Wondering what tires work best on rocks and logs - dry and wet. Curious what people have discovered works well for those types of terrain obstacles through trial and experience.
I ride in the Vancouver area. It rains here, ALOT!! I ride on rocks, roots, mud, dirt and lots of wood work.MI_canuck said:Wondering what tires work best on rocks and logs - dry and wet. Curious what people have discovered works well for those types of terrain obstacles through trial and experience.
I am about your same weight and run about 30-35psi also, sure I can feel the drag but traction is optimized. What you need to do with wet roots while going over them is shift weight. Once you try and pedal over it it'll be a sure slip, maybe even without pedalling it'll slip. It's a matter of technique. What I'd recommend is get an all-around tire, or maybe two.MI_canuck said:but the wet roots like you say Luigiugueto, seemed I couldn't get over without slipping. I guess not much can be done to avoid that - i.e that's a problem with any tire?? Maybe dropping pressure a bit is something I can try prior to swapping tires (I was running at 35psi - my riding weight about 190lbs).
Hate to say this but, for wet conditions I don't know why they sold you DTCs, since it has sticky rubber on the corners but not the middle tread, so you may still lose traction climbing over wet roots, more than with a Stickee Nevegal or 3C Minion. If you haven't used them yet, can you exchange them?MI_canuck said:well i was in a local bike shop (supposedly a Maxxis dealer) wanting to check out some Maxxis tires (Minion, High Roller)... but walked out with some Kenda Nevegals DTC's (went with 2.1 - for our MI trails - it's plenty)... Done.
So will be trying them within the next couple days...
One question is - they are rated at 40psi min (65psi max)... what's the risk of pinch flatting if I run them @ 35psi?
Well I'm probably be *pretending* to ride much harder than I *actually* will be ;-)Luigiugueto said:Well about the tubeless part, i've only used them once and it was one of those convertions, so I wouldn't be the one to answer that correctly.
About the Nev's, you can, but not much lower. Or else the slightest of rocks will pinchflat you. So you've gotta be careful. How hard are you pretending on riding it?
OK - good advice. I might look to switch the 2.1 to 2.35 for the front.JimC. said:years ago 2.1 was an XC standard. Luigi's right in that those of us on the 'shore run at least 2.35, or 2.5.
The point is, the softer (ie low psi) the tire and the bigger the footprint, the better you stick to a slippery log or rock. The goal is to have as much tire footprint on the ground/rock/log as possible.
A 2.1 tire at 40psi will be slippery by definition, whereas a 2.35 large volume tire at 20psi will be soft, sticky and forgiving. Well, until it breaks traction, and then, thud. You're down.
The rolling resistance of a good 2.35 Nevegal is close to that of a 2.1 tire, so unless you're XC racing, it won't make a difference by weight or rolling resistance.