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Zurichman

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Zman,
I haven't tried that many gravel tires actually. Some listed there are mtb tires (Renegade and Fast Track).

I really don't think you can go wrong with the GK's or the Clements. Although, I don't know know if the Clement Tubeless ready tires are available yet. Might be wrong though. Heck, the winner of the DK200 this year rode the GK SK 40's (that have recently been rebranded as 43's).

I chose the Trigger 38 because the team I ride with is sponsored by a Specialized shop and that tire was pretty much designed for 4 time Men's DK winner Dan Hughes and 2 time (?) Women's winner Rebecca Rusch when she rode for Specialized so I figure it would be a solid choice.

I would guess a lot of the Kansas folks ride the Trigger for this reason as well. The 38 Trigger is a totally different tire than the 33. It has a much thicker casing and a slightly raised center section for better rolling. Even with the thicker casing I still got a puncture though (that the Orange Seal sealed and held thankfully).

I think the Sawtooth would have been a better choice though because it's a faster rolling tire and with the dry conditions the extra volume of a 42 would have allowed me to run a tad lower pressure, and perhaps that would have kept me from puncturing. I ran the Trigger because I was worried about mud and the slightly smaller tire with side knobs allowed for more frame clearance. 


https://www.specialized.com/us/en/equipment/components/trigger-pro-2bliss-ready/117895

https://www.cxmagazine.com/specialized-trigger-pro-38c-2bliss-tire-review




You actually mention something that is kind of interesting. Since I am not a local rider I won't have the options of having a dry dirt tire available and a mud tire available. So that being said I guess I should be erring on the side of a multi tire. So I have to figure if the Trigger/Clement mso/Gravel King SK/or Maxis Rambler is the tire that fits that bill. The Clement is tubeless in the 38mm which might be now listed as 40mm.

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You actually mention something that is kind of interesting. Since I am not a local rider I won't have the options of having a dry dirt tire available and a mud tire available. So that being said I guess I should be erring on the side of a multi tire. So I have to figure if the Trigger/Clement mso/Gravel King SK/or Maxis Rambler is the tire that fits that bill. The Clement is tubeless in the 38mm which might be now listed as 40mm.

Zman
That's what I did. Picked a happy medium.

I could have brought another set with me though and should have. The shop in town had sealant (I could have brought my own as well) and I'm sure for a small fee they would have helped me switch them out.

There are also some great products out now that would fit in a bike bag or other luggage to make tubeless setup easy like this one from Specialized.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/equipment/accessories/17pumpfloorair-tool-blast-117288/117288

I've also heard of folks carrying a schrader > presta adapter and stopping at a gas station with an air pump. Which are usually pretty easy to find, even in small towns.

Cheers!

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You actually mention something that is kind of interesting. Since I am not a local rider I won't have the options of having a dry dirt tire available and a mud tire available. So that being said I guess I should be erring on the side of a multi tire. So I have to figure if the Trigger/Clement mso/Gravel King SK/or Maxis Rambler is the tire that fits that bill. The Clement is tubeless in the 38mm which might be now listed as 40mm.

Zman
That's what I did. Picked a happy medium.

I could have brought another set with me though and should have. The shop in town had sealant (I could have brought my own as well) and I'm sure for a small fee they would have helped me switch them out.

There are also some great products out now that would fit in a bike bag or other luggage to make tubeless setup easy like this one from Specialized.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/equipment/accessories/17pumpfloorair-tool-blast-117288/117288

I've also heard of folks carrying a schrader > presta adapter and stopping at a gas station with an air pump. Which are usually pretty easy to find, even in small towns.

Cheers!



Thanks for the info. Are you saying there is a bike shop in Marysville as I was told there wasn't one? I might take an extra set of mud tires with me just in case.

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Sorry. I just assumed there would be a bike shop in town. Obviously Emporia (home of the DK) is a bit bigger with more services than Marysville. 
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so a few folks asked about the base level Sequoia and the Sawtooths.  i have the base-level Sequoia frame, but built up with a different fork and wheelset (The base Sequoia's fork and wheelset are both boat anchors)

Sequoia's weight (54cm) with Thompson stem, 34t oval crank, Whiskey 9 fork, and I9 Trail 245 wheelset is a bit over 22lbs (almost 10kg on the dot).

 

the Sawtooths are heavy, but they roll so ridiculously fast, and are so puncture-resistant and wide, and set up tubeless so easily, that to me the little bit of extra weight is worth it. They are super fast on gravel and pavement, but not really good for cornering or in the soft/mud (big surprise there)

 

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The Sequoia is a bit heavy in stock config, especially the wheels as the poster above mentions. My 54cm was 24lbs stock.
Sawtooths are about 615g which isn't bad for a 42mm tire with puncture protection. 
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yeah, not bad.  But my Maxxis Ramblers provide 1lb less rotational weigh, which is huge.  Although, if you are not climbing or accelerating hard - the weight may not make much difference.  
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