The cyclocross season is well and truly upon us and so it’s a good time to talk about tyres. Italian tyre brand Challenge launched their new Baby Limus cyclocross tyre at Eurobike last month. It plug a gap in the company’s range between the mud-specific Limus and Chicane.
That means it should possess some of the cornering tenacity of the Limus but faster rolling in a straight line than that tyre, with more grip than the semi-slick Chicane. Really it does look like the ideal all-round tyre that should be suitable to all but the muddiest riding conditions.
The Baby Limus borrows the Y-shaped shoulder knobs of the mud-specific Limus, and combines them with a centre tread section consisting tightly spaced shallow knobs. Smaller knobs provide a transition between the centre tread and shoulder knobs.
Above pic: Limus on the left, new Baby Limus on the right.
The new tyre is available only in a 33mm width with the same casing specifications and options as the other tyres in the Challenge range, so expect a SuperPoly 300 tpi casing option and a more expensive Team Edition Corespun choice with a higher 320 tpi casing.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet but expect prices similar to current Challenge tyres. More at www.challengetech.it
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.