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Cross wheels and tires: tubular and tubeless

Dave Kirkpatrick cross tech tires tubeless tubulars

Duck season! Rabbit season! Cross season! Tubulars, tubeless, Cheryls Ladd and Tiegs - the prospect of Tabata intervals has apparently sent Dave completely across the ditch.

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So what's 3w anyway?

Dave Kirkpatrick A2 aerodynamics tires

The theme for this year seems to be 3w, but what exactly does that mean? Our crack staff opinionates!

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Tire Installation Made Easy

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Did you see that discs are going to be allowed in pro cycling without reservations next year? If nothing else, the chatter on the internets ought to be amusing. Significantly, though, I read that 160mm rotor size and thru-axle front and rear are the agreed standard. I'm going to assume that it's 12mm thru-axle front, which is kind of a bummer since that's overwhelmingly what the fewest people currently have, but hey you have to break some eggs, right? In the bigger picture, having standards that are actually standards will be nice.  Segue to today's topic, which is tire installation made...

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CX tubeless - our final word (for now)

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My cross season has begun to circle the drain. I've had far more fun than ever racing this year, and am fully mourning the season being nearly over, but my joints can't take the cold and damp, and all the stupid Rule 5 in the world won't change that. When stepping off the bike for the barriers feels like that scene from Misery, your season is done. Despite our protestations that we aren't tubeless evangelists, that may have become inaccurate. Despite know-it-all bloviators claiming that tubeless has "no place" in cross, it absolutely does. It works a hundredfold better than...

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Cross Holy Week Update

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Well #cxishere with a freaking vengeance, with over 350 people turning out on a Wednesday night for The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross. The irony of the excellent pre-event clinic at this race being taught by the exceptionally British Helen Wyman wasn't lost on me, but as she told me "ahh, it's no biggie, we were going to give it to you anyway." Conditions were dry. Dry over dry, with a side order of dry. Course terrain consists of road, light gravel, lots of grass, some super fine silty dusty dirt, and sand. While there isn't much elevation gain, there's quite...

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