I had a tyre sponsor for cx all summer long. And then suddenly, I don’t have a tyre sponsor anymore! Not many details to be had. Business is business. And business is good! I like to take the positive out of most situations. And the exciting thing now is that I’ll be able to ride whatever tyres I choose this fall.
Keep in mind: I don’t have as many wheel sets as Nys. But, I do have a few per race bike. I mean, what serious cyclocross racer does not?
A couple of race wheel set line ups:
1 set of FMB Grifo Sprints 32mm
2 sets of Challenge Grifo 32mm
2 sets of Dugast Rhino 32mm
1 set of FMB SSC Sprints 32mm
1 set of TUFO Flexus Primus 32mm
1 set of Challenge Grifo 32mm
1 set of FMB Grippo XL 32mm
1 set TUFO Flexus Cubus 32mm
But ah… Challenge has been having delivery problems. (which does not mean your LBS does not have any but, my little bike shop does not) and I am clean out of Dugasts. I’ve got an order of Dugast Rhinos on order that are due in late September! Late September!? I’ll have 8 cyclocross races behind me by then! (read: my fault here for NOT ordering dozens of Rhinos in the spring right?)
Francois has been turning out cx tyres for me like CRAZY. What was once a 4-8weeks (yes, that is quite the range) has been more like 2 week turn delivery. And the pricing is not ridiculous. It is downright reasonable. FMB has contracted to get Challenge and “Schwalbe” treads. So, now you can get an FMB cotton casing with a Grifo, Grifo xs or Fango tread. Not to mention the classic Racing Ralph tread design. Go Francois Marie!!
That is faster than I can get Challenge or Dugast tyres! In lieu of waiting to get Dugasts Rhinos and Challenge Grifos and as availability is slim right now:
I’m taking deposits on pre-orders for FMB and Dugast tyres.
FMB Grifo mediums $120
FMB Grippo XL $130
Dugast Rhinos are $120
Add $10 for shipping in the continental US. Or free local pickup.