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    Where to go from a Bontrager 29-1 (2" wide) rear tire that slips...

    All last year I rode with a Bontrager 29-1 29x2.0 Expert on the rear. It was a really fast tire but when the trail got steep, it would slip. Also, riding a hardtail, it didn't have much cush to it. I ride single-tracks in Michigan (hardpack with lots of sections that are loamy or sandy).

    I'm looking to replace it with a lightweight tire that grips a lot better and can be ridden soft so I get a bit more cushion in the rear.

    I just installed clips (Crank Bros Candies) for the first time this year so those little losses of traction just became big problems for me

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    If you want cush you need a bigger tire. For hardpack i would go for a Saguaro. Many other choices in this thread: Need a better rear tire for hardpack...which of these options?

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    Racing Ralph 29x2.2 Evo SS. Great tire, lightweight, great traction.

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    What are your trails like? Hardpack dirt? Loose leaves/pine needles over hardpack? Loose conditions? Hard to recommend a tire without knowing what you'll be riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTscoob View Post
    What are your trails like? Hardpack dirt? Loose leaves/pine needles over hardpack? Loose conditions? Hard to recommend a tire without knowing what you'll be riding.
    I stated this in my original post: "I ride single-tracks in Michigan (hardpack with lots of sections that are loamy or sandy)."

    To elaborate a bit. Most of the trails I ride are flowing trails through about 50/50 pine and hardwood forests. The trails around here have around a 100' complete elevation window, however it's a near constant up and down. The trails that go through the pines tend to be made up of a very spongy (porous) soil and the hardwood trails are very hard dirt with a layer of dusty soil on top.

    The most devastating slippage occurs on rooty hill climbs at 3-4 mph (no momentum left). I hit a root or rock with my rear tire and loose a complete pedal cycle. Not bad in tennis shoes, but a fall can occur with clips.

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