Many said it couldn't be done, but Vredestein has actually managed to improve on their flagship Fotezza Tricomp. The impressive new Fortezza Senso All Weather model draws on many proven features, and incorporates some brand-spanking-new technology, delivering an unreal blend of speed, traction and durability plus even better wet weather performance.
Like its predecessor, the Senso features the popular TriComp tread, a design which places a longer wearing compound in the center, and a slightly softer compound in the shoulders. The result is a race tire that balances low rolling resistance with predictable handling in tight corners. But in this updated model, Vredestein has introduced what they call AWS, a new rubber technology lifted straight from their automotive line. By adding this feature to both rubber compounds, they've been able to dramatically improve wet weather grip without a negative effect on speed in dry conditions, making the Senso a go-to choice for any riding season.
As with all their top tires, Vredestein's Curve Control System® furthers cornering performance while boosting wear resistance, and the Sportex Protection Layer® keeps out sharp objects without adding too much weight.
The Fortezza Senso is available in 700c x 23mm or 25mm sizes (23-622 or 25-622 ISO) and various colors. This version features a 120 TPI casing, and a 'Superlite' 210 TPI version is available separately. Actual weight: 225 grams (700c x 23mm).
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Weight: 240 grams
Tire Type: Clincher-Folding
Threads Per Inch: 120
Wheel Size: 700C/29" (ISO 622)
RimSize: 622 mm
Width: 23 mm
Width: 25 mm
ISO (ETRTO) Size: 23-622
ISO (ETRTO) Size: 25-622
Max Pressure: 120 PSI
Made in: Thailand
Black/Transparent - 700 x 25mm
Tire Width: 25mm (1.0in)
Mfg PartNum: 28724
Black/Black - 700c x 25mm
Mfg PartNum: 28720
Tire Width: 25mm (1.0in)
700 x 28mm - Black/Black
Tire Width: 28mm (1.1in)
Mfg PartNum: 28730
I tried these Vredestein all weather tires last year. They gave me a terrific run for the 1200 miles of safe use. They were much better than the Michelin Pro 4's I normally run. And still run on my other road bicycle.
These may become my favorite tire after trying out the Vittoria Rubino Pro III Slicks, Michelin Pro4 Service Course, Continental GP4000 SII, and Veloflex Open Corsa tires.
I bought these in 700x25 sizes. Mounted on my 23mm rim, they measure about 27mm wide brand new, just a tad narrower compared to the GP4000 SII at 28mm.
Things I like
- Great balance of road feel, puncture protection, and durability (mileage).
- Availability in different colors on both 700x23 and 700x25 (if that's your thing)
- Good handling in inclement weather and bad roads
I've managed to get about 4,200 miles on the front tire and 3600 miles on the rear tire - the most I've managed to get out of the different tires I've tried. I decided to replace them preemptively without pushing it. There was some squaring and a lot of nicks, cuts, and bruising on the tread with some squaring, but nothing significant like significant wear of the material.
I'd definitely buy these again if they go on sale. They're a tad expensive at full retail of over $70, but at $30 they're a great deal.
I generally run the 23mm Fortezza's on my bike at high pressure (125psi). The Fortezza's are a very fast tire with a tremendous amount of road feel, reasonable (but not fantastic) wear, and relatively durable. I actually loved the feel of them. With the knowledge that they were going away, I bought these Senso's 25mm. I'd been reading about how 25s added comfort without sacrificing speed. This is only a preliminary assessment as I have not put many miles on the tires, but I am delighted to say that so far I LOVE these tires. I can confirm that they have delivered a smoother ride without sacrificing an ounce of speed. If these prove to be as durable as advertised, you'll have to pry them away from my cold, dead hands...
Whether I'm making a quick paced 30 mile local run or a week long tour across the state, the Fortezza Senso hugs the corners, provides security on downhills, and rolls over the rough country roads of Tennessee. Ride these babies with confidence rain or shine !
I use these road tires on both of road bikes. Depending on the rims it can be a bit tight to get a fresh set on but once there you are set as it may be more of the rims than the tire themselves. Due to the weather conditions (I ride in the Midwest) and different terrains I find the tires do not wear out over the course of season. Again, that can be a function of how much you ride but I normally start riding in March and finish in late November so I'm on the bike a frequent basis each week.
I rode the predecessor of this tire (Tricomp) for several years and enjoyed the handling and road feel. Prior to installing my new Sensos (23C) on my Specialized Tarmac Pro I used a set of Continental Four Seasons (25C) on a hilly century. Following the century I put on the Sensos and was flabbergasted by the difference. The Sensos blew me away with their road feel and descending capability. I don't know yet about wear so cannot yet give them five stars. So far I love these tires.
Not having used the Fortezza Senso tire yet I can't comment on it. But if the Fortezza Senso is as good or better than the Fortezza Tricomp it replaces, then it's a very good tire. I presently have the Fortezza Tricomp (23c) on my road bike and have so far accumulated 3000 miles with only one rear wheel flat tire to mention. I ride 5000 milesyr approximately and the Fortezza Tricomp on my bike replaced two sets of Michelin PRO 4 Endurance tires which are also good. However, although the Michelin Endurance tires are slightly faster than the Fortezza Tricomps, the Fortezza Tricomps seem to last longer and have a better grip in sharp turns and wet pavements. Therefore, relying on me experience with the Fortezza Tricomps, I will buy the Fortezza Senso tires when the time comes to replace them. I ride the Fortezza Tricomps at 125psi and presently they they have outlasted the Michelin Endurance tires by 800 miles and still going strong.
Bought these tires and went for the slightly larger 25c hoping to extend the life of the tire as I am a big guy. In ten years of serious road cycling I have never had a tire wear out in three months. They have a great grip but no way do they last. Vredenstein claims they have good grip and fair wear... My front tire is their Tri-Comp which they discontinued. It has over two thousand miles and looks fine. I am an avid cyclist and regularly do 80-100 miles a week. After a summer, with two weeks on vacation, these tires did not hold up. Given the cost, it ain't worth it. My original wheel set lasted over two thousand miles and when I replaced them with a better wheels these tires were recommended... Other than a really good grip I am not impressed. Could have been a bad tire. Will see if the replacement holds up. If it does not... You will hear about it.
This is great year round tire it. It's light weight durable and good for any road conditions. I live in Pa. where the winters are brutal on the roads causing large pot holes. I used to use heavier tires in the winter. But these tires handle any conditions without flatting. I bike 8000 miles a year and have tried a lot of tires over the past 40 years and found that these are the best.
A nice light and durable tire for the money. I especially like the color choices.
But one of the tires wouldn't stay on my Rolf lan front rim. Had to buy a Bontrager R2 from my LBS. The fit is fine on the rear wheel though, both slid in easily without tire irons. Strange, variation in tolerances I guess. No flat spots on either rim.
The tires perform great and handle really well except (big exception) that I've had 2 flat tires in my first 3 rides. Just started the process to try to get a replacement for what I hope is just a bad egg.
I've been training and racing on these this spring and I am completely satisfied with their performance. They aren't heavy nor are they too thin - they are an awesome balance that makes me at ease while racing on them.
Love these tires. I use to rely on Conti's 4000s however these are way better. These are light however durable AND the ride quality is identical to a race specific tire. Great tire for whatever weather is thrown your way.
Used for commuting and casual road rides.
Supple ride (like a Michelin). Rolling resistance is high.
But worst of all, the tires are very flat prone. Compared to that Specialized Roubaix Elites that they replaced with no flats over several thousand miles, I have had two flats in 200 miles. Both goat-head caused flats.
Hopefully they will wear soon.