Road Tires

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Maxxis Rav­ager $90

The Rav­ager is Maxxis’ most ag­gres­sive gravel tire. The tread takes its cues from the com­pany’s moun­tain bike mod­els with square cen­tre knobs and large cor­ner­ing knobs. Com­bine that pat­tern with the 40c width, and you have great trac­tion as you take your drop-bar bike on bumpy ad­ven­tures. The 120 t.p.i. model weighs 485 g. Its dual-com­pound rub­ber has the com­pany’s exo pro­tec­tion at the side­walls to keep cuts at bay. (

Sch­walbe One $96

For roughly two years, Sch­walbe’s flag­ship road tire has been One. For 2017, the tire gets a new tread de­sign. Also, the Ones­tar triple com­pound has been im­proved. It fea­tures a fast rolling rub­ber in the cen­tre, a grip­pier com­pound at the sides and a base layer that keeps things rolling smoothly. Sch­walbe’s V-guard punc­ture-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial sits be­tween the rub­ber and the cas­ing. V-guard strikes a good bal­ance be­tween weight and dura­bil­ity. The 25c model comes in black or with blue, red or white stripes. ( schwal­be­

Con­ti­nen­tal Ga­tor Hard­shell $85

Con­ti­nen­tal Ga­tor Hard­shell is a clas­sic that blends dura­bil­ity with road rac­ing per­for­mance. A polyester fi­bre called Polyx Breaker sits un­der the rub­ber along the cen­tre of the tire to add punc­ture re­sis­tance. A polyamide fab­ric, Duraskin, bol­sters the side­walls. The Ga­tor’s sizes range from 23c to 32c. The 25c fold­able model weighs 270 g. ( con­ti­nen­

IRC Aspite Pro $90

irc’s Aspite Pro tire, 26c, boasts added grip and lower rolling re­sis­tance with its new com­pound. On top of the 180 t.p.i. cas­ing is the X-guard belt, which runs from bead to bead to im­prove cut re­sis­tance. The tire also has aero fins that smooth the tran­si­tion from side­wall to wheel rim to de­crease air tur­bu­lence for bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics. ( gw­bi­cy­

Kenda Valkyrie Pro $95

The Valkyrie Pro is an ul­tra-light, fast roller with Kenda’s r3c com­pound adding grip in the wet and a low over­all rolling re­sis­tance. Punc­ture pro­tec­tion comes from a K-ar­mor belt just un­der the tread. The Valkyrie Pro avail­able in widths rang­ing from 23c to 30c. ( bi­cy­—brad­hunter


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