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I will report weights back. Also check out my thread in my signature for the tire upgrade on my 29er, as well as race wheels which came up last week and new pedals!
thanks guys for your comments
I use 2.25 Snake Skin Ralph if the going gets rocky, not too much of a weight penalty these days and roll well, they are very robust. I have just however got some of the 2013 Rocket Ron 2.1 tyres from Schwalbe, not tried them yet but tread looks good but they are very light!
I have yet to try my SB8. I have the SCT DTC version, so the sidewalls are quite thick which makes the tire less soft overall. I hope they can handle more then very dry conditions. Not that I intend to use them in mud, but I'd like to keep them even if race course are a bit moist with mud spots. The ikons used to do OK in moist/wet spots, the treads would clog up rapidly.
I have raced last week end's races with Conti race king racesport on a pretty muddy course, actually very muddy. They were OK, but the thin sidewalls already show scratches and signs of wear, after only 3 rides...
edit: the SB8 sealed so easily, you barely put any stans, give it a compressor shot, bingo!
In rear I have a Specialized Ground Control and really like it , the sidewall is thick and good grip on mud and wet roots.
Any recommandation for a mud/wet front tire ?
Kastrup wrote:What about the Fast Track from Specialized?
Those are the tires I'm going to try next. I have a pair 2.2 of S-Works on the way. Currently using Ground Control 2.1's.
Spesh tires have got to the the easiest to set up tubeless.
However, when installed per the sidewall direction arrow I find them to be unpredictable. Great cornering grip until it doesn't, and then it dumps you on your clavicle with zero warning. Particularly bad for this on loose over hardpack or sand over rock/roots. The reason is the rectangular intermediate and shoulder knobs point narrow end-on into the slide.
Installed in the *reverse* direction, those same knobs present a much broader face into the slide (all tyres slide when cornering) and I find the tyre feels much more planted.
I've been recommending this change to installation the last year or so, and have encountered a few riders on the trail recently who have made the same discovery for themselves. All have commented they definitely improve the predictability of the tyre as a front.
One shop owner went so far as to say that in his opinion Schwalbe made a mistake with the arrow. I don't think so myself, based on how the sipes are cut into the knobs. I think they just havent thought it through. (I notice they seem to have corrected the mistake on the Rocket Ron).
One guy has commented on a slight tramlining effect when negotiating severely off camber technical rocky obstacles but I find this is easily accommodated and the improvement in confidence at race speeds worth that small tradeoff.
On Sydney sandstone trails we find the TLR sidewalls to be somewhat fragile. They're great as a lightweight race tyre but for recreational trail riding the snakeskin or full UST versions live much longer.
I've also found their performance to be quite sensitive to pressures. Theres a narrow band between being skittish (too high) and wallowing (too low). They reward experimentation.
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I would say Schwalbe Racing Ralphs are the best out there for all round racing in terms of weight and rolling resistance. I wouldn`t save the $ difference to other tires.
Great tires and I will be racing them again next season
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