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Challenge Getaway XP TLR

Challenge Getaway XP TLR

08.05.24 11:30 70Text: Johannes Krenn (translated by AI)Photos: Erwin HaidenRigorous review of the handmade, fast gravel tires from Italy. A real insider tip for Unbound or Long-Distance Unsupported Bikepacking adventures.08.05.24 11:30 75

Challenge Getaway XP TLR

08.05.24 11:30 75 Johannes Krenn (translated by AI) Erwin Haiden
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Rigorous review of the handmade, fast gravel tires from Italy. A real insider tip for Unbound or Long-Distance Unsupported Bikepacking adventures.08.05.24 11:30 75

The relatively new Challenge Getaway XP TLR is considered an optimal compromise for those looking for a robust and durable gravel tire without wanting to compromise on comfort and handling. The main difference of the handmade tubeless-ready clincher compared to the still offered Getaways is the reinforced XP (Xtra Protection) puncture protection, for even longer or harder rides on and off the road.

Johannes Krenn, better known as Bikeboards Dr. Hannibal, grabbed a set in 40C and covered several hundred kilometers with it.

 Go where others can't! 

With the Challenge Getaway XP TLR
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Dr. Hannibal in a nutshell

Our Dr. Hannibal is considered a picky connoisseur when it comes to (road bike) tires. According to the motto "Every ride could turn into a race," he always strives to ride high-performance tires to give away as few kilometers per hour or degrees of lean angle as possible. Moreover, the only contact point between the bike and often poor asphalt makes a significant difference in terms of comfort and performance, especially with stiff frames and equally stiff wheels. However, he hates sluggish, heavy tires just as much as thin skins, which produce a flat at every second pothole or are worn down to the substructure after 1,000 kilometers. Not exactly easy to satisfy our Dr. Hannibal...

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The mix does the trick: The Challenge Getaway XP is equipped with the SMARTplus Compound, a special natural rubber compound with a higher hardness level designed for high mileage.

Additionally, it comes in the reinforced version with Xtra Protection (XP). The Italians understand this to mean improved sidewall protection by extending the carcass around the bead to the tread (Corazza Armor Silver), as well as an additional layer of densely woven material that runs from bead to bead (Corazza Armor Gold). This is intended to provide the tire with maximum all-around protection even in extremely challenging terrain.

Detailansicht

Getaway XP TLR

Dimension Type Carcass Weight* Recommended Pressure* Material MSRP
700 x 40C Folding Tire TLR Pro-Series, 260 TPI, Black 540 g* 1.7-3.0 bar (max. 4.5 bar) SmartPlus-Compound, Corazza Armor Silver+Gold Puncture Protection €82.90
700 x 45C Folding Tire
TLR
Pro-Series, 260 TPI, Black 650 g 1.3-2.5 bar (max. 4 bar) SmartPlus-Compound, Corazza Armor Silver+Gold Puncture Protection €82.90

* Manufacturer's specification (the 40C weighed 541 grams on our scale)

Features
  • Extra Protection with the new Getaway XP
  • All-rounder for everyday use, gravel, and adventure
  • Terrain: Hardpack, gravel, loose & rocky
  • Pro Handmade Tubeless Ready with Superpoly casing
  • Handmade natural rubber - SMARTplus hardness level
  • Corazza Armor Silver+Gold puncture protection
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The Assembly

As with the Challenge road bike tires from our last review (Challenge Criterium RS Review), the Getaway XP TLR Gravel tires also remained flat as a flounder after unpacking. But Dr. Hannibal's worst fears did not come true; mounting them on his Zipp 303 Firecrest Hookless was even unexpectedly easy. Perhaps it was because he had some practice with the special tire shape, or perhaps it was due to the wider carcass or the absence of rim flanges. In any case, the tires jumped into the rim beds without a compressor and landed perfectly in place without any lateral or vertical runout.

With WTB TCS sealant, the tires were immediately sealed both front and rear and remained so throughout the entire test period. Moreover, the system maintained the air pressure consistently over several days.

 A Success Story. 

Dr. Hannibal's Experiences with the Challenge Getaway XP TLR
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The Getaway XP on the Road

The tires were ridden with a tire pressure of 2.3 bar at the front and 2.6 bar at the rear, with a body weight of 80 kg.

On the road, they appeared to our Dr. to be extremely fast, so much so that he could hardly tell a difference from overly wide racing bike tires - at least in terms of rolling resistance. This surprised him a lot, because the gravel tires did have a fairly grippy profile on the center strip. Nevertheless, the soft, supple carcass quickly adapted to the terrain when rolling and in curves, which increased both ground contact and grip, and improved the damping on poor roads.

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The Getaway XP Off-road

In off-road conditions, it was a bit different. Under dry conditions, there was no reason for complaint, as the tire offered plenty of grip and comfort thanks to its robust shoulder knobs and generous volume. In wet conditions, however, some caution was advised, as in this case the Getaway XP - at least with the air pressure we used - reached its traction limits.

Nevertheless, Dr. Hannibal considers it an ideal gravel all-rounder with outstanding performance, excellent puncture protection, and high durability. So far, he has ridden 500 kilometers without any defects or noticeable signs of wear.

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 An ideal gravel all-rounder with outstanding performance, excellent puncture protection, and high durability. 

Dr. Hannibal on the Challenge Getaway XP TLR Review
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Conclusion

Challenge Getaway XP TLR
Model Year: 2023
Review Duration: 3 Months / 500 km
Price: € 82.90 RRP
+ Easy TLR installation
+ Low rolling resistance
+ Great dry grip
+ Wear-resistant and puncture-proof
+ Handmade
o Weaknesses in wet grip
- List price
BB-Verdict: Extremely fast tire for bad roads and moderate off-road terrain.

The exclusive Challenge Getaway XP TLR scores with its simple tubeless installation and loses very little air during prolonged idle times. Due to its low rolling resistance, it is suitable for fast gravel races but is also robust enough for training. In terms of durability, it shows no signs of wear even after 500 kilometers.

Although the list price is very high, it can be justified given the handmade construction, good puncture protection, smooth handling, and good damping properties on bad roads and off-road terrain.

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