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    Northshore tire pressure?

    Just wondering what tire pressure everyone is running out at Northshore.

    I'm fairly new to the sport so I'm curious.

    I run 40 psi in both my 2.35 tubeless tires.... Is that okay?

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    You're going to get a lot of varying responses with a question like that. Reason being...tire pressure is a personal thing. Go with what feels best to you. Although I will tell you this...running as high as 40 with tubeless is robbing yourself of part of the benefit of running tubeless, i.e., the ability to run lower pressures and not worry about pinch flats.

    Personally, on most trails up here in North Texas, I run around 30 in the front and around 28 in the back. Seems to work for me. If someone says those pressures are ridiculous and tell you to run something totally different, well...fine. More power to em.

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    That makes sense.

    I was just wondering because I'm struggling finding traction on the rocky climbs on the east loop I think it is. Whichever one is two way, and other seem to have no problem getting traction.

    I understand that technique plays a big role in that too, but I'm not leaning wayyy forward so I think tire pressure may be the other factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timk125
    That makes sense.

    I was just wondering because I'm struggling finding traction on the rocky climbs on the east loop I think it is. Whichever one is two way, and other seem to have no problem getting traction.

    I understand that technique plays a big role in that too, but I'm not leaning wayyy forward so I think tire pressure may be the other factor.
    If you're loosing traction on a rocky climb, maybe your pressure is too high?

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    How much do you weigh? What type of bike do you ride? What is your riding style, do you bash int any and everything, or do you try to pop the front wheel and navigate around stuff? All of those questions will help you determin appropriate tyre pressures for YOU. As Reckless said, one of the big benefits of running tubeless is the sbility to run lower pressures without flatting, but you have to watch out for burping at too low pressures.

    Just for reference, I weigh about 180-185lbs geared, right now ride a 29er HT w/ 120mm fork, 2.2" Nevegal F /2.0" Michelin XC A/T R, Stans Flow rims, sometimes ride smooth sometimes bash and run pressures ranging from 24-30 PSi in the rear and 19-25 PSi in the front. Our island is a coral based island and has loads of nasty coral everywhere and I've not had issues running these pressures.

    best advice, is to take a good pump and guage along with you and try different pressures and see what works best for you, but would defnitely suggest you drop to lower than 35 PSi unless you're over 250lbs as your tyres aren't then really getting the chance to deforms and contour to the trail, so of course you'll not have great traction.
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    Generally run mine in the 23-28psi front/25-30psi rear (common to run the front a little lower for better control) on a Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 front/Conti X-King 2.2 rear. Im around 190-195 geared up.
    Agree that its personal, and trail dependent. 40psi is too high though.

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    The correct pressure for Northshore is 24.5 psi. . .


    Or thereabouts. Being a little tongue and cheek obviously. Someone once told me, go as low as you can go without dinging your rims. I've been as low as 18-19 psi and settled in around 25. You'll be amazed at how much more traction you get with lower pressures.
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    I use around 40psi on the west side, but I also weigh over 220LBS and ride kinda hard...

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    um, everyone is so caught up in tire pressures that nobody thought to ask what kind of tires the OP is using (and on what kind of bike). tire choice has more to do with traction than tire pressure...

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    change it up. try different pressures and youll find what you like.

    i am on a Santa Cruz Superlight, but not tubeless and I run about 35-38 in the back and about 30 in the front at Northshore. I have a 2.1 Small BLock 8 on the back and a 2.35 Nevegal in front.

    my pump is kinda crappy and I dont know how much I trust its pressure-ometer, but thats about what it says. I usually pump it up til it feels right. 40 does seem high for tubeless though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    um, everyone is so caught up in tire pressures that nobody thought to ask what kind of tires the OP is using (and on what kind of bike). tire choice has more to do with traction than tire pressure...
    it was asked by lynx, OP just never showed back up

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