3 of 4 customers found this review helpful.
I bought a pair of these tires for my 1991 LeMond TSX machine, and the tires are getting along well with the bike and the rider.
Full disclosure I have only put about 250 miles on them, so we're in the early going.
Starting from the top, the tires are beautifully packaged and you know you've purchased something special, e.g. handmade, when they arrive. Mounting them to my Mavic CPX rims was easy and didn't require tools.
Initial ride report What separates these tires from others is the high thread count cotton casing, coupled with a firm yet grippy rubber compound. You get a near tubular type ride quality, with the ease of operation one gets from a clincher. The rolling resistance feels low, cornering is supple and confident, and the tires are consistent even on granite cobbles. The descending and sprinting on these sneakers is inspired, too.
The sole surprise I had from using these tires is that the blue compound shed into a very fine dust on my frame, which was a bit strange when I wiped the frame down. It appears to be a one time event, and the tread is in fine shape. The actual amount of rubber dust was very low. To be clear, this wasn't a big deal.
I have yet to ride these tires in the wet, but I am sure if and when it happens, I'll just lower the PSI from 120 to about 100 and carry on without incident.
What separates me from giving this tire 5 stars is that longevity, at this point, is unknown. It may well earn that after the first 1500 miles or so.
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