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    Light Cross Clincher Tire that grips?

    Turning to Cross tires, between 30-35c. What are the best brands for grip and weight? Cost is NO object...
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    I have really been happy with the Clement PDX. Supposed to be a mud tire, but it is a decent all arounder that corners very well.

    It really depends what you mean by grip and what surfaces you ride. Most of our races in Wisconsin are in city parks, so lots of grass. Re reading your op, it sounds like this might not be for cross? Straight line grip its different from how a tire behaves in a turn. Both depend a lot on your riding surface.

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    My wife and I use the Clement PDX and it does work well on grass, especially slippery wet grass. But in dry grass and hard pack nothing touches the Schwalbe Racing Ralph, un freaking believable grip, no drift. Have used them in tubular and tubeless.. cat on carpet.

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    I like Challenge's "open tubulars." Light, supple, grippy as hell. There have been minor QC issues at times, but no more than I'd expect from any handmade tire. Add latex tubes (Always latex. Always.) and you're golden.

    What type of tread are you looking for?

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    Michelin mud 2 are always good, though don't try and ride on pavement much on them, a little narrow but tall and fairly supple for a clincher, works better on softer ground. Hear the PDX is good and popular around here in Western WA as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jstonebarger View Post
    I like Challenge's "open tubulars." Light, supple, grippy as hell. There have been minor QC issues at times, but no more than I'd expect from any handmade tire. Add latex tubes (Always latex. Always.) and you're golden.

    What type of tread are you looking for?
    Looking for a file tread center, with side knobs. Must be under 33c, due to fork/chainstay clearance. I'd like weight to be lighter than 400g a tire.
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    Specailized triggers are my favorite so far. I think they make a 33 c. The center is filed but the very center 5 mm strip is up a bit. Really nice on pavement on mountain trails at 31 psi with the 38c tires. I have that on front but will go to back when I find slightly more aggressive 40-43 tubeless. Because the trigger rolls fast and I have room

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    Thanks, all.....went with Clement LAS 700c x 33 and it rocks, tubeless.
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    The LAS is a nice tire. If you like it but have any issues with it burping, take a look at the Specialized Trigger 2bliss.

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