I've been riding a Fuel EX8 with the Bontrager XDX TLR tire. I've converted to tubeless and have been in love with it. With the TLR system (TLR Rim and Tire) and Stans it was a snap, and it was much easier then I've read about. Instant seal and I've had no leaks, no burps, nothing, just pure tubeless bliss. Just ran the Snake creek gap time trial where a ton of people flatted, no issues. I haven't even aired up the tires in about 3 weeks and they are holding a steady 35psi with no leakdown. Just plain awesome.
Having said that, is there a better tire out there that will give me that same "tubeless ready" performance, but have slightly better grip in the turns and be useful in more rocky/loose terrain? The XDX seems to excel in hardpack dirt, and I was lacking grip and spun out a few times on the looser/rockier/loamy conditions on the Pinhoti.
Possibilities I was thinking about were the Bontrager XR2 TLR, thats described to work on "loose over hardpack or loamy conditions". The XR4 TLR seems good as well, but a little worried about the extra rolling resistance that might give me, as the low rolling resistance is one thing about the XDX that I like.
Should I be looking at other brands as well? Would for example a Panaracer Fire XC Pro (non UST, UST is too heavy) give me the same tubeless performance? It seems to have a better tread pattern and be what I want there, but I'm worried that I will lose the flawless tubeless performance I have now. Would like to keep it at <$60 a tire if I can, unless there is something amazing out there.
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