I've been mulling over a tire change for the Vaya for a while now and this weekend it finally happened. From Bontrager, I had Cycle Works order me one of the 1.8 (44/46) Jones XR front tires and 1.75 (42/44) XDX tires for the rear. Both are available with the company's excellent tubeless-ready casing, which requires the use of sealant to run tubeless and uses a tubeless-ready bead.
So I mounted the new tires up Friday night and rode them for the first time Saturday. And let me tell you, my Vaya has taken on a totally new character. It's one I'm entirely smitten by too! It's gnarlier, faster, better handling and eminently more capable, both on singletrack and ironically, on gravel as well. These tires rule!!
I took the Vaya out again on Sunday, this time with a pretty big local group. I wanted to see if the magic I felt when riding alone would transfer to a group ride situation. And sure enough, it did. In fact, it might've fared even better in that realm, as the advantages of the burly, bouncy, yet fast rolling tires were even more pronounced when compared to skinnier, sketchier, or fatter, slower options. For days like these, they seem like the perfect choice...
So that's the latest from here. Hope your rides are revealing new discoveries as well.