|New Clement Rubber|
Clement, a vintage name known best for the old tubular tires they made back in the day for high end racing, has been revived again and is setting out to become a force in not only road riding, but cyclo-cross, adventure riding, and yes, gravel grinder events.
In fact, if what I overheard at Frostbike this past February is true, a couple of former Trans Iowa winners had a hand in developing one of the newest tread designs aimed at gravel grinders and adventure riding.
Clement has already made a splash in cyclo-cross circles with its "PDX" model. (Note: All Clement tire models carry airport call letters. "PDX" is the call letter designation for Portland, Oregon's airport.) The PDX is wildly popular in certain cyclo-cross areas. Now Clement is expanding its reach into road, adventure, and touring tires. The tires I have in the box are the following:
- The USH Adventure- A 700 x 35 mm file tread tire with a firm center ridge. Perfect for dirt roads, touring, and urban assault. Will fit on your cyclocross bike, commuter, or touring rig.
- Strada LLG Road- Supple 120 tpi casing for a road-hugging feel and less rider fatigue Dual-rubber compound tread: 62a in center, 57a on sides
Slightly textured center-tread with traditional Clement chevron side-tread pattern provides excellent grip in wet or dry. Integrated puncture-protection belt underneath tread (I have the 28mm size)
- The "X-Plor MSO" So new, it isn't even on Clement's site yet! This is the one rumored to have some gravel grinder's input, and I believe it does. It looks like no other tread pattern I've ever seen with tightly grouped, micro-block/knobs all over. The tire is listed as a 40mm wide tire.
Okay, I'm out doing cue sheet verification today. Stay tuned for a report soon.