Road Bike Tire Test: Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28

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  • Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)
Pro Members get 11-point radar charts



Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

With the Corsa Pro (read our review), Vittoria also launched the Corsa Pro Control, intended more for use on cobblestones, rough roads, and harsh conditions. We already tested the Corsa Pro a couple of weeks back and found it to offer an exceptional mix of low rolling resistance and wet grip. We're excited to show you the exact differences between the Corsa Pro and Corsa Pro Control, as it might be hard to decide between these tires.


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The Corsa Pro Control is very similar to the regular Corsa Pro, but the main difference can be found in the tread area. The tread on the Corsa Pro Control is a bit wider and thicker, comes with a different tread pattern, and is made of a different compound mix. Much of the rest of the tire is the same as the regular Corsa Pro, and it offers the same new vulcanized 320 TPI tubeless-ready cotton casing with the same puncture belt under the main section of the tread.


Another slight difference, and indication the Corsa Pro Control is intended for rougher conditions, is the availability of the bigger 34-622 size. To be exact, the Corsa Pro is available in the 24, 26, 28, 30, and 32 mm sizes, while the Corsa Pro Control is available in the 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34 mm sizes.


Vittoria is on a roll with releasing new tires, as they also released the Corsa N.EXT a couple of months back. Luckily, we've already tested all their latest tires, and we'll compare the new Corsa Pro Control against the regular Corsa Pro (read our review), Corsa.NEXT TLR (read our review), the old Corsa Control TLR (read our review), and a selection of tires from other brands.


If you're interested in more information about what's changed on the latest (vulcanized) Vittoria cotton tires, we recommend reading our review of the Vittoria Corsa Pro as well.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Vittoria
Model Corsa Pro Control TLR
Year 2023
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
Buy At Ad Amazon.com
Manufacturer part number 11A00440
EAN8022530028738
TPI 320
Compound Graphene +Silica
Bead Folding
ETRTO 28-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 28
Specified Weight 310 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 95
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 26-622 (700x26c)
28-622 (700x28c)
30-622 (700x30c)
32-622 (700x32c)
34-622 (700x34c)

Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28 Test Results

Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 310 grams
Measured Weight 307 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
327 grams
Measured Width 28 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 25 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.8 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 73 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 28 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

(108 psi / 7.4 bar)
12.5 Watts
CRR: 0.00375
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

(90 psi / 6.2 bar)
13.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00402
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

(72 psi /5.0 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

(54 psi / 3.7 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 Pro Control TLR 28 road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 50 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 2.8 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 Pro Control TLR 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
Road bike grip test rim width = 19.0 mm

Conclusion


  • Vittoria Corsa Pro Control TLR 28
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is best)

Pro Members get 11-point radar charts

When we compare the Corsa Pro Control against the regular Corsa Pro (read our review), we're surprised by the significant increase in rolling resistance we see on the Corsa Pro Control. Some of this increased rolling resistance comes from the slightly wider and thicker tread, but we're quite sure the compound mix is different as well; the small increases in width and thickness shouldn't result in a 35% increase in rolling resistance.


We also see a slight increase in puncture resistance of the tread that can be attributed to the increased thickness of the tread. This slight increase in puncture resistance also confirms that both the Corsa Pro and Corsa Pro Control use the same casings, as we would have seen a more significant increase in this test when Vittoria used a different type of cotton or a thicker anti-puncture strip.


While we suspect a different compound mix on the Corsa Pro Control, our wet grip test doesn't confirm this. We see the center grip coming in the same for both the Corsa Pro and Corsa Pro Control, but the performance in the edge test comes in a bit lower for the Corsa Pro Control. We attribute the lower edge grip of the Corsa Pro Control to the more open tread pattern that reduces the contact patch, which results in less grip in our test. The more open tread pattern might offer better grip under certain conditions where the surface isn't as hard or clean as our test surface.


While we were very excited about the Corsa Pro, the Corsa Pro Control is a bit of a mixed bag as we do not fully understand this tire's performance and market positioning. We're also surprised the performance isn't better than the old Corsa Control TLR G+ 2.0, while we saw a big increase in performance between the Corsa Pro and the old Corsa TLR G+ TLR in our tests.


You can compare the performance of the Vittoria Corsa Pro and Vittoria Corsa Pro Control side by side on our comparison section.

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RATING: 4.1 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
Highly Recommended


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