Last year I raced the early season (GPRT series, Jul-Sep) on a set of Vittoria XGs set up tubeless, which I found.. adequate. I didn't have any technical issues with them, but I wasn't thrilled about their grip or suppleness. Later in the season I bought a secondhand tubular wheelset (Dugast Rhinos on Ksyrium SLs) and found religion. They were on another level, and I could definitely corner faster and trust that the tire would stick.
However, as I understand it, the Rhinos are a mud tire. I've been contemplating picking up a second tubular wheelset for the early season, where most of the races are dry grass, dirt, bark chips, pavement, gravel, and sometimes sand.... pretty much all dry stuff. I'm sure the Rhinos would be fine but I'd hate to wear them down prematurely, and perhaps I could pick up a bit of speed?
What would you recommend as an early season combination? I was thinking a set of Clement MXPs (or MXP front, LAS rear) would do well to complement the Rhinos, but I'd love to hear what you all are thinking.
Wow... nothing. I think I'm probably going to get some Kenda Happy Mediums in 35 and set them up tubeless to give file treads a try. They're inexpensive and should roll fairly fast, and I'm hoping in the wider width the air volume will allow them to take up some of that early season harshness (I'm looking at you Zaaldercross).