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    k-rad vs small block eight

    I ride 70% road 30% hardpack trails. I'm trying to buy and all rounder and keep the weight down. I like the K-rad 2.1 better, I think it will do betteron the kurbs / stairs etc and I think it will do well on the trails too, just wondering if I want all that weight? Anyone ridden similar with them? Do they roll so well you don't notice the weight or am I better off going for the sb8 1.95? They are also good in the conditions I'm in, just a chunk lighter. Can see me flatting them at some opint maybe.

    the classic question - I want fast / light / invincible

    cannot have everything. Still would appreciate feedback on either tire from people who have used them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyt
    I ride 70% road 30% hardpack trails. I'm trying to buy and all rounder and keep the weight down. I like the K-rad 2.1 better, I think it will do betteron the kurbs / stairs etc and I think it will do well on the trails too, just wondering if I want all that weight? Anyone ridden similar with them? Do they roll so well you don't notice the weight or am I better off going for the sb8 1.95? They are also good in the conditions I'm in, just a chunk lighter. Can see me flatting them at some opint maybe.

    the classic question - I want fast / light / invincible

    cannot have everything. Still would appreciate feedback on either tire from people who have used them.
    The K-rad would be the better pick. Much better for the street/urban, more durable, though maybe not as good on the trails, depending on conditions.
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    i would also go with the k-rad. alot of people compare the small block 8 as a smaller version of the nevegal. i ride k-rad 2.3s on my urban bike and have no problem getting around. i agree that they wouldnt be quite as good on the trails as well.

    if you were 30% road and 70% hardpack i would say small block 8. but since you are 70% road and 30% hardpack i would say k-rad.

    and plus jensonusa has the k-rad on sale right now. i bought 2.3s yesterday for 14$ a piece.
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    I'm leaning toward the k-rad too.

    Ever used Schwalbe Table Top's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyt
    I'm leaning toward the k-rad too.

    Ever used Schwalbe Table Top's?

    I'm sorry I have not. The tread pattern looks good though. Although, it would be hard for me to buy the Schwalbes because I could buy two K-rads and two tubes for the price of one Schwalbe table top unless you found a sale or something.
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    you're not wrong

    nice and light though. Just need to get them for sensible money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russelr
    i would also go with the k-rad. alot of people compare the small block 8 as a smaller version of the nevegal. i ride k-rad 2.3s on my urban bike and have no problem getting around. i agree that they wouldnt be quite as good on the trails as well.

    if you were 30% road and 70% hardpack i would say small block 8. but since you are 70% road and 30% hardpack i would say k-rad.

    and plus jensonusa has the k-rad on sale right now. i bought 2.3s yesterday for 14$ a piece.


    what if your riding it around 50/50 for trail and road use? Think the Krad is still the top pick then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesrace82
    what if your riding it around 50/50 for trail and road use? Think the Krad is still the top pick then?
    IMO Yes. A pavement-worn down K-rad should be better on dirt than a SM8 with the same amount of paved use.
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    Is there any other tires you would recomend to me for 50/50 riding besides the K rad?

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    I have ridden 2.3 K-rads on a mostly hardpack trail and was quite surprised at how well they did. That was until I tried to corner hard. Just adjust your riding style to take this into account. They are also quite durable.
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