Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er tire review

Durable tubeless ready all-mountain tire with superb bite

29er Tires
The Morsa is a highly durable all-around tire that climbs well, and offers predictable traction going downhill.

The Morsa is a highly durable all-around tire that climbs well, and offers predictable traction going downhill (click to enlarge).

Editor’s Note: This article is courtesy of the team at Art’s Cyclery and was written by Scotty Ender. The original post can be found here.

Lowdown: Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er Tire

Over the last two years, Vittoria’s tire technology has progressed dramatically, led by the introduction of their Graphene rubber compound. This rubber, denoted by the G+ nomenclature, has received acclaim from cyclists across all platforms for its superb durability. Having already been impressed by Vittoria‘s pre-Graphene Barzo tire, we were excited to see how the more-aggressive tread and the supposed miracle compound worked together in the Morsa G+.

Stat Box
Size: 29×2.3” Sidewall: TNT all mountain
Weight: 927 grams Bead: Tubeless ready
TPI: 120 MSRP: $60
Casing width: 2.37” on 23mm internal rim width Rating: 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4 out of 5
Tread width: 2.27” on 23mm internal rim width

Pluses
Minuses
  • Durable tread
  • Not super light
  • Tubeless ready
  • Shallow knobs not great in loose-over-hard
  • Great traction
  • Predictable breakaway
  • Low rolling resistance
  • Climbs well
  • Easy tubeless set-up

Review: Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er Tire

Let’s start with the basics. This tire weighs in a 927 grams. Is that heavy? That depends on who you ask, but my answer is “No.” Since I live in San Luis Obispo, California, (where sharp rocks abound) and since my riding is typically gravity-oriented, I tend to shoot for tires in the 800-1000 gram range.

Weight for the 29x2.3" version is 927 grams. Photo courtesy of Art's Cyclery

Weight for the 29×2.3″ version is 927 grams (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of Art’s Cyclery

Vittoria’s Morsa tire punches perfectly in its weight class. The TNT reinforced casing and extra width add some grams, but also provide noticeable support, durability, and traction.

During testing, I punctured the front tire near the center tread. The hole immediately self-healed thanks to tubeless sealant in the tire, and a post-ride session with the needle, glue, and scissors of a tubeless repair kit fixed it right up-but puncturing was a bummer nonetheless. After fixing that hole, I enjoyed hassle-free traction from there on out.

While running the Morsa both front and rear for 320+ miles, I had no issues with cornering knobs ripping or cutting, and the tires performed flawlessly (with the exception of that one unfortunate puncture).

Continue to page 2 for more of our Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er tire review »


About the author: Arts Cyclery

This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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