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What tires will you be racing on this year?(13 posts)

What tires will you be racing on this year?Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 8, 2002 1:14 PM
I'll be on 30mm Ritchey Speedmaxes. Rain or shine.

Aug 8, 2002 1:59 PM
I have:

Ritchey Speedmax 30mm from last year
Bontrager Jones 32mm with anti pinch flat foam
Vittoria Mastercross 27mm
Vittoria Tigre 32mm

I think I will probably put the Joneses on for most courses, use the Ritchey's on my spare wheelset, and run the Mastercross set on courses with lots of pavement. The Tigres will likely end up on my wife's bike.

I have raced on Ritchey's and Vittoria's before. I like the Mastercross for faster courses and the Ritchey for more technical courses. I found the Mastercross was not the greatest climber and that the Ritcheys are scaring on wet paved turns. I ended up accumulating lots of barely ridden tires this off season and it has afforded me tons of options for the coming season.

I e-mailed Bontrager about the Jones tire and got a response from KB himself. He said that he likes the tire as an all arounder for most NorCal courses but that he still breaks out the tubulars in certain conditions. I haven't gone the tubular route yet. I just don't know anything about them.
What tires will you be racing on this year?Velocipedio
Aug 8, 2002 5:04 PM
This'll be my first race season, but I plan to try...

Michelin Mud & Sprint Combo
Specialized Cross Baldy, sometimes with a Tricross on the rear
Kenda Kross

I'm experimenting... I wanna see what works.
Something old, Something new...triangleforge
Aug 9, 2002 5:25 AM
Last year, I raced mostly on Tufo Rhinos (28-30c or thereabouts, very stiff casing) and loved them. They seemed happiest at around 40psi, although I raced them on a somewhat soggy course at Nationals (40+ -- since it was right up the road from me in Baltimore, I couldn't resist!) at 35psi with good results. I'll be pressing these on any of my teammates who even hint that they've wondered about racing tubulars. You really owe it to yourself to give tubulars a try for cyclocross -- while clinchers have closed the gap in road tires, you'll never be able to ride the low pressures, amazing traction, and lively feel you can get in a good tubie for 'cross.

This year, I'll be trying a few different things in different conditions:

Dry courses/all around:

Clement Grifo Neve 28c on the rear, Clement Grifo 61 on the front (it's a file tread tire, a lot like the file-tread Tufo front tires). I'll also mount another Grifo Neve on a front wheel in case I want a little more bite on the front or if it's wet. They've got very supple casings, and I've heard they're really good for low to moderate pressures.

Rocky/Rooty courses:

Tufo Rhinos, since they've got such rugged casings.

Deep mud or lots of deep sand:

Ritchey Trail Mix Clinchers, 35c

Something old, Something new...Velocipedio
Aug 9, 2002 6:05 AM
I'd love to try tubs, the problem is that I have a clincher wheelset and my next wheelset is going to be a beater set [you know, Deore front, Veloce rear, cheap rims, straight spokes] for winter road training. I don't want to sacrifice my Centaur/OPs to the rock salt.
What tubular wheelset are you racing with?buffalosorrow
Aug 11, 2002 9:52 AM
First season racing also, depending on how I fair, I might be looking for tubs towards the end of the season.
Two and a Half Wheelsetstriangleforge
Aug 12, 2002 9:13 AM
If all my various building plans pan out, I'll have two and a half tubular wheelsets devoted to cyclocross wheels this season:

Set #1 -- 32 hole Ultegra hubs, 14/15 spokes, FiR Isidis rims (basic, lightweight box-section tubular rim). These are the ones I raced last year, mounted with Tufo Rhino tires.

Set #2 (still need to build these when I get all the parts & two spare minutes to rub together) -- Campy Record front 36 hole hub, Something Shimano-compatible 36H rear hub (not yet bought), 14/15 spokes, Wolber Profil 20 rims (a semi-aero profile rim, very similar in shape to the Sun aero tubulars). I'll be mounting a pair of Clement Grifo Neve tubulars on these (same tread as the new "Challenger" Grifo Neve on

Orphan Front Wheel: Ultegra 32H hub, 14/15 spokes, Mavic GL330 rim. During the summer, this is my spare road race front wheel; this year, I'll be changing the tire to a Clement Grifo 61, a nice fat, file-tread cyclcross front tire.

Aug 13, 2002 6:05 PM
I noticed on one rider was using a pair of rigida training rims, not sure if they are tubular, most likly clinchers. Have you any comments regarding the rigida's and the sun cyclocross wheelset?
Panaracer Crossblasters (nm)BipedZed
Aug 9, 2002 5:40 AM
Muds, Kenda Cross, or CrossblastersSteve_O
Aug 9, 2002 5:50 AM
All depends on which tires have the most tread left on them!

Hey Alex, Have you raced the SuperCup race in Washington Park or any of the Rockford Races? I'm not a hard core racer (1-2 MTB races per year... Good beginner class / mediocre sport class racer)...

Just curious about feedback as I would like to try at least one cross race this fall..
Aug 9, 2002 7:45 AM
The Rockford races are superbly run by a guy named Larry Swanson. I've never had more fun at a race. The atmosphere is terrific, everybody is friendly, and the courses are very, very imaginative (read: psycho). They do A's, B's, 40+, Single Speed, Women's and Juniors. I'll be doing the B's on my cross bike (single speed gunnar) and the single speed cat on my Bianchi DISS.

The Big Shark series in St. Louis is also lots of fun.

Hope to see you there.

If you want to get your feet wet in CX...greg n
Aug 12, 2002 6:30 AM
Do the Rockford races. As Alex said, they are a lot of fun, and the number of entrants and competition keeps getting better every season.

SuperCup is a pretty boring course compared to the Rockford races, but it's a big venue and the weather, for some reason, is always gorgeous. The problem with the SuperCup race is that if you're not in the first two rows, the race is pretty much over for you before it begins. But if you're out there to have fun, it is just that.
The announced 32/34mm Tufo tubular clinchers, knobbies mostly.nmJan Gerrit Klok
Aug 10, 2002 2:51 PM