ROAD TIRE CONSTRUCTION
A tubeless ready bead allows the tire to be used with no tube. Tire sealant can be added inside the tire to prevent air loss in case of punctures. Tubeless set up is chosen for its unique performance: it locks into the rim wall to provide an airtight seal and ensure easy tubeless installation, and to optimize air retention (minimize burping).
Vittoria tubeless-ready tires using cotton casing share the same production process and properties as the tubular construction, with the addition of a stronger bead material (Zylon). For optimal safety, this construction is designed to withstand 18 bar of pressure on a standard alloy tubeless rim.
Vittoria tubeless-ready tires with cotton casing:
- Competition Race: Corsa, Corsa Speed
Vittoria tubeless-ready tires with nylon casing:
- Performance Race: Rubino Pro
Often referred to as a "sew-up", the tubular tire is made up by a cloth casing wrapped around an inner tube. The edges of the tubular are sewn along the inside circumference. The rim for such a tire has a mild concavity, and the tire is glued to the rim.
The tread of Vittoria tubulars is glued by hand on the casing, a labor-intensive process exclusively used for premium tubulars. The tubular tire’s round profile gives it several advantages over any clincher. Cornering is more predictable and shock absorption is superior. Also, the broad glued interface to the rim spreads shock loads more evenly through the casing, letting the tire absorb big hits without deflecting or slowing down. Vittoria strongly recommends Mastik Pro, offering great adhesion even at high temperatures (up to 140 degrees Celsius).
Vittoria’s tubular road tires selection:
- Competition Race: Corsa – Corsa Speed – Corsa Control (with latex inner tube)
- Track: Pista – Pista Speed – Pista Control (with latex inner tube)
- Triathlon: Triathlon Speed (with butyl inner tube)
- Race Performance: Rubino Pro (with butyl inner tube)
- Performance Training: Rally – Juniores (with butyl inner tube)
Watch the video How a Tubular is Made
Clincher is the most common type of tire and it requires the use of tubes. It comes with a woven fabric casing, with either metal or folding fabric beads, and it is vulcanized during the production process. This irreversible process causes the rubber molecules to link together with a curing agent, notably carbon, to enhance the durability and strength of rubber itself.
Vittoria clincher road tires selection encompasses the following product lines: Race Performance, Performance Training, and Urban.
Open tubular is a type of clincher tire that uses the unique construction method of high-end tubulars. Vittoria open tubulars have exactly the same production process and properties as the tubular, except for the sown-in inner tube. Open are handmade with aramid folding bead for optimal fit on the rim.
Vittoria open tubular road tires selection:
- Competition Race: Corsa – Corsa Control
- Track: Pista – Pista Control