Pricepoint stopped selling the IRC Mibro 2.25, which had been my go-to front tire for lose/dry conditions because of the good combination of, low price, light weight, low rolling resistance and relatively good cornering in lose sand/gravel. Now that I canít seem to find Mibros anywhere, Iím searching for the next best thing.
Iím primarily a road racer who enjoys 20-30 miles of recreational trail riding every week, and I also enter in the occasional long distance or 24-hour event. When I race, I like use the same tires I normally ride on because I donít like to change the way my bike handles on race day. As such, I do appreciate a lighter tire that wonít slow my roll, but not so much that I need a fragile race-only kind of tire and because mountain biking is not my primary shtick, Iím a bit stingy when it comes to what I spend Consumable parts like Tires that I know have a limited lifespan. I really think the extra volume for an XC tire is part of what made the Mibro great, so I think 2.25-2.3-ish would be Ideal.
I keep wanting grab a speed king 2.3s because they are available for cheap, theyíre light and about the right size, but Iíve tried the 2.1 and didnít find the traction to be good enough is lose stuff. Is the 2.3 a lot better? Other than the fact that they cost about twice what the Mibro did, the WTB Bronson seems to fit the bill. The Mibros wore out fairly quickly, so I can justify spending more on a tire if it is going to last significantly longer. Iíve also pondered the Pan Rampage, as they arenít too pricy, but I think the 2.35 inch width is over-kill. Iím also looking at these: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400238 Most of what Iíve read has been favorable, but they do appear to be heavy and slow compared to what Iím used to.
Are the there any other former Mibro lovers out there who have found an acceptable substitute?
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