It can be intimidating trying to match tires to terrain. New from Schwalbe in 2011 is the Hans Dampf—when loosely translated from German it means jack-of-all-trades—is designed to have good all-around performance and predictable cornering characteristics and will seal on some tubeless setups without sealant. Initially the Hans Dampf is only available in a 26×2.35, but look for more sizes and a 29er version this fall.
Also new is this Easy Fit bead lubricant for tubeless setups. No more pumping up your tire to scary pressures to seat the bead. A swipe of this easy-applicator will let the bead slide right in at reasonable pressures.