Mavic's CXR Ultimate Griplink Tubular Tire is meant to integrate seamlessly with your CXR Tubular hoops and CX01 blades, creating one smooth interface for uninterrupted airflow across a rim and tire that work together to cheat the wind. This tire's Griplink distinction means that it's been specifically designed to be used as a front tire. Though Mavic develops the concept for the tire in house, it relinquishes control of the manufacturing process to the rubber masters at Hutchinson to provide the best possible end result. The GripLink includes a nylon breaker to offer reassuring protection from flat causing road debris underneath a soft, grippy, single compound tread. The tread itself employs a classic road tire construction, using a firm center channel surrounded by more forgiving shoulders and a supple 210 TPI. While it's impressive on its own, pairing the Griplink with its fast rolling Powerlink rear counterpart is the best way to put the its controlled cornering capabilities and traction throughout a range of weather conditions on display.