Clément is back in the game with the quick rolling LAS Cyclocross Tubular. Taking its name from CrossVegas--the most entertaining and exciting cyclocross race in the US, the LAS delivers blazing speeds on grass and hard-packed dirt.
A unique nail file tread pattern is short and fine at the center of the tire and gets progressively taller and coarser as it approaches the shoulder knobs. The result is a tire that handles predictably in corners and rough conditions while keeping rolling resistance to an absolute minimum. Additional side knobs are lifted straight from the more aggressive Crusade PDX model to ensure complete cornering confidence.
The LAS Tubular uses Tufo's proven casing with no tube for maximum sealant compatibility. 120 TPI casing. 45-75 recommended PSI. 700c x 33 (UCI legal; 33-622 ISO). 356g.
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2 of 3 customers found this review helpful.
I REALLY like these Clement LAS tires. Apparently they are actually made by Tufo however to a design by Clement, so they have a bit larger side knobs than the Tufo Dry tires. Rolling resistance seems quite low, and although they are obviously heavier than road tubulars, it is amazing how well they go on the road. I raced Battenkill on them after a night of rain, and although I was quite out of shape I could fly by those around me on all the dirt sections. Then I could rest a bit until the group I was with caught back up on pavement. The tires were a big advantage overall and saved me a lot energy on those dirt sections. The only downside for CX racing is that the temptation to use them when you really should be on mud or all-round tires is often irresistible. Best to save them for the obvious dry/fast conditions.
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