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    Looking for wide and light alternatives for street/hardpack/light trail...

    Wow, this is an area that I'm just having a hard time finding my perfect tire...

    My requirements?

    2.0+ width (there is gravel and some lose-over hardpack that I randomly encounter).

    500gr +/- 50

    I don't care about sidewall protection.

    I'm on the Peninsula in the SF Bay Area, 90% of the trails are basically xc-type/baylands and I'm more interested in rolling fast and am not afraid of slippery tires... I've ridden most local trails on either Tioga City Slickers or Kenda K838s without any issues, but I want lighter weight tires... not 900 gram monsters.

    I purchased a set of Vulpines which seemed to fit my specs, anyone else have any good suggestions?

    (yes, I searched and searched and read so many threads my eyes are bleeding.)

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    Maxxis Ikon
    Schwalbe Rocket Ron

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    There are only a handful of tires that are close to 500 gr.

    Geax Barro Race
    Stan Raven/ Crow
    Schwalbe Furious Fred
    Maxxis Maxlite 29

    I'm sure there are a few others, but that is all I can think of right now. The Vulpine is way over the 500 grams that you mentioned by the way.

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    Stans Crow 29 x 2.0...the center tread is very durable and rolls FAST

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    Furious Fred's. Great fast & light tire.
    Are you a road biker that likes hills? Try this Michigan Mountain Mayhem.

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    Thanks for the advice! I ended up getting Furious Freds.... WOW those suckers are thin and light! After these wear out I think I'll go with the Stan's tires...

    I would be paranoid, but I'm confident that all of you in the Homebrew thread have created a good formula.

    BTW, those tires fit amazingly on ZTR's. I just put them on, applied air pressure and both seated quickly (the first one popped on and scared the **** out of me) and without having to dick around with them.

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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