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Thread: New Tire Help

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    New Tire Help

    Looking to replace the rear tire on my NRS3.

    I will be racing on single trac that is mostly sand, black dirt, occasional gravel, and the usual rocks, stumps, roots and grass. (Wisconsin).

    Do you have to replace the whole tire or can you use the same rim and just replace the tread? Whats the pros and cons?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Go down to a local bike shop and ask them what a good tire for your area is, shops are usually pretty good about stocking and recommending good tires that work well in your local conditions. You can replace just the tire, you don't need to replace the rim unless it is damaged in some way.
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    IIRC, you've just started riding.

    I think you're best off staying away from purpose-built racing tires for now. They're fast, fun, and require a certain amount of finesse to keep under the bike and not flying off into the bushes. You're faster when you're riding.

    Wisconsin is supposed to have a pretty huge racing series. (I bet you already know this. )

    http://www.wors.org/

    I bet if you search the XC racing/training forum, you can find some discussions between Wisconsin-area racers about this subject. As mentioned above, local knowledge is king when it comes to tire selection.
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