The Vittoria Mazza, Mota, and Martello mountain bike tires at the moment are accessible in a premium Enduro Race mannequin, with a tread sample made up of a softer, single-compound rubber, and a extra supple 1 x 60 TPI casing building. They every bear the identical respective tread patterns, however with an all-new tremendous smooth, low rebound rubber that mixes Graphene and Silica to provide what is alleged to end in maximal grip and damping at each lean angle.
Vittoria place the brand new tires as their most performance-oriented tire for gravity riders.
The Mazza is the Italian model’s hottest tire for path and enduro utilization. We take a look at it right here within the new Enduro Race casing.
Vittoria Mazza Mountain Bike Tires: An Overview
Earlier than we reveal our first journey impressions, it’s pertinent to grasp the vary in a bit extra element. The Vittoria Mazza line-up (and Mota and Martello, for that matter) now contains the next three tires:
- Mazza Path: 1-ply 120 TPI building with an anti-puncture breaker belt beneath the tread, and sidewall reinforcement offered by a layer of nylon and an anti pinch-flat insert
- Mazza Enduro: 2-ply 120 TPI building with an anti pinch-flat insert within the sidewalls
- Mazza Race Enduro: 1-ply 60 TPI with an anti-puncture layer beneath the middle tread and a shorter anti pinch-flat insert on the sidewalls
That is a lot better understood by trying intently on the cutaway profile of every of the casings; variations between the three are most clearly seen on the sidewall.
Whereas the Path and Enduro Casing tires have a tread sample made up of Vittoria’s 4C Graphene rubber, comprising 4 rubbers of various durometer (or hardness), in a bid to steadiness grip with sturdiness and rolling velocity, the brand new Enduro Race is fashioned with a rubber of a single durometer.
In contrast to some tire producers, Vittoria doesn’t reveal the precise Shore Hardness of their rubber compounds, however we’re informed that the only smooth compound on the Enduro Race tire is softer than any of the 4 compounds that go into the 4C Graphene layup.
The Vittoria Mazza will not be a brand new tire to me. I’ve beforehand examined it within the 2-ply 120 TPI Enduro choice – assessment right here. To summarize, I obtained on rather well with the tread sample, discovering it predictable in corners with good mud clearance in sloppy situations. I notably appreciated the way it carried out as a rear tire; the 4C rubber is comparatively fast-rolling, and the stepped forefront center-tread appeared to offer wonderful grip on steep, moist, technical climbs.
I do, nevertheless, recall some “pinging” sensations when using the tire at 18psi, an undesirable attribute that I put right down to the very stiff sidewalls. When dropping stress to as little as 15psi, the tire burped air and sealant to the purpose the place it wasn’t actually a viable choice.
The ultimate feedback in my assessment of the Mazza Enduro are: “Whereas Vittoria’s 4C Compound is a high quality fast-rolling hard-wearing rubber compound, it’s the solely compound they provide. A softer, tackier, decrease rebound compound can be a welcome addition to their line-up, permitting the model to actually tackle the large names in mountain bike tires”.
I requested, and Vittoria has produced.
First Impressions: Vittoria Mazza Enduro Race
In my fingers, the tread blocks of the Enduro Race tire really feel a bit softer and, most notably, rebound to the unique form far more slowly than the tread blocks of the 4C Compound Enduro tire.
Dealing with the cut-down carcass of the 2 casings, the distinction in stiffness on the facet partitions is important. The sidewall of the Mazza Enduro is barely foldable thanks the a lot thicker anti pinch-flat insert, whereas the sidewall of the Mazza Enduro Race is much extra supple, with out being fairly so versatile because the Mazza Path casing.
I examined the Mazza Enduro Race as a entrance tire solely, in 27.5″ x 2.6. On our Park Device DS-2 scale, it weighed in at 1,336 grams, which is a not-insignificant 121 grams heavier than the claimed weight. The 29″ x 2.6″ weighs 1,393 grams, barely lighter than its 1,400g claimed weight. Nonetheless, it’s a superb bit heavier than a 29″ x 2.5″ Maxxis Assegai within the DoubleDown MaxxGrip selection (1,313 grams).
The Mazza Enduro Race measured up a lot narrower than its marketed 2.6″ width on the 33mm inner width aluminum rim of the Hunt Enduro Vast V2 Wheelset; our Park Device calipers measured the width at 2.45″. The tire was simply wrangled onto the rim. I seated it tubeless with use of a compressor, purely as a result of I used to be in a rush.
Terrain-wise, the Mazza is a little bit of an all-rounder, however Vittoria counsel it performs finest in blended, free, and damp-to-wet situations. The 2 banked rides I’ve on this tire cowl that spectrum properly. My native trails of the Tweed Valley, particularly these identified affectionately because the Golfy, have every little thing from quick, shale-like loose-over-hard tracks, to smooth loam of the contemporary reduce selection.
My first journey impressions are good. Excellent, really.
Path situations are intermediate proper now, although drying out quickly. Lengthy stretches of dependable tackiness give solution to small patches of moist, greasiness, however these are few and much between. The Vittoria Mazza Enduro Race has been flattering at each flip.
Simply as I remembered, the Mazza corners with good to wonderful predictability, with no emotions of vagueness because the bike is leaned over into turns. I’m in no hazard of bar dragging, however I discovered the tire to ship constant grip at moderately excessive lean angles in flatter corners.
Beneath braking, the tire could be very responsive. It’s not abrupt by any means, however it does appear to chunk just a little extra firmly into the filth than the Continental Kryptotal Entrance it changed.
At 16psi, the tire was offering plentiful stability on rockier, free terrain, and was holding its form properly in corners with extra compression on the apex. Proud of that, I constructed the boldness to drop the stress to 15psi, and have since skilled no ailing results of doing so. I’ve no tire burp incidents to report, no lack of traction, nothing remotely unfavourable, in actual fact! I reckon I may in all probability go decrease.
The tire has held some good root-ridden, off-camber traces by means of the loam. It’s not defying the legal guidelines of physics or something; I’ve felt some sliding sensations on the odd shiny root, however actually I can’t complain. The tire is sufficiently supple to deform to most options encountered, and gives a constant degree of traction that’s, thus far, nearly as good as a Continental Kryptotal, and Maxxis Assegai of the MaxxGrip taste.
Having solely ridden the tire on two events, it’s in fact very early days. However, thus far, I’m actually stoked on the degrees of grip and luxury offered by the softer compound and extra supple casing of the Vittoria Mazza Enduro Race. I’ve no want to modify it out for any of the aforementioned; I imagine this one has many a cheerful lap forward of it.
Pricing & Availability
For my part, Vittoria’s tires supply actually good worth when it comes to their efficiency, notably when in comparison with Maxxis pricing. The Mazza Enduro Race examined right here, in addition to the Mota and Martello equivalents, retails at $89.99 / £64.99 / 72.95 € in Italy.
|Vittoria Mazza, Mota and Martello Tire Measurement||Casing||Building||£ GBP||€ Italy||$ USD|
|27.5″ x 2.4″||Enduro Race||Multi-Layer 60 TPI Safety||£64.99||72.95 €||$89.99|
|27.5″ x 2.6″||Enduro Race||Multi-Layer 60 TPI Safety||£64.99||72.95 €||$89.99|
|29″ x 2.4″||Enduro Race||Multi-Layer 60 TPI Safety||£64.99||72.95 €||$89.99|
|29″ x 2.6″||Enduro Race||Multi-Layer 60 TPI Safety||£64.99||72.95 €||$89.99|