SDW Tyre advice

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SDW Tyre advice

Postby IceDog77 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 08:06 am

Hi guys

I am riding the South Downs Way in a few weeks time. We are attempting it in a leisurely 3 days.

I currently run Maxxis IKON 60TPI 29"x 2.2" tyres on my Whyte 529 which are average. Can anyone tell me what the best tyres and combo of tyres would be for the tracks on the SDW?
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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby cooldad » Wed Jul 10, 2013 08:15 am

Unless there are deluges between now and then, what you have.
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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby miss notax » Wed Jul 10, 2013 14:36 pm

Yup, beware of the SDW in the wet.... I got spat off my bike twice because of wet chalk which wasn't fun (and resulted in about 4 hours at A&E :roll: )!
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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby diy » Mon Jul 15, 2013 07:10 am

Any decent light weight XC tyre will be fine unless it wet and then it doesn't make much difference. I run XC tyres even if its wet, as most of the SDW is on the hills and the path has good drainage. If its dry, I'd maybe try a little more air in than usual.

I was up there on the 7th (devils dyke to eastbourne and back practice) and it was baking hot. The combination of white chalk and a 8mph tail wind made it very hard going in the heat. I'm up again this weekend for the full 100, gonna be running Spesh fast trak Sworks as hard as I can get away with.

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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby njee20 » Mon Jul 15, 2013 07:55 am

Harder is not faster.

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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby diy » Tue Jul 16, 2013 06:37 am

I agree there is a sweet spot where the tyre is hard enough to reduce the contact patch and soft enough to still deform for minor obstacles. I will be running 38-40psi on a tyre with a 35-65psi range.

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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby The Rookie » Wed Jul 17, 2013 05:34 am

njee20 wrote:Harder is not faster.

True, but the optimum hardness depends on the surface......on road (for example) harder is pretty much always faster.

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Re: SDW Tyre advice

Postby willnewtonclare » Fri Jul 26, 2013 22:29 pm

I did it on Monday,
Front Schwalbe CX Pro 26 x 1.35"
Rear Panaracer Fire CX Pro 1.8" Both pumped up towards the top of their range
For me this was a good trade off - good rolling tyres with a bit of cushioning on the back.
I had one puncture and fairly canned the downhills, if you´re confident and it´s dry you could even run a slickish would keep your concentration levels up!

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