I've gotten into indoor training pretty heavily (for me) over the past year, and unfortunately have gone through trainer tires really quickly (I think). One Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer for only about 500 miles, then 2 of the Conti HomeTrainers giving me 600 and 1200 miles individually, and now back to this Vittoria for my 4th tire in the past 9 months. This one's been solid for about 700 miles so far, and it's still looking practically new.
For the money, this tire works even better than its main competition. The compound on this tire is a little soft, which gives it a smooth ride, and as long as you keep a fan on it, inflate it to just over 100 psi and don't overtighten it to the drive surface, it seems to have really good longevity. Maybe the first one of these I tried long ago was just a dud, but I'm impressed with this trainer tire now!
I haven't been using this tire for long, but I tried running my regular street.road tire on my indoor trainer before installing this one to see the difference. It's quieter, smoother, and for all the reasons the product description describes, I have confidence that this is the right equipment for use on my trainer and it'll last much longer than using my outdoor tires. Well worth the cost. (Though like others say, it may be easier to have a back-up wheel to keep it on)
I use a set of these on my Kreitler aluminum rollers. Very pleased with the durability of these tires. Rear tires last about 5,000 miles before the sidewall weakens and develops a blister. Front tires last about 8,000 miles with the same result. I'm assuming that the heat from constant friction eventually wears down the material. I have no complaints-these tires are worth the price!
This was the perfect addition to my indoor training gear. Mounted it on an old wheel so that a quick wheel change out, and I 'm road ready. Excellent product, perfect for my trainer...
Tired of mega loud squealing from regular old bike tires on your bike trainer? This is your solution. I have a yelloworange version for mine and just got this one for my wife's bike. All quiet on the basement front. So worth it.
I've had the Continental home trainer tire and this one, and I can't tell a significant difference in them. This one does seem to be a little softerhotter after a long ride (I always have a fan blowing on the flywheel and wheel) than the other brand's option, but a few thousand miles in, I don't see any deterioration in the tread. Very easy to install on my rear rim.
If you're still on the fence about whether to use old road tires or a trainer-specific tire, I promise you'll be glad that you made the jump to this economical option.
I have been using the same well known road tire on my bikes for years so when the tire blew on the bike on my compu-trainer blew out, I just installed one of those. It blew out in a matter of weeks. I installed a Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer tire and we are good to go!
Purchased Same tire back in 2009 when I started to get more serious about cycling. Spent 100s of hours on the trainer with it. It finally wore down to the point where it was not gripping the roller very well. Very durable, and fairly quiet on the trainer.
I have raced bikes for over 12 years and live in the Northeast. I would just use old tires from racing on my trainer and thought that was ok. I decided to get the trainer tire and huge difference. Where have I been. Best thing I ever did and super cheap.
Easy to install on the trainer bike. It was louder that i was expecting at first but it took a few minutes and it got more quiet. Now I barely hear it while I'm riding. We'll see how it holds up as it appears to be just a bit thinner in the mid-line than a regular outdoor tire, but it's hard to really tell. I'd recommend it.
I don't know what to say, it's a trainer tire. Huge improvement in noise levels and feels like I need a less force pressing the roller against the tire to avoid slipping.
Pros red color makes it a fantastic Valentine's day gift, great traction against metal roller, quiet enough to ride while the baby sleeps in the same room.
Cons in my experience, the Zaffiros are a PITA to mount. You'll probably want to pick up a few celebratory beverages for when you finally manage to get that second bead in place. I keep an old rear wheel with this tire specifically for the trainer to avoid swapping tires.
I am using this tire on a set of Cyclops rollers so I can keep my expensive tires for outdoor use. I like the quality and wear this tire provides. It mounted with out issue for me on my Boyd Altamont wheel and because I do not have a dedicated wheel for this tire yet it gets changed a good amount. I am pretty brand loyal and Vittoria is my tire choice but it is a good tire for its intended use so I have no reason to try any thing else.
Super stiff bead makes the tire difficult to mount (actually broke a tire iron getting it on), but once mounted up it seems to show virtually no wear and tear after a month or so of use on an indoor trainer. Hard to beat cost wise.
I recently purchased a trainer and after one short ride using Continental Gatorskins, I could already see the tire wear. After 250 miles on the Vittoria Zaffiro, there is ZERO wear. And quieter then the Continental. If you can dedicate a bike/wheel for this tire on your trainer, it's really worth it.