"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…"
"Kurt - interesting take. Everything I've seen and experienced flips your input on it's head. Would love to hear more around narrow vs. wide rims and psi vs. rider weight. I've got 20+ lbs on your 150lb "danger…"
"My take: I've run tubulars and clinchers with latex tubes and am in the process of building a set of tubeless wheels. Each has their merits.
Clinchers with butyl are not ideal. Swapping to latex tubes gives much better…"
"OP - what are you trying to prioritize? Your list is a bit all over the place. mud tire, mixed conditions, mixed conditions, mud/mixed conditions, mixed conditions. That is just based on tread pattern. if I were to have…"
"Richard, "looking like a dummy" is part of the fun. Stumbles and spills are part of the game. Get over it and go have some fun, if you are lucky, you'll get some good heckles from the crowd, that will be a sign you are…"
"There are likely local clinics put on by shops or teams that would help you understand the necessary skills. There are also a ton of online and hardcopy materials (including this Magazine) to help you. Really the best way to get it, in…"
"Echo Chris' response. I think I did a bit of internet video research, but had never been to a CX race before showing up at my first race as a participant. Don't worry about "looking like a fool", even the folks that…"
"Funny Bob, understood just the opposite for the Alphas, that the rimstrip is an imperative for low pressure applications, hence coming free with the rim purchase. Has the design been changed/updated?"
"Awhile back CXM did some reviews of a few different shoe models. Shoes are VERY personal, as our feet are all pretty different. You can likely get away with most mountain-oriented models, depending on the features you are looking…"
"I can see Anne's point on the steerer tube. That is ALOT of spacers and kinda begs the question if the bike was the right size/fit. If you were doing alot of out of the saddle hammering, that could be more stress than it is designed…"
"Ok, so looking to reuse spokes from a previous build, but swapping out the hub? Shouldn't you be looking for a hub with the same flange diameter and spacing?
I would never trust the ERD numbers from anyone except my own measurements.…"
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.