A fast-rolling tyre with good durability and impressive comfort the Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp 700x25c tyre is a good choice for the winter.
Vredestein's Fortezza Tricomp tyre uses a triple-compound tread construction, harder in the centre and softer at the sides. This makes them fast-rolling with little rolling resistance when upright, and when cornering they exhibit good grip. Traction in the dry or wet is equally impressive and there's barely any drop-off in performance the wetter it gets.
After several months of use, with many of those miles a mix of London's scarred and hazardous roads, they're showing little sign of degradation. There are a few cuts and holes but nothing that I would deem excessive. As for punctures, well I've yet to puncture once. Of course now, I've typed that it's likely I'll get a spate of them...
The tyre is light for a 25mm at 240g. Vredestein use a dual overlapping casing with a 120tpi construction, with an Sportex Protection Layer, a polyamide layer, embedded in the central overlapping of the casing. The construction of the tyre contributes to its supple feeling over choppy and rough road surfaces, where you seem to float over the top with a wonderfully smooth ride feel.
They're described as 'Competition tyres for all weather conditions' and that's a pretty accurate description I'd say. I'd just as happily use them for a sportive in the summer as I would train on them in the winter.
Hard-wearing, grippy and comfortable, these are good tyres for year-round use.
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp 700x25c tyre
Size tested: 700x25c
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?
Fortezza TriComp Our most popular competition tyre, suitible for mixed conditions and all weather's. The 225g Fortezza TriComp from Vredestein features TriComp and Curve control technologies in a slightly more durable package when compared with the TriComp Slick.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Competition tyre for all weather conditions
Very low rolling resistance
Maximum grip in corners
Outstanding ride quality on wet roads
Curve Control System®
Excellent Protection Layer®
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A very supply ride character and excellent durability and wear rate.
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
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.