Three distinct rubber compounds allow the Black Panther CX Tire to balance grip and efficiency in a variety of off road conditions. It's the same TriComp X concept found on Vredestein's high end road tires, just adapted to give cyclocross racers a competitive edge. Vredestein is known for obsessing over the compositions of its rubber compounds and the way that they're applied to specific zones of the tire. It calls this Tricomp X technology, as testing has shown Vredestein engineers where specific rubber compounds and tread patterns work to provide the lowest rolling resistance and maximum grip in all weather conditions. By using different compounds in the tread and shoulder, and combining this with a knob structure specifically suited to these compounds, the tire provides a well balanced blend of speed, grip, and low overall weight. The compound is enhanced by a semi smooth, connected center tread in order to ensure a reduction in lug flex. Accordingly, the tread pattern provides a smooth sense of rolling and acceleration on hard packed courses. However, when things get loose, the multiple rows of nicely spaced side knobs bite to keep you upright. Adding to this, the tire's 33mm width and asymmetric shoulder cleats further encourage hard cornering, low rolling resistance, and optimal mud shedding. The tire also features Vredestein's proprietary SEC rubber compound and a 120 TPI casing. Essentially, this means that the casing is comprised of 120 threads per inch. Along these lines, you'll notice that the casing's TPI equates to finer grade fibers used in its composition. Accordingly, the fine fibers are more malleable than a full rubber casing, and this flexibility creates a more adaptable interface for the tire's rubber contact surface during cornering. So, this design provides a higher level of grip, while also contributing to a low level of rolling resistance. This equates directly to both comfort and speed. The Vredestein Black Panther CX Tire is availabl...