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    Tire Recs for rocky, dusty, gravel conditions

    I'm looking for any suggestions the mass of intelligence on this board can provide me regarding a good "racy" tire for race course with a section of rock gardens, some short fast downhill on loose gravel and dirt and also a decent amount of climbing. So the rub is I am looking for something with a good stable grip in those conditions but fairly low rolling resistance for racing.

    I currently run 2.0 Kenda Karmas (at about 32-35 psi and with NoTubes) and I love them on most courses but on the rocks and loose over hardpack their performance suffers some and is just not overly stable. I am considering tires like the WTB Epic Wolf 2.1 and the Ritchey Excavaders. Does any one have feedback on those tires or recommendations for a good tire that would meet my needs for these conditions?

    Any info is much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lungs_on_Fire
    I'm looking for any suggestions the mass of intelligence on this board can provide me regarding a good "racy" tire for race course with a section of rock gardens, some short fast downhill on loose gravel and dirt and also a decent amount of climbing. So the rub is I am looking for something with a good stable grip in those conditions but fairly low rolling resistance for racing.

    I currently run 2.0 Kenda Karmas (at about 32-35 psi and with NoTubes) and I love them on most courses but on the rocks and loose over hardpack their performance suffers some and is just not overly stable. I am considering tires like the WTB Epic Wolf 2.1 and the Ritchey Excavaders. Does any one have feedback on those tires or recommendations for a good tire that would meet my needs for these conditions?

    Any info is much appreciated.
    I ride Continental Explorer Pros quite a bit and I love them. They roll well, but work great in the rocks. They aren't exactly a "racy" tire, but they work well for me. For something racier, I'd probably look at the Hutchinson Pythons or something along those lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lungs_on_Fire
    I'm looking for any suggestions the mass of intelligence on this board can provide me regarding a good "racy" tire for race course with a section of rock gardens, some short fast downhill on loose gravel and dirt and also a decent amount of climbing. So the rub is I am looking for something with a good stable grip in those conditions but fairly low rolling resistance for racing.

    I currently run 2.0 Kenda Karmas (at about 32-35 psi and with NoTubes) and I love them on most courses but on the rocks and loose over hardpack their performance suffers some and is just not overly stable. I am considering tires like the WTB Epic Wolf 2.1 and the Ritchey Excavaders. Does any one have feedback on those tires or recommendations for a good tire that would meet my needs for these conditions?

    Any info is much appreciated.
    Look at the Pana racer Cinder 1.95. The 2.25 version is great in the conditions you describe but heavy. The smaller tire is race-light. The Conti Explorer Pro and Vapor Pro (dry only) are good choices, too.
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