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    Gooseberry Mesa Tires?

    Headed to the MTB Fest late March in Hurricane.

    I've from VT where we have mainly loamy, dirty and muddy conditions.

    I currently have a Spec Purgatory up front and Schwalbe Nobby Nic out back on my 29er. I've never ridden that So. UT type terrain before.

    I know I will survive with these tires for 3 days, but do people ride anything different for slick rock/desert conditions?

    What about Good lube for that area?

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    I've heard of a lot of people riding with the Conti Kings. I lived down there for a couple years and my uncle came down last year and had issues with his Nobby Nic's. Over the Edge bike shop in hurricane would be good to call and see what they recommend. They have all the inside scoops on those areas. Hope this helps.

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    Your tires are fine. Don't sweat it.
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    ^^^^ Exactly.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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    Your tires will be fine for a few days. The Conti trailkings are very popular here. The fatter, the better. They have great grip and will stand up to extended beating from the terrain. The slickrock / conglomerate here can eat through wimpy tires very quickly.

    A wax based dry-lube is a good choice. Wet / oil based lubes just collect the fine desert powder. In my opinion, you might as well coat your drivetrain with valve grinding compound if you are going to use a wet lube. But again, for 3 days of riding it probably doesn't matter.

    The local bike shop keeps both the trail kings and a great dry lube in ample supply. They are the ones who put on the festival so they will be prepared for you.

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    ^^^ Hurk hit the nail on the head. Before I first came here, I asked a local this same question (and regular poster here), he told me his favorite tire for this area was the Geax Saguaro. I bought some and used them exclusively on the rear the last few years (I run a Nobby Nic up front). I have a few friends that run the same set up. On my last trip there, my local shop was out of Saguaros so I tried a Specialized Ground Control. When new at Gooseberry, it was the best tire I've ever used on that slick rock. However, once it started to go, it went bad fast. I've also used the Conti X-King out there with great success.

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    Cheap Kenda Nevegals DTC do great. Don't worry that the roll slow, Goose isn't about hauling ass. Get asset for $60
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    Thanks.....I'll stick what what I've got. Looking forward to riding out there.

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