This is a crosspost from the 650b forum, hope nobody minds. I'm hoping to get some local advice on which tires you guys are successfully running on the trails here. I ride a lot of PMP but also Somo and McDowells etc.
After trashing two Neo-Motos on the rear of my 650b Rush, I'm done shelling out good money for a tire that can't hold up to Arizona XC riding with my 150 lb weight. What else can I run ghetto tubeless on Blunt rims?
FWIW the first failure was a 1/8" sidewall hole that was clearly in the grain of the tire fabric and not a puncture. Stans would seal the hole for awhile, then the booger would come loose and not seal, resulting in an unreliable tire. I tried a patch, but between the flex of the sidewall and the Stans it came loose.
The second failure (yesterday) was a complete sidewall blow out resulting in a 1/2-3/4" split. This was not on a crazy downhill run, just pedaling along on singletrack at Phoenix Mountain Preserve and hitting a loose 4" diameter rock with my rear tire. The tire cost me $75 with shipping and had less than 100 miles on it.
I know these are not "tubeless" tires, but after hearing everyone swear by them on this forum I had higher expectations. I had much better reliability with my old 26" Mavic 819/Maxxis Crossmark setup.
I am looking at 650b options and I see Kenda Nevegal, WTB Wolverine, and IRD FireXC Pro. Pacenti's are out, and I think Schwalbe's are probably too lightweight since I'm trashing Neomoto's already. Suggestions?
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