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    Looking for a good FL tire...

    So I ride 50% at San Felasco and 50% in the local trails in Gainesville. Last night while riding on a relatively new bike (Kona Cinder Cone) at San Felasco, I simply could not get my tires to bite on the turns. I had to take many very slowly since my back end kept slipping.

    At first it was doing this when it was dry... then it started raining and traction improved a lot.

    I am running Maxxis Aspen 26 x 2.1 right now and was running at 27 psi last night (I weigh 186 lbs). That's a little higher than I normally ride (I prefer a slightly low pressure).

    So, would I be better off just running these at a lower pressure (maybe convert to tubeless to run lower?), or can anyone recommend a tire that's good for Florida's condition.

    For those that haven't ridden, San Felasco is a mix of sugar sand (not terribly bad), hard pack, roots, and pine needles everywhere. The pine needles and sand in the corners is where I lack the most cornering "stickyness"...

    Thanks!

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    I like the Kenda Nevegal Stick-E 2.1's. But where I ride there's not as much sand as there is up where you are.
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    I am thinking about going with a 2.25 to maybe increase contact area?

    Will look into those though.. thanks!

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    Graham Swamp regular here, we know all about sugar sand. I have been running WTB Mutanoraptor 2.4s for a few years. I recently moved to the 2.55 WTB Weirwolf LT up front. It has lots of grip and very low rolling resisance. I find that the wider tires let me float a little more on the sand. These are all kevlar bead to keep weight down.
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    Nevegal up front Hutchinson new Python out back. Spruce Creek is 7 miles of sugar sand and shin high palmetto roots with 9 feet of hard pack at the start of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorB
    Nevegal up front Hutchinson new Python out back. Spruce Creek is 7 miles of sugar sand and shin high palmetto roots with 9 feet of hard pack at the start of the trail.
    HA! And done.

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