The third event in the Life Time Grand Prix is almost here, and we are a little embarrassed to admit that we have no idea what the right tire is for this event. We know there is a lot of climbing but that's about it.
The Crusher course is ~70 miles with ~10k vertical feet, coming almost entirely in two large climbs. The course is predominately dirt, but does include some pavement.
All of that climbing means weight is a consideration, but will smaller tires cost more time on the descents than it saves on the climbs? How rough is the course? How loose are the descents? We see mountain bikes in some of the photos. What tire should we ride?
Lets ask some experts…
2 x USA MTB Champion
IRC Boken 36. A perfect crusher tire. Light, quick, and can turn on loose powder and gravel.
World Tour Pro
2nd place Crusher in the Tushar 2019
For Crusher in the Tushar, I am planning to run 38cc Vittoria Terreno Dry tires. I’ve chosen this tire, because it has great side knobs for cornering on gravel, while maintaining a smoother inner tread for the smoother and faster sections of the course.
I am hearing that the course is dry and loose this year, but the long descent is still really rough. I am thinking IRC Boken DoubleCross 700x38 for traction and volume.
For Crusher I am looking for a tire that rolls fast uphill, but has some bite when it comes to the fast descending. The Kenda Alliuvium has proved to do both of those things while also carrying some great puncture protection because it is hard to finish the race without air in your tires!
40mm Maxxis Rambler with the 120 tip EXO casing. I think these tires have the best rolling resistance with still decent protection from punctures.
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