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    Downieville XC tires Singlespeed recommendation?

    Hey guys, wondering what other SS riders have or are running for Downieville for racing the xc course!

    Blew out a rear tire (bontrager xr3 2.25) a couple weeks ago up there, and wanting a little but more side knob action for the front (bontrager xr3 2.4) and better climbing traction while standing for the rear!

    Thanks!

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    I ran Maxxis Forekaster 2.35's front and rear this year for SS XC racing. It's a durable EXO casing, has excellent grip for an XC tire, rolls fast, works great in the front or rear, and is light enough to be race worthy. I'm really impressed with this tire.

    https://www.maxxis.com/catalog/tire-518-140-forekaster
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    The etrto for the Forekaster 2.2 and 2.35 are identical. lol Maxxis.

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    I had a 2.35 Forekaster for a short amount of time. Was so disappointed in its misleading width (and this was on a 30mm wide rim!) that I've been spending my tire $ with other brands since. I like Maxxis tires, but their sizing is all over the place.

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    Thanks everyone! Will check out the forekasters

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStar View Post
    I had a 2.35 Forekaster for a short amount of time. Was so disappointed in its misleading width (and this was on a 30mm wide rim!) that I've been spending my tire $ with other brands since. I like Maxxis tires, but their sizing is all over the place.
    Use etrto with maxxis tires. Ignore the 'normal' measurement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStar View Post
    I had a 2.35 Forekaster for a short amount of time. Was so disappointed in its misleading width (and this was on a 30mm wide rim!) that I've been spending my tire $ with other brands since. I like Maxxis tires, but their sizing is all over the place.
    Did you care at all how the tire actually rode or were you more interested in how it looked next to a ruler?

    Yes it's a small 2.35. The question was about an XC race tire, not a high volume chunky tire. Get over it.
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    Downieville XC tires Singlespeed recommendation?

    Maxxis uses 2 casing volumes. The forekaster is made on the lower volume casing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Did you care at all how the tire actually rode or were you more interested in how it looked next to a ruler?

    Yes it's a small 2.35. The question was about an XC race tire, not a high volume chunky tire. Get over it.
    Making friends on the internet again, huh? Look, I said I'm fine with Maxxis tires. Just disappointed because I WAS looking for something for a SS that had more volume. Not fun when you spend $65 or whatever and it isn't as advertised.

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    Another alternative to throw out that I've had good luck with is the Vittoria Barzo and Mezcal. Decent traction and good volume. I've actually had pretty good luck running an Ardent Race 2.35 on the front of my Les, too. It is a very high volume 2.35 tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStar View Post
    I had a 2.35 Forekaster for a short amount of time. Was so disappointed in its misleading width (and this was on a 30mm wide rim!) that I've been spending my tire $ with other brands since. I like Maxxis tires, but their sizing is all over the place.
    Strange. With digital calipers, mine measure 2.32 on a 30mm internal rim (Flow MK3). I like Forekasters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland View Post
    Strange. With digital calipers, mine measure 2.32 on a 30mm internal rim (Flow MK3). I like Forekasters.
    I didn't mind the tire at all. Just wanted something with a little more volume

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStar View Post
    I didn't mind the tire at all. Just wanted something with a little more volume
    A drastically different statement than your first post, and much more useful to anyone reading this.
    Rigid SS 29er
    Hardtail 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    First off, you sir, are a bad@ss for SSing The Classic.

    What you are asking for in a tire is a nuancy, what works for you, question.

    Err on the side of light for speed, risk cutting a tire.

    Err on the side of durability, does it kill your SS climbing mojo?

    Keep in mind that racer dust, following close and a tired body will mean some "surprising" line choices. And being on a hardtail, that tire is going to take it all.

    The rocks get sharper as you get lower in elevation.

    How smooth are you? What can you get away with? Do you smash or flow?

    Tires with gaps between knobs, low pressure and some sidewall protection do better there. Tubeless is a given.

    Git it!

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    Just curios, what gear ratio are you running for the race?
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