Challenge Paris-Roubaix tyres review

We put Challenge's 27mm rubber through its paces

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Challenge Paris-Roubaix tyres are unsurprisingly very comfortable with their 27mm width, that only gets wider when mounted on wide rims. But they're fast too, with the open tubular construction putting the rolling resistance midways between clinchers and tubulars. The only big negative is the wet weather grip, which is an issue if you're taking in lots of steep hills in all weathers.

Reasons to buy
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    Low rolling resistance

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    Impressive comfort

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    Look great with tan sidewalls

Reasons to avoid
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    Wet weather grip could be better

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The spring Classics might be behind us, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped using the Challenge Paris-Roubaix tyres, which perform excellently and, with their tan sidewalls, add a touch of class to any bike.

While most other tyre manufacturers make multiple models of tyre, making each in a number of different widths, Challenge do things a little differently, generally assigning one width to each model of tyre. That means that you’ve got a choice of 27mm or nothing if you want a pair of Challenge tyres with Paris-Roubaix written down the side.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.