• 2013/08/15 Corespun cotton Team Edition tires now available
    • Corespun cotton Team Edition tires now available Corespun cotton Team Edition tires now available Corespun cotton Team Edition tires now available

      Previously available only to elite sponsored athletes, Challenge releases select models of their top of the line Corespun cotton Team Edition tubulars in response to public yearning for access to these supple tires.

      Now these casings — the same that propelled U.S. national champion, Jonathan Page, and European champion, Helen Wyman, to victory — are available to all skilled cyclocross racers looking for an extra edge on the competition. After a year of testing on the World Cup circuit and 19 national championship podiums worldwide eliminated any doubt of their quality, Team Edition cotton Grifo and Limus tubulars are now available from Challenge distributors and headed to retailers.

      Feedback from Challenge athletes confirms that these tires are the most supple they have ever ridden.

      “I found that I was able to ride up many things that other riders weren't, due to the incredible traction I got on every surface I tried them on,” U.S. national champion Jonathan Page comments on the Team Edition tires, adding that they allow him to run a greater range of pressures than stiffer tires.

      Enjoy improved traction and expanded contact points thanks to the supple casings, which conform so well to the terrain.

      “Challenge’s cotton casing really gave me the opportunity to push my limits with cornering,” remarks 2013 U.S. cyclocross nationals silver medalist Jade Wilcoxson. “I was able to run lower pressures and my speed was only limited by my own fear — not the tires — and that's a good problem to have.”

      “I already know I have superior grip and fantastic corner traction and small changes in tire pressure can transform the way the Team Edition cotton casing then reacts on a course showing the depth of quality put into developing these tubulars.”- Helen Wyman, European Cyclocross Champion.


      Please note that cotton tubulars require additional care, as their casings are more delicate than other sturdier level tires. Though Challenge TE tires come pre-sealed with a light layer of latex, it is important to pay careful attention to wear. Also, avoid heavy scrubbing, direct power washing and cleaning with chemicals or solvents as these can damage the cotton casing. If soaking wet after a race, take care to bring indoors and let dry overnight. Normally store them lightly inflated and round in a dry, dark, room-temperature place. Proper care of these handmade tires will provide you with many high-performance race days !