Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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Take a look at 29er tires. I've got a Fisti that I race on and there's gobs of clearance even when I'm running my big 37mm tires. From their own literature it can handle a 45mm with fenders, but if you're running it singlespeed you'll need to be careful how much larger you go. Depending on your gearing you'll start to lose clearance at the BB where the stays narrow if you have to slam your hub all the forward in the dropout. You should still be able to clear a 1.9 if you keep it towards the back of the dropout.
Personally, for light to moderate trail riding and mid-pack competitive Cat-4 racing I've been happy with my current selections.
- WTB All-Terrain 37mm: Good all-arounders. Not too much buzz on the pavement, good for slippery mud, but doesn't clear all too well.
- Clement PDX Crusade 33mm: (actual measure = 35.2 on Velocity Fusion rim) Nice mudder, grippy in the slop, corners well on dirt and mud. Not a great pavement tire. Very buzzy, soft rubber wears center knobs quickly, corner lugs don't grip pavement for crap.
- IRD CrossFire 32mm: (30.8mm on Velocity Fusion rim) Turned out to be a surprisingly nice all-arounder. Just did a double header weekend where the course was dry and dusty on Saturday, then wet and muddy on Sunday. Fairly long stretch of pavement. Tires felt grippy on the paved corners, on the hardpack, and in the mud. They'd be a 10/10 if they measured true, but they get a 9/10 IMO for coming up on the waaaay narrow side.
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