Not only is this years Tainthammer longer than last year but it also has a lot more dirt and rough roads. I am currently running Continental Speed CX’s on the Vijae but after reading reports of just how rough things were going to get I decided I needed some new tires. After much searching I finally decided upon a pair of 40c Clement X’Plor MSO 120 TPI Adventure Tires. All the reviews I have read for these tires say they roll really well and that they have a real smooth ride when the going gets rough.
I was expecting these tires to be pretty heavy and somewhere around 485g each but was pleasantly surprised to see them weigh in at only 360g or do they………
When I weighed the second tire I was pretty surprised to see it was 30g heavier (checked and double checked). That does not bode well for manufacturing tolerances.
I decided to put the heavier tire on the back as i assumed it had beefier rubber.
Fitting these tires was an absolute doddle on the Volagi E7 rims. I would have concerns that they may be a little loose for a tubeless setup but that is something for the future. I don’t want to start messing round with tubeless before the Tainthammer as I don’t have many spare days to try these tires out before the event.
According to the label on the sidewall, the minimum pressure for these tires is supposed to be 55psi. I am going to have to experiment with pressures but that sounds a little high to me for a tire with such a large volume.
The tread pattern looks like it will work well off road and these tires as supposed to be pretty fast on road too.
Mud clearance on the Vijae:
(Pictures Taken before riding with 55PSI)