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    Tire suggestions for more front grip

    I'm getting back into MTB after 10 years of road riding.

    What are some tires that are considered to have great cornering ability for looser wetter conditions of the NorthEast?

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    I've completely switched to the WTB Bronson TCS front and rear now. Great grip and all around performance. 120tpi as well so nice and plush.


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    duggus- Do you have any experience with the Ardents to be able to compare the two?

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    DHF/DHR2 for loose and dry/scratchy is amazing. No exp on wet tho.
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    Tire suggestions for more front grip

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf, hands down the best front tire I've used. Expensive and wears kind of quickly (though less so when used in front), but I find it worth the security,especially after having paid a different kind of toll with other tires.


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    Hans Dampf seems like the obvious choice from what I've read, but it seems awfully heavy compared to the Nobby Nics.

    Bronson's outer tread look pretty meaty I must say. More so than the HDs.

    DHF is too wide for my rims which are more XC. 2.3-2.35 max for me.

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    Tire suggestions for more front grip

    I run a 2.4 continental mountain king and love it, stuck to and in everything so far. Running a matching 2.2 rear though switching to a max is ardent rear next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockMTB View Post
    Hans Dampf seems like the obvious choice from what I've read, but it seems awfully heavy compared to the Nobby Nics.

    Bronson's outer tread look pretty meaty I must say. More so than the HDs.

    DHF is too wide for my rims which are more XC. 2.3-2.35 max for me.
    Looks can be deceiving. The HD tread is much more sturdy than the Bronson. The outer lugs on the Bronson are pretty pliable which I found caused it to be a tad too squirmy for me.

    Also, the DHF isn't a "true" 2.5 casing but does have monster knobs. Might be overkill for most XC type riding. Also they are heavy compared to others. If you need grip though they are hard to beat.

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    I'm also looking for a somewhat lightweight tire with similar qualities, would a nobby nic be a good choice?

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    I'm also looking for a somewhat lightweight tire with similar qualities, would a nobby nic be a good choice?

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    Nobby Nics and Hans Dampfs are my two favorite tires, if cost and longevity aren't a concern.

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    Chunky Monkey

    I love them and you can't beat the price. $30 delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripower View Post
    I love them and you can't beat the price. $30 delivered.
    Uh...what?

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    I'm not a fan of the hans damph or NN. They felt very slow rolling and wore out very, very quickly. I really didn't find them to be very confidence inspiring. I've been really pleased with the Specialized Butchers. They are faster rolling than HDs, about 200 lighter, and feel more secure in loose over hard or muddy stuff. I've also been pleased with the Minion DHR IIs.

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    I've run a Knobby Nic 2.35 tubeless for 1k miles now. Side knobs are a bit to soft for me (Colorado front range gravel) better in the high cntry where there is soil. Coming off years of 26" x 2.35 Maxxis Ignitors that have stiffer side knobs. The Nics do run nice (float) thru sand & gravel and at around 19 psi grip well. (FYI- I'm 6'1" 190 lbs loaded to ride- XC type riding on a SC Tallboy) much lighter than Hans Damph a little lighter than Spec Purgatory. Lots of praise for the Purgatory's from other posters would like to try it in the 2.4.

    The WTB Bronson looked like the knobs I prefer but the side knobs felt even softer than the Nics- I don't like squishy side knobs on hard pack or loose over hard. probably great if you have softer soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jselwyn View Post
    I'm not a fan of the hans damph or NN. They felt very slow rolling and wore out very, very quickly. I really didn't find them to be very confidence inspiring. I've been really pleased with the Specialized Butchers. They are faster rolling than HDs, about 200 lighter, and feel more secure in loose over hard or muddy stuff. I've also been pleased with the Minion DHR IIs.
    I need a set of more aggro 29er tires for an Enduro race, but I don't want to go over 900g. I've narrowed it down to Butchers or DHR IIs. Can you elaborate a bit? Which roll better? Which corner better? Are you using on F and R? Running tubeless?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pslide View Post
    I need a set of more aggro 29er tires for an Enduro race, but I don't want to go over 900g. I've narrowed it down to Butchers or DHR IIs. Can you elaborate a bit? Which roll better? Which corner better? Are you using on F and R? Running tubeless?

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    On-One Chunky Monkey 2.40. Rolls well, corners great. $30 shipped (may need to call to order)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pslide View Post
    I need a set of more aggro 29er tires for an Enduro race, but I don't want to go over 900g. I've narrowed it down to Butchers or DHR IIs. Can you elaborate a bit? Which roll better? Which corner better? Are you using on F and R? Running tubeless?

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    Both the Butcher and DHR2 are pretty similar. Both brake and corner very well. I really like the butcher and figured I'd try the DHR2s just to see. I prefer the Butcher overall. Butchers are a softer rubber and feel more secure all around. The DHRs are still a solid tire and last a bit longer. Rolling is pretty close to the same. If the course is going to be really rocky, I find the DHR2 sidewalls a bit more durable. I run both tubeless with Stan's and have no issues of any kind. The specialized tires usually leak a bit of air overnight at first, but never been a problem. You won't go wrong with a Butcher on the front and DHR2 rear.

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    On-One Chunky Monkey 2.40. Rolls well, corners great. $30 shipped (may need to call to order)
    How do you like the CM paired with the Smorgasbord in the back?

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    How do you like the CM paired with the Smorgasbord in the back?
    Very well, though the SGB can be squirmy on hardpack. I used the ChMonk/SGB combo most of the spring and at the Test of Metal.

    If you have the room ChMonks on both ends is the way to go.
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    Another vote for Chunky Monkey. My favorite 29er tire. Course I'm nervous they are all gonna be bought up before I stock up on them, so quit recommending them folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Another vote for Chunky Monkey. My favorite 29er tire. Course I'm nervous they are all gonna be bought up before I stock up on them, so quit recommending them folks.
    The more people that buy them the more likely more will be made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    The more people that buy them the more likely more will be made.
    I like my sales pitch better, Shiggy. The whole exclusivity angle/be one of the few in the "know" kind of thing. Really moves product. Long live the Chunky Monkey!
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    Can the CM run tubeless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scvkurt03 View Post
    Can the CM run tubeless?
    I have been running the Monkey tubeless on a Stan's Flow rim. I have had great success with it. One of my best experiences with a non tubeless specific tire. However, the tire is not "meant" to be run tubeless.
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