Interbike 2011: New and Updated Cyclocross Tires, Part 1
Cyclocross tires are arguably the only cyclocross-specific components found on a ’cross bike. Cantilever brakes, drivetrain components, and cockpits are all used by other types of bikes and other types of riding. With this in mind, we pay particular attention to cyclocross tires at Interbike, and have Part 1 of our coverage of cyclocross tires from Interbike 2011 today.
Vredestein is looking to add another option on top of its Premiato tire, and showed off their new Black Panther tread. © Cyclocross Magazine
In June 2010, the UCI declared that cyclocross tires could not be wider than 33mm for UCI santioned cyclocross racers. That pre-season announcement was too late for tire manufacturers to be able to ensure their products met such criteria. Flash forward a year and a few months to Interbike 2011, and we now witness the how companies like Hutchinson and Vredestein have embraced the rule and scrambled to provide compliant clincher options for the 2011/2012 season. Other companies like Schwalbe have tweaked their tread to add more volume, while Kenda has added both more treads and sizes.
Check out the photo gallery below to see the latest cyclocross tires from Kenda, Clement, Schwalbe Hutchinson and Vredestein. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our coverage of cyclocross tires from Interbike.
Want to see more of Interbike’s cyclocross offerings? We have a full list of some of the best new products we saw at Interbike, with more being added every day.