Challenge Gara Open Tubular - Clincher $41.99
The real challenge is keeping yourself from bragging.
Different companies have different ideas of what the words 'enty-level' mean. The Challenge Gara Open Tubular Tire is a handmade, all-season training tire with quality that shames the top-end offerings of most other companies. The Gara utilizes a classic herringbone tread for race-proven traction and a supple casing for smooth, comfortable training rides.
If you aren't familiar, Challenge is an indirect descendant of Clement Tires. Clement was bought by Pirelli and they moved everything to Thailand. Rubber comes from Thailand, so they, and many tire makers, figured they'd save money by making tires near the source. And, like many conglomerates, Pirelli realized that the bike world is not a huge business. They folded the Clement operation.
Like a phoenix, Challenge tires rose from the ashes of those Thai facilities. Between the Italian distributor and the Thai manufacturers, they resurrected the tires. Like the good old days, the tires are still handmade. Also, like the good old days, the legendary tread is still glued by hand to the casing after the casing has been tensioned. Many believe that a tread made separate from casing rides better and with less rolling resistance because it doesn't get deformed by the inflation of the tire.
The Challenge Gara Open Tubular Clincher is an open tubular design. The tire measures 700c x 23mm wide. The tire has a Black tread and Black casing.