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Do not underestimate the significance of tire pressure, that's my experience.
One of them, i punched head in the ground, helmet cracked and i slided a long way down a ditch.
The ice in the ditch cracked and i had half head and shoulder in ditch water.
Not very nice.
After this i decided i needed studded tires. However, perhaps you don't ride where it's also strains of ice?
If so, i would seriously look into using studded tires. The thing when front tire slide, it all goes extremely fast.
I went for larger tires than you can mount, Michelin Wild Mud (27.5') and mounted Best grip/ Grip studs #1000 studs.
This because my frame can't house 27.5*2.25' studded.
This way i got the fattest studded tires i could fit. They work great in ice and snow.
The studs are very expensive, but if you'd find a tire with rather deep/high knobs, you can mount these studs.
The studs themselves are so durable so you can probably undo them and mount them on several pairs (when the old ones gets worn out)
Just a thing, the studs needs 6.2mm of material to thread into. So the tire knobs needs to be deep/long enough.
You just use a tool to screw the studs. Takes time, but it solves the issues with staying on the bike.
Ax Lightness Vial EVO D
Paduano Racing Fidia
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They’re not tubeless, but I ran them without tubes in the 700x37 size on Stan’s Grail rims. They wouldn’t seal with regular Stan’s sealant, but the race sealant did the trick. I couldn’t run more than ~60 PSI without blowing the tire off the rim, but once I found that maximum, I had zero problems.
The 37s ran a little small and measured about 35mm on my rims. They make a 42mm version too...you could run that on the front and the 37 on the back.
That said, you might be fine with tubes in the winter. I imagine you have goat head thorns in Boulder, but the snow falls on top of the thorns and then you ride on top of the snow, so I’d imagine they’re not as big a deal in the winter. Is that fair or am I off base?
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