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    Remember - this is very subjective. The choice of tire depends on your bike, your riding style and your feeling about durability vs performance. Your experiences elsewhere are probably not good templates for T1.

    IMO - anything that's round and holds air will work. You'll be happier with an enduro tire than a dual sport tire but I've finished with tires that hadn't had any knob for two days with the tube sticking out in places. The biggest mistake that people make is overthinking this. I wouldn't use anything more fancy than stiff-walled enduro tires and Bridgestone UHD tubes. Run a little slime in the tubes and leave them at about 10 psi. I've done six Tours with this setup and never had a flat. Well almost, I did have a tire give out about a half mile from my trailer at the end of the Tour once but that's because the tube got abraded where it was sticking through the cords.
    Last edited by Martin; 01-13-2020, 03:38 PM. Reason: Update

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    I'm going with this tire up front again: GT216AA – "FATTY" FRONT 90/100 x 21
    Still deciding on the rear . . .
    Cartographer. Trail Rider.

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    • #3
      I need guidance on tires. Front and rear. 220lbs on a 350xcf.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brothers Gibb View Post
        I need guidance on tires. Front and rear. 220lbs on a 350xcf.
        Goldentyre 216AA fattie front. GT333 rear. Change your rear in Salmon

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        • Jefff Jensen
          Jefff Jensen commented
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          Exactly what Martin said, I called the Les Schwab in Salmon beforehand and they had me out of there in 45 minutes on 2019 TOI

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        GT216AA front, no question. Last year I started day 1 with a Maxxis Desert IT rear, and changed it out in Salmon to a GT333. My compatriots went with a new GT333 in Pocatello on the rest day, between D1 and D2. When we arrived in Salmon, my Maxxis had as much life left in it as their 333's did, though it had gone another 200 miles+. We all went with fresh 333's and they got new GT216 fronts. For myself, I liked the way the Maxxis worked better than the 333. Lastly, though my 216 went all 2000 miles of the 3-person route in 2019, the last couple days I was not happy with its severely rounded off knobs (but not broken-off like would be the case with its Shinko copy). The grassy sidehill on D9 was particularly unsettling with its lack of side grip.

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        • #6
          I’m taking notes.

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          • #7
            I am going to roll with kenda parker DT's right now (currently testing them out on rides).

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            • #8
              Originally posted by JBrown View Post
              I am going to roll with kenda parker DT's right now (currently testing them out on rides).
              Watch the Jimmy Lewis TOI video. Look at his tire on Day 8 and 9. He was using the Parker.
              Cartographer. Trail Rider.

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              • #9
                Thoughts on the Parelli MT43 for rear?

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by WisemanGibb View Post
                  Thoughts on the Parelli MT43 for rear?
                  Is it round and does it hold air?

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by WisemanGibb View Post
                    Thoughts on the Parelli MT43 for rear?
                    I used the MT43 front and rear on my '16 half assed attempt. They are DOT and last a long time and will work well for 80% of the tour. That last 20% you will be wishing you had knobbies.
                    On my somewhat less half assed successful tour in '17 I used shinko f546 and 505 cheater. They were fine, and went from Malad to Sundance. The moral of the story is that its not that big of a deal. You need to actively take care of your tires the whole way no matter what tire you use. Don't spin when you don't have to, don't skid if it can be avoided. It is mentally hard not to burn half the tire off on the first day because your so excited and fresh.

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Chadzu View Post

                      I used the MT43 front and rear on my '16 half assed attempt. They are DOT and last a long time and will work well for 80% of the tour. That last 20% you will be wishing you had knobbies.
                      On my somewhat less half assed successful tour in '17 I used shinko f546 and 505 cheater. They were fine, and went from Malad to Sundance. The moral of the story is that its not that big of a deal. You need to actively take care of your tires the whole way no matter what tire you use. Don't spin when you don't have to, don't skid if it can be avoided. It is mentally hard not to burn half the tire off on the first day because your so excited and fresh.
                      What he said.

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