Interbike 2009: Clement are back!

New cyclo-cross and road clinchers after five-year hiatus

Legendary tyre makers Clement will make a return to the bicycle market this month after a five-year hiatus from the world stage. 

Though best known for their high-end tubulars, Clement will take a more calculated approach this time around.

Clinchers will be launched first, with tubulars to follow about a year from now once the casing and tread designs have undergone more development and testing time.

Coming any day now is a 32mm-wide nylon clincher cyclo-crosstyre called Crusade PDX, in homage to Portland, Oregon's enormously popular Cross Crusade race series. 

The aggressive tread bears some resemblance to Dugast's Rhino with a fast rolling centre rib, triangular knobs for multi-directional grip, a solid-looking shoulder that extends a fair bit down the sides of the casing for cornering hold, and transition knobs for accelerating out of turns.  Knob height is set at 2.8mm, compared to Dugast's 3mm and Challenge's 2.5mm.

Though 'cross tubulars won't be available until 2010, the company have already lined up some marquis talent to help in their development: look for handbuilt prototype tread and casing designs under the Kona cyclo-cross team and burgeoning young talent Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs/CYBC) this season. 

Two nylon road clinchers will follow the Crusade PDX: a 28mm-wide Roubaix-style tyre with a smooth centre and herringbone shoulders, and a similar design with a 25mm casing.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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