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Tubelss tire recommendation for light trail usage?

Old 11-16-14, 07:16 PM
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Tubelss tire recommendation for light trail usage?

I just ordered my first CX bike and the factory tires are not tubeless ready bu the wheels are so I'd like to put some tubeless tires on it.

The bike will be used for the pavement to get to the trails but rolling resistance on pavement isn't a major concern. The bike will not be used for CX racing at all, just light trail duty, gravel, etc.

I'm looking at the Specialized and Bontrager offerings and the WTB Cross Boss. I do NOT want to run non-tubeless specific tires, no matter what anyone's opinion or experience is on that subject. Not willing to risk a blowout due to not having a proper locked-in bead that wasn't designed to be used tubeless.

Any other options or opinions about my choices?
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Couple of tubeless-specific CX tires that you might look into. Both were easy to mount and seal up on my Stans 400 wheels with an air compressor. Cost is around $50 each.

Spec Tracer Pro 2Bliss tires. Use these through the Summer and into the Fall until the weather turns wet. They seem to wear pretty fast on the pavement though. When the little square knobs wear, traction isn't that great out in the dirt and gravel.

Vittoria Cross XG Pro TNT. I like these for wet or loose conditions. Grip is better on steep dirt roads and trails than the Tracers. Nice tire to have if you are in muddy conditions. Have these mounted up now since rain is falling.
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Specialized Trigger Pro 2BR in 33 or 38mm.
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I just started using the Kenna slant six sct tires. They seem pretty excellent so far. Kenda makes tubeless versions of most of their cross tires. The Stans team taxes on Kendas I'm pretty sure.
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The Cross Boss would probably be my pick of those you listed. I figure if you don't need to comply with UCI regs, there's no good reason to limit yourself to a 33c width. The only thing Specialized has wider than 33c is the Trigger pro and I'm not a big fan of file treads. Bontrager doesn't have any tubeless CX wider than 33c.

I know you said you only want tubeless ready but it's worth mentioning that tubeless ready is only a marketing term that has no specific meaning. There's no guarantee that a "tubeless ready" tire will have a UST compliant bead design, nor is there any guarantee that a UST compliant bead design won't still burp or blow off certain rims. You should research the manufacturer's definition of "tubeless ready" (as well as checking reviews for different combinations on your rims) and not let the marketing lull you into a false sense of security.
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Seems Cornering hard is when they Burp all the air out at once.. Not my favorite result.
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