Review: Clement LCV Road Tyres

Clement Pneumatics are known for their top-end cyclocross tyres, which have shod the wheels of many past and current champions. In recent years, they have also started adding some new diversity to their range though; with the introduction of the X'plor tyres (something I'm keen to try on my Kona Private Jake), as well as the Strada LGG road tyre, and now the new LCV road race tyre.

The LCV is named after Lucca, a picturesque town in Tuscany, which has hosted some of the most prestigious races in the road cycling calendar. The name is intended to suggest what the LCV is built for... road racing.

The LCV tyres use a mixture of threads-per-inch, as well as a puncture protection belt and herringbone file pattern tread; the result is a supple casing, but also a tyre that should handle all road surfaces, in all conditions. With Clement's great reputation on the cyclocross circuit, I was keen to see how the new LCV stood up to the UK roads...

The results have been good. I fitted the LCVs to a set of COSINE carbon clinchers, and used a set of latex tubes to decrease weight and increase performance. Out on the road, the tyres feel FAST! Much like other out-and-out race tyres, such as the Vittoria Open Corsa, the LCV feels supple, grippy and reassuringly planted, on a wide variety of road surfaces.

Perhaps the more impressive thing though, is that the LCV tyres have proven very durable and robust, too. I have ridden them down some pretty wet and rutted country lanes, and they've come out unscathed; the tread also seems to be lasting well, after a good few hundred miles of testing.

These seem like a great UK racing tyre option then; with great grip and low rolling resistance, but also impressive durability and reliability.

View the range of Clement Tyres at Wiggle (Link)



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