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Old 05-02-02, 11:19 AM   #1
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New MTB tires???

Firs post ever. Hold your applause till the end.
The never end search for the MTB tire has graced it self-apon me for the first time. I purchased my Schwinn GSX in December 2001 and am hooked. 2 tubes and a rear rim later it is time for new tires. 36 miles of single track is my playground that the US government lets us play on for $10.00 a year. Lots of hard pack, rocks and hills. If it rains you are a mud pie. What is the tire for me? Does it matter if I ride the MTB tires on pavement or will it age the tire faster? I love your website. Cannot afford the jersey. Baby #2 on way. 35 yrs old. Quit smoking January 5th. Ride like my life depends on it.
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Old 05-02-02, 11:51 AM   #2
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Kenda Kharisma for more hardpack and less mud. The Kharisma Crystal has a harder, longer lasting compound than the Kharisma Lite. The Lite is, well, lighter and has a softer, grippier compound. If you plan to ride more pavement, than go with the Crystal. The Crystal and Lite use the same tread pattern.

Personally, I train on the Kharisma Crystal and race on the Lite. Mud performance could be better as it packs up quickly and sheds slowly, but still a good all-around performer.

Fortunately, you have lots of great choices. Also consider, in no particular order, IRC Serac, Panaracer Fire XC Pro (127tpi version), and Hutchinson Python.
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Old 05-02-02, 05:11 PM   #3
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Also consider, in no particular order, IRC Serac, Panaracer Fire XC Pro (127tpi version), and Hutchinson Python.
Panaracer Fire XC get my vote for XC, plus i have ridden them on road and they're still great, havent noticed particularly fast wearing and i have ridden to/ from uni most day for about 6 months on them.
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Panaracer Fire XC get my vote for XC, plus i have ridden them on road and they're still great, havent noticed particularly fast wearing and i have ridden to/ from uni most day for about 6 months on them.
I have these same tires, (actually the xc pro but same diff) anyhow they ride nice in mud, soft sand, and rocks. lots of grip, I don't think that pavement would hurt them much but I really don't do urban assault on them

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Thank you for the help. Just need to go shoping now.
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