The new Vittoria Mazza Enduro Mountain Bike Tyre
The new Vittoria Mazza combines years of athlete input with cutting edge tread technology, raising the bar on the mixed terrain Enduro tire category.
Vittoria has added a new tyre to their line up, the Mazza. Fitting somewhere between the Moto and Morsa, the Mazza is a tyre described as an “enduro tire for mixed terrain.”
The Mazza utilizes Vittoria's four distinct rubber compounds in the tread. The softest compound being used on the outside knobs for maximum grip, while a slightly firmer (longer-wearing) compound used on the centre.
The Mazza uses Graphene 2.0, which interacts with rubber by filling the space in between the rubber molecules. The material is basically a carbon molecule that on its own is incredibly strong, yet lightweight.
The tread pattern has large knobs spaced fairly far apart. The Mazza looks very similar to the Maxxis Minion which has been a staple choice for Enduro riders over recent years.
We'll be posting a long term review of the Mazza in the following months, however, the initial comments from riders online have been very positive.
- Enduro World Series level performance
- The direct result of athlete feedback
- Proven Vittoria tread technology and quality
Starting with a defined center tread, the Mazza uses deep siping in the direction of rotation, allowing the tire to roll fast while still opposing drift, especially in off-camber terrain. The stepped leading edge rolls like a ramp, but digs in on climbs, making Mazza a top choice for both front and rear use. Substantial room was designed into the center tread to provide braking traction, while also accelerating cleaning.
Cornering on the Mazza is handled by Vittoria’s trademark progressive sipe width technology, which gives a gummy inside effective edge, but without the instability that competitors experience on the outside of the tread. Simply put, bigger sipes flex more than smaller sipes. This unique siping pattern creates asymmetrical tread flex, and translates into a predictable, confident, and communicative feel at the limit of cornering.
Mazza’s generous tread depth claws into a range of terrain, and is stabilized with Vittoria’s proprietary 4C compound layering process. Four separate GRAPHENE compounds are layered, allowing the surface of the tread to remain tacky, while the base remains planted. This ensures each effective edge is kept in place under high cornering and braking loads, leading to reduced rolling resistance, and increased wear life. The bar has been raised.