Durable rear tire?
For the second time this summer, I opened an un-sealable cut on my rear Rocket Ron 29x2.1 during a race, a 50-miler with no rocks to speak of, on a downhill fire road, no less, while in the podium hunt
I loved the set of these new tires, Fast, very light, grippy, they seemed to be all 3. However I'm on the heavier end of Cat 1 and I've come to believe that I need a more durable rear tire.
I put a Nanoraptor in the rear. At 600g it seems to be a good compromise and mated well with the Rocket Ron in front. The Nano is supposed to be the tire of choice for the Tour Divide so I know it's durable and rolls well.
Other choices I'm considering: Continental Race King 2.0 (do they make a Protection version?), Fast Trak Control 2.0, Renegade Control 1.95 (too narrow a match?). I like to have a bit of climbing traction for roots and mud.
Have you tried a Maxxis Crossmark 2.1? I've raced them all season in Texas (Ignitor front) and our courses are pretty rocky. Ikon might also be a good choice, but they're pricey, especially in the EXO casing.
Thanks for the Crossmark recommendation.
The Ikon is a favorite of a lot of people. I cut the EXO sidewall version in the rear at the El Paso Puzzler (what a crazy race!), and the front at a Womble ride this summer after they were relegated to trainer duties.
I'm looking for a 2.0-2.1 to keep the weight reasonable, price is not really a concern since the Schwalbes are expensive.
I am about 180lbs out of the shower. I know other riders my size, but most don't ride as fast or often. Also I'm not much of a finesse rider. I noticed that Wells chose a set of Renegade 1.95s at Leadville this year, with the Control casing in the rear. That's the lightest durable tire I can find so far.
Last edited by chomxxo; 09-04-2013 at 08:51 AM.
I've been riding renegades this year. Although for one muddy race, I swapped wheels with my wifes bike, and used her racing ralph up front. The renegades are pretty much useless in the mud.
Why not run a snakeskin rocket ron if you like the tire?
Weight, mainly. The 2.1 EVO is 485g, the 2.2 Snakeskin is about 650g. I was looking for something under 600 grams. On a FS I really don't need the volume either. Right now the Nanoraptor is looking like the best compromise.
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