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    A quick question: The company I work for apart from having a Pro MTB Team is also a distributour for various products here in Germany one of them being Challange tyres. One of our customers has moaned that the tubs are dangerous as they fit too easily on the rims, no doubt hes used to using Conti tubs as these are finger breaking getting on. Ive just checked myself and they do fit on easily but I feel thats no real issue when correctly glued, has anyone on here had problems with them rolling off or found them to loose. Cheers Daniel.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    I am using a set of 27's. No issues here.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    I had issues three years ago with their "open tubular" clinchers unseating when run at low-ish pressures, but never issues with their tubular tires.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    That is utter nonsense.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Quote Originally Posted by savine View Post
    A quick question: The company I work for apart from having a Pro MTB Team is also a distributour for various products here in Germany one of them being Challange tyres. One of our customers has moaned that the tubs are dangerous as they fit too easily on the rims, no doubt hes used to using Conti tubs as these are finger breaking getting on. Ive just checked myself and they do fit on easily but I feel thats no real issue when correctly glued, has anyone on here had problems with them rolling off or found them to loose. Cheers Daniel.
    No problems here. Got a few pairs of cross tubulars and one pair of road tubulars.

    HTH

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    tell him to stop putting 700c on a 650c rim
    "make the break"

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Tell him to use glue on the tubular. It's amazing how that works out.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    The Challenge Paris-Roubaix is a nice tubular (if you like 'em fat). The fact that it mounts easily, and straight, is a bonus, not a negative.

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    Thanks for the answers fellas, its as we thought. I personally think there great and love using the fat Paris Roubaix ones. The cross tubs are flying out.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    My biggest problem with the handmade tubulars like FMB, Challenge, etc. is that they can sometimes be "lumpy" after you mount them, and when you spin the wheel, there will be a bit of hop to the tire.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfend View Post
    My biggest problem with the handmade tubulars like FMB, Challenge, etc. is that they can sometimes be "lumpy" after you mount them, and when you spin the wheel, there will be a bit of hop to the tire.
    Yes.

    (It also happens w/Continentals, when you get so fed up trying to heave that mutha-effer over the rim, that you leave it as is and walk away. But at least you won't stress out the base tape on the Challenge...)

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    I've been on the Strada's in 24 & now 25 for quite some time. Nothing but happy with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjauch View Post
    I've been on the Strada's in 24 & now 25 for quite some time. Nothing but happy with them.
    Glad to hear it. Ready for my first ride on a Strada 24 on my rear Nemesis. Picked up a pair at a good price; wore the Veleflex Roubaix which preceded it down to the cords so hoping for equally good life (and performance) from the Strada.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    I don't see a problem with the fit per se. But I won't buy them unless they are really inexpensive, and then for a spare. I've just haven't had good luck with them.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Craig, what bad luck have you had?

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Quote Originally Posted by savine View Post
    Craig, what bad luck have you had?
    Lumpy Gravy!

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Craig and others with lumpy tyres. Tell me, are you struggling with the tyre at any point or stretching it with alot of force? I've eff'd up good tubulars by being impatient and not being gentle with stretching.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    with these tubs you aint gotta stretch them so thats not gonna be part of the problem. the ones ive tested here roll sweetly.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Toots--

    I had one Challenge P-R that mounted no problem, centered nicely on the rim, but had a visible hop in it when you spun the wheel in the frame. Couldn't feel at at all while riding, though.

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    Default Re: Challange Tubulars

    Handmade tubs like veloflex and FMB are typically not lumpy at all. The same cannot be said for lower end ones. That is my experience at least. Vittoria CX can be lumpy.

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