Criterium Open CR19 review

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.

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
£10.95 RRP
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Our review

High pressure tyre that will appeal to time triallists
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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.

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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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Open CR19
Brand Criterium

Wheel Type Front
Tyre Tread Slick
Bead Aramid
Rubber Compound Dual-Compound
Tyre Sizes Available 700x20C
Weight (g) 219
Max PSI 115
Colour Black