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    Tyre choice for the TAT?

    Sorry if i'm treading on Chris's toes (Sgt Bilco) by posting in this section,

    but as there seems to be a wealth of experience growing on the TAT, i was wondering which tyres you would recommend for the first half of the trail?

    Whats the going like through the first few states?

    Would a typical dual sport tyre like an Mt21 or metzeler sahara be fine? or would something more aggressive like a michelin desert or AC10 be better suited?

    While i want to enjoy the off road sections, i would also like to ride deals gap- and road legal MX tyres may not be the best choice for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Losttheplot View Post
    Sorry if i'm treading on Chris's toes (Sgt Bilco) by posting in this section,

    but as there seems to be a wealth of experience growing on the TAT, i was wondering which tyres you would recommend for the first half of the trail?

    Whats the going like through the first few states?

    Would a typical dual sport tyre like an Mt21 or metzeler sahara be fine? or would something more aggressive like a michelin desert or AC10 be better suited?

    While i want to enjoy the off road sections, i would also like to ride deals gap- and road legal MX tyres may not be the best choice for this
    Well after a short amount of head scratching, i've settled on michelin AC10 for the front and a desert for the rear (if DHL actually get around to delivering it ).

    A quick look around shows tyres are a bit cheaper in the US, so no point stressing about it before the trip

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    Try searching bilco tyres even in Google

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    I'm using MT21 front, Dunlop D908RR rear. I have a 908 front but decided against it.

    Others may suggest a pair of deserts which are good too.

    You need a tyre which will last the distance ideally, Chris and I started with Karoos last year which was a mistake, my rear was completely bald after 1200 miles and finding a suitable replacement is not always easy given time restraints etc.

    If its dry, you can ride Deals gap as fast as anyone on MX tyres

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    What Tyre pressure you running
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    Deserts for me front and rear. If you have any other tyre choice you may die!

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    ah ha AC10's for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by FERRET View Post
    ah ha AC10's for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timolgra View Post
    Whats wrong with AC10's? they can't be that bad, the front is identical to the desert.

    Might just be a case that the rear doesn't last the distance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Losttheplot View Post
    Whats wrong with AC10's? they can't be that bad, the front is identical to the desert.

    Might just be a case that the rear doesn't last the distance...
    Just winding Ferret up

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    Final decision for my front isn't final as I may go for a Desert there.

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    As long as the AC10's are as good on the 690 as they were on the x challenge they will be fine, never used anything else on the x challenge, did a 3000 mile trip to portugal half road/half off road, front was done in by the end but not too bad.

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    Deserts £190 a pair yesterday at M X Event cheap or dear ?

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    Michelin Deserts with Mousses. Recently used in Morocco for over 2000 miles and they completely failed to burst into flames or kill me.

    I took the rear off yesterday and the mousse is in perfect condition.

    Don't believe the videos you see on youtube about how to fit mousses, they make it look easy. Be prepared for blood sweat and tears when fitting new or pay someone to do it. The benefit is not having to fix punctures on the trail and not having to carry puncture repair kit when packing light.

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    My bikes ready off to pick it up Thursday

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