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I recently came across your website as I was searching for the best tires for my boss's Trek Fuel Ex 9.5 which has Bontrager Race X Lite Tubeless rims (26 inch). I am kind of hoping you'd be able to help me out. Kindly find below the essential criteria for the tires:

Tires that are the absolute BEST possible on sandy ground. My boss has previously competed in a ridiculous and grueling race called the Simpson Desert Cycle Classic. 5 days across 600km of desert. The tires are absolutely critical to success. On the first 6 hour stage alone there are 320 sand dunes. The course has some hard pack and lots of sand. When he has competed previously he used a Michelin Mountain Xâtrem 26x2.5 (red) tire on the front and a Michelin All Mountain Dual Compound 26x2.2 on the rear. These were good tires but no longer available. He has to have tubeless tires as he runs Stan's No Tubes in the tires and he runs low tire pressure (18-25psi) to help the tires on the sand. I need the absolute best tire that will suit his needs. Lighter is, as always, better, but width and suitability for sand are crucial.

Essential criteria:
1. Size: 26" wheels.
2. Width: Wider is better but minimum of 2.5 in width.
3. Tread Suitability: Must be excellent in sand.
4. Type: Must be tubeless compatible.
5. Other: Lighter is better.
6. Other: They don't need to be long wearing.
7. Other: Price is irrelevant.
8. Other: I need to be able to buy them in Australia.


Tires for the road. He often trains on my mountain bike with road riders and has a separate set of identical rims with road tires on them. He needs the lowest rolling resistance tires available to help him to keep up with the road riders. Again he wants to have tubeless. Thinner is better (He weighs approx. 80kg) but low rolling resistance is critical. These tires may see a little bit of occasional hard pack dirt but not a lot. In the past he used Maxxis Wormdrive 26x1.9 tubeless tires but is sure that there is a tire available that offers much lower rolling resistance than these.

Essential criteria:
1. Size: 26" wheels.
2. Width: Thinner is better so 2.0 or less in width.
3. Tread Suitability: Semi-slick for the road but some edge knobs for some hard-pack dirt riding.
4. Type: Must be tubeless compatible.
5. Other: Lighter is better.
6. Other: They don't need to be long wearing.
7. Other: Price is irrelevant.
8. Other: I need to be able to buy them in Australia.


Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.
 
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