I recently moved to montana after traveling for a year and need some new tires for my XC race hardtail. It seems like the trails here are a mix of hardpack with sand, loose rocks and some larger rocks, which is a bit different than what was around Seattle, so I am looking at new tire options.
Previously I liked the racing ralphs, but they do not handle loose over hardpack very well and are pricey. Is the new tread pattern better?
I am currently thinking about a maxxis icon exo rear/ rocket ron snake skin front would this be a good pairing?
I have been racing for 5 years and have decent handling skills on low knob tires, but want a bit more front grip when the trail gets loose while maximizing speed.