Vittoria Terreno Dry And Mix 40mm Tires: Checkpoint Part 1

Vittoria Terreno Dry And Mix 40mm Tires: Checkpoint Part 1- by Guitar Ted

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The tire market never ceases to amaze and our latest sets of tires from Vittoria are no exception. The Terreno series of tires consists of three models of which we have two on test here- the “Mix” and “Dry”. You can catch up on all the tech features here in our “Getting Rolling” post. This post will deal specifically with the Dry model. The next post, Part 2, will cover the unique Mix model.

This time we shine the spotlight on the Terreno Dry tire.

Ride Performance: The Terreno Dry was impressive right out of the gate for the supple ride feel it has. I was wondering how the Graphene infused rubber would react and it seems to be almost invisible in straight line riding. At least I couldn’t feel anything remarkable other than the well damped feel of the casings. Obviously, with such low and fine tread in the center, the Terreno Dry rolls fast, and quietly, I might add.

The Terreno Dry has low, fast tread which rolls over loose gravel quite well.

Once out on the gravel the tire seemed to roll over gravel and deeper loose patches with an ease that belied its thick casing and sidewalls. Perhaps it is the Graphene? Hard to say. The outer rows of blocky knobs seemed to do what those knobs do for most tires I test with such tread patterns- they promote lateral stability. So far, so good. Now I had an opportunity to check out the mud shedding capabilities of the tire as well, so I headed out to the local Level B Maintenance road.

You can see the results of my mud testing in the image above. Surprisingly the “Dry” Terreno tire doesn’t do too badly here. The lower knobs help the tire slough off mud well and the wider, flatter crown of the tire offers a modicum of float. One thing I noted on this section of road was a bit of a surprise though.

That was in the drier ruts where the Terreno Dry seemed to grip and not slide down into the rut like a low/no tread tire would have. Vittoria claims that the Graphene will act like a grippier, lower compound rubber when traction is needed and in this instance, I felt something like that was happening. It was a very notable thing, so perhaps there is some substance to Vittoria’s claims here.

While one might expect the Terreno Dry to excel on dry gravel, it was in the loose, rutted dirt section where I felt it came to life.

The Terreno Dry also seems to mute rumbles and rough sections, like the tractor treaded dirt shown above, and makes for a nicer ride. I found that on gravel roads it did what I expected, but it was on these muddier, looser, rougher sections where I felt the tire came to life. That was a surprise for me. Typically I find that smoother tread tires seem to lose their charm in the rougher, softer grounds. While these sorts of tires may be capable, they are often at their limits when tested in this way. Not so the Terreno Dry, which was remarkable and actually did quite well in my test. I suspect that stickier mud would still collect to the point of stopping the wheels from rolling, but in all other aspects the Terreno Dry was a tire I would not hesitate to try on looser, deeper terrain. Obviously under heavy braking and heavy torquing of the rear wheel when traction is at its limits this tire may not hold up. That may still be a weak feature of this tire, but then again, perhaps not so fast there! That Graphene component seems to be having an effect here. I will be looking to test that out in the next and final installment of this review.

VittoriaSo Far…..The Terreno Dry:  The familiar TNT bead design works well, but some rims may not agree with the tighter fit TNT beads typically have. True to measure, the 40mm tires are a bit heavier than many in this class. The Terreno Dry has the expected fast roll and with the blocky side knobs, good lateral stability on loose gravel. The Dry also rides quite smoothly, having a very nice, damped feel. (Some might call it “dead”, but lack of vibration transfer is often mislabeled this way.) There are some questions to answer yet here. Does Graphene infused rubber really do anything?  Perhaps it does have an effect. So far, I am thinking that there is something good happening here, which was apparent on looser dirt, mud, and off camber ruts. Stay tuned for more in my “At The Finish” post on this tire and look for my next installment on the Terreno Mix coming soon here.

Note: Vittoria sent over the Terreno Mix and Dry tires for test and review at no charge to Riding Gravel. We are not being paid nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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7 thoughts on “Vittoria Terreno Dry And Mix 40mm Tires: Checkpoint Part 1

  1. I’m interested in how they wear. My schwalbe g ones have worn pretty quickly, and I ride about 70 percent road so that may be why. But, I’d still like longer life than I’ve gotten.

    1. @Corey Gardner- I hope to have a better read on that at the end of the review. Right now I’m going to say that indications are that these tires wear a bit faster than normal. That’s VERY preliminary though.

  2. Vittoria fails to mention that these tires have ‘mount only on hooked rim’ on the sidewall. Do you have any experience or opinion about running these with hookless bead rims like Enve SES 3.4 AR

    1. @Mark Rosenberg – We tested ENVE G23 wheels in late ’18/early ’19 here and I used a set of WTB Resolute tires on them. No problems at all with that set up that I could discern, so in my opinion that hookless bead design is not a problem. I have never tried the Terreno tires on such a design, but if the bead channel is like the ENVE G23, I wouldn’t think twice about trying it.

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