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Clement may be a relatively unfamiliar name for younger American riders unaware of the boutique French firm's mid-century glory days. After a few disappointing years of dormancy, new ownership and a strong lineup of 'cross tires have brought Clement some long overdue attention stateside. The company continues to pick up steam each season, with the MXP Tubeless Tire bringing more versatility to the line in its tubeless-ready clincher configuration.
As with all Clement tires, the MXP shares its name with the airport code belonging to an iconic cycling city. In this case it's Milan, which gets the nod for its World Cup presence and role as Clement's adopted home after World War I. We appreciate that, though the MXP holds the distinction as Clement's newest 'cross tire, it uses a modified version of the Grifo, one of our oldest CX friends.
The decades-old Grifo profile now enjoys added flexibility from siping in the central chevrons and staggered side knobs modeled after soccer cleats (footy boots for you Europhiles) designed to tear through mud. It's similar to the PDX, but—unlike the PDX—the MXP enjoys a more versatile construction. It won't hang on through the soft and sloppy stuff as unfailingly as the myopic PDX, but it's extremely adaptable through a broader range of conditions, including snow, grass, hardpack, sand, and dry singletrack. If you'd rather show up on race day with a one-tire quiver than a trunk full of rubber, you can't do much better than the MXP.
- A versatile 'cross tire capable in a range of conditions
- Updated, Grifo-inspired tread profile lends traction and speed
- Excels in grass, sand, hardpack, snow, and light mud
- Clement gives a nod to its self-imposed exile in Italy with the MXP
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