Best of both worlds? Clement mixes up treads for mixed-terrain riding

32mm Strada USH has fast center with high-traction shoulders

Bike brands aren’t the only ones rethinking what gear should look like for riding road bikes on dirt roads. Clement Cycling has just launched its third road tire in the company’s X’PLOR adventure/gravel series, called the Strada USH, a 32mm tire that has a fast-rolling center and grippy shoulders.

Clement’s X’PLOR tires are made for riders who like to mix in a little dirt or gravel to their riding, whether for fun while commuting or for pinning on a number in organized gravel rides.

The Strada USH is one of Clement’s best all-condition tires for improved dirt roads

The new Strada USH is a combination of Clement’s Strada LGG road tire and the company’s X’PLOR commuter, the USH. Coming in a plump 32mm width, the Strada USH has herringbone treads for traction while turning and it comes in both tubeless ($75) and clincher ($55) models.

Oh, and its got a protective belt from bead to bead, to fend off punctures. That makes it the most heavily armoured in Clement's X'PLOR range.

The Strada USH combines elements of Clement’s Strada LGG road tire and the company’s X’PLOR commuter, the USH
The Strada USH combines elements of Clement’s Strada LGG road tire and the company’s X’PLOR commuter, the USH

“The Strada USH is one of Clement’s best all-condition tires for improved dirt roads,” said Clement director of product development Johannes Huseby. “Tubeless, it helps fend off common pinch flats which otherwise can occur frequently when riding on gravel, dirt and shale surfaces.”

Find out more at www.clementcycling.com.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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