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Bicycle Travel => Gear Talk => Topic started by: zzzz on January 31, 2017, 10:00:08 pm

Title: GDMBR Tires
Post by: zzzz on January 31, 2017, 10:00:08 pm

I'm building up a bike for the GDMBR later this year. The go to tire seems to be the WTB Nano but it does not come in a tubeless version for my 650B wheels. So I'm curious what other brands/model people have run and if you would recommend what you used.

Title: Re: GDMBR Tires
Post by: Iowagriz on February 01, 2017, 09:57:44 am
I did 500 miles in Montana on the GDMBR on Specialized Renegades (Control version, you'll want the sidewall protection).  Less knobbies than the Nano, but I also race MTB on the Renegades, so I'm used to them sliding around some.  If you come from a MTB background, you wouldn't have a problem.  Specialized Fast Traks would also work well.

I'm on Maxxis Icons now, also good tires, but I think that I want less rolling resistance for the Divide.
Title: Re: GDMBR Tires
Post by: zzzz on February 01, 2017, 10:33:39 am
Hi Griz:

Thanks for the reply, I did not even think to look at Specialized for tires. The Fast Tracks appear to be what I was looking for. Knobby, but not too knobby, tubeless, 650b, not too wide. The Renegades looked great but did not come tubeless in 650b. The MTB tire thing feels like a maze trying to locate what you want.

As for my background, I'm 58, I've been riding for 43 years, raced for 20. 99% of that time has been on the road, .099% of the time has been 'cross and .001% of that time has been MTB. I'm about as green to MTB as people come.

I've taken 5 long tours now in the last 5 years and I've passed thru some pretty remote spots, so I'm not concerned about that aspect of the trip. My off-road bike handling skills will be a work in progress. You can bet I'll be practicing every chance I get between when I can pick up the bike in April and when I roll out of Banff on 7/30.

Title: Re: GDMBR Tires
Post by: Iowagriz on February 01, 2017, 09:47:59 pm
Fast Traks are good. Maybe I'll see you out there, still trying to determine my start date. Starting at Banff, going as far as I can in 10 days.

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Title: Re: GDMBR Tires
Post by: Biggus Duckus on February 03, 2017, 02:49:32 am
I had the same issue.  Loved my WTB tubeless Nanos but couldn't do that after making the switch to 27.5/650b.  I went with the very similar Vittoria Mezcal and I'm extremely happy! Be sure to get the TNT (tubeless) variety,  and they come in 2.1" or 2.25".
Title: Re: GDMBR Tires
Post by: zzzz on February 03, 2017, 08:15:02 am
Thanks for the recommendation. After my original post i came across the Mezcal and visually they looked a lot like the WTB Nano.

It feels as though the choices for 650b in tubeless are pretty thin. I guess there's not much demand.