Taipei First Look: Challenge Takes on the dirt with new Gravel Grinder Clincher and Tubular
Growing almost as fast as fat bikes, gravel bikes are another category that is pushing the development of bikes and components. Needing to be both fast rolling and grippy on loose surfaces, those who frequently venture off road with skinny tires will have a new option for the perfect tread with the new Gravel Grinder from Challenge.
Check out the tread pattern next.
Built with a file tread center and Limus like shoulder knobs, the 38mm clincher will sit alongside a 36mm tubular and open tubular. Competition take note, Challenge has licensed the name Gravel Grinder – to use it, you must pay Challenge $1 and one beer per year for use of the name. Seems fair to us.
Like the Triathlon and Paris Roubaix tires, the Gravel Grinder features a double puncture protection to get you home. Also, while it wasn’t on hand, Challenge mentioned that they will be offering another new tire that will essentially be a baby Limus. Using smaller tread blocks, the baby Limus will be more of an all around tire rather than a mudder.