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    Ultimate Tsali tire setup. What would you choose?

    Im racing there this weekend and I want to put on the right tires for the job.

    What would you run?

    Now, I have a race king 2.2 in the back, and a nobby nic 2.35 on the front. Im thinking thats going to be overkill for Tsali. Though I have never seen the trail, I read that it is smooth and fast hardpack with lots of berms.


    Are there many roots or any sharp rocks?

    I have a set of Ikon 2.2s(2.15 actual) and a set of Kenda Karma 1.95(2.0 actual) for faster conditions. The Ikons are durable with protected sidewalls, and the karmas are 490g and super delicate with thin casings.

    Which setup would you run?

    If there are zero sharp rocks and only a few roots the Karmas would be my pick. But if there was even one sharp rocky section, or one really rooty rough section, I would choose the Ikons.

    Thanks for your help guys.

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    If the race includes the left loop overlook, there is a short section of rocks that includes some loose round rocks with some sharp rocky small ledges that you will roll over. Otherwise, all you will see is smooth single track with a few roots scattered about.

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    Thanks! Here is the course if you are interested in looking.
    XC race- http://www.goneriding.com/images/pdf...yellow-map.pdf

    Time trial- http://www.goneriding.com/images/pdf...aps/ittmap.pdf


    The XC race runs the right and left trail, run counter-clockwise.

    I would be riding down the sharp ledges CCW? Or up?

    You dont think Ill have any regrets running a light, low volume, low tread 2.0? Its sounding like the best option if the trail is dry/tacky.
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    It looks like you will be climbing the ledge/ rocky section of the left loop overlook. The rocks & ledges will be in a sharp left hand switchback. Also, on right loop there is a very short section of a climbing switchback with a few loose rocks.

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    Ikons front and rear should be fine. NN is probably overkill on the front. With the exception of a few loose climbs, most of Tsali would be awesome on a cross bike. The locals might know best how the trail looks, it's been a few months since I've been up there.

    The XC race looks like a fun loop but thats the only loop I've ever ridden up there.

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    Thanks! Im leaning toward the Ikons for peace of mind.
    They are pretty fast and light too.

    I wonder what the condition of the trail is? I know there has been some rain up there in the past few weeks.

    And yes! I cant wait to get up there and ride! I have heard great things about Tsali. The best part about racing is traveling and seeing new places and riding new trails.
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    I feel the Ikons would be a good setup for the Knobscorcher this weekend. I'm running a Purgatory up front and a Ground Control in back. Over kill for Tsali but I like the way they roll. Good luck.
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    Ikons 2.2 were so perfect! Thanks guys. I would have torn open Karmas guaranteed with that one rocky descent.
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    Glad to hear you were good to go. It was a great weekend to be in WNC, I imagine the trail was in good shape for the race.

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