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kman19348

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I have been running 38 Gravel Grinders and they have been a good choice for my type of riding....which consist of a pretty equal mix of gravel roads, pavement and single track.  Fast enough on pavement and enough grip on single track.  Having a few too many punctures looking to try tubeless.  Reading thru the forum, the GG's are not the best to set up tubeless so looking for some feedback on a very similar type tire that is available tubeless.  These are three that seem like decent options.  Anyone have any feed back on then or other possible options?

Vittoria Terreno Dry G Plus tubeless
WTB Riddler TCS.....which I think is tubeless
Kenda Tires Ken Happy Medium
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The Challenge GG was my favorite tire for a while. I ran them with latex tubes and they were super supple and comfortable but the blew off the rim at 40 psi while setting them up and so I switched to some Schwalbe G-Ones. It's not as nice a cornering tire as the Challenge, but it rolls fast.

I even sent a note to Challenge asking if they had plans to make it tubeless. I guess they are such a small company it would be too expensive to retool and make them tubeless. It's a bummer, because those are some beautifully riding tires. I got a couple of flats with goat heads and have been tubeless ever since.

I'm interested to hear others' thoughts on a comperable tires. The casing on the Challenges is among the most supple of anything I've ridden. I'm looking at trying some Compass tires.



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Soma Cazaderos maybe?  I've never ridden them but I use other Somas and they're pretty comparable in terms of suppleness.

 

The new line of Soma 48mm and 50mm tires are officially tubeless but the 42 Cazaderos people have had great luck setting up tubeless anyway.

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There's the Schwalbe G-One Bite, comes in a 38 and is tubeless. 

WTB Riddlers do seem to keep people happy - easy to set up and have a good balance between rolling fast and having enough traction.
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There's the Schwalbe G-One Bite, comes in a 38 and is tubeless. 

WTB Riddlers do seem to keep people happy - easy to set up and have a good balance between rolling fast and having enough traction.


Anyone had an issue with the Riddlers forming blisters?  I've had two rear tires blister up on me.  Before that I had worn a few pair out with no problems.  I'm using Orange Seal, for what it's worth. 
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Anyone had an issue with the Riddlers forming blisters?  I've had two rear tires blister up on me.  Before that I had worn a few pair out with no problems.  I'm using Orange Seal, for what it's worth. 

Yup. Orange Seal too, 3 Nano's & a Riddler. It's a WTB problem. It's a shame, I really love the Nano.

To the o.p., I just bought a set of GG's to try out & will be setting them up tubeless. Our shop owner has run them tubeless for a while & loves them.
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My go to tire for a while has been the 38mm Bontrager CX0s. They set tubeless really well and I have never had a puncture. My rides are almost always include single track. I have done the Gravel Grovel in Southern IN as well as the Red River Gorge 100 mile mountain bike race. They roll well and have good cornering grip
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Anyone had an issue with the Riddlers forming blisters?  I've had two rear tires blister up on me.  Before that I had worn a few pair out with no problems.  I'm using Orange Seal, for what it's worth. 


I'm not sure what you mean by 'blisters' here. Can you describe? My WTB tires have gotten a little weepy (bubbles/leaks out of sidewall) after a 9-12 months or so, but seem to do well. Usually some riding cures them for a few weeks.
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I too run the challenge GG and run them tubeless, not a flat one, and love the tire, personally, I am sticking with them
i did alot of research prior to getting them and it seemed they were a go to tire
i am interested in the new Ritchey JB line of tires, will likely give them a try and agree with Fett, a buddy runs the bontrager CXOs and love them too
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I'm not sure what you mean by 'blisters' here. Can you describe? My WTB tires have gotten a little weepy (bubbles/leaks out of sidewall) after a 9-12 months or so, but seem to do well. Usually some riding cures them for a few weeks.

Their casing degrades in sealant, and eventually will allow air to get between the inner casing and outer tread, causing blisters and eventually in my case warping the tire to the point it hits the frame & kills my day. What's happening to you is probably the same thing, just on the sidewalls instead of the crown.
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I too run the challenge GG and run them tubeless, not a flat one, and love the tire, personally, I am sticking with them
i did alot of research prior to getting them and it seemed they were a go to tire
i am interested in the new Ritchey JB line of tires, will likely give them a try and agree with Fett, a buddy runs the bontrager CXOs and love them too

That's good to know! They'll be my choice for the fast & mostly flat race series we have in Wichita & I'm going to see how they hold up in OK at the end of the month.
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