I did not find a thread on this new tire, which is likely going to be one of THE racing tires.
Raced by Jumbo Visma at the Giro.
There are 3 versions, the standard racing Allrounder, the control (more puncture protection and more grip), and the Speed (successor to the current Corsa Speed, going to be released next year).
Aerocoach has released testing data and they are marginally faster than the Conti GP5000s TR, which is outstanding.
BRR will test these early next months, including grip and puncture resistance testing.
I have now received my 28c Corsa Pro, which come out to a tad under 28mm on a 21mm HL TSS rim.
Set up was easy, and they look really mint!
With one ride in, I must say: I have never experienced a tire this plush. I checked tire pressure several times, as I feared they had dropped significantly in pressure. They hadn’t. They are just that comfy. Also they roll fast and feel grippy in the corner. Definitely one to watch!
I raced the Control (25mm) this past weekend and they felt really good. I had been a GP5000 user for several years but a race morning bike check revealed a small staple in my rear. I always liked the GP5000 and trained and raced on them. I quickly hit the local shop but they didn’t have any so they recommended the Control as comparable.
The Control were a little easier to get on although a little weird since I’m not used to these types of sidewalls. Still, I only pinched one tube upon my first mounting. Second mounting went smoothly.
Now for the race. A key feature of my race was a sweeping left hander at the bottom of a hill where you came in with a lot of speed. I quickly realized that I could take this corner much better than anybody else and always carried more speed coming out of it. This let me make up spots almost every lap. I was choosing a better line than most riders (not bragging) but I also just felt really good laying the bike over at high speed. Would I have done this on GP5000s? Probably, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that I felt really confident going into this turn with the Control. The tires were also really smooth on the flats. Bouncing over the rough stuff didn’t necessarily feel better than the GP5000s but it certainly didn’t feel worse.
I’ve had a few more rides since then over smooth and rough road and have had no problems so far. I’ll update late if I run into puncture problems.
Am I the only one who finds real world experience doesn’t match up with BRR? Some of their fastest rated tires have felt sluggish to me, while some of their mid-testing tires have felt very snappy to me.
And I don’t really trust them at all for gravel tires. It could be just me …
Interesting how AC has tested the Corsa Pro to be as fast as the GP5000s TR, while the BRR tests (at a slower speed) show a very different result.
The overall test is pretty good, but would have me continue using the GP5000s TR for racing…