The Grand Bois Extra Léger tires have been available for the better part of a year now, and the feedback has been entirely positive. Compared to the standard Grand Bois tires, the Extra Léger (Extralight) models use an even lighter and finer casing, but otherwise are identical to the standard models.
Riders rave about the Extra Légers’ supple ride, their great traction, and their amazing speed. With their tan sidewalls and classic tread patterns, they look nice and understated on any bike. Since the tread is the same as the standard Grand Bois tires, the Extra Légers last just as long, too.
These tires really have changed our expectations about high-end clincher tires. They really do ride like high-end tubular tires, but without the hassles and cost. For many years, I’ve dreamed of the hand-made clincher tires that French randonneurs used in the 1940s and 1950s. With these tires, we no longer need to dream!
Grand Bois has released additional models to offer a full line of Extra Léger (EL) tires. The following sizes are available:
- 700C x 23 mm (Col de la Madeleine EL), 181 g.
- 700C x 26 mm (Cerf Blue EL), 176 g.
- 700C x 29 mm (Cerf Green EL), 221 g.
- 700C x 32 mm (Cyprès 700 EL), 232 g.
- 650B x 32 mm (Cyprès 650 EL), 261 g.
- 650B x 42 mm (Hetre Black EL), 357 g.
By the way, the weights vary a bit from one tire to another and from one production run to the next. For example, the Cerf blues seem to have turned out extremely light, while the Cyprès 650 is a bit heavier than the Cyprès 700, despite being smaller in diameter. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter: A few grams more or less don’t change the amazing ride of these tires.
The Extra Léger tires are a limited-production item, so quantities are limited, but we try to keep them in stock all the time. All sizes are in stock now.