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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 11-21-12, 02:31 AM   #1
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Gum/Skinwall Cyclocross Tires?

Heya folks,

So I'm building up a vintage cyclocross bike and desperately want to avoid putting anything other than gum/skinwall tires on it. I know it's just looks but there is something about putting black sidewall tires on an early 80's bike that just goes against my vintage bike morals.

Now I'm aware of Challenge tires, but is there any other options? There are Kenda krosscyclo's, but they are actually 700x28's even though they are labeled 35's, and are on the cheap end.

Trying to find clincher's, not tubulars. Also 35mm would be an ideal width.

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Old 11-21-12, 08:19 AM   #2
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For a skinwall clincher I'm not sure you're going to find a better tire for the money than a Challenge tire.

What bike do you have? I put some Kenda Kwicks on this '72 Gitane TdF with a 1x5 drivetrain. Not race worthy, for sure, but it's fun.

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Heya folks,

So I'm building up a vintage cyclocross bike and desperately want to avoid putting anything other than gum/skinwall tires on it. I know it's just looks but there is something about putting black sidewall tires on an early 80's bike that just goes against my vintage bike morals.

Now I'm aware of Challenge tires, but is there any other options? There are Kenda krosscyclo's, but they are actually 700x28's even though they are labeled 35's, and are on the cheap end.

Trying to find clincher's, not tubulars. Also 35mm would be an ideal width.

Thanks in advance,
-Armand
Challenge doesn't goes to 33 in clincher not 35 --- no other real options in a tan sidewall clincher
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Do you even want Knobby Cyclocross Race tires, or are you building a fatter tire road use bike?

UCI having a Max width Gage for tires in sanctioned races effects what the tire makers offer.

Pasela road/touring tires are made in 35 width, tan , 'skin' sidewall .
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If you want to roll the dice, unused skinwall Ritchey Speedmax tires pop up on eBay now and then. Granted, I only know of the 700x30 and 700x32 versions, but there may be others.
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Fietsbob, this bike will be used mainly on the local single track/fireroads, with attending a cyclocross race here and there for fun. So yes, knobbies are preferred, I already have some Rivendell Jack Brown 700x33.333333333333... tires on it now just to ride it.

Scott, thanks a bunch, I'll keep an eye out for them!
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The cognoscenti get tread pattern suitable for the course conditions..

they are all brown colored in the Mud.
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Bigger than 35 but there are these:

http://www.bgcycles.com/rock-n-road-tire.html

Challenge is probably your best bet, and you'd have four treads to choose from in clinchers.
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Challenge grifo or linus, My friend had a pair on his bike and they look amazing, he says they are really good at cornering. expensive though, like 80-100 per tire.
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yeah,i think so, look amazing, really good at cornering. expensive though, like 80-100 per tire.thanks
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Old 12-02-12, 10:34 PM   #11
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I actually found a barely used set of 3 Verdestein Campo's 32mm pop up on craigslist. I'll take pics when the sun is out, maybe, but here is the only pics I was able to find. Not quite skinwall but still brown, matches my seat/bar tape perfectly. Seems like a very high quality folding tire, they are hand made in Holland, but discontinued in 2006.



and the set I bought:


Good reviews too: http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wh...1_2489crx.aspx
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why not get a set of panaracer rivendells or parsla tg for road riding. Also I personally dont think that outside of the challengers no one really makes a natural skin wall cross tire anymore as they dry out and crack sooner than rubber coated.
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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A212FNvP5S.../New+Image.JPG

IRD just released their FireCross 32c in a skinwall.
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Whoops, i meant CrossFire 32c.



http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-A212FNvP5S.../New+Image.JPG

IRD just released their FireCross 32c in a skinwall.
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Dugast Tubulars all use a tan sidewall .. unless custom ordered otherwise .

[yea I know you just want clinchers ]

I'm Ok with WTB Allterrainasaurus , in Blackwall, Myself, not being 'desperate' for a particular image.

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I got some Bruce Gordon Rock n Road tires(700x43) on my Salsa Casseroll. Thems damn nice offroad tires with skinwalls. I like them very much!
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I got some Bruce Gordon Rock n Road tires(700x43) on my Salsa Casseroll. Thems damn nice offroad tires with skinwalls. I like them very much!
How wide are these? They look like great gravel road tires. I'm hoping they are a little small and about 40mm wide.
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They ride gravel and crushed rock really well. I went out and measured mine, I don't have calipers but with my son's mm school ruler, they measure 1 3/4" or 44mm wide from outer knob to outer knob. My smallest frame clearance is on my front fork, which comes in at 2" wide total. Dunno how close you are hoping to get, so there's my numbers. Close to stated width. The specs on my Cass says "clearance for 38mm & fenders". The shop guys and I got curious and put some on for fun, I liked them, so I bought them. They roll suprisingly well on flat pavement too, not a ton of friction/knobby drag.

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