Put these tires on if you have a lot of paved road in your gravel loops, or if the bike you have needs to do double duty as a commuter, or touring bike. Give the Strada USH smooth, dry, dirt of finer crushed rock to run on and you won’t be disappointed. In these scenarios the USH is at home. Plus, with the choice of a tan sidewall, it can class up the look of just about any bike.
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Similarly, wet mud riding does not impart a secure feeling when using the Strada USH. But then again, if you even think that is a good idea, well…..good luck to you. The obvious point here is that the Strada USH is best on dry dirt and gravel and is absolutely at home on rough, broken up pavement.
Out of the box I felt that these tires looked great for most gravel road and dirt road riding. Donnelly says the side tread areas are a “scaled up herringbone” pattern, and while that is accurate, it does not give you the sense that I got when feeling the tread with my hands.
The EMP is a really nice tire and may be just what you need on a bike with minimal clearances, or for a fast dirt ripper when things are dry.
Donnelly EMP 700 X 38 Tires: Checkpoint- by Guitar Ted The Donnelly EMP is the newest gravel specific tire from the company that was one of the earliest proponents of gravel specific tires. This model was recently introduced and we wrote up our first impressions here. Now that some time has passed, and they have […]
“I really like this Donnelly MSO Xplor and it will stay in my garage as a keeper for those days where the ride calls for ‘more’. ” – Grannygear
The Donnelly EMP looks aggressive and tough enough with this beefed up tread design. At a claimed 38mm, it falls into a good range of size which many tires don’t cover.
Gravel Grinder News: Donnelly Debuts EMP Gravel Tire- by Guitar Ted Donnelly, (formerly Clement), introduced one of the first purpose built gravel tires available with the introduction of the Xplor MSO series. They have been rather quiet on the introduction of new gravel tires since then, focusing rather on the transition from Clement branding and […]
Donnelly MSO 650B X 50mm Tires: Checkpoint- by Grannygear Editor’s Note: Grannygear’s “Getting Rolling” introduction to the 650B X 50mm MSO tires can be found by clicking HERE. My first ride on the MSOs was in the higher elevations of a mountain town south of Los Angeles. The single tracks up here beckon […]
Donnelly MSO 650B x 50mm Tires: Getting Rolling – by Grannygear Many gravel bikes in this day and age are coming from the factory set up to run both 700c and 650b wheel sizes. Typically the smaller wheel allows for at least a 47mm tire to fit in there and more commonly, like the new […]