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    All Around 29er Tires

    So I have been running Kenda small block 8 in the summer and wtb stout 2.3 in the winter (I live in Minnesota) for about a year now. However, I hate the Kenda's on a trail, but the wtb's just aren't practical for anything less than mud and snow. What is a good fast rolling, all around, durable summer tire? MN trails have so much traffic that they can't be used when wet or even damp. What is your advice?

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    Specialized The Captain Controls have worked pretty well for me as an all round tire. Mud isn't their strong suit for sure, but again, good all arounder.

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    Tioga Psycho Genius up front and a Geax Saguaro on the rear.

    One of my friends runs Saguaros front and rear and another one runs Psycho Geniuses front and rear. I'm the only one that split em up and I felt it worked great.
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    Fast Trak Control or Race King

    I've been running Race Kings on my 29er all year and have been very pleased.

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    Maxxis Ignitors. Best all around I have tried.

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    Maxxis ardent lust 2.4,

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    Rocket Ron or racing Ralph snakeskin rear

    Currently using Rocket Ron SS front and rear right now and I am very happy.

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    I just put on kenda honeybadgers f:r and I'm liking them alot. I also don't have any other experience with Other tires. Besides the bontrager expert 3 that I was initially using.

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    Durable, good, all around tires that roll fast? Maxxis Ardent. Take "roll fast" out of the equation, and you can include a killer combination I ran for a while this past winter/spring on my FS bike, that I've switched to my SS - a Tioga Psycho Genius on the rear, and a 2.4 Conti Mountain King up front.That setup was killer, and would stick just about anything, and while it's not "slow" I wouldn't call it fast rolling either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larsbaby View Post
    Maxxis ardent lust 2.4,
    This.

    I run the 2.4 up front and the 2.25 in the back, both tubeless. Great tires. Grippy, not terribly heavy for the amount of grip, easy to set up tubless, and they roll fast.

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    ^^^yup. I'm running 2.4 front and rear. awesome tire.
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    My favorite "All Around" tires:

    Specialized Ground Control "Control" casing
    Maxxis IKON EXO
    Rocket Ron SS

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    Continental X-Kings

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    For the big money, Rocket Ron front, Racing Ralph rear. Snakeskin if set up tubeless.

    For less wallet damage, Specialized Ground Control front, FastTrak rear, both in Control casing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firebike7 View Post
    Maxxis Ignitors. Best all around I have tried.
    I used to think this was true. Then I tried Specialized Ground Control 2.3s and they make the Ignitors seem like slicks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinator0514 View Post
    What is a good fast rolling, good fast rolling, all around, durable summer tire, durable summer tire? What is your advice?
    Conti X-King RaceSport.
    Operative words "fast rolling" and "all around"
    Front, rear, any conditions - maybe not serious mud, but I think you ruled that out.
    I'm in SW Colorado and ride in NM and UT too, i.e, mostly dusty dry to tacky hardpack and/or rocky conditions.

    There are a handful of tires I have used and can happily live with on the rear.
    In order of preference for (my) all around: Conti Race King, X-King, Stan's Raven, Maxxis Crossmark, Racing Ralph. There are others that I view as OK, but that I would not recommend simply because there are better options.

    But the list grows slimmer for front options. X-King is the clear top dog there. Everything mentioned above works, but is an order of magnitude behind. Except for the Raven, which is two magnitudes behind.

    I value "fast rolling" since (1) I typically ride from home to the local trailheads, and (2) on the trail I see more hardpack than any other single condition. And I'll ALWAYS take the fatter of two options, i.e. 2.4 (if available) over 2.2 or 2.1. I love the volume and suppleness of a 2.4 Racing Ralph, but it just isn't quite smooth enough on pavement or hardpack.

    The Crossmark is probably my second choice as a F/R, "fast rolling" and "all around" tire.

    My observations. YMMV.
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