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It was only a matter of time: Zipp tires have entered the gravel world. The Tangente Course G40 is a 40mm-wide tire that features much of what we expect from gravel-oriented rubber, including a fast-rolling center tread, side knobs and bead-to-bead puncture protection.
One of Zipp’s goals when designing this tire was durability, understandable given its intended use. With that in mind, Zipp designed it with a bead-to-bead puncture protection strip, and gave it a casing that balances suppleness and stiffness, for the best blend of ride quality and toughness.
The tire’s center tread is chevron shaped for a fast rolling ride, and then transitions to a more aggressive tread pattern Zipp is calling an “inverted soccer cleat design.” On the edges, side knobs provide a little more grip through corners.
This 700c tire is going to be one-size-only for now, with Zipp determining that 40mm is the most effective size for this newly developed tread pattern—and is in keeping with the trend towards wider tires off road. The Tangente Course G40 weighs a claimed 465 grams and comes with a tan sidewall. Look for it in stores in April.
$65; 465g; 700x40c only; zipp.com