I've put about 150 miles on a 23 mm pair of these tires so far, including a P12 race that included some pretty torn up roads. When I first pulled them out of the box, they definitely feel like a race clincher, that is to say the feel pretty thin and fast like the old Open Corsa CX (which are quick but rather delicate), so I was skeptical of their durability at first sight, though the whole point of the new graphene compound is that it adds protection without compromising speed, grip, or suppleness.
So far they've held up every bit as good as Vittoria claimed they would. Through glass, gutter debris, and chewed up asphalt, I've still been railing corners at 35 mph with complete confidence. The best part about this tire is that it feels exactly how the highest-end race-only clinchers from just the last couple years feel, except now, they don't get a puncture or a slashed sidewall every time you look at them the wrong way. The protection of the graphene is not something that affects the ride quality of this tire at all. You only know it's there because you consistently come out of a debris-ladened lines unscathed and still ready to keep racing.
Grip, speed, and suppleness are all there, too, but that's to be expected from a race clincher these days. However, in tandem with confidence-inspiring flat protection without losing grip or making by bike ride like a brick, that's what will be keeping these tires on my race rig all season. Heck, after I put some more miles on them, I might even decide they're robust enough to use as an everyday tire, too.
And also, skinwalls are always the correct choice.
Somehow my tire box always has a pair of Rubinos in it, so I always throw them on my training bike when I just need a reliable tire. The old Rubinos were plenty good at that, but they were always underwhelming as far as ride quality and traction went. The new G model definitely feels more supple without feeling any less durable, so now I can thrash them around on long rides on dirty roads without my bike feeling quite as harsh.
Can't stop riding these tires.
I purchased these tires for all-day epics on service 'roads' and jeep trails in the mountains outside of Portland. As usually happens around June, I swap the road slicks on my cross bike for some burlier tires.
My criteria for selecting a new 'adventure' tire are as follows
1) Tubeless Compatible (even if this means using a non-tubeless casing)
2) Wide, like 700x38
3) Fast rolling center tread
4) Excellent puncture protection
x) extra marks for value (i.e. not spending $70.00 on a non-tubeless gravel tire with more threads per inch than I really care about... erhem CLEMENT X'PLOR MSO 120TPI)
And just like that the Vittoria Adventure tire showed up on the site right around the time I wanted to procure some new back country tires. Tubeless setup was a breeze on my UST rated rims.
So far, I can't believe how much faster these are on the road than the Clement MSO, the WTB Nano. The only tire rivaling this one's speed on the road is the Challenge Gravel Grinder, but that tire is flimsy as all getup (lots and lots of puncture). Once I take them offroad, they're plenty grippy even on dry to loamy singletrack dirt. On service roads I have plenty of confidence on rocky descents and the brake traction is exceptional.
If your'e looking for an adventure tire (and your bike clears 40mm tires), look no further.
These tires have completely replaced the Continental X-King in my book. Why? Nearly identical tread pattern, better rubber compound, better casing, and the easiest tubeless setup I've experienced. The beauty of the TNT casing is-as advertised-you can run them with tubes or 'no tubes'. On top of that these Barzos are $X less than the X-King Protections.
So when I hear people lauding the X-King, I can't help but offer a more reliable, more affordable, and better alternative.
Choose Vittoria, Choose the Barzon. 'Vittoria- It's the Winning Choice'