Following last year’s team edition Limus and Grifo tubular cyclocross tires, Challenge has added their semi-slick Chicane tread pattern to the upper echelon offerings.
That means an upgraded 320tpi Corespun cotton casing, seamless latex inner tube and puncture protection belt under the tread. The outer has their diamond nubs in the center for smooth, fast rolling on the flats with the Limus’ aggressive side knobs to keep it in line on the corners. Challenge says it’s been their best selling tread pattern in the US, and now it’s available in this higher performance edition.
Unlike the other Team Edition models, though, the Chicane is best left to the dry courses. They recommend keeping it away from moisture to extend it’s useful life. At $129.99 per tire, we’d take that advice. So, grass, dirt, dusty, hardpack and frozen solid are all fine. Just no mud with this guy.
Recommended pressure is 22-44psi (1.6 – 3 bar), it comes in a 700x32c width and claimed weight is 400g. Available for the 2014-15 race season.