Challenge Cyclocross Tires

By: Embrocation Aug 13

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Over the last couple years, most of our team riders have gone to Challenge tires as their brand of choice for race-day rubber. With hand-made casings and a wide variety of tread patterns available for any course or weather condition, Challenge provides a fine-riding, durable and fast quiver of tire options for any cross rider. For the 2012 season we now carry Challenge tires with 4 different treads, 3 of which have a choice in tubular or clincher type. Use the discount code CHALLENGE2012 in our shopping cart to get a 10% discount on all Challenge tires for the next two weeks. Offer good through the 24th of August.


First and foremost is Challenge's new Limus tire - a dedicated mud tread that has just been introduced and stands to be the most popular mud-specific tire available anywhere. The Limus is available in a 33mm tubular and is also now available in a clincher version, new for 2012. Get yours while you can because these are going to sell out fast and we're not sure how many more will be available this year. READ MORE




The Grifo may be the most popular tread pattern ever developed for cyclocross. It's a great all-rounder: Fast and grippy in dry terrain with good high speed cornering and good performance characteristics in wet and light mud. Really, Grifo is the tire every cross racer should have in their quiver at the beginning of the season. Grifo is available in tubular and clincher versions, both with 33mm casing. READ MORE




The Grifo XS is a file tread for use on dry, fast cross courses. It also retains the side knobs of the standard Grifo for enhanced cornering performance. File treads have gained increased popularity as cyclocross becomes more popular and races begin earlier in the year. Grifo XS is available in a 33mm tubular version only. READ MORE




The Fango has an ardent following in the cyclocross scene and excels on courses with abundant sharp turns and many changes in tempo. It's also especially grippy on wet grass and off-cambre sections, where the aggressive side knobs bite into the ground surface. Fango tires come in clincher and tubular versions, both in 33mm casing. READ MORE



If you peruse the specs for any of the Challenge tubular cross tires, you'll notice that all of them feature latex inner tubes. Why? In short, latex tubes offer distinct advantages over butyl tubes, especially for cyclocross applications:


Latex tubes are more flexible and so are less prone to pinch flats, especially when running the lower tire pressures so often preferred by cross racers. When used in conjunction with Challenge clincher cross tires, latex tubes can provide the performance advantages of tubulars with the convenience of clinchers. It's kind of a no-brainer. READ MORE





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