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2016 Vittoria Mezcal 3 xc mountain bike tire

Vittoria had a few prototypes sitting on team bikes at their booth, right out in front of the new Jafaki, Barzo and Peyote treads they showed off at Taipei Cycle Show.

The upcoming Vittoria Mezcal 3 will replace the original, which was very similar to the Hutchinson Python because they were designed by the same person. Now, it has an alternating center ridge rather than the more semi-slick type pattern from before. The knobs are small and consistent across the width of the tire, and the side knobs are slightly larger with more surface area to have better cornering grip on hard pack.

Expect it to come in around 500g for the tube-type 27.5 x 2.25, their tubeless TNT casing will be a bit heavier. It’ll be available in a 29er, too.

2016 Vittoria Morsa mountain bike tire

The new Morsa uses knobs with shapes and sipes that oppose the cornering force. The result is massive grip, something I felt using their parlor trick of asking me to lean the bike while pushing against the bars as far down as possible. Basically, the bars were touching the ground and it was still stuck in place. Look for a weight around 800g for the 27.5×2.3.

More details on these will come closer to release, which should be later this year.

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Based off the still very new XC tire, this Peyote tubular gumwall is pure prototype at this point. It’s mounted to their new Carbon Race Tubular rims made with Graphene. Tire weights should be around 700g, and the wheels are 1400g, making for a very light combination. It’ll be offered in 29 x 2.25, but may not be around until much later this year.

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Their Bomboloni, named after an Italian donut, was on hand, too. It’s available in a 26×4.0, and 3.0 widths for 27.5 and 29er. First shown at Frost Bike, it has a 120tpi casing with dual compound casing and tubeless ready bead. The tread pattern has a fast rolling center section with overall design following that of automobile snow tires. The 29er is claimed at 900g, other weights are TBD. Available late summer.

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Johan
Johan
7 years ago

I am using their 29er peyote at present. Great grip, wearing pretty fast. It already weighs only 660g, in 2.25, so the new tubular should surely be somewhat lighter?

wunnspeed
7 years ago

I’m a huge Geax, er, Vittoria fan. I put the Saguaro and AKA as my two all-time favourite tires. I currently have a set of Saguaro tubulars a friend gave me that I’ve yet to try out. What I’m really looking forward to are the Bombolonis though. The lack of 29+ tires is distressing, to say the least. If I like the Bomboloni as much as I love the other tires, I’m going to be a very happy boy… now, how to find them for sale in Europe.

Quickie
Quickie
7 years ago

I’ve just recently started running a Peyote front and Mezcal rear (both non-TNT). Being able to get a set of tires for under $100 has me sold. The Peyote seems like a game changer to their lineup, and I’ll probably switch to one on the rear as well for XC use in mixed conditions.

Craig
Craig
7 years ago

I’ve still got some new old stock Vittoria Ranger/Gary Fisher Fattrax 26″ Tubular tires from 1990. Plus new old stock Mavic rims to go with them. Being 25 years too early I ended up with the wrong wheel size. If I can find my purchase receipt I might see if I can exchange them.

Pete
Pete
7 years ago

Wish someone would do an XC tire in Open Tubular version (i.e. high-thread-count unwoven casing and the cold-treated tread application)…

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

A Geax by any other name, is still a Geax…

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