I am a complete cross novice and am doing my first race in a few weeks time. I have been out on a borrowed bike with a friend though and loved it so am thinking of building myself up a bike if I catch the bug after my first race!
The only component I'm not so sure of is the tyres. I've found lots of threads extolling the virtues of a particular tyre but I'm interested in the range of tyres that people keep to deal with particular conditions. I do a lot of MTB'ing and I have sets of Racing Ralphs, Fire XC Pros and Trailrakers. These will cover me for everything from dry, hardpack to axle-deep mud.
Do people have similar "fast"/"intermediate"/"mud-bath" condition tyres for cross or do most people stick with an intermediate throughout the season? If the former, could someone please recommend some, preferably folding, 700c clinchers in each category? I am based in the UK so I will probably face everything from very dry ground to grass to ridiculous mud! I can't go tubeless as I would be sharing the wheelset with my winter bike.
I've heard very good things about Michelin Muds (though I have been told they are areally an intermediate tyre???) and Conti Cyclocross Speeds (fast). Any further info would be great!
Finally, what sort of diameter should I be looking at? Is 35 a good benchmark for everything or should you run thinner tyres for certain conditions (mud?)
Many thanks in advance!