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    Rear tire suggestions, so cal loose over hard

    Hi all! I'm lovin my new Cannondale Scalpel SS convert---- I'm riding in So. Cal, Carlsbad area and wondering if anyone can chime in on a good rear tire for riding the local loose over hardpack stuff.

    I've got an 18 cog on, and seem to be spinning out alot- have lowered the PSI, and all, and while I'm SURE it's my newness with the technique ( weighting and standing etc) I was wondering if there is a stand out for rear tires being used.

    I think it's a Kenda on there now.

    thanks!

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    Larsen TT 2.0, great underrated tire.

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    I really like the Kenda Nevegal 2.1 or 2.35. The only drawback is that they wear out fairly quickly and at 40 bucks a pop, it can get expensive. The Small Block Eights have a tight tread pattern like the Larsens, but my LBS is always out of them when I show up, so I haven't given 'em a try yet.
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    Velociraptors!
    That rear tire hooks up on everything.
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    ^^ My favorite all around MTB tire.

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    Velociraptor

    Hands down, that sucker is a tractor tire.

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    I run a 2.3" Hutchinson New Python on the rear (and 2.3 Spider front), and I live and ride in North County too. It's a good combo around here, with a large contact patch to prevent spinning out, but not so much that you can't break it free controllably in a tight corner or when you need to drift a little. Plus the big knobs on the Spider hook up really well so you never wash out your front end. Best combo I've found so far for the "one inch of dust/DG over hardpack" that's so common in SoCal.

    edit: Almost forgot- I weigh 180 lbs and I run my tire pressure at 28 front/34 rear. With Hutchinsons it's no problem to run them at low pressure, they have huge air volume.

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