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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:01 pm 
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So Nino has been riding Maxxis Aspen (29") tubeless tires in a couple of races now (see, e.g., http://www.pinkbike.com/news/5-cross-co ... ships.html).

So far, the Aspen has only been available in a tube-version (http://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-280-aspen). Does anyone know when the tubeless version of the Aspen will be released? I'd like to try it.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:33 pm 
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I have use Maxxis Aspen Exceptions as tubeless in 26er (i know) and 29er versions on Notubes Gold Race wheels. Works fantastic. Weights around 518-514g for 29er tire

Excellent tire, fast and sure footed in a variety of surfaces.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:40 pm 
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I would much prefer to use a tubeless-compatible tire. I've not heard good things about setting up non-tubeless compatible Maxxis tires up tubeless.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:56 am 
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I had about 6 tires and chose the lightest of the batch. I set mine up on Stans Notube Race Gold 29er wheels. Mounted with Topeak JoeBlow Mountain High Volume floor pump. Bead sets really tight. But not too tight, can still change tire on trail.

Used stans fluid - about 2 oz or so. Used for well over 2 years in all conditions. Water crossings, over 100 degree weather, rocky descents in WNC Pisgah. Used in Leadville. No issues. I would not hesitate to use these and suggest to friends.


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That's all fine, but I'd prefer if we could get back on topic. There are plenty threads about the tubed version of the tire, if I was interested in that.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:18 am 
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How do you know Nino wasn't on the tubed version as the other poster here?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:22 am 
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I am not 100% sure he wasn't. But the tires did have the "prototype tire for testing, not for general use" label.

It would make sense for them to make a tubeless ready version (as they recently did with the Beaver) IMO.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:02 pm 
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This ? https://www.bike24.com/p2116613.html


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:03 pm 
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They are listed on the UK page:
http://www.maxxis.co.uk/catalog/tyre-280-18-aspen


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:28 pm 
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Cool - thanks! I wonder if that's something new, or whether they have always been on the English website...

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:31 am 
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Also interesting that they don't have weights listed for the 29x2.1 Aspen's in the TR and TR/EXO category.


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Looks fairly new, I seem to remember checking a while back although the Maxxis website is a PITA to navigate and seems to have different info on different country's sites. Interesting nonetheless, thanks for bringing up :)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:00 am 
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DanW wrote:
How do you know Nino wasn't on the tubed version as the other poster here?


Are you suggesting Nino might have won at Rio with tubes?? If so that would be pretty funny would it..


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:36 am 
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No doubt Maxxis has a special version for Nino. He hasn't flatted in a race since he switched wheelsets and tires (Maxxis "prototype" Aspen). When he went to a 29er he tried at first some Dugast 29er tubulars but suffered 2 or 3 punctures in races and then he made the switch to the Aspen. I don't believe he has lost a race since making the switch.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:26 am 
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Are you suggesting Nino might have won at Rio with tubes?? If so that would be pretty funny would it..


Not at all, just that you don't need to run a Maxxis TR version to run tubeless. Beavers for example weren't available in 29x2.00 TR until recently but the "normal" dual compound tyre is a tubeless favourite in the UK


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