Specialized Purgatory 2.4/2.3
How do these tires compare in volume and size to the Maxxis Ardent 2.4/2.25.
I'm not really worried about the 2.4 up front, it's the 2.3 that I have a question about, how much different is it from the Maxxis Ardent 2.25. I have not too much clearance on my Honzo for super fat tires but I'm itching to try something new after yesterday's disastrous first time outing in the mud with the Ardents. :madmax:
2013 Purgatory 2.3 vs 2012 Purgatory 2.2 width
The Purgatory 2.2 has been my go to tyre for most of my riding - currently using it on the front of my TB and f/r of my Stumpy FSR 29er. I have been using Hans Dampf on my RIP9, but they are massive and subsequently very draggy in anything remotely wet/muddy (ie Scotland for 9 months of the year).
So I thought I'd invest in something in between widths so I can downsize on the RIP9 and put a bigger Purgatory upfront on the Stumpy.
Received the 2.3s today - stuck them on and they are narrower than the 2012 2.2s !
(I have 2.4s but they feel heavier than the Hans Dampf)
Anyone got a recommendation for something inbetween a Purg 2.2 and a Hans Dampf ?
Specialized Purgatory 29 2.3 sidewall issues
Was reminded today why I should not have replaced the rear tire on my 2013 Specialized EVO 29 Carbon with the OEM Purgatory. Sidewall tears!
When I replaced the Purgatory the first time I had three small sidewall tears which I had been able to repair. I've gone through two Ardent LUST 2.25 tires and one Bontrager SE4 Team Issue 2.3 tires on the rear. Still running the factory original Specialized Butcher 2.3 on the front.
The Ardents and the Bontrager had similar traction and treadwear to the Purgatory. However, the Purgatory seems to be significantly more prone to sidewall damage.