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    Tire choices

    Looking for an light-ish weight/durable 29 er tire for training and racing.

    Doing a lot of endurance events(100k and 100 milers) and fair amount of gravel road/light road miles while training.
    Singletrack is rooty with some rocks but mostly hardpack when dry.

    Currently have a set of Continental Race King 2.2s and have been pretty happy with them,but looking for something to mix and match with them.

    Have a set of Stan's Race Golds on the way and will use them for racing but also a lot of everyday use.
    Will be Tubeless with Stans sealant.
    Hardtail 29 er so some volume would be appreciated as well.

    The Ikon and the RaRA look good but concerned about RaRa durability and Ikon sealant issues.
    ?Fast Trak

    What else out there for singletrack/gravel that rolls fast and will last?

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    Kenda SB8 or Kenda Happy Medium, I have been riding the H.M lately and it's been a great tire. Rolls faster than the SB8 and grips corners like a Navegel. Running them front and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saucyjack View Post
    Ikon sealant issues.
    Ikons seal up quite easily with a floor pump (Stans rims). Don't have a lot to compare it to other than Crossmarks and Ardents but Maxxis tires are a joke to set-up. The 3C version wears very well.

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    Race King Rear or Crossmark both 650ish bth seal up tubeless weel. Front Ignitor (600g) or another Race King. They all wear like iron

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    Ignitor in the front for the two yrs, just switched from CrossMark to Ikon in the rear. Floor pump to seal both on Crest 29

    Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~John F. Kennedy

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    Just to clarify on the Ikon,I was concerned about the blistering issue many have had with using Stans sealant in a tubeless setup.
    How durable is the Ikon?

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    I've have 4 Ikons with no blistering (2EXO and 2 non-EXO). Tread life has been great even with the 3C compound.
    Nothing to see here.

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