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Old 06-21-13, 02:32 PM
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Tire opinions / help

I just bought a Nova Sport recently for commuting and CXing in Colorado. So far I love it! I just started gearing it out for touring too. Great do it all bike. Now I've got some buddies who are doing some of the easyish runs in Western Colorado and I need some different tires to be able to tag along. It will be rocky, loose/dry dirt and sand, etc. Very hot temps and 0% chance for mud. The stock tires that came with the bike (Vittoria Cross XN) are probably not up to the challenge.

This would be typical of what I need the tires for (simple desert/mountain runs):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cyp2hn48h8I

So far I have looked at some Clement MXP's and Kenda Small block 8's. Both seem relatively appropriate but I am hoping to get some more ideas and maybe opinions from people who have tried them.
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Clement MSO'd be more like it.
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Mso's look good. If your riding islike that of the video i think a 40mm+ tire is best. I ride 42 's when i take my cx on the mtb trails. I have used 35's but find them too finiky. I have to run them higher psi to avoid flats, but then they tend to slip in corners.
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I really like the look of the MSO's, thanks for the heads up. Should I be worried about 40mm tires on those stock rims though? They are Alex XC23's. I am not against a completely new wheel set though
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You probably need a new set of wheels with HED Belgium rims and Chris King hubs. Nothing short of that will work.

Seriously though, if the '23' in the Alex rim name refers to the width, which I think it does, you should be fine with 40's. You might want to check you frame and make sure you have enough clearance, but you're probably OK there too.
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Kendra Happy Medium. Fast rolling with plenty of grip while cornering.
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I've have Kenda Kross Supremes on my CX bike at the moment. I commute on the CX bike some days and at least one day on the weekend go out on dry rough gravel trails, conditions similar to what was in the video.

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...e-folding-tire

I got them at the end of CX season last year as an inexpensive replacement for worn out lightweight race tires. The Kenda's roll fine on pavement and dig into the dry dirt and gravel when I need the traction. Have a about a thousand miles on them now and tread on rear is getting a little thin. Only downside is they are heavier than other tires I've used. I have slime tubes in them, which may account for some of that weight.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
Kendra Happy Medium. Fast rolling with plenty of grip while cornering.
The guys at my LBS are recommending these as well. They have a 700x35 version I just might go with.

I've seen those. They look perfect for the trails but brutal for commuting and around town.

Kenda seems to do pretty well in CX.
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