BEST OVERALL CLINCHER
Kenda KommandoX: Kenda raised the knob height of the original Kommando and gave it more bite. It still rolls smoothly, but now has more volume and lasts longer, and has a tubeless option. It doesn’t pack easily, grips in most conditions, and doesn’t drag on pavement.
BEST MUD CLINCHER
Vittoria XL: We got an early set of the Vittoria XL TNT tires and found them grippy, smoother rolling than we expected, and long-wearing. The tubeless-compatible TNT design is one of the few tires that works well with Road Tubeless rims, even without sealant. We wish it was wider, but we appreciate a true mud tire that works great tubeless.
BEST ALL CONDITIONS TUBULAR
Clement MXP: A versatile tread with a great side knob. It’s harder to pinch flat, and with the help of sealant, you can race and train on them with reduced flat risk.
BEST MUD TUBULAR
Challenge Limus: An aggressive, long-lasting tread that keeps you upright and moving forward when it’s sloppy. A repeat winner.
BEST GEAR TREND
Tubeless: More tires than ever means more combinations to fail, but when it works, it’s great.
2013/2014 Cyclocross Magazine Editors’ Awards