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    Tire Choices for SHEN 100

    Pending decently dry weather. What are some good tire choices for the Shenandoah 100 on Sept 1? Who's run what?

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    4 years running on brand new sets of WTB Wolverine 2.2 Race tires, no flats

    I've been using WTB Wolverine 2.2 Race tires, set up tubeless. I ride a 26" full suspension at SM100, and have been either extremely lucky or have made good equipment choices for the past 4 years, probably a bit of both. No flats. Zero.

    I buy them a month or so before the race, put them on a spare wheelset with tubes so they'll relax from being folded up, (so that they will air up nicely once I install them for real), and install them for good a week or so out. I usually ride on them once or twice to make sure nothing is out of whack and to get used to them again.

    I think they roll fast, have enough volume to handle the Wolf, Braley, and Chestnut downhill rocks, and if it's somewhat dry, I think the tread pattern is good for the soils there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dadefatsax View Post
    Pending decently dry weather. What are some good tire choices for the Shenandoah 100 on Sept 1? Who's run what?

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    I ran Continenetal X Kings, and they worked perfectly fine.

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    Over the years I've run Race Kings, Crows, and Racing Ralphs. If you really want to be fast BUT not worry, do the RaRa's 2.25 Snake Skin. There is enough gnar on this course to far offset the advantage of a pure speed tire. Just my .02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heaviek View Post
    There is enough gnar on this course to far offset the advantage of a pure speed tire. Just my .02.
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    I totally agree and also recommend using tires that are not just speed or light weight focused. I am running what I always run, 2.2 Racing Ralphs evo snakeskins. Making sure to add in ore sealant later today.

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    Any concerns with running a RARA snakeskin back with a 2.35 nobby nic front? Would the Nobby be too slow? Thanks.
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    DOnt overthink you'll see ppl running everything and don't forget to add sealant

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    Ran Maxxis Crossmarks in 08


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    I went back and forth between Rocket Ron Snake Skin and Ardent front and Nobby Nic Rear (I know not noramlly a rear tire but I had it laying aorund). In the end with all the wet rain we have had leaving on the Ardent and Nic refreshed sealant last weekend, had put the RoRo back on for a weekend but one wet ride on them reminded of how much more finesse they require when it is wet, finesse I might not have near the end. Just figured like someone else said the little bit of gnar worth the slower rolling resistance if your going aftrer a goal time and not a set position. Good luck all.
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    I have ran a Nobby Nic Snakeskin front and rear in the past and will do the same this weekend.
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    front - Racing Ralph 2.4, HUGE volume, still fast-rolling
    rear - Conti Race King 2.2, also big volume, durable sidewalls, very fast-rolling

    same tires I've been using all year

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    Ikon exo, same as last year. Hoping for drier conditions though!
    Rolling on 29", 650b, 8.3" and 23mm

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    Same tire I run just about everywhere: Racing Ralph 2.25 Snakeskin. A bit expensive, but there is no other race tire IMO.
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    Unfortunately, a family medical situation is keeping me from it this year.

    I'll be thinkin' about yas out there.


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    Always have just run my standard tire, the Ardent 29x2.4 EXO f/r with no issues. Not a racy tire but they ride well and I'm used to them. Had to go with an Ikon rear this year due to newfound tire clearance issues. Hope they hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement View Post
    Ikon exo, same as last year. Hoping for drier conditions though!
    Recently mounted a 2.35 Ikon EXO up front to go with a 2.2 Ikon EXO on the rear. That new, bigger Ikon is the best thing since canned coke.

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    I went with racing ralphs front and rear and had a good race until the last 3 miles. I flatted (through the tread) and it took 25 frigging minutes to change because I could not get the valve stem off. I ended up 9:27. I am back on Ikons next year. I flatted twice with racing ralphs at the W101 and once at the SM 100 and I have not flatted ever on Ikons. All of the RARA flats have been between the knobs on the The racing ralphs were great on descents and gave me pretty good confidence, but they were scary on wet roots on Wolf Ridge.
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