The recent news that Clement’s clinchers are now all tubeless-ready sparked a bevy of positive feedback for the French brand, which had formerly only offered tubular and clincher versions of its popular tires. Now, you can run the Clement PDX Tubeless Tire as a regular clincher or tubeless; as long as you’re in the mud, the tire won’t complain either way. As a classic mud-shedding shoe that’s graced the wheels of lively ‘cross steeds for years now, the PDX shows its strength best on soft, sticky mud. It’s no coincidence at all that the PDX shares a name with the airport code for Portland, Oregon; inspired by the infectiously popular ‘cross scene and frequent rainy days of the Pacific Northwest, the PDX features an open tread pattern to shed the thick and goopy stuff. More aggressive side knobs stand at attention to give you confidence to lean hard into corners, and Clement specifically shaped the leading edge of each knob to provide extra traction when you mash down on the pedals to accelerate out of a switchback and into a straightaway. When you hit stretches of course dried out by the sun, the PDX’s center knobs keep the tire moving fast, rather than letting it get bogged down by traction where it isn’t needed. Clement does make other ‘cross tires better suited to drier days, so we’d save the PDX for the days when solid ground is nowhere to be found.
Size: 700 c x 33 mm
Claimed Weight: 350 g