I like big tires. For any type of riding a larger tire of similar weight will allow for lower pressure, lower rolling resistance, more comfort, and better traction. When I consider how I ride road bikes, (leisurely, casual, social group or solo rides,) big tires are just as applicable. My modern Trek Madone is an amazing bike. It's efficient, comfortable, stable, and it handles better than any other road bike I've ridden. All of this was with 23c, high quality tires ridden at 90 psi.
As good as this all was, the lure of a bigger tire was calling. Enter the Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. These tires are big, 29.5mm wide on Hed Belgium series rims. They are light, 306gms on my scale. They offer 260tpi casings, near full wrap tread, and feature a fine file tread pattern. They look classic and modern at the same time. I love them.
Classic herringbone tread with a nice looking hat patch make these tires really stand out. It's worth noting that while they fit really well in the Madone, they did not fit in under the Sram Force brakes. swapping to Shimano Ultegra's easily cleared the tires. They in fact offered more clearance then the frame and fork.
Fit front and rear on these is a legitimate 3-4mm at full pressure. I have no worries about running them in this bike. The tread pattern looks sticky as all get out. I can't wait to get some real time on these this weekend.
I'm heading up to Duluth this weekend with Meg. I plan on giving these a good workout simply bumming around town and heading up the shore. The mix of super uphill climbs and mixed condition downhills combined with some nice relaxed road riding should make for a perfect trial run!