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If you're like us, you show up to your cyclocross race and immediately begin inspecting the course. You examine the terrain that you'll be rolling across all day, and then make your crucial tire selection accordingly. And when you're dealing with light mud mixed with hard pack surfaces, the Challenge Fango 33 Tubular Tire is your go-to weapon.
The Fango's handmade 300 TPI Super Poly casing is lightweight and supple, providing responsive handling and a smooth ride-quality. It was built using a hand-glued, pre-stretched construction, with a tread that delivers a low rolling-resistance. And although the Fango is a very lightweight tire, Challenge sandwiched its proprietary fabric between the tread and casing in order to increase its ability to thwart punctures. Called the PPS (Puncture Protection System), this durable layer of material provides that added bit of protection to your race-day tire setup.
And while a tire's casing provides much of the ride comfort, Challenge also knows that its tread is equally important to the overall handling. Unlike most treads that have blocks of different sizes and spacing to accommodate a certain type of terrain, the Fangos have a center aisle of knobs that have been scooped out like a corn chip. The center scoop knob provides a greater number of contact points, while also effectively shedding mud. Meanwhile, the 33mm width provides you with ample grip, giving you the extra traction needed to launch that last minute attack.
Another integral design characteristic that you'll notice about the Fango's tread is in the shape of the side knobs. These knobs have a special curve to them, allowing the shoulders to stay gripp'y while cutting through the muck. Confident cornering, especially in soft muddy conditions, could spell the difference between finishing and winning.
The Challenge Fango 33 Tubular Tire is available in a 700x x 33mm size and in the color Black/tan. This tire weighs in around 400 grams, and ideally lends itself to lightly wet weather course conditions.