Road Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open)

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  • Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open)
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
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Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open) road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

NOTE: We have a test available of a newer version of this tire: Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 2.0 (open) 2019

The Vittoria Corsa Control G+ is the successor to the Vittoria Pavé and will be available in both a clincher (open) and a tubular version. Over the years, I've gotten a lot of requests to test the Pavé but as it was quite an old tire, it was never at the top of my list. The introduction of the new Corsa Control tires is a good moment to finally add the missing links to our tests of the Vittoria Corsa tires.


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When compared to the regular Corsa G+ (read review), the Corsa Control G+ shares the same kevlar reinforced 320 TPI cotton casing but comes with a slightly thicker tread and a different tread pattern. According to Vittoria, this new tread pattern "adds dynamic performance, allowing for increased grip on slippery surfaces, as well as added durability". Say wut? A different tread pattern adds grip AND results in better durability?


I've delved into the Vittoria marketing material but couldn't find an explicit mention of a different compound on the Corsa Control. Luckily, and as expected from a winter tire, our testing shows that it does use a different compound optimized more towards grip instead of speed. It's hard to believe that just adding a different tread pattern is going to result in a 30% higher rolling resistance and better grip on slippery surfaces. Read on for the full test results.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Vittoria
Model Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open)
Year 2018
Tire Type Tubetype (clincher)
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
Buy At Ad Amazon.com
Manufacturer part number 111.3CC.00.25.411BX
EAN8022530007344
TPI 320
Compound 4C G+ Isotech
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 265 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 145
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
28-622 (700x28C)

Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open) Test Results

Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open) road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 265 grams
Measured Weight 260 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + inner tube (100 gr)
360 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 24 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.6 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 71 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Weight. Specified weight of the 25-622 Corsa Control G+ is 265 grams, my sample actually comes in a bit lighter at 260 grams.


Size. Both the regular Corsa G+ and Corsa Control G+ use the same casing which is further confirmed by the measurements of casing width and height. At an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.8 bars, mounted to a 17C rim, the Corsa Control has a maximum width of 27 mm and a height of 24 mm.


Tire Thickness. As expected, the total tire thickness at the center of the tread is slightly thicker at 2.6 mm when compared to the 2.4 mm of the regular Corsa G+.


The sidewalls are slightly thicker as well at 0.85 mm Vs 0.75 mm.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube Conti Race28 (100gr butyl)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
15.6 Watts
CRR: 0.00468
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
16.7 Watts
CRR: 0.00501
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Rolling resistance of the Corsa Control G+ comes in close to 30% higher across the entire air pressure range when compared to the regular Corsa G+ (read review). The regular Corsa G+ is a low rolling resistance tire so 30% on top of that tire isn't all that bad for a (winter) tire optimized more towards grip. At an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.8 bars, we're talking about an extra 7.6 watts for a pair of tires at a speed of 18 mph / 29 km/h.


Compared to other winter tires, the Corsa Control G+ ends up in the middle of the pack with a decent rolling resistance. The biggest question mark about this tire will be if grip and puncture resistance are actually good enough for a winter tire.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open) road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 57 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 12 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.6 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle No Data
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

In the puncture resistance tests, the Corsa Control scores the same 5 points in the sidewall test and 1 point extra (12 points) in the tread test when compared to the regular Corsa G+

Static Grip Test Results


NOTE: Grip test data is only available on tires tested after November 2018. You can find more information about our grip test here: Introducing Grip Testing

Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average No Data
Wet Grip Center No Data
Wet Grip Edge No Data
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Vittoria Corsa Control G+ 1.0 (open)
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

I couldn't find exact information from Vittoria regarding the differences in the compounds used on both the regular Corsa G+ and Corsa Control G+. Based on our test results, and expected of a tire that's advertised to perform well on slippery surfaces, I feel it's safe to conclude that the Corsa Control uses a compound optimized more towards grip than speed. Rolling Resistance is still decent at + 30% and puncture resistance is pretty much equal when compared to the regular Corsa G+.


More and more manufacturers release winter tires optimized to provide better grip under slippery conditions which is a good thing IMO. I like the clear Vittoria line up now with a clear distinction between the Corsa Speed (read review) for time-trials, regular Corsa (read review) for all-round summer riding, and Corsa Control tires for slippery conditions.

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RATING: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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