Product Test: Vittoria Peyote XC 29×2.25 Tires

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Tech features:

On paper the Peyote has a pretty impressive resume. Vittoria offers the Peyote in three diameters, three casings and two different widths to give cross-country riders the choice between fast and faster. The 29×2.25 tires that we tested featured the TNT (tubeless) casing, and came in at an impressive 715 grams per tire. The outside knobs are big and aggressive, while the center of the tread is less aggressive but gives the tire a generous footprint. The Vittoria is offered at a competitive price of $55.


Field test results:

There is nothing quite as exciting as looking at a tire that appears to have a ton of potential. We would be lying if we said our expectations weren’t high when we pulled these out of the box to begin testing. The tread pattern looked to be one of the best that we had seen on a cross-country tire. Vittoria made all of the knobs tall and incredibly soft, so with great anticipation we mounted the Peyote to a set of Stan’s ZTR rims on a Cannondale F-Si. The bead went on fairly easily, and the tires even passed the floor pump test (seating a tubeless tire with just a floor pump). At 30 psi, the Peyote looked bigger than the average 2.25 cross-country tire, probably because of the large outside knobs.

Vittoria recommends running the Peyote between 29–50 psi. We found our sweet spot at about 27 psi in the rear and 26 in the front for a 140-pound rider. Our first ride was surprising, as we saw substantial wear within the first 30 miles of testing. After a couple of rides the rear tire looked like it had been ridden half a season. The tall knobs had lost about 20 percent of their stature. Some tires do have a wear-in period during which they lose excess material within the first couple rides, but this seemed a little excessive.

On a more positive note, the Peyote hooked up really well in tight corners. The tall outside knobs grabbed the dirt and didn’t let go until we told them to. The Peyote definitely allowed us to push harder in corners than other cross-country tires we have tried. We could feel a strong footprint from the rear tire on steep climbs with loose dirt and rocks. The center tread has a pretty generous layout that gives the tire plenty of traction going uphill.


The Peyote is a decent-performing tire. It’s lightweight, corners well and, with the wider casing, gave us some comfort on the trail. Our biggest issue was how quickly the tread wore down, but given the price and the positive characteristics of the tire, it could be a good option for racers looking for an event tire that doesn’t break the bank.

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