The Strada LGG 28mm tyres from Clement are smooth-riding, wide tyres with good grip. These 60 tpi versions aren't quite as smooth as the same tyre in a 120 tpi casing, but they've proven hard-wearing.
Wider tyres have become increasingly popular during the last few years with many riders. Switching from 23mm to 25mm allows a lower tyre pressure and adds more comfort. Wider tyres roll faster too, though there's argument in tech circles over whether the extra width and aerodynamic drag negates that.
It's not just tyres either, a number of wheel manufacturers have also moved to wider rims for reasons including aerodynamics and better handling.
You might have also noticed that more and more bike reviews mention whether a frame can fit 28mm tyres. The extra width adds a little more comfort again and the ability to run lower tyres pressures – if your frame can fit them.
Clement is a brand that was has a history dating back to the late 1800's. In more recent times, the brand had lain dormant until its current owners resurrected and relaunched the name with a range of cyclocross tyres.
The Strada LGG is the only road tyre in the range and is available in a number of configurations and weights. There are three widths, 23, 25 and 28mm, each available in either 60 or 120 TPI (threads per inch). You can also get tan sidewall versions of the 25 and 28mm 60 TPI versions if you wish.
The design features an open tread with a built in puncture protection belt and a chevron tread pattern. The LGG name comes from the airport code for Liège in Belgium, home of the legendary Liège-Bastogne-Liège Spring Classic. Nice.
The version on test here has the 60 TPI casing and is 28mm wide. It uses a 70a hardness rubber compound for the entire tyre, which seems like a good idea for the time of year, as it might just provide a tougher construction than the softer compound version.
In theory this should add a bit more toughness and resistance to the general filth of UK roads and lanes at this time of the year. The straight-line grip should be the same on both versions as they run the same compound in the middle on the section of the tyre that's actually in contact with the road.
On the 120 TPI tyres Clement use two different compounds of rubber, the one for the tread (70a), and a softer (60a) compound on the side walls, arguably making for a suppler ride and better grip in corners.
The test bike I've been using had been running a pair of the 120 TPI 25mm Strada LGG tyres and so it was certainly easy to feel a difference in the sidewalls as I swapped them over and fitted them to the bike (and hoped they'd fit our frame and fork, which they did).
Mounting the tyres for the first time was moderately difficult compared to other tyres I've tried recently and the stiff sidewall carcass has to be a factor there. Once they were on and pumped up to the minimum specified pressure of 85 psi I stood back and noted that 28mm tyres look a bit 'pumped up' or sausage-like compared to thinner rubber. A small mental adjustment is required but this should be helped by the adjustment at your backside when you're hopefully enjoying a smoother more comfortable ride.
It's a good time of the year for tyre testing, with the vagaries of the British climate and road conditions providing a true smorgasbord of challenges. I've been riding the Clements on everything from occasional bits of smooth tarmac, to some of the filthiest, muddiest, crater strewn country lanes I could find, including nasty steep climbs and descents to try and wrong foot the Clements.
They've put up a good show. I've managed to get very occasional wheel spin out of the saddle on wet, leaf-covered climbs but most tyres would struggle there.
Moving to 28mm width definitely gives you a more comfortable ride. We've stuck with Clement's recommended minimum pressure of 85psi and they've been just fine. We're sure you could run them a bit lower if you wanted.
If you've not ridden 28mm tyres before, they can feel a bit like you've got a slow flat on the rear tyre at first, such is the softer feel they bring. The benefit of this is that if you're like me, you'll end up holding higher speed over rougher roads. The wider contact patch of the Clements also helped provide good grip on wet, greasy roads and made for a confidence boost on twisty, slippery lanes. Grip was good right from the off too, and improved a little more after the first 30 miles or so.
The Clements don't quite make for an armchair ride, perhaps thanks to the stiffer sidewall of this 60tpi version. That being said, they've done a very competent job of shrugging off horrible winter roads while providing dependable grip, good speed and confidence.
The Clements LGG Strada tyres are decent value too with these 60 tpi versions retailing for £27.99 and the more supple 120 tpi models at £32.99 each. They ride very well for the price. They've resisted cutting up on the worst roads we could find and we've not been visited by the p-fairy either.
Good all round 28mm winter training tyre that's quick, comfortable and grips well at a competitive price
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Make and model: Clement Strada LLG tyre
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Clement say that the Strada LGG is a classic road tire featuring the traditional Clement chevron pattern for excellent grip in wet or dry conditions. Inspired by the legendary Clement Criterium Seta, the LGG provides a supple ride, durable yet lightweight construction, and puncture-protection belt under the tread.
The LGG is named after the airport code for Liege, Belgium, heart of the Ardennes and home of Liège–Bastogne–Liège cycle race, the oldest of the classics.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
60 TPI is single compound tread 70a
Slightly textured center-tread with traditional Clement chevron side-tread pattern provides excellent grip in wet or dry conditions
Integrated puncture-protection belt
Open tread and lightweight construction
Clincher: folding bead, models range from 220-290 grams
Sizes: 700c x 28mm, 700c x 25mm, 700c x 23m
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The Clements did a good job, perhaps not as supple as higher their higher TPI model but they rode well and I've enjoyed trying them.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Good grip and comfort ride from the beginning even over awful roads. Wide contact patch made for good handling and cornering too.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The tyres were moderately difficult to get onto the rims when new.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Age: 46 Height: 180cm Weight: 68kg
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I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: sportives, general fitness riding, Social, Family and whatever I get talked into