Challenge CHICANE Pro Clincher Cyclocross Tyre : OPEN TUBULAR

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The Challenge Chicane Pro Open Tubular Cyclocross tyre is perfect for dry, grassy, dusty and icy conditions. The SuperPoly casing construction deftly balances suppleness with durability lending superb grip and control

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Code : CH-HC-00710
Weight : 0.5KG

Aside from your training, bike handling skills and 'hardness', the key to success in Cyclocross is largely determined by your tyres. Specifically the suppleness of those tyres.

Challenge have been around since 2003, after failing to secure a license from Pirelli to use the Clément trademark (a brand he had long been supplying and servicing), Max Brauns and subsequently his son and daughter have continued to define the tubular and open-tubular tyre market with huge success globally at all levels of all cycle sports; from Triathlon to Cyclocross.

Supple tyres not only offer a sublime ride, they reduce rolling resistance, and enable more precise handling and a greater range of pressures. They adapt quickly as the tyre changes shape while cornering and rolling, which increases road surface contact and grip while cornering, plus shock absorption as you pass over irregularities in the road or trail. Suppleness stems from many areas and Challenege's aim for their tyres is to optimise this at every possible juncture while at the same time balancing costs to offer a range of tyres suitable for various levels of rider or for training and racing conditions.

Challenge make a range of hand-made Open-Tubular tyres and clincher options and the bulk of these feature non-vulcanized construction. Ultimately the major difference between Challenge's Handmade Open Tubular and their standard 'Clincher' variety (as well as the majority of clincher tyres) is that it will avoid the heat and pressure process called vulcanization, which most tyres undergo in production. Vulacanisation is used to bind the materials, but compromises the ride quality when the rubber gets stiffer. For Challenge Open Tubulars, the rubber treads are hand-glued onto the casing allowing the latex and rubber to maintain their ideal qualities and it is this process that helps to make the open-tubulars behaviourally similar to their Tubular counterparts. In addition, thread count (TPI) plays a major role in the weight, suppleness and durability of Open Tubulars. The higher the number of threads per inch (TPI), the thinner each individual thread, making a thinner and lighter casing and a more supple tyre, with lower thread counts resulting in casings that are thicker and more durable. The Chicane Pro (like the whole of the PRO series) features 300 threads per inch making it just 20TPI less than the corespun cotton casing of the TE version tubulars.

The SuperPoly polyester casing used in the Chicane Pro are less expensive than Silk or Corespun cotton used in the top of the range tubulars, and more durable too. This construction offers the optimum balance for non-pro riders looking to get the best out of their cyclocross tyre but without the expense of regular replacement of less durable tyres. At the same time providing the qualities of top-end tubulars. In addition to the TPI and hand-glueing of tread, Challenge use locally sourced (Thai) natural rubber rather than synthetic rubbers for their tyres. Again, natural rubber is more supple and the grip far superior.

Tubular tyres have long used Latex for their inner tubes but Challenge have taken this element even further in their quest to create the most supple ride. Back in 2006 Challenge created their first seamless latex tube to be used in tubulars and they also created a stand alone version to be available for use in Open-tubulars and clinchers. Produced in their own factory from locally-sourced materials, these tubes have elastic and absorptive qualities that enable a larger point of contact than a butyl tube. The added elasticity reduces rolling resistance and enhances comfort and speed. If you want to get the most from your Challenge Open-Tubular or clinchers then we highly recommend latex tubes. In real terms they are good for 2-4 watts out on the course.

The Tread of the Chicane Pro is designed for use in a variety of dry conditions: hard pack, grassy, dusty or icy surfaces that you may well encounter early or late in the season (ice not withstanding)

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Technical Information

Use: Cross Racing: Dry, Grassy, Dusty or Icy Conditions

Size: 700

Tyre Width: 33 mm

Internal Rim Width: 15-19 mm

Weight: 355 gr

TPI: 300

Bead: Aramid

Casing: SuperPoly

Flat protection: PPS

BAR: 2-6

PSI: 30-90

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