Splatter Paint wrote:
Thanks for the tyre info, but at 750g they're heavier than what I've got now (575g). Maybe a 2.1 Nobby Nic evo on the rear and a 2.3 Racing Ralph up front? The only obvious way I can see to drop weight effectively is to change the fork which is 1.1kg for a carbon one. Any other changes will be too minor for the cost involved...
If you go this route I'd put a 2.35" Nobby Nic Trailstar on the front, it being a grippier tyre than the Racing Ralph and it's on the front that grip is more important, for braking and cornering.
Losing traction on climbs is more likely to be a combination of tyre pressure and technique/weight distribution than tread pattern, in my opinion anyway.
The On-One tyres may well be heavier than what you're using but they're some of the best tyres ever I've used on wet rocks and roots and the sidewalls are far more damage resistant than even the Schwalbe Snakeskin versions (but then they are
made by Maxxis).
They like low pressures too
As far as weight goes - well, I'm probably the wrong person to talk to about weight as my singlespeed probably weighs about 24lbs and I weigh about 155lbs, so neither of us are lightweights
. There's far more to a nice riding bike than weight though.