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Review: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro

Updated on October 18, 2013
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3 stars for Vittoria Rubino Pro bike tires

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.


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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      They have a disclaimer about glass and I wouldn't expect a tire with large cuts in it to last long, but I agree that the Zaffiro Pro is not a high mileage tire. If you get 2,000 miles out of them, you're lucky.

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      Michaelleon 5 years ago

      Ive had a pair of these tyres on my road bike and for the first 500 miles or so they were great, but i started to notice they were getting some quite large cuts in them due to glass, then all of a sudden i was getting a puncture twice a week and had to throw them out.

      so there pretty good for the short haul but they don't last so long. ive noticed this aswell with other types of vittoria tyres aswell. there brilliant for a little while but don't last.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Definitely, CyclingFitness! They have a disclaimer packed with the tires that says that glass and gravel are enemies of these tires. For road use only.

      I bought my second set of Zaffiro Pros this year and have had similar good luck, running over metal and glass with no punctures.

      One caveat -don't expect 2000 miles out of them. They don't have it in them. My old ones felt like they had paper sidewalls when I took them off.

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      Liam Hallam 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I;ve tried this myself Tom and find them to be an acceptable road training tyre though have not been fortunate enough to have the anti puncture properties you've had. In general I find that vitoria tyres cut up quicker than many other tyres however these are great value. I certainly wouldn't use this tyre on anything other than tarmac

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      It's a road tire with cross qualities, but pictured is the 23c. I think they make it up to 35. I could not find documentation, but I think if you want 145lbs. out of it you'd need a hook rim. That's how the Rubino Pro Slick is. It is reasonably fast for a training tire, but it has a sticky tread that makes it surefooted, but a little slower than it would otherwise be. Also, at only 60tpi it has a lot of rubber on the road compared to a racing tire of 100tpi or more, meaning more rolling resistance.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Gee- that's a MTB tire right? Not exclusively but it look like a 26 in. tire. This would be incredible! Having the capacity for 100 to 145? That should make it fast, no? Thanks Tom!

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Well, I don't know about Tour de France racers, but for training and every day riding I think the Zaffiro Pro is great. Thanks for reading, Vocalcoach! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I watched the Tour de France today on television. I imagine the Vittorio Zaffiro Pro was used by many in the race. I liked the hub. Thanks

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      You're welcome, J.K. Thank you

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for the interesting hub

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      Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

      Somewhere, someone does :)

      Thank you, Nicomp!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Vittoria makes a great tire. Thanks for the review. I didn't know about the inflation range.