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For Plus tires I can’t think of an application where I wouldn’t take the (slight) weight hit to go with the more supportive sidewall (we aren’t talking about DH tires here).
For example, I’m riding a 2.6” SE2 on the back of my single speed right now and I’m blown away by how much better it is then the Chupacabra (XR2).
I haven’t been 140lbs for a couple decades but I’d still surmise it’s worth the extra support and durability to go SE in most situations - especially if the terrain’s technical - and drop the pressure a bit to keep things supple.
Epic miles on smooth single track on a single speed trying to go with max-speed gearing maybe then you go XR but as soon as you start compensating for tire performance by running more pressure I’d ditch the Plus rubber and run 29x2.3 XC rubber with reinforced sidewalls (like Racing Ralph Snake Skin) and dump a bunch of weight and the basketball effect.
Hope that helps!
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