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If you new to XC (cross-country) you will need to develop three different components: Technical Skill - This can include descending, switchbacks, riding drops (even hucking the odd drop - I have had to resort to this in many a race and even in a cyclocross race or two (a good way to get cheers from the crowd is launching yourself into a sand pit!). You ...


You seem to be looking for a puncture resistant semi slick mountain bike tyre. That's a whole set of compromises, and they're not intercompatible. For a mountain bike tyre you want big knobbly sections and a thin tyre casing so it flexes easily when you run it at low pressure. But on the road you want high pressure, and for puncture resistance you need a ...

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