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Which tire? I had planned on Nano's, http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=136635 and now you throw this Fast Track at me. I'm new to the 29. Just got an '06 Paragon with XR's, which has me on VERY thin ice with the non-biker wife.

I'm old and need all the light, fast rolling help I can get. I'll be doing two laps of the NEW Sea Otter course. The terrain should be very similar to the old course, nontechnical, short climbs, hard pack, some sand.

I can only choose one and I must choose wisely. Help! Thanks, Fred
 

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Before Sea Otter time, No-Tubes' Vel-Crow 2.0 tires should be on the market. I would be severely disappointed if these would not be the fastest rolling MTB tires on earth, especially mounted tubeless which they are designed for. I think, providing the tire is ready, many riders will use the Vel-Crow in the back, maybe with the new (and apparently ready) Kenda Karma up front. Of course the rear tire decides 2/3 of rolling resistance, and on climbing courses a bit more probably. Even if you have a Fast Trak or even Exiwolf as a front, the bike will still roll well as long as the rear is top notch.
Only if climbing traction is vital I would pick the Nano as a rear over the Fast Trak. In my experience they roll pretty similarly, but as a front, for my riding, the FT is simply superior. Volume, grip, confidence and predictability. Maybe if you start riding your FT's next weeks, or at least on, you can wear it out a little before SO and there mount it as a rear.
If I can find the funds, and the tires, for my '06 race season I'm betting on a rear Vel-Crow, front Karma. Unless the Vel-Crow surprises me as a front too. Low pressure, super-suptle, it just might work for my lame but twisty trails...
 

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New Sea Otter Course

Do you know what the new course is yet? I have not seen the Stan's tire in person, but from the pictures, it looks like not enough tread for the terrain out there. During the Sea Otter it get's very sandy, dusty and loose.
When I get my first 29er in the next month or so, I will probably try out the Ignitors or the new Fast Trak's out there.
 

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Ya'lls gonna be........

In for something totally diff'rent at Sea Otter.
Nothing dead-set on the course layout yet, but let's just say you'll be climbing some
SWEET downhills. :D

FWIW - Fast Tracks work VERY well in the Ord terrain.
 

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Well, I would imagine you are talking about Goat trail or Ewoks, sounds fun! Come on, give us some more insight? I want to go practice going backwards!
 

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Officially Un-Official route.....

DirtySteed said:
Well, I would imagine you are talking about Goat trail or Ewoks, sounds fun! Come on, give us some more insight? I want to go practice going backwards!
It's a lil' hard to explain, but here goes.
In a Clockwise fassion from the top of The Grind/Laguna Seca.
11, 13, 50, 22, 60, 82, 11, 49, Skyline Rd. (known as mini-grind to locals), 44, 10 (the 3 Sisters/Female Dog : ) ), 75, 56, 5, 35, 3, 34, 2, 41, 10, Skyline Rd. and into Laguna Seca some how. Exact mileage and elevation gain unknown at this point.

* If people are going to go out and ride this loop, BE CAREFUL, you WILL be riding UP some VERY popular DOWNHILLS! * :D I'd do it only at night until S.O. get's closer to reduce risk of a nasty introduction to another rider. ;)
 

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fred-da-trog said:
Which tire? I had planned on Nano's, http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=136635 and now you throw this Fast Track at me. I'm new to the 29. Just got an '06 Paragon with XR's, which has me on VERY thin ice with the non-biker wife.

I'm old and need all the light, fast rolling help I can get. I'll be doing two laps of the NEW Sea Otter course. The terrain should be very similar to the old course, nontechnical, short climbs, hard pack, some sand.

I can only choose one and I must choose wisely. Help! Thanks, Fred
if you are worried about which tire will move you from mid-pack to upper-mid-pack then you need to ride more and run what you brung
 

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DMFT,
Awesome, thank you very much for the course info. I almost always ride at night anyway, so it should not be a problem. Thanks again for the info.
 

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iliketoridebikes said:
if you are worried about which tire will move you from mid-pack to upper-mid-pack then you need to ride more and run what you brung
Nope, I'm just wanting to finish with what I bring.
 
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