Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: '89 Ed Litton road, '8? Ed Litton sport tourer, Soma Smoothie, Surly Pacer/CC/KM, '16 Emonda ALR6
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Kenda Small Block 8 v. Hutchinson Bulldog
So this is my first cross season, and I will be riding in what looks to be (from the locations listed for my local race series) parks (grass) and loose dirt and possibly some light mud when the rainy season hits. My bike came with, and currently has, Ritchey SpeedMax tires. The tires seem good enough, but are not confidence-inspiring in the turns on the loose dirt and gravel trails that I ride on 90% of the time.
From what I've read on here, and have been told at cross skills clinics around town, the Bulldogs are THE tire for tubeless applications. Since I'm not looking to go that way quite yet (I'd need to buy new wheels), I am kind of at a cross roads between them and the SB8, since the Kenda tire also looks to have the right kind of tread for my local terrain.