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    Recomend me some good Am tires for the Yelli

    I've had my Yelli for a couple of months now and I'm running my semi worn out exiwolf 2.3s. I have honestly never given a lot of thought to tires but now I am progressing into more agressive riding. With the Yelli I'm hitting jumps and drops of three or four feet and hitting more technical steeps than I have before. Like everyone else i want to have my cake and eat it too. i would like a good balance bewteen fast rolling and decent volume for cushion. Of course I also want good grip, though I mostly like to ride hardpack trails with limited mud. Here in WV staying out of the mud is not always an option however, so I really need to be ready for it all. I may race an upcoming enduro as well as even a cross country race but I am more concerned about all around trail fun than being a racing machine.
    I know a guy who put a set of Hans Damfs on his Yelli and loves them but I've also heard that it may not be a a great choice for the rear tire since it is so big. On the flip side it would be nice for jumping.

    At my disposal i do have a lightly used set of Specialized purgatory 2.2. Would that make a decent rear tire with something bigger up front?

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    Purg 2.4 and Ground control 2.3 will treat you right. Otherwise Hans Damfs, Ardents, Conti MK2s, or even Rampage 2.35s.

    Honestly all those tires are pretty damn good and the best will be determined by your local terrain.

    Personally, I'd put that Purg 2.2 in the back and get a larger front tire. The purg will roll fine but not fast. Save a bit of money that way.

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    Don't forget the new Minions.

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    Recomend me some good Am tires for the Yelli

    If you have a front derailleur, anything bigger than 2.3 will probably cause at least some side knob buzzing when in the granny ring. I have a CG XC 2.25 and I love it as a rear tire. Not so much as a front tire.
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    2.35 Hans Dampf up front. 2.2 Rocket Ron PCE with snakeskin... my favorite summer combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    If you have a front derailleur, anything bigger than 2.3 will probably cause at least some side knob buzzing when in the granny ring. I have a CG XC 2.25 and I love it as a rear tire. Not so much as a front tire.
    depends on the frame. i can run up to 2.5 on my TB LTc

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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    depends on the frame. i can run up to 2.5 on my TB LTc
    Well, yes. But the OP was asking specifically about the Yelli Screamy, which is why my reply was about tire clearance in that that frame.
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    Specilized Butcher control 2.3/ Ground control 2.3 - Fr/Rr.

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    Ardent 2.4 front and rear

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    purg rear is awesome with a butcher up front.

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    +1 on Spesh Butcher fr / Purg Rr

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    Thanks for all the great replies. Since I already have the purgatory 2.2, I'll run it on the rear and get either an Ardent or a Hans Dampf for the front. I will look up the Butcher on second thought and see what it looks like too.

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    Geax Gato for the front
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    I have a CG XC 2.25 and I love it as a rear tire. Not so much as a front tire.
    I was about to buy a pair of these for my YS build. What don't you like about the CG up front?
    My short list was
    1. CG XC F&R
    2. Geax Gato & Mezcal F&R
    3. Kenda Happy Medium and something else R&F

    But I don't know s**t about tyres. Those just sound fun to try. And relatively cheap.

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    Recomend me some good Am tires for the Yelli

    I'd rather have something with more prominent side knobs up front. A Hans Dampf, Butcher, even a Minion.
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    HD's all the way!

    I've been using HD's front and rear on my Yelli for a year now. I use the trail on the front and the pace on the rear. Fits fine, works great
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    My current combo is a 2.25 nobby nic up front and a 2.3 spech. ground control out back. (The GC is considerably smaller despite the claimed size).

    I like the Nic up front cause it's a more square profile, and the GC out back gives sick climbing grip. Just wish it was really a 2.3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    and the GC out back gives sick climbing grip. Just wish it was really a 2.3.
    Agreed, I tried a GC and was impressed with the climbing traction the tire offered. However it just wasn't up to my standards for size and volume.
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