Review: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro
Reliable and Durable
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro folding bead 60 tpi 240 grams.
Years ago I rode the Vittoria Zaffiro and was impressed by its indestructibility ... and its slowness. That's right - I ran over glass, sharp rocks, car parts, you name your favorite sharp object, and all with no effect on the Zaffiro. Also the Zaffiro was good in rain and assorted road surfaces. But it was not a fast tire.
Vittoria is an innovative company, and since the advent of the Zaffiro training tire has been working to improve it. The Zaffiro Pro folding bead training tire is the result of this philosophy of improvement.
An improved tread pattern makes the Zaffiro Pro surefooted on wet surfaces and Vittoria's R & D department has produced an improved Aramid 3D compound that makes the tire even more puncture resistant than its predecessor. While still not a racing tire, the new Zaffiro is faster and I have been able to achieve some personal best times on some of my rides. Recently I rode in a fundraising event to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that gave me the opportunity to ride the Zaffiro Pro for 75 miles a day for two consecutive days. I found the tire gave a very comfortable ride.
One nice feature of the Zaffiro Pro is the range of inflation. Minimum inflation is 100 psi and max is 145. I searched for data on how to choose inflation psi on a criteria like rider weight or rim style, but found nothing. I am currently riding Mavic Aksium rims that are fairly shallow and I am a light rider at 145 lbs. I started out with the tires inflated at 105 lbs., but felt that was a little bouncy, so I now inflate them to 110 lbs. and the tires seem to behave very well.
For training or general riding, I highly recommend the Vittoria Zaffiro Pro. Reliable, durable, and fast enough.