Challenge Tires has added the Strada Bianca gravel road tire to its lineup. Normally, we’d transform the info into our own words, but their press release is just so elegant:
FROM CHALLENGE: The gentle crunch of white gravel provides the soundtrack of your ride as billows of dust blow through Tuscan vineyards in your wake.
Strada Bianca, Italian for “white road,” refers to the classic white gravel that cover hundreds of miles in Tuscany. As our line of gravel tires expands and adjusts to meet the needs of gravel enthusiasts, Challenge’s 30mm herringbone tubular and open tubular tire takes on a new identity to embody the spirit of gravel racing as the Strada Bianca.
The popularity of the legendary 27mm herringbone Paris-Roubaix led Challenge to develop a tire with more volume and comfort but the same fast-rolling tread. In partnership with its namesake, the Eroica vintage race, the lightweight tire gained an avid following from the rapidly-growing group of gravel enthusiasts and it continued to evolve from a high-volume Paris-Roubaix to a true gravel slick.
As it transformed to meet gravel-specific needs of durability and longevity, the tire gained a double layer of puncture protection (Double PPS), deeper rubber and tougher 260TPI SuperPoly casing. As its popularity grew, the expectations of its namesake race shifted, which inspired an appropriate reinvention as the Strada Bianca.
The Strada Bianca is available in classic black with tan sidewall or all black. It joins the 30mm Almanzo file tread in Challenge’s line of supple, fast-rolling handmade gravel tires. Ask to see Challenge’s gravel tubulars and open tubulars at your local Challenge retailer.
- Size: 700x30c
- Casing: 260TPI SuperPoly
- Bead: Aramid, folding
- Puncture protection: Double PPS
- Tubular: Latex inner tube
- Suggested pressure: 55-115 psi (4-8 bar)
- Open Tubular (aka Clincher) is 341g and $76
- Tubular is
285396g and $109
(Sadly, there’s no white wall version…)