In the market for some new tubulars for your 'cross rig? Sure, the Clement name isn't as widely circulated as some of the bigger rubber brands, but in Europe, its reputation was long-ago solidified as a procurer of some of the finest tires available. Makes sense, then, that the very Euro sport of cyclocross, as it rises in popularity in the States, ushers in "new" brands like Clement. The Clement MXP Tubular is an example of the knowhow that the company brings to the table. Based on its famous Grifo tread, the MXP is Clement's new definitive all-rounder. Designed to be your tire if you can only choose one tread for all conditions, the MXP's center track of clovers and chevrons is designed for low rolling resistance on pavement or hardpack, but it also digs in a bit when things loosen up. For when the going gets really rough, the larger, more aggressive side knobs -- whose design was inspired by soccer cleats -- grab the earth and don't let go. Helping keep weight down is the lack of a dedicated inner tube -- instead, the casing itself is designed to be airtight, and the valve cores are removable for added convenience and ease of puncture repair via sealant. And, unlike cyclocross tubulars of yore, the tread is no longer glued onto a casing -- the MXP's tread is formed as part of the rubber covering that stretches from bead to bead over the casing, protecting the sidewall from premature deterioration and also meaning the tread can't peel off under hard use, two problems that used to dramatically shorten tire life. The Clement MXP Tubular Tire comes in the size 700c x 33mm and in the color Black.