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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 12:43 am 
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I am givng cross racing a try again this season. building a bike. previously raced with my mtb. I need one set of tires as a good all around choice. I was looking at the panaracer cross blaster as a good mix of knob, width and weight. and I am a lighter rider at 70.3 kilo/ 155 lbs. Do not suggest tubies, maybe next season. thanks from a cross newbie.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 1:14 am 
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Challenge griffo or fango in 32mm. also for the muddy i like maxxis mimo.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:05 pm 
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Agree on the Challenge Grifo clincher.


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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:50 pm 
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The Grifo clincher is great for general use. The Fango is a better choice if you live somewhere rocky or dry (like here in Colorado). 32 or 34 mm depends on the climate and the courses. For most stuff other than wet you're better off with a 34, but a 32 is better in the mud - probably even a 30...

The other thing that you should consider is that the one actual advantage of a clincher is that you can very easily change tires. Why not pick up a few sets as you can and then just mount up what you need on race day. Get a 34 Grifo or something like that (maybe something with a more durable casing though) as your general use tire, and then get something that's a mud tire or whatever you need to suit conditions. You'll spend a lot more on race fees than the extra $100 that it takes to get the right set of tires, and make no mistake that the most important piece of 'cross equipment is the tires... By a long shot...

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:22 pm 
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thanks for the info - much to mull over. LJ you have a good point as the season here starts dry and dusty and ends in a mud bog. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 8:45 pm 
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The Michelin Mud 2 is an excellent clincher for when it does get muddy. Grippy, good at clearing mud and decent puncture protection too.


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continental twister for the front , the best front cross tire i have ever used


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Schwalbe Rocket Ron or the old style Racing Ralph.


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