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Old 01-30-03, 11:32 PM   #1
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So I want some new tubeless tires......


I think the Jet S is too light.. the casing would flat pretty easy on the rocky stuff I occaisionally ride on. I ride in a variety of conditions, varrying from hardpacked sandy trails (With some deep sand) to loose limerock. So I need something with pretty good all around traction for when things get gnarly. Idealy I'd like something that rolls fast, too. And wider is better.. preferable 2 inches or slightly wider.

I know it's too much to ask, but something with pretty good all around characteristics is what I want. I can't afford to be buying new tires all the time for different riding conditions, so I'll be using these as an all terrain tire. Right now I'm running a Panaracer Trailblaster, and while it's light, it's sketchy at times since the knobs are so widely spaced. It's tossed me on my arse in deep sand, as well. It doesn't roll fast at all, either.

My top considerations:

IRC Serac XC

-Claimed to roll fast, and be pretty flat resistant. Looks like a good tire for the hardpack, but it's loose performance seems questionable.

Panracer Fire XC Pro

- I have a set of these in the tubed version, but they roll slow. Other than that, they're a good all around tire

Hutchison Python

- Seems like a good all around tire, good width, looks like a good performer in most terrain except the loose stuff.

I'm open to suggestions here, so if any of you could give me some insight, I'd appreciate it.
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From the tires you're looking at you really cant go wrong. I have the tube version of the Panaracer Fire XC and it's a pretty dam good tire. It's not as fast rolling as the Python but has more traction in the stickier stuff where the python packs up. My bro has the Pythons and they're fast as hell and corner really well. Pretty dam good summer tire if you ride where there rarely is mud. If there's mud a lot look the other way. The IRC sounds like a good all round tire. I rode it on a 29'er in a race of 13 miles, but i cant really give you a ride report b/c i wouldnt be able to tell you how it felt b/c it could've been the big wheels or the tires

Remember though that you WILL get more traction with the tubless and they will roll faster

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Seracs are very good. I'm very happy with mine...

Also take a look at Continental Vertical Pros. DH tires, sure, but you would be surprised how little you give up in rolling resistence, and the grip more than makes up for it. They are like MX tires...pretty much grip anything and feel very stable in all conditions. I've been running them on my XC hardtail for almost a full season and I love them

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