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Old 09-23-11, 08:07 AM   #1
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Tire Reccomendations

I am looking for a cx tire in the 45ish size(actual size). I am going to dabble with a little cx racing...fun not competitive. I will also use the tires for some trail riding. Thanks.
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Very few CX bikes will take a 700x45, what model bike do you have. Is this a MTB with 26 inch wheels?
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I have a vassago fisticuff http://www.vassagocycles.com/fisticuff/ it will take a 45 with fenders so I assume that I can even go a little wider.
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Sorry, just checking.

The Conti Cyclocross comes in a 700x42 http://www.conti-online.com/generato...ss_new_en.html

The Schwalbe Marathon Extreme is an gravel & off-road touring tire, but comes in a 700x42: http://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_ti...rathon_extreme

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Probably an even better selection among 700c tires sold as MTB 29er tires.
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I have a vassago fisticuff http://www.vassagocycles.com/fisticuff/ it will take a 45 with fenders so I assume that I can even go a little wider.
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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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.
Thanks Clifton...running SS
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