Product: Duro Switch 29″x2.35″

Time for some fresh rubber on my mountain bike. Duro Tire came on board as a sponsor or sorts this year, so I’m giving their line-up a go. It’s not the kind of sponsor I won’t be biased about them, and if their product is good I will tell you. If it sucks, I’ll tell you.  When I was checking out their web presence, one of the big hurdles I noticed was a lack of information and lack of reviews on their tires.

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Their product catalogue was here: http://www.durotire.com/Portals/0/Images/Catalogs/Duro_bike_2014.pdf

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Duro Switch

The tread is similar to a Kenda Nevegal, with a directional tread pattern, wide spacing, and super aggressive side knobs. The sidewalls feel thick enough to handle rough terrain. They mounted up fairly easily. A quick run around the bead to pre-seat it, and they seated with a floor pump. There was minimal sealant leakage to make it seal well too, and no dimpling through any pores in the sidewall. All of those are good signs that this tire is designed as a tubeless tire…..something that is not abundantly clear from their specs. (tubeless technology is noted on their catalogue overview, but there is no mention of it after that) The tread compound feels relatively firm, but that is a totally subjective measure. If it is a harder compound, that will serve well for tire wear. Time will tell.

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It’s not Tubeless if it isn’t Stans. At least I don’t need to look any further. Don’t be skimpy when mounting up new tires, pour it in! I’ve hear all kinds of things like adding glitter into the mix, or buying bulk latex and making your own sealant. Why? It’s so easy to get a hold of these sample bottles that store well, are incredibly portable, and convenient to boot. I always have a couple stuffed in my trucks side panels, just in case. But don’t forget your tire plugs, just in case its a huge hole you need to fix on the trail.

 

 

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Note in the picture above, the comparison between a new Duro Switch to a used Shwalbe Hans Dampf, one of my favorite tires. Aside from tread pattern, one big difference is about 60 bucks.

 

On the first ride with them, the tires preformed as well as you would hope enduro tread would perform. Massive amounts of traction, good grip while leaning the bike into corners, they jump well (not subject to tire performance though), grip rocks well, are stable, etc, etc. etc. I have high hopes for these being a great tire choice, considering the combination of thick sidewall and performance so far. So stay tuned while I see how they hold up, and get riding!

New BikeReg Function: Edit Your Registration Info

This year I have noticed a new function on BikeReg.com, the ability to edit your entry information. I love BikeReg not only as a bicycle event registration platform but a really comprehensive event listing calendar. It works really well if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region as a one stop shop. Not so much in other locations. There are quite a few online registration platforms these days, and honestly I just wish every promoter used bikereg.

So this new function is kind of cool. As a promoter you can choose to let people edit their entry information (also to narrow that down so that you can edit anything but participant name). As a participant, you can edit whatever you want: like if your team nitpicks over what they want listed as your official team name….and you just can’t get it right. Go in and Edit it!

Step 1.  Locate the Login Menu on the upper right corner of the BikeReg homepage

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Step 2. Enter your Username and Password

Step 3. Press Log In

 

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Step 4. You get redirected to your BikeReg Profile Page

Step 5. Scroll Down to “My Upcoming Events” and click on EDIT to the right of the event you want to edit

 

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Step 6. Scroll down until you find what you want to edit. I want to edit my Team Name. You’ll see that when you click on it, it turns to white and you can edit the data.

Step 7. Scroll down to the bottom and press SAVE. All done.

 

I hope that helps you make the most of your BikeReg experience.

You can find all of our events on BikeReg at: https://www.bikereg.com/events/?pid=1497