Donnelly’s New CDG Tire
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Donnelly Cycling is getting in front of the snowmelt, introducing its newest tire, the CDG in time for spring slush. The launch comes on the heels of Donnelly’s partnership with Nick Legan offering a free (with a purchase of any Donnelly tires) copy of Legan’s first book: Gravel Cycling.
The CDG – the airport code for Charles de Gaulle – is Donnelly’s latest edition to its road tire line-up. Four years in development, the CDG is an extension of both the Donnelly Strada and the Strada USH. As Donn Kellogg explains, “Our team of pro riders and our Colorado-based advisory board are always in development mode whether they’re racing ‘cross or gravel events or are out training. The tread was designed with a race like Paris Roubaix in mind, something that could handle the cobbles and slick, tight turns. It’s that transition into the turn or at the apex where crashes happen at Roubaix. That was the thought process behind the CDG.”
The CDG borrows slightly from the Strada USH with its aggressive side tread to handle tight turns. The center tread is a completely new pattern that combines tightly spaced pyramids with measured, flatter recesses along the pyramid pattern to create a fast rolling center tread with plenty of traction.
“Just as we can never predict the conditions for Paris Roubaix on race day, we feel the CDG covers most bases. It was designed for diverse conditions including slushy, melting snow, sand, salt, and road and hard pack with loose pebbles or dirt,” Kellogg continued. “And if you’re lucky enough to have a dry spring, the fast rolling center tread will fly over pavement.”
The Donnelly CDG is available now in a 700 x 30 tubeless ready version, weighs 420 grams and retails for $70. It fits most disc road bikes and all adventure or gravel bikes. A 700 x 30 tubular version is scheduled for late spring and will retail for $129.00.
Donnelly tires are available in the U.S. through the Independent Bicycle Dealer channel. For more information about Donnelly Cycling visit www.rei.com/donnellycycling.