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DonnellyEMP Tubeless Tire
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September 28, 2021
Same width as MXP 33mm tires!
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Runs small
If you think that because these are labeled 700x38mm that they'll be 38mm wide, you'll be disappointed like I was (but not until after you've mounted them and can't return them). I emailed Donnelly to ask what the deal was, and their reply was that the tire is measured from the bead seat line to the center of the tread. Ok, I own calipers, so I checked. They actually measure 41mm in that manner. So even their odd reply about how their tires are measured is incorrect. Funny thing is, my MXPs in 33mm width measure THE EXACT SAME as the EMPs in 38mm width. Hold both tires up together (as pictured) and they're EXACTLY THE SAME WIDTH. It's almost like they're just putting different tread on the same casing and calling them different sizes (you know, because gravel). I'm torn because I think the MXPs are the best all-around CX tire out there, but this kind of sizing dishonesty and patronizing rationale really sours me on Donnelly as a whole.