Vittoria Pista CS Elite review

With two London Velodromes, there's never been a better time to test some track gear, specifically, tubular tyres from Vittoria and the Pista CS Elite

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Even though this is a race tyre, ours have been put on a set of ‘hack’ wheels to use for training and local racing on the track. We’ve been impressed with the durability as well as the strength of the casing, which has held its pressure for well over a week — if nothing else, it saves some time when rushing to a race from work.

Reasons to buy
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    Retains air well

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Reasons to avoid
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    Not much

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It might seem a tricky task to complete a ‘100 miles later’ test on a velodrome, but with local track leagues kicking off recently, it’s been the ideal time to pack in track miles on the CS Elite tubular.

The switch between wood and concrete has been effortless for the Pista and, despite the low weight (190g), the 22c tyre hasn’t been compromised when it comes to grip. Pumped up to 140psi on a gritty outdoor track, the reinforced puncture protection seems to have done its job.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.