12-16-2008, 05:01 PM
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler
Originally Posted by SteveL
Speaking of tires.....I've been out of racing for a while and I come back only to find a huge variety of compounds and wheel diameters to choose from. I see a bunch of guys running the new larger rims and cutting the foam down to nothing and saying that my old small rim stuff will not compete. CRC, Jaco & Parma brands, yellow, pink, grey, white & black rears. Magenta, Pink, Double Pink, Purple, ect. fronts.
What is everyone running these days (on a local level) for rim size and do you see a big difference from the older small rims? Seems crazy to me to buy something that is smaller out of the box than I would usually run. Is the extra $$ really worth it?
I was always under the impression that all the rubber came from the same manufacturer and that the harder stuff just came from the outter edges of the sheets and the softer from the center. Is it different now?
I've been running old Purple fronts and Pink rears for the last couple of weeks with good results but need to start thinking about new and not sure which direction to go. Your thoughts?
I have actually seen guys go back to the small rim stuff for club races where the traction was not cuckoo. I also have used a lot of the small rim stuff just to burn it up at club races. That being said i think the major advantage is at large events where the traction will be very high.
Here's a good explaination of the rubber:
The Jaco yellow rear is a really good tire for 17.5/13.5. It sort of fits in between gray and white. CRC also sells the same rubber with an outer ring of gray to help with chunking, which is common especially on bumpy tracks.
The lilac front (kind of a soft purple) and dbl. pink fronts are good with the yellow rear for 17.5/13.5.
I have run dbl. pink-fr. and pink-r. for 10.5 quite a bit too. Just depends on the amount of traction at your track.
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