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  1. #1
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    Tire Setup on a Superfly

    I am curious, I am going to be purchasing either a Superfly 8 or 9.6 by the end of this month. Living in the midwest of the USA there are not a glorious amount of trails. The bike will be brought travelling and whatnot, but anyways is there a simple setup for road tires for such bike? I am somewhat new to the whole mountain biking community and am trying to get as much knowledge as possible. I know they come with different wheels, but the same XR1 Bontrager tires. As I would not want to blow the tread on pavement or hard packed gravel trails. Would I be better off just riding them out an replacing as needed? Or as I mentioned above a better setup for these conditions, either different wheels and tires or just tires? All advice welcomed! Thanks!

  2. #2
    4 Niners
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Even very soft tires generally last a while. I would just ride them.
    Full rigid SS, Hardtail SS, Hardtail Geared, Full Suspension Geared.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
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    Jan 2012
    Go 9.6-- the compliance of the carbon frame engineering is exceptional. The ride is great. The Team version of the XR1s make a top hardpack tire.
    You can switch tires or have a dedicated set for easy changes. Wide 30mm inside wheels work very well with this bike and tires. Your oem wheels could go for a road setup.

    While this is pretty strong hype on this carbon frame the difference from an aluminum frame hard tail is big.
    Many riders start on an aluminum hard tail. That works fine for awhile.
    Then they progress and ride harder, longer and on trails with more rocks and roots.
    And that stiff aluminum rear transmits all of that into their knees and back.
    This carbon frame damps that. You won't need to get a full suspension to keep riding.
    That is why I push it. You save money and ride a lighter bike in the long run.
    Last years Trek carbon Superfly at this level was stiff as a board.
    This is a new effort with no reviews except on the Trek site.
    I'm heavy on research.
    I demoed this 5hours and 4 hours more on other fs Trek bikes.
    I bought it and have a lot of hours on it.
    No marketing hype---Ride it and see for yourself.
    Last edited by eb1888; 08-07-2014 at 11:22 AM.

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