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    lightweight XC tire

    Thinking of doing Schwable Rocket Ron's or Racing Ralphs on a set of American Classic 650b wheels. Opinions for XC?

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    Sounds good to me, but that depends on where you're riding.

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    Stan's Raven is good when dry, even like velcro on rock, but look out when it's muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triaxtremec View Post
    Thinking of doing Schwable Rocket Ron's or Racing Ralphs on a set of American Classic 650b wheels. Opinions for XC?
    Is sidewall strength an issue for you? Like the above poster inquired it would help to understand the conditions you will be riding in? Smooth hardpack? Roots? Rocky? Technical. Are you planning on running tubless?

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    I run rocket rons on the front, racing Ralph on the back and or dry conditions (Australian summer) this is great. In winter and very wet conditions I lose a lot of traction on the racing Ralph's, so will probably try doubling up on rocket rons and see how it goes. (I ride fs 26")
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    I ride in northern Nevada in rocks and sagebrush. I've used Schwalbe Rocket Ron EVO 29x2.25 tires front and rear with great success using Stan's. The only flats I've ever had were with the non-EVO RR tires, and then I never had flats with goat-heads which are everywhere here.

    I went to Nobby Nics for better traction, but the added weight was quite noticeable.

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    Ralph's are for hardpack only - zero traction in anything else.

    Ron's are good for all conditions - my favorite tire. Super fast, light, responsive and still grippy enough for whatever. They also breakaway in a nice predictable fashion.

    However, both tires are XC race tires with very thin sidewalls that cut easily on sharp rocks.
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    The Rocket Ron sounds ideal for a low rolling resistance tire- I've been a huge fan of the Panaracer Fire XC Pro- seem to last forever, and very fast.

    However, I'm looking for something a bit more modern...

    Any other suggestions for a fast rolling XC tire?

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    Stan's Raven and Crow

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Stan's Raven and Crow
    Nice, but looking for more tread, thoughts on the Panaracer Soar?

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