Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Lazy People Suck
    Reputation: Fett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    711

    Tire Choices for a Gravel Road Race

    I will be racing my 29er hardtail in a 100k gravel road race (Home) the end of November. Terrain is rolling, hilly terrain (Brown County IN), quite a few sweeping fast corners. Some areas have fresh gravel, most will have packed lanes where the tire lanes are, with loose on the edges and middle.

    Here are the tires that I have:

    1-Maxxis Aspen 2.0 (My go to XC race tire)
    2-Kenda Kwick Roller Holiday 700x38 (my go to commuter type tire)
    3-IRC Mythos CX Slick 700x42
    4-WTB Weirwolf LT 2.55 (probably not unless there were alot of snow on the ground)

    I will be running them tubeless on Stan's Crest rims. I am not opposed to buying something else if I can be convinced that it is significantly better. It has been won the last few years on cross bikes, but mtbs have been competitive. I have thought about an out and out cross tire as well as an option. I know there have been alot of flats in the past.

    Let me know your thoughts.
    "Son, The world needs ditchdiggers, too"-Ted Knight, Caddyshack

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: GTscoob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2,154
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Maxxis Raze 29er Kevlar Tire

    $30 for two. Razes work great on gravel and loose over hard, I just wouldnt lean the bike too much in the corner.

    I'd think that for any kind of 'road' race, a cross tire would be better than a heavier MTB tire. Maybe look into the monstercross tire offerings for something lighter, skinnier, and faster rolling than a full knobby.

    EDIT:
    Re-read your post. Either of the 700x38/40 tires should be great if you think they're light enough. If you're feeling like spending money to be competitive, why not swap over to a rigid fork for the race?

  3. #3
    Lazy People Suck
    Reputation: Fett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    711
    Sorry, I did not specify. The fork is already rigid. I am running a Niner EMD with a Salsa steel rigid fork. From what I have heard the 700x32s or 700x35s CX tires sufffered from quite a few flats last year.
    "Son, The world needs ditchdiggers, too"-Ted Knight, Caddyshack

  4. #4
    Lazy People Suck
    Reputation: Fett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    711
    I ended up buying a pair of the Maxxis Raze 700x35 cross tires. I will be setting them up tubeless on Stans Crest rims and testing them out this weekend. Hopefully it will be a good setup.
    "Son, The world needs ditchdiggers, too"-Ted Knight, Caddyshack

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,194
    I would give the WTB Vulpines a look. That is what I ride...

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: sdemars's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    222
    Quote Originally Posted by Fett View Post
    I ended up buying a pair of the Maxxis Raze 700x35 cross tires. I will be setting them up tubeless on Stans Crest rims and testing them out this weekend. Hopefully it will be a good setup.

    So how did they set up? And how did the race go?
    s

Similar Threads

  1. Whats a good Road/Gravel tire for training?
    By the_owl in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-12-2010, 03:34 PM
  2. Gravel Road Tire.
    By Haymarket in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-06-2009, 04:58 PM
  3. Race Tire for hardpack, some loose gravel
    By Dirt_Diggler in forum 29er Bikes
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 03-27-2008, 09:21 AM
  4. Ragnarök 105 105Mi gravel road race
    By jhuot in forum Endurance XC Racing
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-26-2007, 05:37 PM
  5. Tire for Road AND Gravel Path
    By noonievut in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-05-2004, 10:54 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •