Abstractly, I prefer Vittoria, particularly the Open Pave. I like the gummy tread, a fairly soft rubber, because it makes for a smooth ride and good grip in weather. But because the rubber is soft, it cuts relatively easily and it is beaten up by salts and chemicals in the winter. On the other end of the spectrum, riders rave about the durability of Contis particularly the Gatorskins. Problem is, I hate the hard Conti ride and found them slippery in weather.
The Clement is a hyrbid of the two. A smoother ride than the Contis, more durable than the Vittorias, grippier than the Contis. In the winter, with the premium on durability (who wants to change a flat in the cold), pretty great tire.
That said, this tire is not as good as a XPLOR MSO. That tire is simply great.
Black Mountain Cycles owner Mike Varley suggested this tire for his V2 steel road bike. I started with 28 mm and recently switched to 32 mm. It is hard to describe how comfortable and solid this biketire combination feels. Bike path or pavement, rough or smooth, damp or dry, just very, very good.
I have the 28mm size on a Cinelli Experience. I weigh 195lb. I inflate to 70f 80r, use generic tubes, and have had no flats for the first 250 miles. The tires feel plush, but quick. I know the Cinelli is a fast descender, but I think the tires are quick, too-on a recent hilly ride I routinely descended faster than riders on some very expensive (and supposedly faster) bikes. Got them on sale thru BTD and would buy them again.
I read a nice review on a blog I follow, so I tried them. They are now on 4 of my bikes! I have 28's on a tandem and 25's on my go-to rides. They are supple on the turns and straights, not as harsh as the tires I USED to use. Very long-lasting and attractive to boot! I get many comments from other riders and I highly recommend them. I will continue to buy them until I find better tires, which I doubt will happen! When I see that they are on sale I usually buy several.
I have the 32mm, 80 and weigh 185. Have these on a Soma San Marcos. Bought as a sportier tire then the Conti Gators I usually run. These roll well, are fast, corner well in addition to looking better than the Gators. No flats so far, but no doubt will puncture easier than the Gators. I also run Michelin PRO 4 Endurances on other bikes and these seem to as good or slightly better, but the rubber does feel thinner ergo may puncture easier. The thickness feels much closer to the Conti 4000s I run on my racing bikes. So far quite pleased. Note I DO NOT ride in wet weather so no idea of how they perform on wet roads.
I bought these tires for the fall tire swap over as the weather deteriorates in New England. The reviews were solid and I thought these tires would be a nice compromise between a race tire and something like Gatorskins. I have a few hundred miles on them at this point. While they are both durable and supple, I find them really sluggish and slow - far more so than I expected from a tire that is reasonably light. I couldn't quite figure it out until I tried to ride them on my rollers. They are so grippy and sticky that I couldn't really spin them on the rollers and I had to swap them out. This may work for some people, but I want all my tires to be fast - even training tires. I'll break out the Stradas for really poor weather riding, but they don't fit the bill in what I'm looking for in a good training tire. Once they wear out, I won't replace them. As an aside, a buddy of mine bought the same tires and I asked him what he thought. He responded with one word - heavy. While I'm a huge fan of Clement CX tires, the Strada LGG 120 TPI falls short.
Based on a review in VeloNews I was excited to try these tires. First the disclaimer - I am just north of 200 pounds. I had been using Conti Sport Contact tires and can only remember 1 flat in over 1500 miles of use.
Less than 100 miles of wear and I must have gone over a small sharp stone (couldn't find any other culprit) that resulted in a sliced sidewall (rear tire). I wanted to like these tires, so I purchased another.
60 miles into the new tire I got another rear flat. This looked like a small piece of fine wire (similar to a staple) through the tread.
Another tube change and this time I made it 270 miles until the next rear flat - a very small stone that was sharp enough to penetrate the tread.
I can't think of any reason that these were more susceptible to flats other than the type of tire (flexible) combined with rider weight.
I'm back to Contis (also from BTD). Only 75 miles so far but my fingers are crossed.
Great tire. Bought some 25's after reading some great reviews about them. Ride almost as good as my beloved Vittoria Paves while costing much less. I have about 200 miles on them in the last week and am thoroughly enjoying the plush ride the tires give. Very good grip, not sluggish and no cuts yet, although it's early to tell how they will wear and survive the often times less than good roads I ride. Run them at 90R 83F for my 180 lb weight. Ride almost as nice at 10090.
Great value vs performance tire. I highly recommend them, especially at the BTD current price.
For a larger volume tire, the Strada LGG offers great road feel and decent grip. However, I have found them to be quite fragile, especially at lower pressures. After only 350 miles, the rear tire had numerous cuts in the tread and a small piece of road debris not only caused a puncture, but also caused a large tear in the casing. Pressure was 90 psi. I don't expect these to be as tough as a Panaracer Ruffy Tuffy, but they were a let down.
I have been loving the ride and grip of these tires. They've been my training tires for this fall and winter. Comfortable and confidence inspiring in sloppy conditions. However, the soft rubber and casing that makes these so pleasant is also getting very cut up. I've flatted four times in five hundred miles with flint stuck in new cuts.
While I love the feel and price, I'm giving these up and looking for something that will hold up a bit better on wet, gritty roads.
The LGG 120 TPI 28s have been my go to winter tire for the last couple of years. They do tend to get small cuts but rarely flat and the ride quality makes up for the very minor durability issues. They ride like tubulars when used with latex tubes and I even used that combo to glide over the cobbles of Flanders and Roubaix courses with NO flats!
UPDATE Just a heads up that I ought another pair of 120 TPI 28s week of 1229 and noticed one tire was labeled LLG on the tire (and 120 TPI) and was a lot thicker than the other LGG I received with it. Put them on the scale and sure enough the thicker LLG is 40 grams heavier proving it's actually a mis-labeled 60 TPI model. Went back to Biketiresdirect and got another set of LLG which were the same, thicker, heavier mis-marked 60 TPIs which I decided to keep for winter use.
I switched to Stradas last fall as my bread-and-butter training tire after positive experiences with Clement cyclocross tires. The Strada 25s roll smoothly and offer plenty of grip while cornering on wet, sanded roads. They're also resistant against debris, I plucked a lot of garbage from the treads this winter with no signs of penetration in the belting, and haven't experienced any flats.
These aren't the lightest tires on the market. However, the Strada's comfort and reliability offset any weight penalty in my opinion. I just bought another set of 25's for racing, and plan to stick with them so long as they sell at a modest discount to Contis and Vredsteins (my other bread-and-butters).
Purchased specifically for the winter bike ... road bike for messy roads, gravel, etc. They mounted up nicely, but have somewhat higher profile vs. wide profile on my Eurus wheels. No flats so far and they seem to hold the road well. Will be very pleased if I get some miles out of them.
I have been using the 32mm version on my cx clinchers for commuting/training/urban adventuring. My wheels are wide, and these tires measure out at 35mm installed! They were easy to mount, and I haven't had a flat yet. They do roll well wet or dry, although wet cornering traction is noticeably less than a tire with a more race-oriented compound like a Conti GP4000 S2. Otherwise, they're great.
These tires have an extremely nice ride but don't last very long. I installed a brand new set in March (2015) and already replaced the rear with the front needing replacing soon as well. I loved the ride the clements provide, they corner well, grip well in the wet and were decently puncture resistant (until they wore out). I'm quite disappointed in how fast they wore out 2500 miles doesn't seem like much for a durable training tire.
I run the 28mm ones on my Lemond Buenos Aires and olde 1990-sh Scapin roadie. So nice and plush. Really smooth out the rough roads and work pretty well for some gravel jaunts as long as you don't wanna do 10' radius turns or hammer up 15% dirt grades - they'll let loose on you in those scenarios.
I've got about 1000 miles on there and I expect about another thousand from the rear.
Fairly easy to mount on Mavic 217 and Rolf Vector