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    How big is your back tire?

    I am running a rigid SS.

    I had a 2.2 on the back, but for some reason it was feeling small, so over the weekend I threw a 2.4 on there that I had lying around. After putting it in the frame, it looked huge and now I am trying to figure out if it is overkill.

    Anyone out there running big tires in the back?

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    Around 29 inches

    Or thereabouts. I would think a rigid SS would happily take all the pneumatic tire suspension it can get though.

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    Check out this monster truck of a bike and continue right along.

    2.4s are fine if you are enjoying it.

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    rigid ss 29er here. I'm running 2.4" Specialized Purgatory Control 2Bliss up front, and a 2.2" Specialized Purgatory Control 2Bliss on the rear.
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    Yep, that is kind of how it looks.

    I have no idea if I am enjoying it yet or not. I just put it on there and began second guessing it. I will be riding in Pisgah next weekend, so maybe I will leave them on to see how it goes.

    One thing I did notice right away was that the bike is heavier.

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    2.35 Rampage in front and 2.1 WTB Moto Raptors in the rear.

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    Bontrager FR3 2.35" front and rear. Put the biggest tire back there that you can pedal
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    2.4 RR front and rear on my rigid ss. All my other bikes are 2.25 in the back.

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    2.2 AKAs f/r on my rigid ss
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    Tires

    Running Specialized 2bliss Captain 2.0 in the rear, 2.2 in the front.

    thought about a race king 2.2 / mtn king 2.4

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    Not big enough.
    Well, it was a good try.

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    My SS: 2.4 Purgatory on front and 2.2 Purgatory on back. I would run the 2.4 on the back if it would fit.
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    I run WWLT 2.55s front and back on my rigid, and Wolverine 2.2 (front) and Prowler 2.1 (rear) on my HT.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    2.2 Kenda Karma's @ 20psi on both ends of my Niner MCR. The 1.9 I originally had installed was a little harsh on the backside...

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    2.4 Ardent F&R on my (fully rigid) Niner MCR - just fabu IMO. Had to switch to a 2.2 Neve on the back for this wintry season though as a) needed extra traction that the Ardent wasn't providing and b) needed more mud clearance.

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    2.3 Exi Wolf In The Back And A 2.4 Mtn King In The Front.

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    I tried several tire combo last season...
    REARS:
    Love the 2.4 purgatory in the rear, best traction,braking and rolling resistance mix (a bit weak on the sidewalls)

    Fr3 2.35, incredible cornering, very THOUGH sidewalls

    Ardent 2.4 low rolling resistance, thougher sidewalls than the purgatory but lack a bit of traction on steep loose stuff. Very predictable tire, the ultimate front.

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    Rigid SS. WWLT 2.55 front, Maxxis Aspen 2.1 rear this spring. Last year was WTB Nanoraptor 2.1 that I loved, but it fell apart.

    Quote Originally Posted by LBIkid
    I run WWLT 2.55s front and back on my rigid, and Wolverine 2.2 (front) and Prowler 2.1 (rear) on my HT.
    Do you notice the WWLT 2.55 in the rear. I have gone back and forth on putting one on the rear, but haven't been able to pull the trigger. Tell me about it...
    Something with wheels and brakes.

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    NN 2.25 I would run bigger if the frame allowed.

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    rigid SS running 2 WTB Dissents. It is a monster all around but so dang perfect I can forgo the concerns about weight etc and just ride the damn thing all over everything without a worry.

    If you are going to go big go all the way!
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    I'm thinking the ust 2.25 Ardent would be a great rear tire for low pressure cush with a 2.4 in front. Currently running Ignitor 2.1 rear and Ardent 2.25 front.

    Then again I may run two IKONs and enjoy the light wheelset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher
    rigid SS running 2 WTB Dissents. It is a monster all around but so dang perfect I can forgo the concerns about weight etc and just ride the damn thing all over everything without a worry.

    If you are going to go big go all the way!
    Pics? i vanna see..
    Something with wheels and brakes.

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    I'm running an Ardent 2.25 rear and 2.4 front. It is a great combo here in SoCal. I would love to squeeze a 2.4 on the back too but I don't think it will fit. In the past I ran a Rampage 2.35 with my dropouts pushed back a little bit. Big tires are fun.

    My wife is also running Racing Ralph's 2.25 rear and 2.4 front.

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    2.3

    Continental Mountain King 2.3 Front & Back

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    RaRa 2.25 in the rear (and 2.4 up front) both EVO. I run them in the low 20's psi range with Stan's goo and rim tape no problem. I haven't had sidewall issues with either of them. The rear is approaching "all used up" so I'm going to try a Nobby Nic 2.35 snakeskin on the rear when I can get hold of one.

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    Ardent 2.4 in front and Exi 2.3 in rear -- Ardent is great in front and Exi is good for volume and speed and works good on hardpack, but not so good for braking, traction, or mud but still acceptable.

    I am not sure the perfect rear tire is available yet for a rigid -- High volume, fast -- low weight, good braking, clears mud... Purgatory might be the ticket. Keep the suggestions coming.
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    I'm running the 2.55 Weirwolf LT front and rear on my rigid Air9... they do well in the wet and snow, but I'll be happy to get back on my 2.1 Aspens this summer.

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    2.25 Nobby Nic Snakeskin in the rear. I feel it is closer to a 2.4 when mounted on a Stans flow rim.
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    WTB 2.55 Fr and rear on my 29er ss whether rigid or suspended.
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    Thanks for all the info. There are more people running big tires in the back then I figured. It seemed the trend was to run even smaller tires back there then I do.

    I have decided to swap it back to the Mountain King 2.2 that was on there and run with it. I think the 2.4 would work with my current gearing, but there is not a lot of room left for different options. I am also a little nervous because I could tell the weight difference right away and I am taking it to the mountains for the first time next weekend, I don't need any big changes that can really wear me out.

    I have ran the same 2.2 on two other bikes with out a problem. I am not sure why it seems to ride small on this new frame. Maybe it had something to do with being set up with the ghetto tubeless and not holding a full amount of air for more then a day or so. I am converting correctly this time and see if it make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickt3030
    Do you notice the WWLT 2.55 in the rear. I have gone back and forth on putting one on the rear, but haven't been able to pull the trigger. Tell me about it...
    I'm more prone to sit and spin than stand and mash, so I like the extra cush out back. I was previously running an Exiwolf on the back, so I was already used to running a large volume, heavier tire. FWIW, my riding weight is about 215, so a few extra grams of tire don't worry me too much. Rear traction isn't the greatest and I'm thinking about reversing the tread for more bite (I ran the Exis backward and they hooked up pretty well).
    Enjoy the ride!

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    My Jabber runs 2.35 Rampages front ans rear and I appreciate the extra cush a bit more than my Zion running 2.2 (or 2.1 can't remeber right now and I'm too lazy to get up and check) CrossMarks.

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    I have 2.4 Mtn King on my EMD. Rode it for the 1st time. It was nice. There is plenty of clearance left too

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    Ardent 2.4 on my '08 Simon Bar. Barely clears but I love the cush and traction. Wears really well too.

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