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post #31 of 38
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I'm gonna disagree with that. Some of those rail trails can be really soft. I used to ride one in Norton MA that maybe would have been good with 3" tires if they'd have fit on my bike.

OK. In my area-Sierras-rail trails tend to be flattish and on the smoother side. Firm surface.
post #32 of 38
XC tires are a bit like gear ratios on singlespeeds. Always the wrong one.
post #33 of 38
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so it appears there's a bunch of good ones out there. just to update. Ive been riding every week but still haven't found any really good single track around here that's longer than a few miles I've been riding pretty much for cardio and cross-training, there's a good ride, about 25 miles of trails, hard pack dirt, gravel mix, flat but very scenic I avg 15mph.   that the tires are now getting a little worn so I really do need to replace them soon. I put a new 110 stem on and it's made a real difference in riding position.The reality is I don't need anything agressive, just something durable, good roll at this point as I am terrain challenged . My local shop was recommending WTB velociraptors  I don't know if thats really a good choice.
post #34 of 38
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 My local shop was recommending WTB velociraptors  I don't know if thats really a good choice.

Only if you like the buzzing sound that they make on the pavement.
post #35 of 38
Here are my thoughts on XC tires:

Rolling resistance makes alot more difference than weight as what is faster.

Avoid really light tires. They don't hold up.

Avoid tires with low profile knobs or continuous center tread, they are typically purpose built for buff hard pack and give up too much else where.

Any tire can be an XC tire. However, purpose built XC tires are typically For Race Only.

A bit bigger casing with real knobs will still hookup even if you botch a line or come in a bit hot on a loose corner. As you progress your riding, you learn to work your tires and can get away with a tire with less grip to go faster. If you are pushing yourself to learn in technical terrain, you want something that is going to bail you out, not smack you down.

Tires  worth trying:

Panaracer FireXC 2.1 The standard for cheap xc tires. Light, fast rolling, good tread design. Small for a 2.1. Tire compound is lacking imo.

Specialized Purgatory 2.2: One of my current fave trail tires. It rolls fast and gives good grip on many surfaces. Spesh says they are built for wet loamy trails. So I expect they would work better east coast than here. And here, I really like 'em.

Maxxiss Ignitor: never tried them but hear alot of good stuff. Supposed to be light, fast, and have good grip. Seem to be available cheap as well.

Hutchinson Barracuda 2.1: I use this in a 2.3. Its really confident on technical trails and still rolls fast. Outstanding traction, braking, cornering. Plenty of casing / compound options available.  Sorta pricey.
Edited by tromano - 9/20/09 at 11:04pm
post #36 of 38
Thread Starter 
I am terrain challenged but not that challenged!  I get your point though. In looking a them, they seem too aggressive for basic trails. hard pack some rocks, roots. No gravel or loose rocks, no real climes.

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Only if you like the buzzing sound that they make on the pavement.
post #37 of 38
 I still say Maxxis Crossmark.
post #38 of 38
Thread Starter 
good tire, can't go wrong. thanks!
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