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Narrow 29er tires for Gravel/Road

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Narrow 29er tires for Gravel/Road

My Giant Toughroad GX has clearance for 700 x 50mm tires so I got some Clement MSOs in 700 x 50. Iím running them on WTB i23 rims and since Iím a heavy rider (375lbs) I run them between 40-50psi. With that rim and tire pressure combo the tires stretch out to a wide 55mm at the side knobs leaving me ~2-3mm of remaining chainstay clearance.

Iím looking for 29er tires that I can run tubeless with durable sidewalls that wonít leak air at higher pressures, are good for 70/30 pavement/off road, and specifically tires that measure somewhat narrow around 50mm (provided the conditions I described in the last paragraph).

Tires Iíve tried include Schwalbe Thunder Burts (non snakeskin) and WTB Nine lines. The nine lines had noticeable rolling resistance on pavement and the Thunder Burts rolled nicely but was too wide (~54mm). They both had thin sidewalls.

The Soma Cazadero 50mm i saw measured slightly below 50mm, however I donít think Iíd be willing to pay ~$150 for a pair. I wanted to see if anyone had other recommendations that might work for my setup. Thanks!
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