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    Tire recommendations for cross bike on single track?

    I'm very new to cyclocross but, since building a cross bike, find most of the action my FS sees is being moved around the garage so I can get to the bike with drop bars.

    I'd like to ride more of the mountain bike trails around here but would feel more comfortable with a little more tire volume (currently 700x30 michelin muds). Trails I'm targeting are a mix of fire roads and tight single track - some bermed and flowey but plenty of rocks roots, mud and the occasional off camber turn to keep things interesting. I'll skip the big drops, but there iare bits of rough and steep downhill.

    Any tire recommendations for a mix of mountain bike surfaces with some rough sections? Bike is built on a Jake The Snake Frame, so 37-38 is about as wide as I can go (maybe 40 in the front).

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    I would probably go for the fattest thing you can cram in. I would opt toward a heavier casing tire as well. Thin casing CX tires dont hold up well to singletrack.
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    The Muds are one of the best knobbies I've ridden. The Schwalbe Racing Ralphs are my new favorite. The Ritchey Speedmax is my favorite slick.

    I used to get flats all the time riding mtn trails on my Open Pro rims. I haven't flatted yet on my Ksyriums. Not sure if that means anything or it's just luck.

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    The Continental CrossRide tires have been working good for me.

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    Love my Clement PDX 33s they have worked flawlessly. Very grippy tread pattern and tire compound the sidewalls have taken a beating but are still going. Go as big as you can helps, I've ran a Stans Crow 2.0 up front but there is so toe overlap issues.

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    My cross bike is a Surly cross check and I can fit some 45 c tires on it. I run a panaracer fire cross 45c front and wtb all terrain 37c in the back.

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    I also recently picked up some schwable smart Sam's in the 45c size for the front to. I'm going to try that with the conti cyclo xking 35c in the back. Most of my riding is single track that is a lot of rock and loose dirt.

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    I've used Continental speed kings for singletrack for a few years. 35mm.

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