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Old 05-21-07, 08:45 AM   #1
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racing clinchers for the bewildered

Hi, I'm new to the forum and new to mtb racing. I did my first xc yesterday in Fort William, Scotland and survived (just!). I was fine with the climbs, but the decents were fast and technichal over varied terrain, with some pretty heavy mud in places. I did the race on Specialized Fast Trak Pro tyres. I think I would benfit from a tyre with greater grip, as I am not a confident descender. I'd happily sacrifice some weight for a bit more grip and confidence on the downhills. Also, what tyre pressure would you recommend for racing a technical/wet course?
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Try out the Schwalbe Nobby Nics. I have used them in a very muddy race and in a very technical race so far this season. They are the most impressive race tire I have ever used.

For pressure you would probably want around 38 - 42 running standard tubes. Of course this will vary by weight and riding style. That tire pressure is good for around 165 - 180 or so pounds. Trial and error is the only way to find out what works for you though.

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For a XC tire, the fast track is pretty good in terms of grip. I used a set of 2.0s in a pinch last winter for a agressive trail ride, and they did just fine on rooty decents and rocky drop offs. They did, however, suck in the clay-like mud (but most tires do). You may just want to find a fatter casing.
The specialized resolutions roll fast too, and have very very good grip for all around riding.
I'm sort of partial to spez tires though, since that's all I've been riding for the past 2 years or so.
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Thanks for the advice - I am 6'3" tall and hover around 200 pounds - quite heavy for a cyclist - what difference should this make to my racing tire pressure?
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You will just need to run a little more pressure, no big deal at all.
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Thanks for the advice - I am 6'3" tall and hover around 200 pounds - quite heavy for a cyclist - what difference should this make to my racing tire pressure?
HA, ive got 70lbs on ya! I LOVE my Panaracer Fire XC Pros. Nothing grips like them
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Thanks for all the suggestions!! I like the look of the fire xc pros and might give them a go. I really enjoyed my first race, although bits were hell. I was pretty proud to finnish on what will be the World Champs Course at Fort William. Here's a link to a picture taken during the race of me looking typically worried and tired!

http://www.colinrobinsonimaging.com/...0-d2x_3215.htm

Can't wait for the next one!!
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