IB16: Clement intros tough, affordable tubeless ready alloy gravel wheels, more tubeless tires

clement ushuaia alloy gravel and cyclocross road bike wheels

If you make tires, they need something to mount to, so Clement’s come up with the Ushuaia. Like their tires, it’s named after a city, this one being the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is the capital of Terra del Fuego, Argentina, and borders the Martial mountain range.

The wheels are thoroughly modern, yet retail for just $650 a set. The rims are a cyclocross-and-gravel friendly 23mm wide inside, 26mm wide externally. Depth is 25mm. Claimed weight is 1,650g, very respectable for the price point and technical features, which make for user friendly hubs and rims…

clement ushuaia alloy gravel and cyclocross road bike wheels

The sleeved alloy rims are hookless and tubeless ready, coming with tape and valve stems.

clement ushuaia alloy gravel and cyclocross road bike wheels

The hubs use sealed cartridge bearings and will work with QR, 12mm or 15mm front thru axles, and 12×142 rear thru axle. The flanges are angled to provide a more direct line from spoke to rim, helping reduce tension on the 28 double butted J-bend spokes. They’re seated with top-hat style nipples for a stronger connection with the rim. Inside are 36 points of engagement catching either a standard SRAM/Shimano 10/11 speed freehub body or XD Driver Body.

clement ushuaia alloy gravel and cyclocross road bike wheels

They’re available with Centerlock or 6-bolt disc brake hubs.

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Clement has been slow to introduce tubeless ready tires, but noy they’ve got several options for gravel and ‘cross. The Strada USH borders on being a solid road touring tire that could head off road if needed. Available in a 700×32 for $75, a $20 premium over the non-tubeless ready version. 341g. Look for a 650×42 later this fall.

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The meatily treaded BOS cyclocross tire is finally shipping. They come in at a claimed 397g for the 700×33 120tpi tubeless ready clincher, also available in a tubular.

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The other tubeless ready options are:

  • Xplor MSO 700×36 – 450g – $75 – available now
  • Xplor MSO 700×40 puncture protection (not tubeless) – 485g – available now
  • Xplor MSO 700×50 – 766g – available September
  • Xplor MSO 650×42 – weight TBD – available November
  • PDX 700×33 – 350g – available now
  • MXP 700×33 – weight TBD – available now

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Woody
Woody
6 years ago

“Top hat style nipples”? As in ‘normal’?

bob
bob
6 years ago

First i was like this rims almost as wide as my mtb wheel. Then i was like this tire is almost as wide as my mtb tire.

Guess it makes sense.

Kernel Flickitov
Kernel Flickitov
6 years ago

I’d rather see a rim line from Clement than wheels, like what WTB does. Offer hole count options and you’d already have WTB beat with their 32h only steez. I don’t wan’t your rebranded Taiwanese hubs with crappy bearings and flimsy end caps, especially not for CX or gravel.

pTymnWolfe
pTymnWolfe
6 years ago

Don’t bring reason and logic into this. The internet doesn’t care about crappy bearings and flimsy end caps. Obviously you missed the coverage about the fully supported Beehive ride with journalists who rode a couple miles through Utah enroute to Interbike. They even survived a few miles of washboarded roads. Yes, washboards! Clearly all you need to sell “new” wheels are pretty pictures showing how much you adventure. Do you even Adventure Bro?

Cheese
Cheese
6 years ago
Reply to  pTymnWolfe

I grind gravel so hard.

RobertW
RobertW
6 years ago

I too was curious about tophat nipples so I did a google image search and….it was awesome.