Your choice of tires for your big race is perhaps the most important decision you'll make all day. So much depends on the condition of the dirt, and if it's muddy out then you'll want to consider the Challenge Fango Cyclocross Tubular Tire. The handmade 260 TPI super poly carcass is lightweight and supple to give responsive handling. The hand-glued, pre-stretched tread offers a low rolling resistance. And though they are very light tires, you won't have to worry much about punctures since Challenge used the Puncture Protection System that features a special fabric under the tread. Tthe special attraction of these tires is how Challenge designed the tread. Unlike most treads that have blocks of different sizes and spacing to accommodate a certain type of terrain, the Fangos have a center aisle of knobs that have been scooped out like a corn chip. The center scoop knob provides a greater number of contact points while shedding mud much more effectively. The 33mm width will give you all the grip you'll need to put in that last minute attack. The other special aspect you?ll notice about the Fango tires is that the side knobs have a special curve to them that helps the edge stay grippy while cutting through the muck. Confident cornering, especially in soft, muddy conditions could spell the difference between finishing and winning. Weighing in at 400 grams, the Challenge Fango Cyclocross Tubulars are a race day tire that will perform best when the weather and road conditions have thrown their worst at you.
My pit bike has clinchers and I am covered for tires for that (Grifo & Limus based on conditions). My A bike has tubulars, and about 50% of the time last 2 seasons I couldn't run my current tires (Tufo Primus) because it was too muddy and they were useless, so ran the clinchers from the pit bike.
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How do they compare? It's hard for me to want to switch a tire that I really like for all but the muddiest or driest condition, but I will if you can convince me the PDX is superior to a Fango.Read More »
I blew out my Challenge Fango yesterday, not sure how. Tire is fine, so I was going to send it to tirealert.com to have them replace the tube. After reading that latex tubes will resist pinch flatting better than butyl tubes, I'm looking to get the Challenge superlite latex tube. It looks like they ... Read More »
If you could only have one set of tubs (for now, others may be added later), would you go with the Fango or the Grifo? I've heard quite a few people say that the Fango is faster but with more grip, so I'm not really sure what to choose.
It's usually not muddy here, and when it does rain it's not ... Read More »