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Clément Clincher (wired-on)Tires

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Clément clincher tires on this page: Crusade PDX 700 x 33 cross tire

Clément tires have been around about as long as bicycles. Frenchman Adolphe Clément began making tires for the bikes he was making in 1878. In 1889 he became the French licensee for the vastly superior Dunlop tire design.

The Italian Clément company is thought to have been launched around 1900. It grew over the twentieth century into one of the world’s primary suppliers of bicycle tires. From the 1950s and into the 1970s, hand-made Clément tubular (sew-up) tires were treasured by racers as the finest high-performance rubber available.

Pirelli purchased the company in the 1980 and moved production from Italy to Thailand. In 1995 Pirelli quit the bicycle market.

The Clément name was reborn when the American firm Donnelly sports licensed the name from Pirelli and had its Clément tires made in Taiwan by the Hwa Fong tire company. In 2017, with Pirelli planning to start making bicycle tires again, Donnelly stopped making tires under the Clément name and instead began making Donnelly-branded tires.

The right tire pressure is important, for both safety and ride quality. Here's Michelin's tire pressure guide, which is applicable to the Clément tires on this page:

Michelin tire pressure guide


Clément Crusade PDX 700c x 33mm cyclocross tire. New, $45.00/each

Part# 46897

  • 120 TPI casing
  • Cyclocross-specific knob design.
  • Folding Kevlar bead
  • It is thought that the PDX was made part of its name because of the tire's popularity among the Northwest's cyclocrossers. PDX is the code for Portland International Airport and has become a nickname for Portland. Perhaps another nickname for Portland, "Beervana", was not thought an appropriate tire name.

Clement bicycle tire

This is a tire that will grip the dirt.

Clement Crusade tire

Another look at the the tire

Clement Crusade tire

The back of the hang tag with more info.