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    Really skinny race tires.

    At the race this weekend I saw some people riding really narrow 29 tires.
    Almost looked like cyclocross tires on a course that was dry, rooty-rocky singletrack. Did I miss the next big thing? Anybody else noticed this?

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    Really skinny race tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by mvi View Post
    At the race this weekend I saw some people riding really narrow 29 tires.
    Almost looked like cyclocross tires on a course that was dry, rooty-rocky singletrack. Did I miss the next big thing? Anybody else noticed this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mvi View Post
    At the race this weekend I saw some people riding really narrow 29 tires.
    Almost looked like cyclocross tires on a course that was dry, rooty-rocky singletrack. Did I miss the next big thing? Anybody else noticed this?
    Crows, the narrow Ravens, the MaxxLite, the narrow Specialized Renegade tires, the narrow Bontrager XR0 narrows, etc... all help make your 29"er a 28"er or 28.5"er

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvi View Post
    Did I miss the next big thing? Anybody else noticed this?
    More like the same old thing.

    Lots of these tires actually work really well, as long as the majority of the course is hardpack, not too bumpy and no sharp rocks to slash sidewalls.

    My 2 cts: If you are a good bikehandler you can make these work on courses like that. The benefit is really low weight, fast acceleration and snappy cornering (narrow tires reduce fork trail). If you are tip-toeing through every corner and/or the course has lots of loose soil/sand or is quite bumpy and/or rocky... better not.

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