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Vittoria Terreno Mix 38mm gravel tire review

The Vittoria Terreno Mix is an all-rounder tire designed for mixed conditions. We see how it performs

Vittoria Terreno Mix
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Our Verdict

Vittoria's Terreno Mix is heavy but well priced. Tubeless setup is easy on this all-round gravel tire, which features a versatile mix of decent rolling ability and lifespan with impressive filthy condition grip if ridden right.

For

  • Impressive wet grip
  • Large-volume
  • Good high-pressure roll
  • Acceptable puncture proofing
  • Three sizes
  • Easy fit
  • Good value

Against

  • Heavy
  • Slightly numb
  • Binary cornering grip

Vittoria makes four different Terreno tires for gravel and cyclo-cross use: the slick center Zero, the cut slick Dry, the angled bar tread Wet and this centerline and shoulder tread Mix all-rounder. It’s well-priced, rolls and wears well, and it grips in most conditions if you ride to its strengths. The weight and feel of the tire make it more of a do it all bomber than a responsive racer though. 

The Mix features Vittoria's TNT casing and comes in 31, 33 and 38mm versions. We tested the latter, which actually blows up to 41mm on 25mm internal-width rims. While it needs a bit of thumb power for the first fit, it seals easily and securely without having to pump in too much air pressure. It’s okay to run sub-20 PSI if you use an insert like Vittoria’s Air-Liner, and we haven't noticed any stress or abuse marks on the tire. We’ve had the same results with a pair of Terreno Dry’s, which we've been running for over a year. While there’s no specific puncture layer listed by Vittoria, the crown of the tire is reasonably thick, and the Terreno family’s thorn and slash resistance is okay if not outstanding.

The Mix uses a centerline tread bar and arrow tread that looks a lot like the legendary Challenge Grifo CX tire. Keep the pressure up to keep the tire rounded, and it rolls along that center spine well on harder surfaces. As soon as it starts to sink into the surface, or you drop the pressure, things slow down. The center arrows paddle an impressive amount of braking and driving traction even in deep slop, and the inline segments help tracking in similar conditions. While centerline treads always make us worry about roots, the Graphene infused G2.0 compound is enough to cope well when trees are trying to trip you up.

You need to corner with an aggressive amount of lean to engage the single row of shoulder knobs, which are on the far side of a noticeable slip gap that will catch out tentative turners. Get your hips and Scandi flick working though and you can keep the power down and speed up through properly wintery conditions. That makes the smaller tires useful for cyclo-cross too, and the 33mm is nearly 100g lighter than its bigger counterpart.

Vittoria Terreno Mix

There is a noticeable jump better the centre tread and the shoulder knobs (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Verdict 

The 38mm Terreno Mix is a hefty tire, which means it doesn’t accelerate easily, and - like the other Terreno tires we’ve used - feel damped and solid rather than floated and buoyant. If you’re not racing or sprinting out of corners but just want a fit and forget tire for every terrain that won’t ruin you on the road, the Terreno Mix is a very good option. The Graphene compound noticeably extends the lifespan of the tires, which makes the competitive price even more of a bargain.

Tech Specs: Vittoria Terreno Mix tire 

  • Price: $53.99/£46.99 
  • Weight: 512g (38mm)
  • Sizes: 31, 33, 38mm
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit he’s also coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg