Road Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26

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  • Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Vittoria Corsa N.EXT is a brand new addition to Vittoria's range of Corsa road bike tires. The Corsa N.EXT is a bit different though: it's made from a nylon casing with a vulcanized tread, unlike all the previous iterations of the Corsa that always came with a cotton casing and a glued-on tread. The cotton versions of the Corsa (tubular, tube-type, and tubeless) have been around for a long time and are some of the most popular tires in the pro peloton and even won the last three editions of the tour de France.


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The Corsa N.EXT is aimed more at enthusiast cyclists with slightly different requirements than pro cyclists. The main differences can be found in the durability, and user-friendliness (see below), as the Corsa N.EXT is designed to clock up the miles while still offering competitive performance.


Vittoria already offered nylon road bike tires with their mid-range Rubino and low-end Zaffiro range. What was missing was a direct competitor to other popular high-end nylon road bike tires like the Continental Grand Prix 5000 and Schwalbe Pro One range of tires. The Corsa N.EXT will now show us what Vittoria can accomplish with a nylon casing, which is exciting as it should be a serious competitor to some of the world's most popular tires.


The Corsa N.EXT TLR is constructed from a 100 TPI casing material with a more traditional three layers under the tread and two layers on the sidewalls. We also find an extra puncture strip under the tread that, combined with the three layers of casing material, should provide good tread puncture resistance. The compound is a new "Graphene + Silica" compound where the addition of silica should improve grip and reduce wear.


When mounting the tubeless-ready Corsa N.EXT, we are immediately faced with a massive advantage over the cotton tires as the Corsa N.EXT can be inflated with a simple floor pump and holds air right from the start. If you've ever tried tubeless-ready cotton tires, you might know that inflating those can sometimes be next to impossible, and getting them to hold air will be another challenge.


Something else we like is the availability of a massive range of different sizes for both the tube-type and TLR versions of the Corsa N.EXT. Both versions are available in 6 different sizes: 24-622, 26-622, 28-622, 30-622, 32-622, and 34-622, which means we're pretty sure the right size is available for anyone. The 28-622 and up sizes of the TLR also come with hookless compatibility.


This is a test of the 26-622 version of the Corsa N.EXT TLR, and we'll compare it against the cotton Corsa G+ 2.0 TLR (read our review) and some of the most popular road bike tires.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Vittoria
Model Corsa N.EXT TLR 26
Year 2022
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range High
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Manufacturer part number 11A00399
EAN8022530026932
TPI 100
Compound Graphene +Silica
Bead Folding
ETRTO 26-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 26
Specified Weight 280 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 110
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 24-622 (700x24c)
26-622 (700x26c)
28-622 (700x28c)
30-622 (700x30c)
32-622 (700x32c)
34-622 (700x34c)

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26 Test Results

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 280 grams
Measured Weight 268 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
288 grams
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 23 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 3 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 65 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
Tread Cover (Tread / Casing Ratio) 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.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Measured Width 26 mm (un-round)
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 132 psi/9.1 bar
25-27 = 120 psi/8.3 bar
28-29 = 108 psi/7.4 bar
Ultra High Air Pressure

(120 psi / 8.3 bar)
12.3 Watts
CRR: 0.00369
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 110 psi/7.6bar
25-27 = 100 psi/6.9 bar
28-29 = 90 psi/6.2 bar
Extra High Air Pressure

(100 psi / 6.9 bar)
13.2 Watts
CRR: 0.00396
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 88 psi/6.1 bar
25-27 = 80 psi/5.5 bar
28-29 = 72 psi/5.0 bar
High Air Pressure

(80 psi / 5.5 bar)
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
Real tire width in mm:
22-24 = 66 psi/4.6 bar
25-27 = 60 psi/4.1 bar
28-29 = 54 psi/3.7 bar
Medium Air Pressure

(60 psi / 4.1 bar)
Members Only
The Road Bike section is a multi tire size section, air pressures have been adjusted to the measured casing width.

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.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 52 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 3 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Static Grip Test Results

Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26 road bike tire on a grip test machine
Static Grip Test Results
Wet Grip Average 73 Points
Wet Grip Center Members Only
Wet Grip Edge Members Only
Grip in points = coefficient of friction * 100

Conclusion


  • Vittoria Corsa N.EXT TLR 26
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

The Vittoria Corsa N.EXT excels in our wet grip test and offers better puncture resistance than most recently released tubeless-ready road bike tires that sacrificed puncture resistance for performance. Rolling resistance isn't the absolute lowest, but when we take the puncture resistance, tread thickness, and wet grip into account, it's probably about as good as it gets.


We see very similar performance when we compare the Corsa N.EXT TLR to the cotton Vittoria Corsa G+ 2.0 TLR (read our review). The N.EXT TLR is lighter, should last longer, is more user-friendly, and offers slightly better wet grip in our test. Rolling and puncture resistance are very similar between these tires, but Vittoria made the tread a bit smaller on the Corsa N.EXT, which can be a problem when using these on very wide rims.


If you're looking for a tubeless-ready road bike tire that offers pretty much the best wet grip, good puncture resistance, and you're not looking for the absolute lowest rolling resistance, the Corsa N.EXT TLR is the tire to get.

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RATING: 4.5 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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