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    Specialized Control or Racing Ralph for Leadville - data?

    I'm looking for any data people might have about the difference between the Racing Ralph and Specialized Control tires. I am doing Leadville for the third time going for 8:45 ish and looking for any tips.

    The Racing Ralph is a good 30g lighter so that's a big plus, but I don't know casing stiffness or rolling resistance data. Can anyone shed some light.

    I've also seen data that wider is better and I'm bigger so thinking wider as well.

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    I've ridden both and like both, currently on racing ralphs, if I was picking between the 2 for any race longer than 20 miles I'd go with the Ground Controls as I would have less concern for getting flat or damaging the sidewall. If I wasn't concerned about potential flatting in the race I'd stick with the ralphs, i love them.
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    I have a lot of friend that swear by RR's. I used a Fast Trak Control fr. and Renegade Control. Rr. with no problems. I think I would do Renegades fr. and rr. next time. There is nothing super loose or rocky so the least amount of rolling resistance gets my vote. I do remember hearing that the RR's were included in a test and were found to have the lowest amount of rolling resistance of everything tested but, I don't know what other tires were tested.

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    The Rocket Ron is faster than the Racing Ralph, and comes in SnakeSkin now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    The Rocket Ron is faster than the Racing Ralph, and comes in SnakeSkin now.
    Fast on what for who and at what pressure?

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    Based on rolling resistance tests, at a variety of pressures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Based on rolling resistance tests, at a variety of pressures.
    Any chance you have a link to the data, or could more specifically summarize the results? Thanks!
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    Fast Trak is the known Chaffee County/Leadville 100 race tire. Control casing is a little bit less cut resistance then Sworks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banks View Post
    Control casing is a little bit less cut resistance then Sworks.
    Meaning as in a "little tougher sidewalls" than SWorks?
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    The Rocket Ron is faster than the Racing Ralph, and comes in SnakeSkin now.
    Rocket Ron does not grip as well as the Ra Ra.

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    Yes, the Control version has MORE cut resistance than the S-Works version.

    In general, S-Works tires are great with tubes, and a bit dicey for tubeless if there are any rocks in the same county you're riding in.

    Question/Mild Derail: I thought the Rocket Ron had a little more traction than the Racing Ralph, but was also a bit slower. Is it actually faster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    Yes, the Control version has MORE cut resistance than the S-Works version.

    In general, S-Works tires are great with tubes, and a bit dicey for tubeless if there are any rocks in the same county you're riding in.
    Good, what I thought, but was checking terminology. I have been running SWorks Fast Trac, Captain and GC in 2.0 on my 29ht. Was thinking to get a set of the Fast Trac "Controls" in 2.2 to add abit more cush and protection. They don't seem to be too much heavier on the "hand holding" scale.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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