Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Sport 2009
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Those were actually the stock "Boroughs CX" slicks. This was a fully loaded tour on some four wheel drive tracks, after a night of rain. I found the slippery conditions fun, to be honest, but once you start sinking in, it builds up like that and you can't go on. As you can see, it built up around the canti brakes, but also behind the front derailleur.
What was interesting was of the five bikes on the tour, mine was the second best in the mud, behind a Kona Sutra with disk brakes and no mud guards. The two worst both had mud guards, which are a disaster in these kind of conditions: they trap the mud between the wheel and the guard, making it lock up solid and forcing you to take the wheel off to clean it out.