Clement Adds Narrower X’Plor MSO Gravel Tire, New Road Tubular
Clement has a new X’Plor MSO (a reference to Missoula, MT and Missoula Bike Works, who acted as a sounding board on the design) in a 700x 32. It joins the 40 width for more race oriented cyclocross bikes that can’t fit the wider tire. That one comes in September and should retail around $50 to $70.
The $50 version will have a 60tpi casing with polyurethane protective belt under the tread. The $70 one will. 120tpi casing, dual compound rubber and bead-to-bead Kevlar belt. The former is better against punctures, the latter for abrasion and cuts.
Coming in a couple weeks is a new road tubular based on the Strada LGG. It’ll have a smoother center section but keep the chevron tread on the sides. Like their others, it’s a tubeless tubular, meaning the inner tube is vulcanized to the casing, for a one layer construction. The benefit is that it’s lighter than a handmade tire, and it’s airtight so it works better with sealant. The sidewall comes precoated, and they say it’ll last much longer than a handmade tire and roll smoother with straighter tread lines. There’s also no risk of delamination of the tread from the casing. The tire will be called LGG and retail for $129.99.