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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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- Q & A
Handles variable conditions well
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I spend more time mountain biking than any sort of CX racing, but rode these on HED Tomcat wheels during the CX portion of the Ski to Sea race up in Bellingham, WA. The course had everything from fireroads, rough singletrack, rocky beach, pavement, a touch of mud, and gravel and these handled it all well.
The HED Tomcat wheels opened up the tires nicely and they had a great profile to them. I ran them tubeless and they were a touch of a hassle to get the bead seated with a floor pump alone, but a compressor or Airshot would make short work of it.
I plan on riding more CX come later summer and fall and will try to give an more intensive, updated review after more miles on under them!
If you have any questions on them or if they'd be a good fit for your bike, don't hesitate giving a shout to my direct line 801.204.4547 or email email@example.com and I'd be happy to help!