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Old 04-10-13, 11:38 AM   #1
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Tire/pressure advice for an extremely muddy race

Tire/pressure advice for an extremely muddy race… not sure if it matters, but what do you think?

Maxxis Mud Wrestler 700×33
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Fast-rolling ramped center knobs
Sheds mud quickly
Aggressive side knobs for controlled cornering

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Continental Speed King 700×35
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Fast rolling tires, great in dirt and on pavement
Tall shoulder lugs for good off camber grip
Shallower centre tread gives a fast ride

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Michelin Mud2 700×30
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Proven knobby tread design with carefully spaced and shaped tread blocks, designed for impressive traction in most conditions
Supported multi-level tread knobs for reduced squirm and enhanced control
Silica Energy tread compound for efficiency and mud shedding

What pressure? There is not much pavement, the race is mostly rough farm lanes, trails, and gravel roads. Cheers!
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Old 04-10-13, 01:06 PM   #2
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I haven't used the Mud Wrestlers, but they look an awful lot like the Mud2, which is a good mud tire. I tried the Speed Kings in a couple of races and wasn't impressed. Clement PDX is a great tire for extreme mud.

To some extent tire pressure depends on the type of mud. If it's fairly thick you can hope to mostly stay on top of it. In that case, a wider tire with low pressure is good though some mud, especially farm mud, will pack onto your tire and make life miserable no matter what you do. If the mud is squishy, narrower tires with relatively high pressure can sometimes cut through to a firm layer below the mud.

Mostly it doesn't matter as. The biggest concern is to have a tire that drops the mud well once you're out of it.
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It doesnt matter. P2A will destroy your soul.

That aside i use speed kings for the race. I run them fairly high, around 55 psi.
Do you have the tires or are you buying for sunday. If you have them i would go with mud2. If you are buying i don't think it matters that much, get what will suit you best in the future as well. I figure i will be running most hills anyways as the mud will slow so many people down it will be faster to run the bike and less time spent getting brakes clean of gunk.

Check out the p2a threads on mtbr from the past few years. I recall tire questions and answers there.
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It doesnt matter. P2A will destroy your soul.

That aside i use speed kings for the race. I run them fairly high, around 55 psi.
Do you have the tires or are you buying for sunday. If you have them i would go with mud2. If you are buying i don't think it matters that much, get what will suit you best in the future as well. I figure i will be running most hills anyways as the mud will slow so many people down it will be faster to run the bike and less time spent getting brakes clean of gunk.

Check out the p2a threads on mtbr from the past few years. I recall tire questions and answers there.
P2A indeed! I have decided to go with the Speed Kings, maybe 65psi (WTF!). Yes, expecting to run/walk the hills. I plan to leave my soul at home, no need to have it destroyed this weekend. Cheers!
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