Considering the potential for changing weather throughout a CX season and the need for condition-dependent gear, Pro cyclocrossers have wheelsets for each of a variety of conditions. Most amateur cyclocrossers don’t have the budget for a spare wheelsets, so for the amateur racer in your life, a Clement PDX tubular tire (which can be glued up to an affordable tubular front wheel) makes a great gift.
The PDX was released this season, making its debut on the wheels of riders like Ryan Trebon and Ben Berden. Its aggressive, mud-specific tread might not be useful in all races, but Clement says that the broken-up, centered treads still roll fast. Either way, a racer on a budget may not need a mud-specific wheelset, but a front mud wheel is a great way to make sure that for that small handful of muddy days, the rider can still keep traction in the corners and stay competitive. And their 33mm width is UCI-legal – for when your racer upgrades.
Price: $129.99 MSRP
Pro: High-quality tubular construction, excellent treat pattern, great pedigree.