best lower volume (2.0 or below) 29er tire... and steel 29er frames (again)
So the Scott Sportster P4 Igot earlier this week had Continental double fighter II tires on it that seemed to narrow and slick or real trail riding - 700x37 (what does that mean in US 29" sizing by the way... like 29 x 1.5?). So I picked up some Serfas Krest 29 x 2.1 knobies to try out. The good news is that it seems like a great knobie tire, on my 21 mile ride today on single track, fireroad, and paved road it handled everything well (though it has a decent amount of rolling resistance everywhere due to the big knobs). The bad news: I was listening to the tire rubbing the chainstays the whole way... oops TOO BIG! I road by my LBS and asked him to measure the width of the knobs with a caliper, and they came out to 53mm - Apparently I'll need a 2.0 or under rer tire, for this bike.
Anyway, I put the Conty back on the rear, and left the Serfas up front, but I'm looking for something a little wider/beefier in the rear (and maybe something faster rollign in the front, though I do like the way the serface corners up front). I ride in the foothills of notherern California around Sacramento, Auburn, Folsom, etc, where it is loose dry stuff over hardpack in most places most of the year, with a very short but intense muddy season (will change tires for mud most likely). here are the tires I'm considering:
Michelin XC A/T 29x2.0
Panaracer Firecross 29x1.85
Specialized Fast Track 29x2.0
WTB MutanoRaptor 29x1.85
Kenda Karma 29x1.9
Any thoughts on these? Any others I should consider?
p.s. - I am SOOOO sold on the 29er thing - only about a week since I got my entry level hybrid/29er I am dreaming of my ideal build. I want a steel frame to build up geared without an EBB (I've delt with EBBs in the past and have not been happy) - I just have to decide whether I want to go with: (in order of current infatuation level):
Surly Karate Monkey.
Any other reasonably priced steel non-EBB frames I should consider?
p.p.s. - OOOOooo and maybe the Spot LongBoard 9... I used to ride SS, I think 9 would be enough for me.
Last edited by scienceseuss; 05-30-2008 at 11:57 PM.
Schwalbe Little Albert if you want chunky tread that will grip in the loose, or WTB Nano Raptor for all around performance.
Bontrager also has 1.8 and 1.75 tires that will work well and offer you some breathing room.
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A good all-rounder type tread is the Specialized Captain 2.0. Fast roller with substantial shoulder knobs for cornering. Really good tire. Same casing size as the Fast Trak but a more versatile tread for trail use.
The Specialized 2.0 tires are bigger than most other 2.1, like the Krest.
Originally Posted by sthrnfat
The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common
I like Pythons. Decent traction and fast rolling.
Bonty XDX (formerly Dry-X) in 1.75
Nanoraptor for a rear, definately. It's tall rather than wide, and has no edge knobs to mention.
Nothing but Continental for me.
the kenda small block 8 is a 2.1 but is very fast, light and durable. i have raced on them all season and have been very happy.
banda, all the way
I just picked up a WTB NanoRaptor 2.1, and it fits fine with about 2mm each side.... plus, I just took it out for a quick 15 mile mix ride on pavement, singletrack, gravel roads, and some urban assault, and I have concluded that this tire rocks my socks all around the town. yay!
Maxxis... Ignitor and/or Crossmark. Currently running them combined front/rear respectively. I like the Crossmark mounted backwards on the rear for a little extra grip.
Second the Small Block 8's also...I will be switching to them soon as things are finally drying up around here... fast and surprisingly grippy.
rocky iv style
if its enough tire for where you're riding...i love the firecross. lots of traction for a slightly narrower tire. rolling resistance is probably pretty high compared to other options/recommendations so it really depends what your priorities are.
The On-One Inbred. Mine just came in the mail today and I can't wait to build it up. For $250 with headset and free shipping, you can't beat it. Resonably priced is an understatement, especially since most places have it at $375 or more just for the frame. There's also a deal with the On-One carbon fork too, if you want a nice rigid fork.
Originally Posted by scienceseuss
Btw, I am not affilliated with Unreal Cycles or anything, I'm just a happy customer. I was actually waiting to link to the deal for a while cause I didn't have money to order stuff and was worried stock would run out.
edit: Also, another good cheaper steel frame to consider, especially if you have standover clearance issues, is the Origin 8 Scout.