When I bought a cross bike a little over a year ago, it wasn't to race with. I was hoping for a sort of rough gravel road, road bike. Something I could go on multi hour epics through the mountains but leave right from my very own driveway. A bike fast enough to ride long distances, but tough enough to ride singletrack. Now, after a year of tinkering and trying out various bits here and there, I've finally got it dialed. Panaracer's FireCross 45c was the final change that transformed my ride.