On my mountain bike I normally mount my rear tire to turn opposite the indicated direction of rotation. For MTB I feel I get more traction this way which makes up for the increase in rolling resistance. So is this a good idea with my CX bike or is it better to mount the tire with the proper direction of rotation? If it matters I currently have 700x34 Specialized tracers but I will probably upgrade to something a little liter for racing.
There are a lot of opinions of tires out there but that is all they are is OPINIONS!!! Personally, I always run my tires according to the label. I tried reversing them a few years ago but saw little to NO gain from it other than they felt different. I have however modified tires for specific race courses. I have removed the center tread creating simi-slicks, Cut out every other block, etc... I think the big difference in CX is the tire selection you have. Tubulars, Clinchers, File tread, mud tread, compound, the list goes on & on. Not to say that Mountain bikes don't have a large selection it just seems that in CX the choices are endless. One universal truth I believe in is that you should have 3 different tires in you CX arsenal:
1)File Tread - used in dry & grassy courses
2)Mud Tread - used in well Mud
3) A/T Tread - The tire you default to when you are not sure what to use
Of course these are just examples, I do not run Challenge tires personally, they just have a good picture for illustration purposes.
Thanks for the info.