I'm looking at doing the London to Brighton Off Road ride this year on a Boardman CX Team. It's got Schwalbe Marathons on at the mo, what CX tyres would you recommend?
Anybody done it?
It depends on ground conditions. I did it in January on an MTB and it was a struggle to get traction at times even on the flat disused railway section south of Cranleigh as it was so muddy. I'd wager it would have been nigh on impossible on a cx then. If it's dry, no problem.
Yeah, I'm totally gambling on it not being too wet otherwise it'll be a nightmare!
2 yrs ago i did a CX sportive in the chilterns at the end of an incredibly wet year. Myself and another rider ran 28mm slicks (conti gatorskins I think) and they were brilliant, they cut right through the wet slop and gripped on the hard sub surface meaning we could get drive on climbs where the fat MTB knobblies were just slapping around like paddle steamers. you have to have a level of confidence in your bike handling down the hills, but I'd have no qualms about using them again if it's really muddy - absolutely no grip cornering on wet grass or loose surfaces though
If you want something that gives you all round confidence then michelin mud 2's are pretty good but you'll need to run them at a fairly high pressure to prevent pinch flats on a course like the LTB