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Just want to say I bought these to be my new all around tire. Aired them up (needed compressor) and letting sit overnight before a ride tomorrow. 
They replace my Maxxis 32c Refuse tubeless which I had air retention issues with and used with tubes for awhile but once you go tubeless it is hard to go back tubed.

So including these I now own 10 sets of tires, I think I have a tire problem. Anyone else have a collection? Hopefully I will be happy with these and wear them out for a change unlike the 9 other sets with little mileage on them.
These come in at 388 grams on postal scale. 

Will be used mostly on paved, hardpack dirt crushed shell and some mixed up sand here and there with minor gravel. Rail trails lite touring also. I have the Clement 35 UShs and these look like they will be livelier/faster than those which are a pretty decent all around tire.
Will post with my impressions after a couple hundred miles or so.


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So including these I now own 10 sets of tires, I think I have a tire problem. Anyone else have a collection? Hopefully I will be happy with these and wear them out for a change unlike the 9 other sets with little mileage on them.



Between gravel and mountain bike tires, I have quite a collection.  Definitely more than 10 sets.  At least swapping tubeless tires is easier now with so many tubeless ready options and the Bontrager tubeless pump I have.  I remember back in the day having to go to the gas station to use their compressor, I never wanted to swap tires very often back then.
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Cool, I don't feel so bad now. Which Pump you using I'm thinking about upgrading my Blackburn Air Tower 3
OK I just googled that pump it looks real nice 120 beans though.
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To inflate my tubeless tires I use the Bontrager Flash Charger and it works awesome.  Unfortunately it does not make a good regular pump, so its really only useful for setting up tubeless tires.  My current regular  pump is some type of Hurricane, but it has one of those large dual presta/schraeder heads that keeps bending my presta valves.  So I just bought the Birzman Maha IV Apogeee pump.  I got it because the Apogee head looks very easy to use, and supposedly will not bend presta valves.  
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I've bent a few valves as well and thought it was me being careless. Thanks for the info on the Birzman it looks like a very nice pump, gonna put it on my wish list.
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I rode w/a friend last Saturday who had just purchased a GT Grade that had those tires OEM.  It was the first I'd heard of them - must have missed the announcement last year.  Anyway, I was surprised that they were tubeless ready as I had thought the MSO was the only Clement gravel tubeless out there.  Anyway, I like the 32 mm size as I think the sweet spot for these bikes is in the 30 mm to 32 mm range.  And there aren't tubeless tires in that size as yet.  I do wish Schwalbe would make one in a 32 that's not a cx tire.  Anyway, can't wait to hear your report.  And yes, I have a collection too.
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Another 10+ tire collection

Gravel tires I've owned;

700x38 Schwalbe Marathon Cyclocross
700x32 Kenda Happy Medium
700x40 Schwalbe Marathon Altamont
29x1.75 Schwalbe Smart Sam
700x50 Schwalbe Marathon Supreme
700x27 Challenge Parigi-Roubaix
700x32 Vittoria Hyper
700x40 Vittoria Hyper
700x40 Clement X'Plor MSO 120tpi
700x35 Clement X'Plor USH 120tpi
700x36 Clement X'Plor MSO tubeless
700x32 Compass Stampede Pass
700x45 WTB Riddler
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Looking forward to reading your thoughts. Did you get the 60 or 120 TPI version?

I too have a gravel tire problem. Finding a 33-34mm tubeless that's both supple & light with priority to 40% rough/smooth pavement and 60% hardpack dirt hasn't been easy. There's a big selection @ 35mm but when mounted with my wide SL23 V2 the width creeps up. Unfortunately the absolute max for my Redline Conquest Team carbon is 35mm. If my wheel ever gets out-of-true I'm euchred (and it has happened when several spokes spontaneously pulled out of my SL23 v1).

I'm currently running Schwalbe G-One 35. Awesome all round tire that can take a pounding. Rolls quick on pavement and reasonably supple. Measures a plump 36.5mm on my SL23 v2. Only downside is that it feels a little heavy to get going. Wish they made a 32mm version. S-One would be too narrow I think.

I also tried Compass Bon Jon 35 extralight tubeless. PITA to setup & keep tubeless. Prone to punctures, had one bead delaminate from the casing after only ~500 miles. Otherwise if fits the light & supple requirement to a 'T'. Ran about 36mm on my SL23v1.

Compass Stampede Pass 32. Baby brother to Bon Jon but isn't tubeless compatible.

Interested to hear how the 120tpi Strada USH runs. Otherwise I'm thinking of trying Hutchinson Sector 32.


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 S-One would be too narrow I think.


The S-One (the new version is called G-One speed) is narrow.  I have a set mounted on 19mm internal rims and they measure 29mm.  It was quite dissappointing.  I had Schwalbe One 28c on there before and they measured 31.5mm, so I was hoping these would measure out at least that big.  Instead they were smaller than the 28c One.
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Here's, a quick update, my big gravel ride today was postponed till maybe tomorrow. Most of what follows should be the same but I wanted to do some extended riding on rougher gravel to complete my audit.

Clement Strada Ush 32 60 tpi psi range 40-60 

My preferred psi @50 lower or higher psi not used in this report. Unless otherwise noted.

 

New tires are fun especially when you get better performance, and here is my very  first ride impression after getting all aired up and ready to go. When I started out all my attention was on the tires are they this or are they that, will they slip slide or whatever. Firm and swift is what came to mind.

 

 Once I got into the rhythm of my ride, I focused on handling and other qualities. I've found it usually takes a hundred miles or so on new rubber to let them settle in.

So my first thoughts are they felt firm on pavement @50psi. After a few miles I noticed an increase in speed over some other 32c tires I used. When I transitioned to the packed shell limestone road they gripped well  going up a slightly rough small uphill and were very stable on the hardpacked but scrabbley dirt sections. Hitting pavement again about 10 miles in and they just took off and I was able to comfortably maintain speed with occasional bursts. Finishing up the last section on gravel shell limestone dirt road and they performed better than expected. Control, speed, cornering were excellent. No side to side deflection. 

 

I am a recreational/fitness rider so I wasn't pushing these to the limits like a younger faster rider would. But I like going fast too. Ending that first ride I rode faster, than all other tires I have used. Better avg speed,time and minutes. I ride this same route regularly so results are pretty balanced with wind, temp etc. I had loose warm clothes on that day. 

 The next day I was more aero and it showed with record times.

After another 23 mile  mixed 14 paved 9 limestone/shell fitness run I was able to shave about 8 minutes off my previous best time held by my Schwalbe g ones. I was pushing a little but I am very happy with the Strada USH My comfort zone is about 14/16mph with occasional 18/19/20 extended sections. I'm very pleased with those numbers on my regular mixed rides.

Set up was fairly normal easily went on my stock Weinman Impulse rims which are giving me great service by the way with almost 2k miles on them. Needed my small compressor to set the bead. After first ride they were losing some air when I got home, enough for concern. They were leaking around the bead. I cleaned the bead and mixed up a fresh batch of home brew sealant with an extra tblspn of latex and aired them up with the husky air scout and did the shake and set on a bucket to settle and while they were setting I used a heat gun to help dry the foamy bubbles around the edge, just enough to dry not get to hot.

Front and back are now reliably sealed with no significant air loss overnight. I will be monitoring that over the next few rides, sometimes it takes several rides to get them settled.

These puffed out to 34mm on my rims which is just fine with me. My G-ones puffed out to 37mm.

 Road noise is a normal whirring sound but at 26 mph it was sort of whistling, not sure what that was all about maybe sound bouncing off of a structure or something.

The seemingly slightly raised center tread is different from the other 32 tires I have used. I call them my supercharged steam rollers. They roll over everything.lol

 I had Wtb freedom Ryder 32's and they were more of a peaked design like a v hull boat and they would cut or knife into loose stuff. The Maxxis 32 refuse are more of a radial design but would deflect side to side in loose stuff. The Clements are surprisingly stable and focused in (loose)and hardpack. The sides have angled file pattern ribs but the center tread is flat and you get a feel for that center track. Turns are tight and they hold there line well.

 

To summarize These are the best tires I have come across and used for my needs. Not quite a road tire or a full fledged gravel tire somewhere in between.  The price is reasonable for a tubeless designed tire, I paid 40 a piece at Universal cycles. I was very close to buying the 120 tpi version but it was a budgetary decision to stick with the 60tpi.

I think the 120 tpi with the flat protection bead to bead would be worth it.

The 60 tpi with flat protection under the tread seems on the firm side whereas the 120 might be more supple. 

 

With tires one size doesn't fit all, everyone has different preferences specifics,needs, and expectations. In Florida, I use the word gravel loosely, it is not like the stuff out west. For me these are the best tires I have ridden to date surpassing Schwalbe G-ones which were my favorite all around tire. The Strada Ush is faster and more reliable and handles everything the G-ones did so far. Time will tell how they are over the long run and it should be fun finding out. I have confidence in these tires and unless they are flat prone, have air retention issues or a faster, better model comes around they are staying on. Best in class in my opinion for their intended use.
Some photos of the roads to date I tested on.
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A few more rides almost a 100 miles on them and just want to say these blow away the Maxxis Refuse 32c which is marketed as a gravel tire. Not even close.

The Clement Strada USH is one of the few tires I have owned without a wobble both the Maxxis Refuse and the Schwalbe G-Ones 35 had wobbles. Looking at that wobble mile after mile is annoying to say the least. All of my Clements are Wobble free. The 32's run clean too in

Following are some more photos to give you an idea of the terrain I have run these over.

The crushed shell might look innocuous but it will puncture poorly made tires easily. Roadies don't come near this stuff.
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Medium Crunchy Stuff
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 mostly mtn bikes use this and me and my willard
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smooth sailing
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I was taken by surprise at how well the Stradas did on this nasty stuff, I didn't have to tip toe thru it either, they stayed on top of it not in it.I was able to find a line and get thru. Now there was only 75 yards or so of this but it was handled. I did let 4 presta valve bursts out from 50 psi. Horses for courses applies here I would use my Clement MSO 36's if I was on this for many miles.
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             Till next time "The Willard"


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Thanks for the awesome review! I've been eyeing up these tires for some time but hadn't read any reviews that really told me anything...until now. I think you just talked me into pulling the trigger on these! Just curious, have you ever ridden the Xplor USH 35mm's? If so, how did these compare as far as rolling resistance?
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Just curious, have you ever ridden the Xplor USH 35mm's? 

Thanks and Yes about a thousand miles on them with different bikes. The Stradas are a livelier faster better version of the 35's. The 32's are also a tubeless type. My set of Strada's puff out to 34mm inflated at 40psi. I recently put the 35 ush's on my Willard to try them out after not using them for awhile, that lasted one ride. They had no juice,burst even mounted tubeless. The 35 USH"s are more of a touring tire I would say they have that kind of feel to them, not a bad tire but not a spirited ride whereas  the Stradas have a sporty,performance feel to them.
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