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Old 05-21-13, 09:14 PM   #1
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Stan's Raven Cyclocross Tire?

Any tried this tire? Looking at using it for a couple up upcoming dirt/asphalt races. Can't find any reviews and was hoping for some input.
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Seems like a good choice. The only negative I've heard is that the knob design just doesn't grip that well. I also recommend Maxxis Raze, it rolls and corners great on pavement, is very light, and you can get it for about half as much.
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Seems like a good choice. The only negative I've heard is that the knob design just doesn't grip that well. I also recommend Maxxis Raze, it rolls and corners great on pavement, is very light, and you can get it for about half as much.
Do you think it will setup ok tubeless?

I am trying to find an ideal tire for these 2 events:

http://www.tusharcrusher.com/

http://bearlakemonsterride.com/monster-cross/
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Why not just run a tube in the tire??
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Do you think it will setup ok tubeless?
The Raze, no.

For an event like the Crusher, take a look at Clement MSO or USH. Here's an interesting link to plenty of info on these tires (including tubeless use): http://www.gravelgrindernews.com/201...al-review.html
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The Raze, no.

For an event like the Crusher, take a look at Clement MSO or USH. Here's an interesting link to plenty of info on these tires (including tubeless use): http://www.gravelgrindernews.com/201...al-review.html
Thanks for the suggestions - I have been looking at the USH for a long time. Looks like a good option - I wish I could go for the MSO - I have 35mm schwalbe sammy slicks on now and it barely fits on the back. I think the most I can go up to is 38mm. Might be interesting to put an MSO on the front and an USH on the back. Too many decisions - I just don't want to pick the wrong tire and deal with it for 8 hours during the race.

As for running tubeless - I want to go tubeless and carry a tube for emergencies. I run tubeless now and have gone below 30 psi with no issues. The crusher race has an extremely rough downhill section with washboards and I would like to be as comfy as possible and keep as much traction as I can.
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Any thoughts on Kenda Happy Medium or Slant Six?
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dirt/asphalt races
what makes a tire roll well on pavement, is the smooth slick tread.

the knobby ness is a lot of squirm and heat taken from the rolling resistance ( increases )

but the knobbyness may be required to corner fast, in the dirt.

1) I dont Race ..

Continental Travel Contact made only in a 26" or 700c 37mm is a smooth center band and
adds a row of Knobs on the edges.

Something like that? a bit more weight in the tire, due to puncture band and the gatorskin sidewall Mesh..

what tire did the winner last year use?
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Went with the X'Plor USH - hopefully it pans out. The winner last year used A 32mm Vittoria file tread tubeless setup - I wanted something a little beefier.
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Tried the X'Plor USH for the first time today on dirt and gravel. Tubeless at 35 psi front and rear - it was amazing! So much more control and traction compared to the sammy slicks I was using - happy camper here.
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Tried the X'Plor USH for the first time today on dirt and gravel. Tubeless at 35 psi front and rear - it was amazing! So much more control and traction compared to the sammy slicks I was using - happy camper here.
That's great to hear. The right tire does wonders.
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Having HELL of a time installing on Stan's rims with Stan's tape & Stan's valves, and with Stan's sealant, with Stan's Raven tire. Going for my 3rd try and going to try 4 layers of Stan's tape.... Wish me luck, oh, & yes, this IS pissing me off
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Having HELL of a time installing on Stan's rims with Stan's tape & Stan's valves, and with Stan's sealant, with Stan's Raven tire. Going for my 3rd try and going to try 4 layers of Stan's tape.... Wish me luck, oh, & yes, this IS pissing me off
Which rim?
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Yup. It was tough mounting Ravens on Iron Cross. I have a compressor and used soapy mix. For one I ended up using a tube first to force one side bead on, removed the tube and soaped up and it popped the second one on. These tires have been solid for a half a season of cross at 25psi and even a practice at 16.5psi (deflation mishap). Grip-wise I like them on asphalt and hardpack. They are OK-ish is deep mud and grass. Loose & dry stuff they don't feel great - but what does.
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