I have a triathalon coming up next month and the bicycling portion is described as being on road, trails and I am seeking advice on what brand of mtb tire to use. It is a 14K mountain bike course over 4 different surfaces: Pavement, gravel roads, hilly trails and grassy fields.
Unfortunately, I have not yet seen the course, but I have heard that there are some hills.
Currently, I have 2 Specialized ground control tires (26x1.95) and I just ordered a Panaracer Fire XC Pro (26x2.1) to replace one of the tires. I want to get another tire and any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I think the paved surface might be approx. ¼ of the distance – i.e. 2 miles of the 8 miles.
I ride hard and I weigh about 185 lb and my KHS has no suspension.
Also, the event will be held rain or shine, so mud is a possibility.
Perhaps I should not compromise to get a fast rolling tire for the roads, while sacrificing performance for the other 6 miles. Should I go with a faster tire only on the front? Perhaps a WTB All-Terrain asaurus tire?
All insight would be greatly appreciated!