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    Clement X'Plor MSO 700x32 Review

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    TL;DR - Good tire for frames/forks without tons of clearance.
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    Pretty good first-impression review, I hope you write about how you think this tire compares to other file tread/lightly treaded tires on the market in the final review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasauge View Post
    Pretty good first-impression review, I hope you write about how you think this tire compares to other file tread/lightly treaded tires on the market in the final review.
    I have some similar tires in the queue, so you'll probably see a comparison at some point in the near future.
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    I've had the 40mm version (60 tpi) on my cross/gravel bike for a year. I find them awesome for "straight-on" riding...they float over bumps and larger gravel, but like mentioned in other reviews--given the almost triangular profile--they are a challenge on washed out or loose gravel while cornering. I actually used these yesterday in a race up here in Canada called Paris 2 Ancaster, and they were great, other than the two times I cornered fast and found my tries sliding on loose gravel (hard pack, not a problem). Both times I felt very nervous but instinct took over and I stayed upright.

    What I would worry about with the 32 version is even less tire being in contact with the surface. I feel that yesterday had I been using these I would've had issues cornering. The stock tires I have on another bike are 32mm and they have a very flat profile, and these cheap tires do a great job in corners (better than the 40mm MSO). This is the one item I would be reluctant about with the 32mm X'Plor MSO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noonievut View Post
    I've had the 40mm version (60 tpi) on my cross/gravel bike for a year. I find them awesome for "straight-on" riding...they float over bumps and larger gravel, but like mentioned in other reviews--given the almost triangular profile--they are a challenge on washed out or loose gravel while cornering. I actually used these yesterday in a race up here in Canada called Paris 2 Ancaster, and they were great, other than the two times I cornered fast and found my tries sliding on loose gravel (hard pack, not a problem). Both times I felt very nervous but instinct took over and I stayed upright.

    What I would worry about with the 32 version is even less tire being in contact with the surface. I feel that yesterday had I been using these I would've had issues cornering. The stock tires I have on another bike are 32mm and they have a very flat profile, and these cheap tires do a great job in corners (better than the 40mm MSO). This is the one item I would be reluctant about with the 32mm X'Plor MSO.
    The 32mm version has a more circular cross-section than the 40mm size. I know exactly what you mean about the 'peak' on the 40mm version. Cornering is much more predictable with the 32mm MSO.
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    Mark , have you used the 700x32 Kendra Happy Medium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    The 32mm version has a more circular cross-section than the 40mm size. I know exactly what you mean about the 'peak' on the 40mm version. Cornering is much more predictable with the 32mm MSO.
    Thanks for clarifying...the picture I had seen still had them looking like there was a peak.

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    this may be a slightly different application but has anyone tried or have opionons on the Kenda Redline Kross Supreme?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    Mark , have you used the 700x32 Kendra Happy Medium?
    Not the 32mm size (only the 40mm). If I'm running tires that narrow, I generally just use conventional road-style tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    I have some similar tires in the queue, so you'll probably see a comparison at some point in the near future.
    Looking forward to seeing your comparison. I like the MSO 40s for gravel, but I wonder if something smoother like the Gravel Kings or the USH would be better for rides with more pavement in the mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Looking forward to seeing your comparison. I like the MSO 40s for gravel, but I wonder if something smoother like the Gravel Kings or the USH would be better for rides with more pavement in the mix.
    A good portion of my unpaved riding takes place on 700x25 or 28 tire, with the latter being Panaracer's Gravelking. I run 25mm rims, so a 25mm tire ends up with a nice footprint/cross-section. The combination of 25mm rims and 28mm Gravelkings is fantastic.
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