What I should I trust more for flat protection and no sidewall cuts? A 29x2.25 Snake Skin Racing Ralph, or a Maxxis Ikon 29x2.2 EXO? A third option is Bontrager XR2 29x2.35 (2.2 not yet available)-- looks promising but kinda heavy with real weight coming in at close to 740g each.
160lbs Cat 1 XC racer that rides aggressively-- kinda live for descents and techy trails a bit
I used to race 26ers, and never trusted a tire less than 575g or so (26x2.2 X-King Protection was my goto 26er racing tire in 2011-2012). In Breckenridge years ago I flatted a 26er Ikon EXO on a shale descent. So I was hesitant to try them again but a CO friend has recommended them.
I was surprised to find that the Ikon EXO's are lighter (610g on my scale) vs my snakeskin RaRa's (640-690g) on my scale. The Ikon's are not quite as high volume. I had good luck during two rocky races in the Ozarks rocks with RaRa's so far this year, but they are worn and on their last legs. Help me accept change and move on the Ikons... if you think they are durable and rock cut resistant!
610g strikes me as awfully light for a sidewall protected 29er tire... am I being overly paranoid?
Should I expect that 29ers cut tires less due to the improved angle of attack over 26ers? After learning to trust 575-590g 26er tires, trusting a 610g 29er tire seems a bit hard to swallow?
thanks for easing my paranoia and helping me pick a race worthy tire I can trust for rocky terrain in Arkansas, Gunnison, etc...
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