While IRC Tire may not be a familiar name to UK cyclists, it has been making bicycle tyres and tubes for more than 90 years, and sponsors the Nippo Vini Fantini professional road racing team – home to former Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego.
Velodistribution will be stocking key models from the tubeless road and cyclo-cross range including Aspite, Formula, Roadlite and Serac. The road variants, Aspite, Formula and Roadlite are available in several widths from 23 – 28mm with a range of features unique to each model. The Serac cyclo-cross range is also available in several different tread patterns and widths, making them suitable for gravel road use as well as racing.
The major development from IRC is its use of Rice Bran Ceramic Compound – simple rice husks put through a crushing and heating process and mixed to the rubber to offer better grip in the wet, lower rolling resistance and improve handling.
Malcolm Borg from Velodistribution is a big fan of the IRC range: “As I build a lot of tubeless wheel sets I have fitted and tested tubeless systems from many different manufacturers. I’ve found the IRC range to consistently offer the most secure fit, provide excellent grip and most importantly increased lifespan without any hassle. In short race tyres that are useable all year round.”