreno Dry, Terreno Mix and Terreno Wet models – but with a tweaked tread pattern more suitable for hardpack gravel without sacrificing performance on the road sections in between them.

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The centre section is based on the Corsa road tyre, offering decent rolling resistance on hard surfaces.

Pumped up firm, they're good for pure road use, and would make for a great commuter tyre through the winter thanks to their wide profile and plenty of rubber on the road.

Grip-wise things are pretty good, too. They aren't super-tacky like a full race tyre because of the need for durability off-road, but they are good enough and I was certainly confident to push them into the bends.

With their 47mm width in this 650B guise (they are also available in three 700C widths – 32, 37 and 40mm), there is plenty of rubber on the ground when you do hit the gravel to stop them sinking if it's loose and made up of smaller stones.

Vittoria Terreno Zero gravel tyre 650x47c

On the harder packed stuff, that smooth central section works here as well but the hexagonal tread pattern on the shoulders offers a little bit extra cornering grip. It works surprisingly well.

Some gravel tyres come with a more pronounced tread, like the Compass Steilacoom TC, which gives you more off-road options should your intended route become a little muddy or you want to whip into the woods to try out the trails. The lack of tread on the Zeros means you'll be limited to staying on the dry stuff.

Like a lot of tyres these days the Vittorias are tubeless-ready using a TNT casing. That stands for Tube/No-Tube so you can choose how you are going to set things up. For gravel use, my preferred choice is tubeless as the chances of sharp stones puncturing a tube are increased. Fitting was easy too.

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The Zeros use a nylon-reinforced 120 TPI (threads per inch) casing which seems to be very strong. It and the rubber tread are showing no marks or cuts at all and I certainly didn't suffer any punctures throughout the test period.

If weight saving is more important to you, then there is a TLR (Tubeless Ready) version which has a thinner casing and less puncture protection.

When it comes to price, the Vittorias are £44.99 each in both the 700C and 650B versions, which isn't really over the top compared with the opposition when you consider the quality of the Zeros.

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The very good Compass Switchback Hill Extralight TC tyres, for example, are £73, though they are over 100g lighter than the Vittorias.

I really rate the Schwalbe G-One Bite Microskin TL-Easy, having used them on plenty of bikes and terrains. They're £58.99, but I would say that the Vittorias are more robust and roll better on the tarmac.

Overall, the Terreno Zeros are a great choice for commuting on byways and canal paths, and are excellent for pretty much every gravel adventure provided the surface remains firm.

Verdict

Robust, fast-rolling tyres that are great on the tarmac and when taking to firm gravel tracks

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Vittoria Terreno Zero TNT G2.0 tyre

Size tested: 650B x 47mm

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?

Vittoria says:

"Gravel tire designed for paved surfaces and hard-pack terrains.

Corsa-inspired smooth center tread minimizes rolling resistance.

Side tread 'scales' provide dependable bite through corners, and when braking.

Functionalized GRAPHENE 2.0 compound delivers ultimate performance.

3 compounds in the tread (3C) for increased wear life and grip."

The Zeros are ideal if your ride takes in various sections of gravel and tarmac

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Options:

650x47c 47-584 Gravel TNT Nylon 120 TPI 1C Graphene2.0 Anthracite 560 g

700x32c 32-622 Gravel TNT Nylon 120 TPI 1C Graphene2.0 Anthracite 470 g

700x35c 37-622 Gravel TNT Nylon 120 TPI 1C Graphene2.0 Anthracite 490 g

700x38c 40-622 Gravel TNT Nylon 120 TPI 1C Graphene2.0 Anthracite 510 g

Sizes Available:

700X40C

650X47C

700X37C

700X32C

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
6/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Impressive grip and speed on various terrains.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Very robust against punctures.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

A slightly more pronounced shoulder tread would allow better grip if the gravel track is muddy.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Cheaper than quite a few of the other high performing gravel tyres we've tested.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

The Vittorias are a very welcome addition to the gravel market, offering decent performance and great durability for a reasonable price.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

2 comments

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mylesrants [514 posts] 7 months ago
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Would love a long term review on these 6 months- to end of life to see if they are my new touring tyre

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John_S [97 posts] 7 months ago
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I do like the sound of these tyres and even before reading this article I'd spotted them a couple of weeks ago on the Vittoria website and thought that I'd give them a try because I was looking for some new tyres to buy.

I wanted to buy the 700x32c version and perhaps because these are a relatively new tyre they are perhaps in short supply at the moment or maybe I just searched in the wrong places but I found them impossible to find anywhere to actually buy them from which was frustrating.  As I say perhaps I just looked in the wrong places but after a fruitless search I bought a different set of tyres.