One set of tires for year-round racing, training and commuting?
The Fortezza Tricomp tire has been around for years and I’m still as happy to race on them today as I was ten years ago. For many riders they’ve become a first choice road bike tire for winter training, fast commuting and racing, especially when an all-weather competition tire is a requirement.
The impressive and affordable Fortezza Senso all-weather tires are the latest iteration of the much admired Fortezza Tricomp and features the original tread pattern with an updated compound.
But how does it compare? Is the Vredestein Fortezza Senso really one of the best road bike tires for riding year-round?
Vredestein Fortezza Senso Review: All Weather Road
I’m going to take a close look at some attributes of the budget-friendly Vredestein Fortezza Senso road bike tire. It should be helpful for anyone training or racing in all weather conditions. Among other things, we’ll cover grip, speed, longevity, durability, and weight.
Grip and Speed
Having used the Fortezza Senso through the winter on some pretty rough roads, I can safely say that they’ve performed with a palpable feeling of security. I’m even happy to push into corners on early season rain-sodden crits and circuit races because I feel assured that my wheels are not going to slide out on me, despite seeing other riders easing up into corners.
I’ve found other road bike tires that offer a little more speed and bite for racing. Having ridden Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tires and now the new Schwalbe One for two seasons on racing wheels, I know they have that little more cornering grip and slightly more speed.
However, all that comes at a price when it comes to their longevity. If you’re hunting for a set that gives you more ride versatility even at the cost of speed and handling, the Fortezza Senso is one of the top all-season road bike tire choices to consider.
The tire carcass feels supple — echoing its 120 tpi count just like the old Tricomp. Recommended pressure range is 8-12 bars. I tend to ride them at about 8 bars for winter training and slightly higher for dry races. Due to their high pressure capabilities they would also make an excellent track tire if you’re riding a set of clinchers.
Tire Longevity and Puncture Resistance
The last set of Fortezza Tricomp’s I replaced must have rolled for in excess of 5,000 miles including use on the turbo trainer. I’m about 2,000 miles into riding the Senso All-Weather tires and seeing minimal signs of wear. The sipped centre of the rear tire has started to smooth slightly, however the finely grooved sides of the tread are still pristine.
Those 2000 miles have been puncture free as well; though now I’ve said that the inevitable will probably happen!
When it comes to racing tires lightweight can be a bad thing. The Fortezza Senso All Weather hits the scales at a reasonable 225 g in a 700x23c size although for those wanting a little extra volume for sportive comfort there’s a 700x 25c version which tips the scales at 240 g.
This is a little heavy compared to many race-specific road bike tires on the marketplace but none of those seem suited to year round riding so that little bit of extra weight has some purpose.
My Vredestein Fortezza Sensos are a great set of all-year round tires which are more than capable for road racing, training and commuting. I’ll happily ride them year-round.