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    What tires are you racing at Syllamo? I HATE flats but also like to climb fast...

    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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    Snake Skin Racing Ralph.. good rolling, good grip and tough
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    I have a set of of snakeskin racing ralphs i bought new in August 2012... they probably have 400-600mi of singletrack on them, 200mi of pavement in the winter, and a week in moab. the rear tread is worn down, the front looks ok. what is concerning, though: both sidewalls now remain "wet" constantly. they don't lose psi overnight, though. I'm paranoid I have worn the tires down and hesitate to use them again at syllamo.

    My *frugal* choice is: a)use the brand new ikons in my garage (or sell them on ebay) or b) use the somewhat worn racing ralphs I already own.

    The desperate, paranoid, non frugal option: buy brand new racing ralphs.

    Is it safe to be frugal and use my "constantly wet sidewall" racing ralphs?

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    What tires are you racing at Syllamo? I HATE flats but also like to climb fast

    I ran EXO Ikons at Syllamo last year with no problems, however I tore a sidewall in one and had a big tear between the knobbies on the other within 30 days of of finishing Syllamo while riding much less treacherous trails. Will probably be running Geax Saguaro 2.2's front and rear this year.

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