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Old 09-21-07, 01:40 PM   #1
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Tires 32c or smaller.

Please give me suggestions for cross tires which are 32c and smaller (700c.) Requirements: should do well in wet, muddy and off camber conditions.
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Old 09-21-07, 01:47 PM   #2
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Michelin Muds come in 30 and are ideal in wet muddy corners. I'm running Maxxis Larsen MiMos right now and liking them better. They claim to be 35s but they seem a good bit narrower than that.
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Michelin Muds seems like a solid design.
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Muds are a very popular all-around tire. I like how the MiMos have knobs that wrap further around the tire for cornering and they seem to roll better on flat ground. Haven't tried them in very sloppy stuff yet tho.
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Muds are a very popular all-around tire. I like how the MiMos have knobs that wrap further around the tire for cornering and they seem to roll better on flat ground. Haven't tried them in very sloppy stuff yet tho.
The tread design on the MiMos looks like it would be great for Portland.

http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/malami70.html
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^^ the MiMo would be an easy tire to convert into a winter tire by driving screw tips into every other cross-hair on those round knobs...

I like my ritchey speedmax pros. They are super tight for light mud and great for rain traction
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Ritchey SpeedMax are great all rounder tires & work well in most conditions including mud & snow.
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MIN if you are thinking of racing at Alpenrose or any other Crusade you should go with the Mud.
Make sure you get the right pressure for your weigth and riding style and practice in the mud to test the point of slippage of the set up.
It is going to be muddy and you are going to go fast, it is a race after all....
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MIN if you are thinking of racing at Alpenrose or any other Crusade you should go with the Mud.
Make sure you get the right pressure for your weigth and riding style and practice in the mud to test the point of slippage of the set up.
It is going to be muddy and you are going to go fast, it is a race after all....
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Be careful if you're looking for a 'small' tire because you don't have much frame clearance. The muds (a fantastic tire) are a claimed '30', but they're actually huge - I don't have a lot of references for size, but they're bigger than maxxis 35's.
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i run panaracer cross blasters and i love them. they've also treated me to good results.
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I also really like the panaracer cross blaster. Just used these this past Sunday on a race course with 5 sand traps and they performed great. Last year I caught a thorn on the rear with 2 laps to go, but I didn't know it, though my butt felt it over the short gravel road. I finished the race and maintained my position racing hard. I didn't realize it was flat until I got home. Dumb luck or just plain dumb. Either way I really am loyal to this tire.
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Continental Twisters - they do well here in coastal SC (which is all mud and roots).
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Muds are great, but that are a real 35mm tire. So, if you are looking for somethign slim... look elsewhere. Another good tire that most in N. America haven't used is the Schwalbe Racing Ralph clincher. It is a little on the big side as well, but not quite as large as a mud. I personally think they do even better than Muds in the muck, escpecially in the corners. They also roll faster on smooth surfaces. Try them out sometime.
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Muds are great, but that are a real 35mm tire. So, if you are looking for somethign slim... look elsewhere. Another good tire that most in N. America haven't used is the Schwalbe Racing Ralph clincher. It is a little on the big side as well, but not quite as large as a mud. I personally think they do even better than Muds in the muck, escpecially in the corners. They also roll faster on smooth surfaces. Try them out sometime.
What's up w/ the clinchers only going down to 50 psi or whatever? I thought for sure I'd start using them but after I read that I wasn't so sure. I normally run my Mud 2s at 34-38.
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They're fine at lower pressures, assuming you don't weigh a ton. I use them on my training wheels and regularly run them down around 40psi with no problems. I weigh 165lbs.
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I bought my 'cross bike with a set of green vitorria mastercross tires. They are labeled as 27 mm wide, and are definitely pretty close or even smaller. They actually clear my track bike's frame, so I use them as winter tires.

I dunno how'd they'd do in 'cross, especially if it is mucky. Seems like you'd sink right in. Also, I don't think they've been made in a while.
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