Barzo, Mezcal and Gato: Vittoria’s best XC MTB Tires


As the mountain biking season has started, we present our best Cross Country mtb tires. The Barzo, Mezcal and Gato are Vittoria’s strong points within XC tires and each one of them is particularly designed to satisfy unique needs. Let’s find them out.

The Barzo is probably the most popular and recognized XC tire from Vittoria. Barzo is built to deliver speed, grip, strength and durability across the most technical trails. In combination with the latest casing developments, the Barzo sets a higher standard in applied technologies for MTB tires. World Champion proven, Barzo uses moto-block square knobs for increased stability and durability, medium spaced knobs for a range of terrain and conditions and progressive sipe-angle pattern for tactile grip.

The Mezcal is one of the most appreciated XC tire of the Vittoria MTB product range. The tire is built with capable side knobs for providing the best grip on trails that require continuous climbing and braking; and with a defined center-ridge tread for providing speed and fluidity on straight and fast tracks. In addition to this, the combined presence of Graphene and 4 rubber compounds offers the optimal structure to take the Mezcal performances to a whole new level, yet decreasing the total weight of the tyre. For all this, we claim that the Mezcal is the evidence that there is no longer the need for compromises between speed and grip concerning XC tires.

Barzo, Mezcals and Gato – Vittoria’s best Cross Country mtb tyres – are all available in TNT and foldable versions (Barzo and Mezcal also in rigid version). TNT represents the top-of-the-line tubeless-Ready MTB casing available; it is a complete system, featuring class leading Sidewall-Protection and performance compounds. What originated as our tubeless ready casing has evolved into the obvious choice for World Class racers, who demand race day dependability. The TNT versions feature the most innovative technology, such as 4C (4 compounds) and Graphene.

Vittoria 4C technology is a layering process, using 4 separate compounds in the same tire. The 4C process offers unmatched versatility, by allowing for separate base and surface compounds, in both the centre and side areas of the tread. This means Vittoria 4C can tune the tread flex, rebound, and base stability to best achieve the desired performance characteristics. Graphene technology has completely cleared all compromises related to tire performance and changed the rules. In fact, graphene ensures higher grip, higher speed, higher puncture resistance to the tyre in ways never seen before.