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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 06-08-14, 09:00 AM   #1
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interesting review of several tires in the 27 to 31mm width size

28mm Tire Shootout - Slowtwitch.com

I have the Parigi-Roubaix and find his review to be right-on. The other tires would fit my classic road bike with short-reach brakes perfectly. All of the tires could be ideal for my local 75% asphalt, 25% firm gravel routes that I enjoy.

The comments about tire and rim fit ring true: "Many new rims completely ignore existing ETRTO and DIN standards for shape, width, and diameter. Even though a true tubeless standard exists for mountain bikes (UST), most manufacturers now make their own slightly different version to save weight and have a unique sales story. I have heard similar sentiments from wheel manufacturers in regards to the tires on the market – they're all over the map."
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Hmm. I've been thinking about road tires for my cyclocross bike - CX base season and a couple gravel rides I plan to do are fast approaching. Sounds like the Challenge Paris-Roubaix is going to be the one I want. I was worried about width, but I see now that it runs quite wide.
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Hmm. I've been thinking about road tires for my cyclocross bike - CX base season and a couple gravel rides I plan to do are fast approaching. Sounds like the Challenge Paris-Roubaix is going to be the one I want. I was worried about width, but I see now that it runs quite wide.
Yes, I measured mine with a digital caliper this morning. 30.7mm wide on 22.5mm wide Sun CR18 rims. The tires are light, fast and ultra smooth feeling even at 100 psi inflation. They are not as tough as other tires. I had a flat on mine two weeks ago, the first in about 600 miles. You might consider the 700x30 Challenge Strada Bianca for more demanding gravel roads. It's slightly larger and tougher.
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