Challenge Tires launch its new Getaway XP gravel tire at Eurobike

Details of the new Challenge Getaway XP gravel tire
(Image credit: Paul Brett)

Fresh from two podium debuts at Unbound Gravel, Challenge Tires has launched its latest gravel tire at Eurobike. I dropped in to the Challenge stand to meet the family founders of the brand, brother and sister Alex and Simona Brauns, and the UK Brand Manager, Andy McAteer, who showed me the latest tire in the Challenge range.

The Getaway XP is designed to be one of the best gravel bike tires on the market, and it's claimed to deliver control and straight-line speed with its tightly packed open transition knobs. It also has more aggressive shoulder knobs for controlled cornering and confident stability when things get loose.

Challenge already has some of the best gravel tires with its Gravel Grinder, Strada Bianca and Almanzo range with the new Getaway XP complimenting the range which Andy tells me is aimed at more endurance riding on rougher terrain. With the growing demand for more robust gravel tires, Challenge has developed a new technology which is applied to all its handmade construction gravel tires, and the Getaway comes with the brand‘s new Xtra Protection (XP) System. 

Close up details of the new Challenge Getaway gravel tire

The Getaway XP has already had two podiums at Unbound Gravel (Image credit: Paul Brett)

The XP System comes in the form of Corazza Armor Silver and Corazza Armor Gold which delivers protection to different parts of this tire, and the rest of the Challenge Gravel range. Corazza Armor Silver greatly improves side wall protection, with the casing extended around the bead and up to the tread, which they say gives a construction with additional protection to the most exposed part of the tire. Corazza Armor Gold is a special layer of a tightly woven material placed on the tire, which again reinforces protection further for more aggressive conditions, and combined gives a tire maximum protection all over the casing.

The Getaway XP also features the gravel-specific natural rubber Smartplus compound that they say reduces wear and enhances durability, the Smartplus rubber still retains all the natural rubber properties like better grip, shock absorption, better control and reduced rolling resistance.

Like all the Challenge Tire range, the Getaway XP includes its bead protection strip that enhances longevity by reducing the effects of chafing or rubbing against a wheel rim’s bead hooks. The black chafer also acts as a precise line around the rim to confirm that the tire has obtained uniform bead seating all-around.

Details of the new black walled Challenge Getaway gravel tire

The Getaway XP features the brand‘s first ever gravel black walled tire (Image credit: Paul Brett)

The Getaway XP is available now in sizes 700x40, and 700x45, and for the first time in the gravel range it comes with black walls. The Getaway XP retails at $94.99 / £TBC / €67.95 with more information available at

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Based in Edinburgh, Paul Brett is a staff writer for He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm