FMB stands for François Marie Boyaux. François Marie is the man behind the product and he’s been producing his tubulars (boyaux) in his workshop in Plurien, Brittany, France for the better part of the last 20 years. He makes tubulars the way they’ve been made for decades – he sews casings by hand, inserts high quality latex inner tubes and very carefully laminates pure rubber treads onto the casing. He uses natural materials: cotton and silk for the casings, pure rubber for the treads. The construction quality is second-to-none and the attention to detail is unsurpassed by any other tyre manufacturer we’re aware of. This quality and detail is what makes FMB tires ride so well and is why they’ve become so popular and sought-after.
The handmade cotton casing on FMB cross tyres is more flexible and pliant than other casing types. You’ll notice this softness as soon as you handle a FMB tubular – it just feels pliant, flexible and smooth to the touch. You’ll notice it even more the first time you ride a set of FMB tubular CX tyres. The more flexible a tyre casing and tread, the more supple the tyre, which means as you ride the tyre rapidly changes shape to contour to the ground’s surface. This translates to the feeling that your bike is floating over the ground surface. This also means more of the tyre is in contact with the ground at any given time, which results in greater traction. This is especially evident in the corners, where increased gravitational forces cause the tire to splay out across the ground surface, creating a wider contact patch, and providing better and more progressive grip. Having a grippier, more flexible tyre means you can maintain higher speeds through corners and more easily accelerate out of them, thus making you faster.
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