This tyre brings to mind an old Clement design because it’s similarly difficult to fit and remove. In fact, it’s a complex operation that requires the use of tyre levers every time. But there is a plus-side, in that the tightness to the rim means that the CR19 can take very high pressures without blowing off the wheel.
So this is a tyre that will appeal to time triallists, who believe that more than 120psi of pressure must give lower rolling resistance – in practice this is not necessarily the case.
The grip levels afforded by this tyre are excellent, and at just under £11 the CR19 is a bargain – as long as you can tolerate the hard ride. Like the Maxxis Re-Fuse, however, the manufacturer’s official weight proved to be a little inaccurate. We found the CR-19 29g more than stated. The Criterium is also slightly wider than it was supposed to be, coming out at 20mm rather than 19mm. The 18.5mm depth makes it the lowest-profile tyre we’ve tested here.
|Name||Name, 0, 10, Name, Open CR19|
|Brand||Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Criterium|
|Wheel Type||Wheel Type, 2, 0, Wheel Type, Front|
|Tyre Tread||Tyre Tread, 2, 0, Tyre Tread, Slick|
|Bead||Bead, 2, 0, Bead, Aramid|
|Rubber Compound||Rubber Compound, 2, 0, Rubber Compound, Dual-Compound|
|Tyre Sizes Available||Tyre Sizes Available, 2, 0, Tyre Sizes Available, 700x20C|
|Weight (g)||Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 219|
|Max PSI||Max PSI, 2, 0, Max PSI, 115|
|Colour||Colour, 2, 0, Colour, Black|