Vredestein was founded in Holland in 1908 and has been solely focussed on tyres since the early 1970s. Along with the Xtreme Weather tyres Paul is currently testing, CycleTechReview have the opportunity to ride on a set of the Fortezza Senso All Weather competition tyre, for all weather conditions…
Out of the box the Fortezza Senso All Weather Competition clinchers are a reasonably light weight, supple (120TPI), yet tough set of folding tyres – 240g for the 700x25c tyres. The Vredestein Competition line suggests that the tyres are designed for the competitive cyclist, with a special emphasis on low weight and low rolling resistance, rather than for everyday training or commuting use.
They are marked with a distinctive red/black design, or anthracite/red if you prefer, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but since they’ll match my bars and compliment my frame, I’m ok with that. Other colour pairings are available.
Vredestein say that their newly developed AWS compound offers low rolling resistance and outstanding grip in both the wet and dry, with the tyre comprised of a harder rubber in the centre and more supple rubber at the sides that Vredestein call TriComp. The specific tread and side wall compound are designed to guarantee the best grip and lowest rolling resistance in all weather conditions, with the tread compound highly wear-resistant and smooth running, while the softer compound across the tyre shoulder ensures optimal grip in all weather conditions.
Their Curve Control System is claimed to enable the tyre to retain a curved shape and wear more evenly, therefore maintaining the low rolling resistance, better road handling in corners and offering decent puncture protection.
Vredestein continue “The special compounds used as part of the TriComp Technology give the tyres yet an other advantage. The tread and sidewalls of the tyres wear differently, so the tyre maintains its round shape for longer. Combined with the superb grip created by TriComp Technology these tyres handle fantastically when cornering meaning you can take bends faster even in the wet.”
For added protection there is a tightly woven polyamide layer embedded in the “central overlap” of the casing. Time will tell how the tyres perform on the road and just how durable they are. Review to follow soon.
TPI Explained – the casing of a tyre is constructed from a bead of armid threads and a fabric with rubber on both sides. The thread density of the fabric determines the quality of the tyre. This density is expressed in TPI (Threads Per Inch). A higher TPI means lower weight, greater comfort and flexibility, and lower rolling resistance.
Vredestein Fortezza Senso All Weather Competition Tyre – £46.95
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