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    29er tyre for enduro/am

    I am current using a nic nobby, this trye is great but I loose traction in soft surface like sand and wet rocks. Can you please recommend a 29er tyre that has good traction and fast to roll. I will mainly use it for enduro- am trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    I am current using a nic nobby, this trye is great but I loose traction in soft surface like sand and wet rocks. Can you please recommend a 29er tyre that has good traction and fast to roll. I will mainly use it for enduro- am trails.
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    Hans Dampf is a good choice as well

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    im happy with a butcher 2.3/ purg 2.2 combo for a beefier trail setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolan17 View Post
    Hans Dampf is a good choice as well
    Thats right - for the first few hundred kilometers. Then the outer rubber compound ist worn and the tire looses traction.

    Schwalbe tires with triple compound are always good in magazine reviews - because they are new.

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    I forgot to mention I'm currently use a Giant P-XCR 29er wheelset, what is the wides tyre it can fit into it? is the 29x2.4 compatible with this wheelset?

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    Re: 29er tyre for enduro/am

    Bontrager 29-4 or 29-3 as a rear.

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    29er tyre for enduro/am

    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    I forgot to mention I'm currently use a Giant P-XCR 29er wheelset, what is the wides tyre it can fit into it? is the 29x2.4 compatible with this wheelset?
    You are limited by frame/fork clearance, not the rims.
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    29er tyre for enduro/am

    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    I am current using a nic nobby, this trye is great but I loose traction in soft surface like sand and wet rocks. Can you please recommend a 29er tyre that has good traction and fast to roll. I will mainly use it for enduro- am trails.
    Any tire loses traction on sand and wet rocks. Some are better than others and what works better in sand may be worse on wet rocks.
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    What pressure are you running? How much do you weigh? What bike will these wheels/tires be on? How is your suspension set up?
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    I'm running trance x 2013. The tyre pressure is 45.

    If I purchase 29x2.4 is it compatible with the wheel set?

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    What is your weight and are you running tubeless? It looks like you are using way too much pressure. I am tubeless and 165lbs and run 24/20.

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    My weight 79kg. I prefer to run with inner tubes. Than tubeless.

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    I tried out a WTB Bronson TCS (tubeless ready) last year and was so happy with it I bought another one for the back... great cornering grip and fast rolling front and back. I've also never had a tire catch the bead so well tubeless as the Bronson does. It says 2.2, but the nobs on the side are so wide it measures more like 2.35

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    My weight 79kg. I prefer to run with inner tubes. Than tubeless.
    I would try 28 psi rear and 25 psi front and see if you notice a difference. It seems to me that when I went tubeless I got better traction as the tire can conform to the ground better and give you a bigger contact surface and you can also run lower pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerBergschreck View Post
    Continental Mountain King Protection 2,4"
    I've got a set of these on my TransAM and they're working out great. Solid all around tire.
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    What about the maxxis ardent? whats the advantage/disadvantage of running 29x2.4 vs 29x2.25?

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    Re: 29er tyre for enduro/am

    Re: tire pressure. Experiment. i don't run less than 30psi front on any front tire when I am AM. To much tire squirm at 230lbs, when I am riding the edges of the tires.

    Edit, i run tubeless.

    Also Nevegals are horrible. I ripped the side nobs off a new tire in the front in 1 day at big bear on my Stache

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    29er tyre for enduro/am

    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    I'm running trance x 2013. The tyre pressure is 45.
    Use lower pressures!
    If I purchase 29x2.4 is it compatible with the wheel set?
    I already answered this.
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    What about the maxxis ardent? whats the advantage/disadvantage of running 29x2.4 vs 29x2.25?
    If you have traction issues with the Nic, you will not like the Ardent.

    Higher volume tires let you use less air pressure for more traction and cush. In the case of the Ardent, the tread is a bit more aggressive on the 2.40.
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    For the soft sand around my area (high desert) I have been running the Geax Gato 2.3 Front and the Geax Saguaro 2.2 rear. Great combo for anything but slick roots/rocks and mud. I have been able to claw my way up pretty decent and loose inclines while my friends have struggled to keep the bike going. So far I am a happy camper with the setup, for the few winter months when things get a bit wetter, I use the Gato up front and then a Specialized Purgatory 2Bliss 2.25 in the back. Great combo as well but doesn't do quite as good in the loose.

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    I finally decided to purchase a Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4, because for the type of riding I need a aggressive tread for great tractions.

    Maxxis specified that Ardent 2.40 is not suitable for tubeless use. Do you think I could still run this as a tubeless tubes?

    When fast descending do you think tubeless tube is preferable, I noticed most of the DH rider does not like running tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    I finally decided to purchase a Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4, because for the type of riding I need a aggressive tread for great tractions.

    Maxxis specified that Ardent 2.40 is not suitable for tubeless use. Do you think I could still run this as a tubeless tubes?
    Riding Ardent 2,4" tubeless is no problem. Many Ardent riders do this.

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    If you are running 45psi, you aren't doing any fast descending.
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    I always thought the NoNi was a great front tire for aggressive riding on loose stuff, but I actually just found one that works much better for "me"...the rocket Ron. A great tire for sand, mud, wet...and still rolls fast and low psi friendly. I've had way less sketchy moments on the RoRo then NoNi, Ardent, or Hans. I honestly didn't expect it at all...thought I was loosing traction to save weight but lucked out. Kinda reminds me of the maxxis ignitor, which I still love...just not as much sidewall protection as the snakeskin schwalbe. Only problem with the rocket ron is that 2.25 is the widest, but that's probably equal or wider the most maxxis 2.35 tires. Darn size discrepancies between brands!

    Just my 2 cents...I learned a long time ago that oversized, tall, spaced out side lugs don't always inspire confidence in all conditions...kinda the opposite for me in loose or wet conditions. Let us know what you decide on...I'm always looking for new tires to test out bases on member reviews. Cheers.

    Also, have you looked at the ignitor?

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    This is the type of trail I ride in Australia, rocky, sand up and down.

    I recorded this video today Trail mountain biking in Bunbury - YouTube, several times I have to carry my bike because the Nobby Nic looses traction, even though I lowered the psi to 40.


    I bought the Ardent 29x2.4, im hoping this could fit in my Fox float 32, 120mm CTD.

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    For sand you want a wide tire without too many knobs so it floats over the sand instead of digging in. My suggestion would be something like a Schwalbe Racing Ralph or Continental X-King 2.4 and LOWER YOUR PRESSURES. Your trails aren't rough, you will not flat with lower pressures.

    Apart from that, my advice is technique. You want to throw your weight back when going in a patch of sand so you weight is behind both tires. Push on your pedals forward instead fo downwards and float through the sand. Sand and other similar surfaces (snow as far as I'm concerned) is extremelly tough to ride and if you do a lot of sand riding, you might even want to consider a fat bike like many people around Moab and Fruita.
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    Loose dry sand and a steep incline, not much is going to help you.
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    Prssure too high

    Quote Originally Posted by rave81 View Post
    My weight 79kg. I prefer to run with inner tubes. Than tubeless.
    Those pressures are high for your weight, even with tubes. If tractionis the problem, and not flatting, I recommend going down to about 32 psi and seeing if the results are good. Keep dropping pressure until you feel a rim strike, or flat. Then you will have found a suitable pressure that gives you the best traction and comfort for your weight, riding style, tires, terrain, and all it costs you is a flat or two.

    I am 185 lbs (84kg) with all gear, and I run tubeless , 28 psi front and rear on my 29 x 2.3 Specialized Purgatory Control (front) and 2.3 Ground Control (rear). No flatting yet with very aggressive DH rock garden runs, and technical terrain. VERY good traction on everything else. Sand always sucks, keep your weight back for better control. Wet rocks are slippery, not much you can do about it, but lower pressure will result in a bigger contact patch.

    My bike is 2013 Spec Stumpy FSR 29er. 130mm travel.

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