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Old 11-29-16, 07:35 AM
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gravel tire weight

I have some old Michelin Wild Race'r 29x2.1 tires for my hardtail at present. they have low knobs and roll quite well on pavement, but they are well over 700g each (I weighed them). these are an older generation of this tire, so I can't find photos of them. I am thinking about getting some lighter tires in the same size that would result in a significant weight loss -- WTB Nine Lines, Schwalbe Thunder Burts, something like that. I was looking at Furious Freds, but those seem irresponsibly thin!

I can see how in mountain biking and CX racing, lighter tires are a big advantage when you need to accelerate out of a corner or up a short, steep hill, but I will not be using these tires for conditions like that often. I just want to make my bike less cumbersome and have enough energy at mile 45 of a 50-62 mile grind. once these "heavy" tires get spinning, they hold their momentum well. I have limited funds to buy bike stuff so I am wondering if shaving 300-400 grams of rubber off my bike is worth the expense. (A few European retailer have thunder Burts for $40 each.) I will put my heavy knobbies back on the bike when I ride trails and save the lightweight tires for urban/ gravel rides.
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The Specialized Renegade 1.95 is only 470 grams, It's on clearance for $39.10

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sw...s-ready/105802
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Geeze. That is the odd thing about large 29” tires, they are just heavy. I have 26” tires that weigh as little as 350 grams (although that is a bit extreme). I just ran my cross bike with some 700x32 road tires on a mountain bike trail and was very pleased with how easily they climbed. Weight makes a big difference there. Maxxis rambles are light for a 700x40mm tire at 320 gr, but it is probably more narrow that what you need.
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Yeah I am going for a minumum of 29x1.9. Specialized Renegades are on my list but... Specialized.
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I'm a big fan of Thunder Burts. They're 95% as fast as the totally-slick Super Moto tires on the road, but they have enough tread for dry singletrack.

I bought mine from bike-discount.de
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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
Yeah I am going for a minumum of 29x1.9. Specialized Renegades are on my list but... Specialized.
Great tires. My Renegade 1.95 tires measured 2.1" on 21mm internal width rims (tubeless).
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
The Specialized Renegade 1.95 is only 470 grams, It's on clearance for $39.10

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sw...s-ready/105802

Dammit, specialized just jacked up the clearance price on Renegade tires and the Thunder Burts I was about to buy are gone. You snooze, you lose!

why would you put something on clearance and then jack up the price?

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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
the Thunder Burts I was about to buy are gone.
Bike-discount.de has plenty of Burts. burt Bike-Discount ~$20 and 2 weeks for shipping to the US, so still a good price.
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Those Burts suddenly reappeared on Merlin, will review them on my blog in a few weeks.
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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
Those Burts suddenly reappeared on Merlin, will review them on my blog in a few weeks.
Which blog?
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