Thursday, April 19, 2012

Alps trip

Just to make clear that Dozer is not the only one to be travelling to Alps this year, R2 and I (no sniggering pls) have booked "the White Room" for a week in Ste Foy nr Val d'Isere first week July. Actually Rob did all the research and booking I just am along for the ride...

Anyway having realised we have 10 weeks until the off I thought I'd better plan a bit...today's question is "what tyres?". Company is recommending Maxxis minion with DH tubes - sounds heavy to me (as well as scary - what have I let myself in for?) - was wondering if others have any views.

Please note (unlike some - no names though) I am not too lardy...

6 Comments:


toons said...

What type of riding is it; is it all chair lifts or will there be climbing involved?

For Morzine (all chair lifts and DH tracks) I used the minion's dhf & DH tubes.

For Sospel which is uplifts with about 500mm climb per day. I used the Hans dampf, which is amazing in the dry but terrible in the mud.


Dangerous Dave said...

As above.

Really depends on the riding involved.

Minions are good but a High Roller offers a better all round option (as they clear reasonably well) should things get a little wet.

I'm guessing if the company is recommending DH tubes it's pretty rocky?
DH tubes are pretty heavy but if you're descending through a lot of rocky terrain it can be the difference between getting through it all or having to stop every few minutes to repair pinch flats.

Tubless of course will avoid the pinch flatting issue...

Just don't bother with Minion DHRs.


dozer said...

Dont know what sort of riding you lot are doing but we will be on the same tyres we use in Wales. Les and Sicknote will be on there stamdard 2.3 spec. I'll be on my 2.4 Snakeskin Nobby Nics, but I am thinking of putting downhill tubes in them. If the trails are that bad that I would be needing Minions I'll be walking at that point anyway!

What about body armour? I'll take my 661 knee pads, will probably get some similar elbow pads?


Farqui said...

I rode in the Alps with Maxxis High Rollers and found them a very capable all rounder. They're a little draggy but offer ooodles of grip.

I also took a set of Maxxis Minion DH's but didn't feel the need for them. Now these things really do grip and offer awesome lean angles/cross slope bite. I've only ridden them a couple of times and any of ya's are welcome to take them as backup or to try.

Beefy tubes are essential - I didn't have one flat all week, unlike some...

Enjoy, Farq's


Willy said...

It will be a fair bit of climbing with some uplift (lifts do not open until following week around there). Hence the weight concern. Will probably try going tubeless - will Single Ply tyre hold up in that case or UST / 2ply better option?


Willy said...

On body armour, I have knee pads (661 but soft) and will get elbow too - may get / hire some of the C3PO type though for shin hits...


Share This...