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Okay, noob here.
Current bike is xc type, with some heavy, slow rolling Kenda Krushers on it. Weighed the front while fixing a tube and it was a tad over 1000g.
I live about 6 hilly road miles from my closest trails and like to ride there and back.
Trails are is southern indiana so most of the time it will be pretty hard and dry.
My goal is to run my first xc race in July and plan to reward myself before the race with some nice racing ralphs or fast freds. But for now looking for something a tad more budget and will do a bit better/last on pavement.
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WTB Nanoraptor race for the back and
WTB Exiwolf race for the front.
Both are pretty light, and about $30ea

Thanks
 

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I have had good results with Schwalbe tyres, not sure on pricing where you are but can normally get deals here in the UK through Merlin cycles etc. I use 2010 Nobby Nics when its wet and either Racing Ralphs font and rear or a Ralph on the rear and a Rocket Ron up front which seems a very good combination with both grip and low rolling resistance.
 

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Looking at
WTB Nanoraptor race for the back and
WTB Exiwolf race for the front.
Both are pretty light, and about $30ea

Thanks[/QUOTE]

From what you described as riding conditions, I am sure these two tires will work well for you. Go ahead and try them, as you gain more experience you will learn what you like and don't like about tires.
 

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Eville140 said:
Okay, noob here.
Current bike is xc type, with some heavy, slow rolling Kenda Krushers on it. Weighed the front while fixing a tube and it was a tad over 1000g.
I live about 6 hilly road miles from my closest trails and like to ride there and back.
Trails are is southern indiana so most of the time it will be pretty hard and dry.
My goal is to run my first xc race in July and plan to reward myself before the race with some nice racing ralphs or fast freds. But for now looking for something a tad more budget and will do a bit better/last on pavement.
Looking at
WTB Nanoraptor race for the back and
WTB Exiwolf race for the front.
Both are pretty light, and about $30ea

Thanks
The WTBs are a good place to start.
 

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just be aware that mainy of the WTB's are not light and many are well over published weight. I have run the 2.3 UST Weirwolf as a front, it does great in dry conditions but no good in the mud (too tight of tread pattern). It's a pig of a tire though.

I am now running Racing Ralphs on my XC bike for every day tires, Rocket Rons for racing, Nobby Nics on my Enduro (AM rig).
 
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