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  • Tour de Tires Stage 21: Finish Strong With The Clement LAS Cyclocross Clinchers

    Stage 1 of the Tour De France

    As the Tour de France continues, so does our Tour De Tires! For every stage of the Tour, we’ll be bringing you a review of a tire. Since it’s just about time to start gluing up tubulars or deciding what type of clinchers you’ll be riding this season, the timing couldn’t be better.

    Ideally, the tires we feature will be tires deemed advantageous to an off-road version of the stage of the Tour De France, though we’re more interested in the dirt than the roads of France!

  • Tire Review: Panaracer CrossBlaster Cyclocross Tire

    panaracer cross blaster cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Like the Cinder-X, the CrossBlaster has a versatile tread that does well on all types of terrain, but its narrower width handles grass better than its bigger brother.

  • Tire Review: Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 Cross DTC Clincher

    Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 Cross DTC cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The beauty of clincher tires is that changing tires is a snap. Plan to hit the dirt on the cyclocross bike? Got a dirt or gravel road on your commute?

  • Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Tire

    Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Schwalbe’s CX Pro Sport is one of the few ’cross tires available for 26 inch wheels, making it a great choice for mountain bikers looking to try out cyclocross, or for a 26” wheeled ’cross bike.

  • Tire Review: Vittoria Cross XG Pro 34 Clincher

    Vittoria Cross XG Pro 34 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    With a similar tread to the Challenge Grifo, the Vittoria XG Pro has a universal tread pattern that’s been proven over the years.

  • Tire Review: Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire

    Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Hutchinson Piranha is currently only one of three ‘cross tires officially made for tubeless use, but you’re able to run the tire with a conventional tube as well.

  • Tire Review: Michelin Mud2 Clincher Cyclocross Tire

    Michelin Mud2 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Michelin’s Mud2 replaced the famous green Mud tire six years ago with an updated black tread and sidewalls, but not everyone thinks the changes were upgrades.

  • Tire Review: Maxxis Larsen Mimo CX Cyclocross Tire Review

    Maxxis Larsen Mimo CX tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Steve Larsen-designed Mimo CX looks like an old Vittoria Tigre on steroids and LSD. The round knobs vary in size and surface, with ramped center knobs surrounded by small, smooth knobs and flanked by rows of medium- sized knobs with X cutouts.

  • Tire Review: Kenda Kommando Folding 35 Cyclocross Tire Review

    Kenda Kommando Folding 35 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Kenda Kommando was the biggest surprise of this group. With such an understated tread and small, short knobs, this tire is fast and begs to be raced on a dry grass or hardpack dirt course.

  • Tire Review: Specialized Tracer Cyclocross Tubular, 700x33c

    Specialized Tracer Cyclocross Tubular Tire, 700x33c © Cyclocross Magazine

    Specialized has been working on a new line of cyclocross tubular tires for several years now, and with input from riders like 2010 National Champion Todd Wells, it developed several prototypes last season. The Specialized Tracer cyclocross tire comes in three configurations: the 290tpi, 423g Tracer Tubular, the folding 282g Tracer Pro clincher, and the Tracer Sport wire bead clincher (weights are average of early prototypes, as measured by Cyclocross Magazine) . All three models are listed at 33c to fall within UCI regulations. Our early tubular versions measured out at 32c, and Specialized informed us that the production versions will have slightly larger casings.

  • Quick Hits: UVEX Boss Race Helmet Review

    UVEX Boss Race Helmet

    A crash in a mid-week crit suddenly made my review of UVEX’s Boss Race helmet a lot more thorough than I’d originally planned.

  • Tire Review: IRD CrossFire Clincher Cyclocross Tire

    IRD CrossFire cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Tired of black tires? How about red, blue, or pink? That might be enough of a selling point for some. But rest assured, this miniaturized version of Panaracer’s Fire XC-Pro tire isn’t just designed to look pretty.

  • Tire Review: Maxxis Raze Cyclocross Tire

    maxxis raze cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Raze is Maxxis’ newest cyclocross tire. At a svelte 322 grams and with a versatile tread, it’s well-suited for many types of courses and terrain.

  • Tire Review: Hutchinson Bulldog CX Tubeless Ready Cyclocross Tire Review

    Hutchinson Bulldog CX Tubeless Ready cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    n Transitions, the ’cross movie, we witness former pro and former Hutchinson guy Marc Gullickson clipping some of the knobs off his old Hutchinson clincher before a race to get ready for the “peanut butter” mud he expects to encounter. Perhaps the Bulldog is the type of tire he was trying to create at the time.

  • Tire Review: Challenge Grifo Open Cyclocross Tire Review

    Challenge Grifo Open cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    A tread that’s been around longer than most ‘cross racers has gotta be pretty good, and these “open tubular” Challenge tires, sporting the legendary Clement tread, are great all-around tires that can handle most conditions well.

  • Tire Review: Continental Speed King Cross Cyclocross Tire Review

    Continental Speed King Cross cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Continental adapted its popular Speed King mountain bike tire for ’cross, and it’s easy to see why this tread has been popular in the fat tire world.

  • Tire Review: Panaracer Cinder-X Cyclocross Tire Review

    Panaracer Cinder-X cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    This is the big brother of the CrossBlaster. If you race mostly deep grass courses, the Cinder-X is not the tire for you. But if you ride and race your bike on a mixture of surfaces, this tire could be an ideal choice.

  • Tire Review: Ritchey Excavader Cyclocross Tire Review

    Ritchey Excavader cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Ritchey Excavader is aptly named, as this tire digs into the soft dirt really well. On the pavement, the tire rolls quite smoothly, thanks to its semi-continuous center tread.

  • Tire Review: Maxxis Locust Cyclocross Tire Review

    Maxxis Locust cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Tire Review: Maxxis Locust Cyclocross Tire Review Racing and Riding Impressions: Like the Kenda Small Block 8, the Locust is a great ’cross tire for dry, rocky, or loose dirt courses. It rolls surprisingly well on pavement and hardpack and…

  • Tire Review: WTB Cross Wolf Tire Cyclocross Tire

    WTB Cross Wolf Tire cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    WTB has created an aggressive ’cross tire in the Cross Wolf, and the tread excels in rougher conditions found in WTB’s NorCal backyard.

  • Tire Review: Michelin Jet Cyclocross Clincher

    Michelin Jet cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Cyclocross Tire Review: Michelin Jet Cyclocross 700x30c Clincher Riding and Racing Impressions: The Michelin Jet replaced the well-loved green Michelin Sprint cyclocross tire, and like its predecessor, it is intended for dry, fast courses. As a rear tire, it lives…

  • Tire Review: Ritchey Speedmax Pro Cyclocross Clincher

    Ritchey Speedmax Pro cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Ritchey Speedmax is a time-tested design and has been around longer than any other clincher tire in this test. There’s a good reason for that, as it’s a fine choice for fast, dry courses, especially as a rear tire. The low profile center tread grips grass, dirt, and pavement well. Cornering traction is very good thanks to the raised knobs. The Speedmax does better as a rear tire, and when things get muddy or loose, reach for a different tire. The Speedmax is also available in 35 and 40c widths.

  • New Product Spotlight and Early Test: 2012 Ridley X-Fire Carbon Cyclocross Bike with Pressfit 30 Bottom Bracket

    The new 2012 Ridley X-Fire PF30 Ultegra cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Ridley, a company based in Northern Flanders has deep roots in cyclocross. While the European pros primarily ride the flagship X-Night, the U.S. Ridley-sponsored riders are all on X-Fires, as they make for easier flying without the seatmast of the X-Night. Though in the new catalog, the 2012 Ridley X-Fire is so new it is not yet on their website, but we have an early edition that we’ve been riding and will be reviewed in Issue 13.

  • Shimano Releases Details On Di2 Electronic Shifting For Ultegra

    Shimano Ultegra with the new Di2 electronic shifting.

    We’ve been sitting on this info since March 1st when we originally posted about Shimano’s new cyclocross components, but now that Shimano has finally lifted the embargo date on it, we can give you the real scoop on the new Di2 electronic shifting for Ultegra.

  • Going Tubeless for Cyclocross – Avoiding the Burp, Choosing the Best Tires, and a DIY System (Updated, Part III)

    Cameron Falconer's Budget Tubeless Setup: Two cheap rubber rim strips, a UST valve, and a WTB Interwolf tire on a Open Pro rim.

    Going tubeless for cyclocross is an attractive option for anyone tired of pinch-flatting clinchers or gluing and re-gluing (or flatting) expensive tubulars. Cyclocross Magazine has long experimented with tubeless tires on our cyclocross bikes, in both cyclocross and mountain bike…

  • The Perfect Cyclocross Wheel – Tests and Reviews

    The Perfect Cyclocross Wheel © Cyclocross Magazine

    It’s a popular belief that if you can upgrade only one part on your bike, it should be your wheels. There are a lot of good reasons behind this, as wheels have a profound impact on predictable handling, braking, acceleration and even coasting. In cyclocross use, we’d argue that most of these variables are exaggerated when compared to road cycling and that upgrading to a new set of wheels for cyclocross is even more justified.

  • Zipp 303 Cyclocross Tubular Wheelset Review

    Zipp 303 Cyclocross Wheelset © Cyclocross Magazine

    Cyclocross Wheel Review: Zipp 303 Carbon Tubular Wheelset

  • Rolf Prima VCX Cyclocross Clincher Wheelset Review

    Rolf Cross Wheelset © Cyclocross Magazine

    Rolf Prima VCX Cyclocross Clincher Wheelset Review

  • More Gear and Bike Reviews Coming to Cyclocross Magazine

    Redline gives you full housing or standard housing braze-ons choices for the rear derailleur. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Cyclocross Magazine’s print subscribers have long enjoyed our comprehensive product reviews, especially our in-depth, objective bike reviews and tests. Issue 12, mailing now, features reviews of the Cannondale Super X, the All City Nature Boy and the Fuji Altamira with two full pages dedicated to each bike, with real-world riding and racing and as always, no advertorial.

  • ´Cross Bike Review: Ibis Hakkalugi Carbon Cyclocross Bike

    Ibis Hakkalugi Carbon Cyclocross Bike © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Ibis Hakkalugi disappeared, went on a crash diet, got a new wardrobe, but is still waiting for your next cyclocross adventure. The two standout features of the bike have got to be the handjob rear cable hanger and “Phlegmish” paintjob. Ibis shows its mountain bike heritage in the frame’s geometry, with a slightly sloping top tube, bottom bracket a bit on the higher side (6.2cm drop) and slacker angles (71.5 head angle, 72 degree seat angle on our 55cm test bike).

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