Unbound gravel is arising, and the brand new Problem Getaway XP tire is perhaps the combo that everybody is searching for. Challenges’ all-new XP (Further Safety) sequence claims to supply the experience suggestions of a tubular with the safety of beefed-up nylon.
The Italian tire producer primarily creates street, cyclocross, and gravel tires — primarily specializing in tubular and open tubular building — even with the mountain bike tires they provide.
The Getaway tread has been round for a bit now and is Challenges’ premiere gravel providing. It’s a dry-ish targeted, do-it-all design with many devoted gravel followers. The tread has a tightly packed, fast-rolling heart for straight-line tread for velocity and open transition knobs for sandy or moist programs.
Problem Getaway XP
The one piece lacking from The Getaway was a beefed-up model to take the abuse of an ultra-long day trip in sharp rocks and logging roads. Problem was quietly at work over the previous 12 months, engaged on simply that — the Problem Getaway XP (Further Safety) for endurance rides on rougher terrains.
The tire is a part of Challenges’ new strengthened Gravel XP Collection, which focuses on all these searching for an general strong and sturdy tire, with out compromising consolation and dealing with.
To arm the brand new XP Collection of tires, Problem opted for a bead-to-bead makeover of safety and compound to reinforce its new endurance tires.
All New Corazza Armor Gold
Corazza Armor Gold is a specific layer of tightly woven materials on the tire that helps reinforce it underneath aggressive situations. The brand new Getaway XP is the primary Problem tire to have the Corazza Armor Gold, however all tires within the XP Collection will share this know-how transferring ahead.
Problem SmartPlus Compound
The Getaway XP has a particular larger durometer pure rubber than others within the Problem line known as SmartPlus Compound. Whereas offering diminished put on and enhanced sturdiness, the SmartPlus rubber compound retains all of the pure rubber properties. Providing grip, shock absorption, management, and diminished rolling resistance.
Chafer Aramid Bead Safety Strip
Getaway XP features a bead safety strip to help in tire life by decreasing the results of rubbing towards the rim’s carbon bead hooks. The black chafer additionally acts as a exact line across the rim to verify the tire is seated when inflating.
Pricing and Availability
The all-new Problem Getaway XP shall be out there in 40 and 45mm Handmade Tubeless Prepared and Hookless appropriate.
- Value: $94.00
- Sizes: 40mm and 45mm
- Weight: 632g – 45mm
- Out there: June third 2023
Problem Getaway — First Impressions
The Problem Getaway XP is a home made open tubular, so it’s completely different than most gravel tires in the marketplace. The XP casing creates a thick, extra strong tire, preserving the handmade tubular (cotton) really feel.
The casing could be very supple to the contact however notably thicker than all Problem tires I’ve ridden. The tread sits excessive on the tire’s carcass however comes down sufficient to supply legit cornering knobs. The shoulder knobs are sufficient for digging into the mud when sunk in however not as massive because the Chicane, as to really feel overwhelming.
Problem Getaway — Arrange
Organising open-tubular tires could be tough, particularly when they’re huge, just like the Problem Getaway XP 45mm tires. You need to have a plan of assault, and with unreleased tires, often, that plan has but to be found. For me, the plan was to get the total tire over the rim after which push the bead on from excessive. For the reason that tire is flatter than most, this tactic appeared the very best. After wrestling with it for a minute, the primary facet went on, and I knew I used to be dialed. The second facet popped into place, and I used to be good to inflate — no compressor wanted.
I put in the Problem Getaway XPs on; Roval Terra CLX II, CADEX 36 (hookless), and Bontrager RSL 36 wheels. The tires had been straightforward sufficient to put in on all of the aforementioned, particularly on the hookless wheels.
The tires inflated to a pleasant 46mm at 30 PSI on the Roval Terra CLX II and are simply sufficient quantity to max out (with mud wiggle room) the clearance in my 2022 Specialised Crux.
I’ve had little time on the Getaway XPs, however I’m pretty stoked from my time on them. The experience seems like a tubular tire with a muted but supple high quality. The open tubular really feel differs from the gravel-style tires I’ve ridden over the previous 12 months.
On the open street, the Getaway is a quick tire; the tightly spaced heart line retains a quick roll, and the general tread is minimal. The knobs provide a spherical tire with predictable corning on the street, in comparison with some “flat prime” type gravel treads which are all or nothing.
The quantity was a bit a lot for me on my preliminary road-ish rides, however the Getaway hit its stride after I hit the gravel and grime. The quantity aids in traction and luxury, notably. The open tubular casing could be very lively and delicate to bumps and terrain. The thickness of the XP casing takes away a little bit of the suppleness (in comparison with the unique Getaway casing), however it’s hardly noticeable with 45mm of the tire.
I can’t 100% communicate to the puncture protectiveness of the Getaway XP tire and new Corazza Armor. Although I’ve ridden this tire in some sketchy locations, the sidewalls are nonetheless very a lot intact, and I’ve but to flat. I’ll have a full report and up to date full evaluation shortly.
Within the meantime, Challange has a contender of a tire for the likes of Unbound and epic endurance gravel races. We’re wanting to get extra rides on them.
For extra info, take a look at Challengetires.com or swing by the Problem tire sales space at Unbound Gravel on June 3, 2023