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Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: De Rosa Super Prestige, Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
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Putting a wider tire on the front works very well. You might also put a knobby on the front and a simi-slick on the back for an event with both pavement and technical trails. The knobby on the front keeps the front end of the bike from washing out on loose surfaces and a simi-slick on the back will roll faster on the pavement. Most of the rolling resistance is at the back tire, and a slick or a simi-slick will help provide a faster and easier ride than a knobby tire.
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