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Challenge Strada Bianca Tire

With the popularity of dirt section road races exploding - think Battenkill or the Strada Bianca, there is an increasing need for wider tires that actually ride like a performance racing tire. Stada bianca refers to the iconic white gravel roads in Tuscany conjuring images of dust billowing through country vineyards behind a peloton as their tires crunch musically over the gravel roads. The aptly named Challenge Strada Bianca (formerly called the Eroica) perfectly fills that niche.

In the past a wide, durable tire used to be synonymous with a stiff, dead ride. Challenge refers to the clincher Strada Bianca as an "Open Tubular". Yes this make it a little confusing, but what they really mean is the 260tpi handmade casing it built to be supple - like a tubular. This gives the Strada Bianca an ability to roll over gravel and small rocks for a smooth, comfortable and fast ride. The fine tread will keep you rolling fast when the gravel sections end and the pavement begins.

Features

  • 350 grams
  • 100-130 psi recommended inflation range
  • PPS puncture protection strip
  • Handmade 260 tip casing
  • Fine tread
$78.99

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Anonymous

Posted on 1/16/2016

Super tire - very comfortable with predictable characteristics. I ride a mix of gravel and paved roads (mostly gravel). I mounted these on HED Belgium + rims - the tires measured 33mm. The HED rims have a fairly deep center channel and a 21 mm internal width which Ive found make installing tires much easier - I was able to mount these with just my thumbs.

Pros Great tire - very comfortable

Cons Price

Anonymous

Posted on 6/14/2015

I bought a pair of these when they first came out 2 years ago and were called the Eroica but now they are called Strada Bianca. These have been excellent gravel tires. they roll super fast and are very comfortable. I weight 200 lbs and have never had any issue with them even when running them at lower pressure (80-90psi). Just like the Parigi Roubaix tire, they are very difficult to mount initially but they stretch and are fine after that. I have had only 2-3 flats in two years, seriously. I have ridden these tires in two editions of Gravel Worlds (a 150mi gravel race we have in eastern Nebr) and now the same pair is going strong on my commuter. The herringbone tread is still there and not worn out and still grippy on pavement. As with any road tire on gravel you have to be careful on the loose sections but they roll so well they make up for it with increased speed.

Pros excellent road feel, long wearing, great tire

Cons difficult to mount first time (use lots of talc)