Here's my dilemma; I like the new Bonty XR4 limited (non tubeless) 2.35 a lot... wide footprint (6.1cm), grips like hell but the sidewalls are too thin which causes the tire to become wobbly in low pressure (28psi) and prone to snake bites (the trails i ride are filled with big and edgy rocks). So... I switched them out to Maxxis high roller 2.35 (UST, EXC, L.U.S.T.. the whole sha-bang). The sidewalls are much thicker and tougher and I can run them really low (>28psi) without any problem BUT... the High Roller wash out easier compared to the XR4 because it is narrower (5.4cm).
A little background on my riding before I ask you guys my question. I weight 73-74kg, rides a 2012 Trek Slash 9, I'm not a hardcore rider... do a little drops here and there but mostly technical AM riding; meaning I roll with the boys on DH bikes on DH trails but not at their break-neck speed. Unfortunately I only have ONE mountain bike hence I use this very same bike for epic cycling adventures as well... covering 80km over several mountains a day, on dirt tracks and tarmac. I avoid wet weather, don't join the boys for DH runs if the trail is wet... can't afford to have broken bones when my family depends on me. So here's my question:
Does the High roller make more sense than the XR4 with the type of riding stated above? Any feedback is much appreciated!
p.s: I switched out the original Bonty rhythm pro wheels to Fulcrum Red Zone XLR wheels, does this affect tire performance as well?
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