"Personally, I find a 42 too tall a gear for CX if your only ring. The 50 will be pretty useless offroad. Unless you are a super strong rider, once you get offroad, you might find the 42 holding you back. I ride a 1X set up with a…"
"My understanding of XC MTB races are they are more of an endurance sport, multiple hour events, with fewer needs for maximum accelerations. If you are good at those types of events (sounds like you are), CX is a different beast. Shorter…"
"Folks mix and match tires all the time in CX. I tend to run a beefier (read: more grip) tire in front and something less aggressive in the back. I'm much more comfortable drifting the back wheel than I am the front, so try to put as…"
"105 is MORE than serviceable as a groupset. Having any group set-up and tuned properly is what is paramount in all cases.
As for fit, do you know the rest of the geometry on your "56cm road frame"? That is important. If…"
"Great idea Joe. I added the much anticipated WTB Cross Boss to the sheet. I think there are a few others that might be added as well. Also, I think some might take noticed/disagree with some of the style descriptions (despite them…"
"Timmy, your LBS guy doesn't understand the different properties latex brings to the table then. It does take a bit more care and handling during install but, nothing crazy. Latex is typically what is used inside tubulars (every high…"
"Hop on with a pedal? Meaning left foot on left pedal, step on and swing right leg over saddle? That could be asking for trouble (think about trying that on an off-camber or uphill). Much better to practice the "kickboxer"…"
"As long as you aren't intentionally crashing into folks, just get out there and do it. The likelihood of winning is slim-to-none, but you'll gain experience and skill in the environment. Besides, most courses these days only…"
"Nice Tim. If you don't already, good a good tire pressure guage and keep experimenting with slight psi changes. Might help to carry a small hand pump with you as well.
You've got about 50 lbs on me and I can run…"
"Tracer is an all-around I believe (least tread to most: Trigger, Tracer, Terra in the Spec line). Tracers look like they should clear mud decently well. What aren't you liking about them? If Spec isn't tickling your…"
"Yeah, I heard October. WTB is usually pretty fast and friendly via email, as you discovered. I have a set of the CrossWolf and have been using it front only. Really digging it. But agree a bit more volume would be nice. …"
""Wider rims help prevent pinch flats and allow a lower psi as such, but I think they are easier to roll an open tubular type tire off of since the tire doesn't neck down as much at the rim interface. My experience points towards…"
"Thanks Kurt. Certainly some valid points in there. What I am still confused about is "pinch flatting is the #1 mechanism to flat a clincher and a wider rim will help that for sure". Are you saying a wider rim helps…"
Hi Kris: Did you read the online cxmagazine interbike article about the ChrisCross? It was designed as a system with the CrossWolf tire using one of the UST standards. They wanted to be standards driven. I was surprised that the tire bead is not squared-it actually looks kinda normal-and the rim sidewall is a bit tall. Regardless it took a bit to seal at the bead, which also surprised me for an designed-from-the-ground system, but it has been totally reliable since.
The CrossWolf is mixed conditions with good mud performance. I say mixed since the center knobs are staggered, but lined up so it rolls well on hard surfaces and the other knobs are spaced well for mud and loose surfaces. I think it's a great all around tread, with enough aggressive traction.
I can't say enough about the Vittoria Cross XL 33. The tight square bead seals up on anything, including road tubeless rims, even without sealant. Production tires coming out this month! THat'll work on the chrisCross for sure. Andrew has endorsed the new Hutchinson tubeless and likes the big volume. That should be an alternative for the CrisCross too.
I have the most experience with Stan's, as I was an early adopter for 'cross and that was the only real choice with the 355 29er. I was hoping the CrissCross was the replacement for that but I have to try other tires first to say if it is. I'll slap a different tire on today maybe and report back.
Stan's Alpha 340/400 were designed for road tubeless and are less reliable for CX UNLESS you use the rimstrip. IronCross and Crest are the best Stan's choices for CX with just the yellow tape. I mention the Crest because you can fudge it to run with rim brakes. Kenda conversions and SCT work easily and reliable, as does Specialized 2Bliss (Captians have great volume and tread but no longer made and supply is dwindling!) Non-2Bliss is neither easy to seal, nor reliable. Panaracer (that incluedes the IRD Crossfire) and Michelin are great conversions, but just know conversions need more time to set up since you have to seal the sidewalls. Those are my "plug and play" choices.
Did you read the upgrade article in Issue 22? That covers important points about tubeless.
That's more than you asked for, but I'm happy to share my experiences.