Donnelly Cycling expands 650b range of gravel tires

Donnelly, formerly known as Clement, is rolling out its 650b range. Building off its popular X’PLOR series, Donnelly has begun releasing several sizes and treads to accommodate the growing demand for the alternative gravel wheel size.

The X’PLOR Strada USH is a 650b x 42 available in a 60 tpi wire and folding bead; and tubeless ready. The Strada USH is both an adventure and all-commuter tread, a combination of the road Strada LGG and the X’PLOR series commuter and gravel tire, the USH. The Strada USH combines a fast rolling center track and scaled up herringbone tread for traction in the turns. The 650b x 42 tubeless ready retails for $67.00 and is equivalent to a 700c x 23 in diameter. Donnelly also offers this tire in a 650b x 50 size.

Donnelly X'PLOR Strada USH 650bx50

Donnelly X’PLOR Strada USH 650bx50

The X’PLOR MSO 650b x 36 is also available now, and in the pipeline and soon to follow is its big brother the X’PLOR MSO 650b x 50, a tire that is equivalent to a 700c x 32 tire in diameter. Both of these models retail for $67.00 and both are tubeless ready.

According to Donnelly, “The X’PLOR MSO tread is a serious adventure tire that was designed from the ground-up for multiple conditions and is a distinct Donnelly tread pattern of both polygonal and hexagonal shapes, smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs for cornering control. The soft rubber compound for extra grip and shock absorption combined with the tightly packed center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs provides great traction and durability.

Though the X’PLOR MSO has been a go-to tire for hardcore endurance gravel racers it is also the perfect tread over pavement. Riders opting to use their 27.5 mountain bike for commuting or urban riding sessions may well find this to be the perfect companion for getting from A to B with a bit more speed, style and finesse.”

“With the growth of the gravel category comes an increased need for additional sizes for both our OE customers and for the aftermarket,” said Donn Kellogg. “We’ve developed this 650b range in reaction to the market’s demand for more universal platforms. Several brands have created models where one can use a 700c wheel for faster, less aggressive road riding, where a 650b wheel and larger volume tire can be used for exploring off the beaten path.”

Donnelly XPLOR MSO 650bx42

Donnelly X’PLOR MSO 650bx42

Also in stock is a 650b x 33 MXP, a tread that was originally developed specifically for cyclocross but is also ready and able to tackle loose dirt, sand and moderate mud, hard pack and pavement – just the conditions you might find cruising out of town to a spring adventure ride.

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Donnelly MXP 650bx33

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