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This topic is: What tires would be suitable for riding slick, wet roots?

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Name: Mike Sweum
Email: hawks_74@yahoo.com
Date: Sun, Feb 21, 2010, 22:19:59
Message:
For my first lap last year I used Kenda Karma 2.0's and I needed something beefier with all the jagged rocks and such.I switched to Wtb Velociraptors and I regained my confidence in the rock gardens.I would avoid a real light weight tire for this race.Lots of places to get flats.

Name: Avi Kurlantzick
Email: cesna2005@comcast.net
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2008, 11:11:39
Message:
I use the Panaracer Fire XC Pro, and it works great but...it is a 2.1, so good luck riding those anywhere but the northeast and northwest.

Name: Evan Small
Email: popwarsk8@embarqmail.com
Date: Sat, Apr 05, 2008, 14:50:49
Message:
Maxxis swamp things tires,is the best tires

Name: durrrr
Email: durrr@durrr.com
Date: Wed, Aug 29, 2007, 17:31:10
Message:
nothing grips wet roots well....except studded ice tires mmwwaa ha ha

Name: Taylor Foss
Email: taylorfoss@mail.weber.edu
Date: Tue, Oct 12, 2004, 13:01:44
Message:
I love the Specialized Roll-X tire it is a great all around tire plus it is fast rolling. You can get it in tubless or reg.

Name: David McDaniel
Email: dmcdaniel@drs-st.com
Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2003, 12:52:38
Message:
Going tubeless is great for these type of conditions. I ran with Hutchinson Pythons at 30 PSI. They gripped well, and with the shallow knob design, picked up very little mud. The lower PSI may not roll as easily on the dry stuff, but dry stuff has not existed at Snowshoe for the last two years.

Name: PA
Email: adamw@SPAMSUCKSemail.com
Date: Fri, Dec 06, 2002, 22:19:36
Message:
Ditto to tweek. I've run stuff from 2.4" FR tires to Kenda Kozmik semi-slicks, and right now I'm fully psyched on the Hutchinson Scorpions... they work even better than the IRC Mythos I started with (by the time I fully appreciated them, they were worn out). Plan on using them again this coming year at Snowshoe. btw, starting a team, training in central MD, looking for folks to have fun more than to be competitive - e-mail me if interested!

Name: Ron Harding
Email: antelope@visuallink.com
Date: Sat, Sep 14, 2002, 20:15:17
Message:
OK, I have to weigh in here.

#1: the question was specifically about slick, wet roots.

#2: Everybody is dissing semi-slicks.

I brought two bikes with me. The first was equipped with a Continental Competition Pro I on the rear and a Geax Blade on the front. My "spare" bike had a Panaracer Mach II SS (semi-slick) on the rear and a Mach II SK on the front.

Late in my second lap, I bent the derailleur hanger on bike number one. I decided to sleep rather than fix it, but really planned to switch out the tires before riding bike number two. After all, what kind of moron rides a semi-slick at Snowshoe?

I did. I overslept, my teammate was finishing his lap, and I said, "What the hell, I'll just be careful."

As it turned out, I loved the semi-slick on the REAR. When it hit a wet root, it didn't slide laterally the way the Conti did. I just floated over and kept going straight. Several times, people said "Way to go, rider," when I cleaned stuff I'd biffed on when riding the other tires.

I rode that tire combination by accident, but I'd ride it again on purpose. That lap was also the only one in which I rode the Head Wall, even though it was damp.

It might sound wierd, but I think the secret is to run the slick on the rear only. Keep knobs on the front so you can steer.

Name: Tweek
Email: noway@uhhuh.com
Date: Wed, May 22, 2002, 14:34:02
Message:
I really like the new Hutchinson Scorpions. High are volume for cushsion and nice wide open but well lugged tread design that sheds sa mud nicely-keep da rubber side down!

Name: caleb
Email: dacatti998@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2002, 14:27:06
Message:
ive ridden and really liked continentals for wet roots and rocks i found that irc's 2.0 work real well to they are great cornering tires and do well in climbing as well they are good all-a-round tire but if the terain is dry definatly WTB'S they are good for the semi slick conditions to really dry conditions i'm bringing all three pairs and am going to change to suit.


Name: dave
Email: david5616@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2002, 20:50:52
Message:
a lot depends on the frame clearance between your frame and the tires. the mud can be soooo heavy that your wheels will cease to roll when too globed up with mud if you've got minimal clearance between frame and tire. also, clearance around (v-brakes) ought to be a consideration. for this reason. i go with 1.95 wide max...keep those wheels rolling. i like skinny michelin comps at snowshoe.

Name: Steve Johanson
Email: sjohanson@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, Feb 05, 2002, 13:34:09
Message:
Last year my Continental Explorer Pro's worked well. I will probably use the same tires unless the course is really dry.


Name: David
Email: dlee@carolinafarmcredit.com
Date: Tue, Jan 15, 2002, 18:15:48
Message:
I have used brand new Specialized Extreme Master 1.7's, since 1997. They work great in mud, and a new one will grip the roots as well as anything I've seen. These tires are light too. However, run lots of pressure. I run 55lbs, and I weigh 150, to avoid pinch flats. Let your front shock take the hits, don't risk a flat.





Name: Mike Bowles
Email: mike.bowles@acterna.com
Date: Tue, Jan 15, 2002, 08:53:48
Message:
RIDE??? You think your going to ride your bike at Snowshoe? Save your money for boots and an ankle brace not tires.

Name: nate
Email: singletrackmynd@webtv.net
Date: Mon, Jan 07, 2002, 16:01:46
Message:
i rode michelin hot-s tires the last 2 years and am really happy with them. during pre-race practice laps, a few people complimented me on their mud shedding abilities.

i did see a litespeed with some ritchey 1.25 knobbies on it last year, and it looked like the bomb diggety for the thick mud conditions. anybody have any experience on similar tires last year???

Name: Lucky
Email: kts3@columbia.edu
Date: Sun, Dec 16, 2001, 16:41:27
Message:
I ride in the east, though not in WV, but over similar conditions,
and my favorite tires for slick roots, rocks and mud are the Panaracer
Smoke in the back and a Ritchey Z-Max Millenium WCS up
front. I've used the Panaracer Fire XC Pros, and this
combo is better on slick stuff. It's what I'll be using
for my virgin 24 Hours of Snowshoe this summer.

Name: Twink Daddy
Email: root@localhost.com
Date: Thu, Sep 27, 2001, 18:25:07
Message:
Anybody have a recommendation on tires
for the Moab course? Right now
I have the hutchinson python or
the Fire Pro XC. Any other recommendations?



Name: Jones
Email: branejones@earthlink.net
Date: Wed, Sep 26, 2001, 23:02:12
Message:
I haven't ridden any 24 hr races, but I do know this. Semi-slick tires suck for riding anything with roots or rocks. They spin like crazy if it is the slightest bit wet.

Name: M
Email: Not Available
Date: Wed, Jun 13, 2001, 13:06:35
Message:
I rode old school Conti Comp Pro 2s, The original semi-knob tire. Basically just big paddle wheels, but they kept forward momentum going. Studded tires would not be out of the question as nothing else really grips on off-camber roots, but they are hard to find with an open tread pattern. Maybe IRC will offer a WV version of their MUD MAD with studs. :)

Name: d
Email: Not Available
Date: Mon, Jun 04, 2001, 08:40:12
Message:
no way in hell that guy rode semi-slicks. No-doubt he walked 70% of the loop.

Name: VooDoo Child
Email: bob@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, May 16, 2001, 18:53:19
Message:
Panaracer Fire XC Pro, Ritchey Z-Max, Bontrager Jones AC are all good tires for WV course.

Name: Lucas
Email: Xcbiker409@Aol.com
Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2001, 20:43:45
Message:
Use downhill tires or really beastly cross country tires. The more studs the better. Who cares about the hills there is more singletrack from hell on that course than hills. If you have slicks on your bike you may not even be able to make it to the big climbs at the end due to injury and who knows what else.

Name: steve johanson
Email: sjohanson@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, Apr 09, 2001, 11:40:57
Message:
hey if you can do snowshoe on semi-slicks more power to you... but I will try Continental explorer pros. (http://www.contitires.com/tireaisle.html) They have small knobs but with a low rolling resistance.

You could also try Conti Twister Pro's which have the same tread design but smaller knobs.

Name: nate
Email: singletrackmynd@webtv.net
Date: Thu, Apr 05, 2001, 23:57:35
Message:
i rode a brand new set of michelin hot s tires last year and still did a bit of sliding. i have good to very good technical skills, and i myself would not run a semi-slick tire set. sure there are goonna be long dry uphills that a semi would be great for, but are you willing to give up your safety and traction in the slick stuff??? if you are technically tallented and nimble, you could get away with a semi on the front. if it rains hard before or during the race, better bust out the studded mommas... good luck and have fun!
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