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    HELP ME select tires for my Niner Rip 9 RDO - trail or all mountain

    Bike came with Schwalbe Racing Ralph's at 2.25. While they performed well on single track and roots, not so good on rocks and bigger mountain rides. Before I tear another sidewall, I want to replace them with a beefier, more downhill or heavier riding capable tire set. Price is not a big concern as long as performance is good on rocky terrain. Any additional gain in tire weight is an acknowledged Compromise. Tires will be set up tubeless. I weigh 225 and usually run pressure at 30psi.

    Was looking at Specialized Purgatory and Ground Control 2.3, as well as Continental Trail Kings, the Schwalbe Hans dampf up front and no by nic on rear. Open to all choices though.

    Any suggestions?

    And thanks in advance.

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    Re: HELP ME select tires for my Niner Rip 9 RDO - trail or all mountain

    Maxxis Ardent with EXO sidewalls. I've run all the Schwables you are considering and they are all good. I just seem to prefer the Maxxis tires. I just switched to the Maxxis Ikon 2.35 on my Yeti SB95C as the trails here in North Texas just don't need that much tire. I think you would like an Ardent 2.4 up front with Ikon 2.35 rear.

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    Appreciate the advice. I haven't looked into those but will do so.

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    Chunky Monkeys! switched recently from using NNs and HDs for a couple of years and I am thoroughly impressed and they dont seem to wear as fast. Did I mention the price... $30 shipped. Try the smorgasboard if you dont want something that beefy.

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    I just installed some Chunky Monkeys, fyi they weigh twice as much as my 2.4 RaRas.

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    Have you look at panaracer rampage 29/2.35?

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    I second the recommendation for the Maxxis Ikon is 2.35. I'm using one as a front tire on my SB95c and it grips suprisingly well in hardpack.

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    Michelin Wildgrip'r 2 - big for a 2.25, light at 730g, but has decent knobs and feels like a Minion. Might not be the best rock-resistant rubber however... but has more grip than an Ardent.

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    Maxxis Minion 2.3, WTB Vigilante, Kenda Nevegal. Panaracer rampage sidewalls suck, stay away.

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