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The race season here in Southern Ontario/Michigan is creeping up slowly but surely. The trails always seem to be somewhat muddy in general at the start of the season from the spring thaw.

Just wondering what tires/tire combo you guys run when racing in the sloppy stuff?
 

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I ran racing ralphs at iceman. I wouldnt say they're a mud tire, but they did better than I thought they would. I've heard good things about the maxxis medusa, which is a mud tire.
 

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we are having a big storm on saturday before our first big race of the year. the only mud tires i have are Sauserwinds. (2.0 front, 1.8 rear). hoping they work okay... will report back after :)
 

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I really love the Panaracer Dart SC up front. It's no longer made. :p The current one is not as good in mud - the knobs are more closely spaced, and pack up more easily. I find myself curious about the front Velociraptor.

I have a rear Velociraptor on the back. It's alright, but I'm sure there's something I'd like better out there. I remember liking the Continental Cross-country a lot. I don't see it on their web site anymore, though.

I'm in the Pacific Northwest. These have been my four-season tires in the past, but I have a different set I'm going to try for our dry summer this time. So I guess now these are my three-season/wet tires.
 

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planning on some schwalbe rocket rons for muddy races this year in the PNW. I was very impressed with the cross version of these tires last fall, widely spaced tread to clear mud and grippy, but still roll fast
 

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Sauserwinds worked awesome on the mud. They sucked my will to live on the asphalt though, unfortunately the course was almost 50% asphalt. :madman:
 

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Rocket Rons...

Rocket Rons :thumbsup:
and when the trails dry out..Furious Freds rears and Rons up front...ohhh man, they are fast !!!!
 

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Fakie1999 said:
I ran racing ralphs at iceman. I wouldnt say they're a mud tire, but they did better than I thought they would. I've heard good things about the maxxis medusa, which is a mud tire.
I used Racing Ralphs all season in Michigan last year, from Yankee TT to Iceman.

I won a set of Geax Barro Race last year, but I am unsure if I want to bother switching from the RaRa. They look like a fast tire, but minimal center tread, for sure.
 

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I used Racing Ralphs all season in Michigan last year, from Yankee TT to Iceman.

I won a set of Geax Barro Race last year, but I am unsure if I want to bother switching from the RaRa. They look like a fast tire, but minimal center tread, for sure.
The barro race is a fast fast tire. For maximum grip you really have to slam it sideways in the corners. The tire is predictable and has a decent weight in their TNT version. That beed is super tight you will notice this when mounting them, takes a little more elbow grease.

I switch between the racing ralph and the barro race quite a bit. Both great tires.
 

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Maxxis Medusa's are my tire of choice for the mud.
 

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Any experiences with the Geax Gato? Looks like a solid wet conditions/mud tire.

Not sure which compound would be better for XC racing; Sticky Soft comp. or Aramid racing 3D. The Sticky soft compound version actaully weighs less in both the TNT and foldable versions.
 

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The barro race is a fast fast tire. For maximum grip you really have to slam it sideways in the corners. The tire is predictable and has a decent weight in their TNT version. That beed is super tight you will notice this when mounting them, takes a little more elbow grease.

I switch between the racing ralph and the barro race quite a bit. Both great tires.
Thanks. I might just save them for a rear. I am running rigid with a 2.4, and I think the Barro Race are pretty narrow.
 

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Yes i Have them. Remember it's a low volume tire not much cush, but they dig in, there just like a Motocross tire, square block tall treads widely spaced, i kind of like the narrow tires for mud they turn quicker as well..
 

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I used Karma's for two years and loved them. I switched to the new Specialized Renegade, which are great tires, but soft. AT $50 a pop, I don't like burning thru tires that fast.

I really like how the Karma's shed mud so quickly. I used them in trenchal down pour as well as snow.
 
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