Replacing WTB Riddlers 27.5 / 2.4 Seeking Lighter Tubeless w/ Low Rolling Resistance & Maintaining Handling at Speed

Catalyzt

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I do like these tires in most respects, however tubeless makes more sense for the usual reasons, (flat prevention), I do have a slow leak in the rear tire now, and I'd love to drop weight. Bike is 49 pounds, and I would love to lose 1 pound from the tires, maybe another 220 grams or more from the seat.

(That should probably be a separate question, but if anyone has any thoughts on that, I'm all ears. I currently have a WTB Riddler Comfort COMP with steel rails, it weights nearly 400 grams, and I don't know that I need to be THAT comfortable. I'd like something that has a bit more padding than raw carbon fiber, but I probably don't need much.)

I hope this isn't a fool's errand. The thing is, I feel like I really don't need a 2.4 width for the kind of riding I do-- mostly badly cracked asphalt with occasional tricky patches of sand, some gravel, and some dirt. While the amount of dirt riding I do is limited, I enjoy it a lot, and the Riddlers are awesome going uphill with slippery sand on top of hard pack.

I also hate to sacrifice speed or handling. My downhill speeds aren't insane, but for me, 37 MPH (or close to it) is way faster than I've ever gone on a bike before-- I really like that, but I want to stay safe.

Any thoughts for a suitable replacement? My LBS is looking into it, but I'm not sure I trust him completely. (I trust his work, but not always his parts suggestions. When he suggests a specialized saddle that costs $250 and only saves me 80 grams, I feel like he's not really hearing me.)

Thanks so much for your help. I know I've been firing off a lot of questions since I got here, and everyone has been awesome.
 

Catalyzt

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Whoa, they do look nice... never heard of 'em, but the price sure is right! I like the fact that there are so many variants of width for the 27.5s (though several are sold out.)

I had to make the decision today, and my LBS and I both independently had the Maxxis Ikons at or near the top of our lists. You can't have everything, but hopefully this will mean a dropping a significant amount of weight, maintaining most of the traction for dirt I had with the Riddlers, and slightly better rolling resistance.

Of course, today I discovered a new and really cool Singletrack near my house-- very sandy, and the Riddlers were barely cutting it. So I don't want a tire with MUCH less footprint, just a little less... going from a 2.4 to a 2.2 shouldn't require too much adaptation. Down the line, having the option of a 2.1 Vittoria could be cool... or a 2.3 for the front or something. Thanks for posting, great idea. Who know, I may wind up with a second set of rims and tires somewhere down the line...!