- Tyres for fast DRY conditions
Heading out to South Africa for a stage race in April. Thinking about changing my tyres for it – I have Maxxi Crossmarks USTs at the moment in fairly good nick but tempted to dry something lighter/faster. Riding will be primarily hardpack and gravel with dirt singletrack and odd rocky section. Some chance of wet conditions but not that likely.
So I need fast rolling, lightweight UST tyres with good sidewall protection. Preferably high volume as I will be on a 26″ hardtail so want some extra comfort.
Continental Race Kings any good?
Other suggestions?Posted 6 years agomboyMember
Nobody spotted the obvious yet?
The conditions you describe are pretty much exactly what the Crossmark was designed for! They’re great tyres as long as the going doesn’t get wet or muddy. You don’t get much faster without going for a full on semi slick, and if you go much lighter you will sacrifice the sidewall strength.
By all means don’t let me stop you from buying new tyres, but what you’ve got already will be very appropriate for the job in hand.Posted 6 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
I would second asking local advice – potentially depends partly where in the country you are going to be.
When we were out there around Cape Town there was a lot of sand so actually running something with a bit more tread made sense. We just kept our normal Rubber Queens on and didn’t regret it – locals we were riding with rode similar and said they were a much better option than hardpack tyres.
Run UST with sealant for the thorns.Posted 6 years agoclantonMember
Thanks for the replies.Posted 6 years ago
As per one of the posts above – I coudl just stick with the Crossmarks – but my riding partner seems to out freewheel me on tar descents despite being much taller and in theory less aerodynamic! So that’s what got me thinking about fatser tyres (he has Bontrager 29er tyres on – but already had multiple punctures!)
Have been looking for the SA equivalent to STW for advice, might post on “the hub”.
Definitely going UST with sealant! I have ridden there before (with Crossmarks) and the thorns make life impossible with tubes.
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