Description: Light weight version designed for cross-country racing, light trail riding, and/or less aggressive riders.
Tire Widths: 1.8″-2.4″
Inner Rim Width: 22mm-32mm
Includes: (2) CushCore tire inserts, (2) 44mm CushCore presta air valves, valve core tool, installation instructions, and rim stickers.
*Note: For 650b or 700c Gravel wheels with a 47c tire or wider choose the 27.5 (650b) or 29 (700c) XC model.
The world’s #1 trusted tire insert.
UNRIVALED IMPACT PROTECTION
Absorbs big hits, prevents rim damage and withstands repeated imapcts without degrading.
ABSORBS SHOCK AND VIBRATION
More control and less rider fatigue.
Patented profile reduces pinch flats.
SUPER STABLE CORNERING
Reinforces tire sidewalls to prevent tire roll and increases traction in corners.
LOWER TIRE PRESSURE
Optimal tire pressure with no compromises.
Supple, compliant tread patch increases grip
I run a girls enduro team and in our first year we had 3 cracked rims and 3 sets of aggravated parents. Now that we have (most) everyone on the cushcore inserts that's come to an end (knock wood) and for smaller riders (most of our riders are under 130 pounds) the XC insert is fine regardless of terrain. Barely noticeable when climbing and still deadens trail chatter. Thanks for a product that boosts confidence, feels good and saves money and downtime.
I end up pushing my XC bikes past the point of what they are designed to do and CUSH CORE gives me the confidence to push it on the trails when the trails get a little... extra.
Lots of inserts that can give a little protection and lower pressure but CushCore XC by far the best when it comes to performance and ride quality. Really allow me to get trail-like performance out of a faster rolling XC tire in places like Moab and Downieville. Compared to others there is really noticeable sidewall support to set up into tight corners and underrated benefit is the comfort and damping on long downhills. Really shine the most in situations that are rocky, loose, and dusty or grip is low. More than worth the extra weight if you want to ride aggressively and confidently in rougher terrain.
I am well aware of the XC bike's weight and the importance of it. But, damn! let's leave that for the WC racers, WE should be able to sacrifice a little bit in order to gain somewhere else.
I simply run it all the time and so far I love it and have no complaints at all.
Just finished putting the CushCore XC through a trial-by-fire test at the Moab Rocks Stage Race. I did my best to test them at the limit... and I'm wholly impressed at the performance improvement they brought. I was running a spandex-clad set of Stan's Podium SRD wheels, which in any other universe would be a terrible idea to go Mach Chicken in Moab, but thanks to the CushCore XC I could race without worry.
First, impact protection. The ability to roll over roots, rocks, and whatever's in your path without worry of breaking a rim is so valuable. Plus I'm very happy for the forgiveness when I accidentally knock a square edge rock. Second, the sidewall stability was confidence-inducing for high speed cornering. Having the ability to lean the bike over and fully engage every knob on the tread allows for heaps of traction... even with sketchy XC race tires that love to roll off the bead. Finally, being able to run lower pressures (I'm at 16 + 17) is key; makes that 100mm of travel go WAY further.
All in all, I can't recommend them enough. From cornering stability here in the PNW, to rocky confidence in Moab, the CushCore XC set is going with me everywhere. (And they're really not that hard to install... just follow the directions and you'll be fine.)
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