Tire and Top mount lever selection
I'm building up my crosser and was hoping I could draw on the experience of you experienced guys.
First, I need to pick a tire. The first race I'm going to use this bike in has 27 miles of well maintained fire road, climbing 5000' in 9 miles. On the descent, there is about 5 miles of fire road that is rougher, with loose baby-heads and some embedded "hammer head" rocks, etc. Not really technical, but a few hairy corners and lots of rocks in the rough section. I rode it with my fork locked out and the tires at 60+ on my MTB with no bothers. I don't want to pinch flat or wreck my sidewall, but I would like to pick a reasonably optimal/fast tire. The first and last 5 miles is very very fast, almost paved. Any tire selections? Has anybody tried the tufo tublar clinchers? Any thoughts +/- on these?
Second, I'm going to add some top mount levers, and clamp them on the "narrow" portion of the handlebar. Do the empella levers fit the thinner portion of the bar? Any suggestions/preferences/experiences/blantant plugs for any particular lever?
Thanks guys. I'll post a picture when I get it done!