In cycling, tyres matter. But even the best tread patterns and rubber compounds perform poorly when incorrectly pressured.
Overinflated tyres ride harshly, transferring every road
surface imperfection to the rider. And if you hit a tarmac crack or bump with
overinflated tyres, the risk of losing control of a bike’s steering input is
high. Underinflated tyres create too much drag and have virtually no steering feedback.
For pro riders and teams at this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix, the challenge is managing a route with unparalleled road surface diversity. Regarded by many as the most challenging one-day race in professional road cycling, the Paris-Roubaix routes for 257.5km – including 54.8km of cobblestones.