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Challenge Paris Roubaix Tire - Clincher

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Smoothing out the ride.

Although the sturdy aluminum box-sectioned wheels that were once synonymous with the Spring Classics have become nearly extinct in the age of composites, we still see riders opting for reliable, wide tires when the roads get rough. It's no secret why these bigger tires are the preferred choice for gravel, cobbles, and dirt -- they provide better cornering and traction, are less prone to pinch flats, and most importantly, they provide a more comfortable ride over narrower options. This is why Challenge continues to produce its Paris Roubaix Clincher with a 27mm-wide profile. Its moderately wide design and gripp'y tread pattern make it the best choice for riders who need a supple tire that grips well on rough terrain, yet is still plenty fast.

With a name that represents the pinnacle of the classics races, Challenge's Paris Roubaix was built to provide a compliant ride, regardless of road surfaces. Challenge accomplished this by using its handmade, highly puncture-resistant, and lightweight Super Poly casing. With 260 threads per inch (TPI), you receive a remarkably supple ride -- and it's a difference that you'll feel the first time out. On top of the casing, Challenge added a belt of corespun polyester. Essentially, this means that the casing fibers are made by twisting staple polyester fibers around a central filament core, creating one yarn from multiple fibers. As a result, the material is between 40 and 50% stronger than typically spun materials, while retaining a similar, if not lower, overall weight. This second layer is what Challenge calls its PPS (Puncture Protection System), and it's specifically made from the tightly woven polyester material in order to preserve the casing's supple feel.

For the tread, Challenge used its file-like herringbone pattern. This low-profile pattern perfectly blends speed and grip. The tread was applied using Challenge's proven hand-glued method, which involves mounting and then inflating the casing on a wheel. Only then does Challenge carefully glue on the tread layer. As a result, the tread isn't put under tension when you inflate the tire on your wheel, and that lack of tension leads to lower rolling-resistance, added grip, and increased comfort.

At the bead of the tire, the Super Poly casing is wrapped around Aramid fibers. Essentially, Aramid is a strong material, which is why it's commonly used in bulletproof vests. For the Paris Roubaix tire, this equates to added cumulative strength and durability.

The Challenge Paris Roubaix is available as a 700c x 27mm open tubular tire and in the colors Black/black and Black/tan. Each tire weighs in around 260g without tubes.

Tech Specs

open tubular
[casing] super poly
700 c x 27 mm
Claimed Weight:
260 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:

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Flawed and Unusable in the Real World

    These tires were stunningly difficult to install. Upon installation, the tires lay completely flat against the rim, making the tube hard to install, and as you install the tube in the tire across the arc of the rim, you'll end up with extra tube at the end most every time. Even after a prolonged installation and 1 week of inflation, they are similarly difficult to install a tube. This makes them unusable for a group ride or self-supported race, where you'd be expected to fix a flat in a reasonable period of time. I resorted to another brand of tire that was of similar tread and size with great success (Compass Stampede Pass). Good news, Competitive Cyclist accepted them as a return for store credit - a testament to their customer service. The one star is for the tires themselves.

    Great feeling bust super flat prone tire

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Nice riding tire that is brutally hard to install the first time and flattens if you as much see a piece of glass on the road. I managed to get 7 puncture flats on a recent 300k brevet on these tires in the rain, and had to borrow a Vittoria Hyper Randonneur in order to make it back home. Pretty irritating, but between flats, the tire rolled nicely. Not sure why they don't put a little bit of protection in this tire, or perhaps that takes away from the road feel. Changing flats is not all that fun tho, so think I still to the Vredesteins, Gatorskins or Michi Pro 4 Enduros from now on.

    I have heard about the difficulties of trying to mount these tires often. As for wear, the Challenge tires do seem to wear fairly quickly, I thought it was the heat here in Texas. The Vittoria's you mention or the Compass Grand Bois have given me a better long term experience.

    I sadly abandoned the Challenge Paris-Roubaix tire a couple of years ago for the same reason. They gave an amazing ride quality but flatted often and were difficult to remove and remount. I understand that Challenge significantly improved the flat protection for 2014. Was this user's experience based on the old or the new (2014) version?

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    Avg. ride time: 8h 43m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Is this the 2014 or 2013 tire?

    Is this the 2014 or 2013 tire?