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    Best UST tyres for AM riding

    planning my first try at tubeless, any inputs gents?

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    What rims, do you need UST tires? you can always convert using Stan's. Is it wet, or muddy? If not Tioga Psycho Genius.

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    Two options really (suitable for all terrain, except really muddy):
    1. Continental Rubber Queen UST (Black Chilli) 2.2/2.4
    http://www.conti-online.com/generato..._queen_en.html

    2. Maxxis High Roller LUST 2.35
    http://www.maxxis.com/Bicycle/Mounta...oller-UST.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp806
    Two options really (suitable for all terrain, except really muddy):

    2. Maxxis High Roller LUST 2.35
    http://www.maxxis.com/Bicycle/Mounta...oller-UST.aspx
    Vote for the Maxxis from mee too. I run that Highroller at back and 2.4 Ardent at front. If it's dry and you need something that rolls fast and corners well then Crossmark 2.25 LUST.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp806
    Two options really (suitable for all terrain, except really muddy):
    1. Continental Rubber Queen UST (Black Chilli) 2.2/2.4
    http://www.conti-online.com/generato..._queen_en.html

    2. Maxxis High Roller LUST 2.35
    http://www.maxxis.com/Bicycle/Mounta...oller-UST.aspx
    I use two different tires - one of them being a Continental Rubber Queen US (now Trail King) in a 2.2.

    I also run a Schwalbe Nobby Nic UST in a 2.4:

    http://www.schwalbetires.com/nobby_nic_hs411

    These two tires actually weigh almost same on my home scale 795g for the NN and 862g fro the RQ and they both have almost identical widths - about 2.26".

    Currently, I run the NN in the front and the RQ in the back. Not sure why, but this setup works the best for me. Seems like the perfect combo for my conditions - SoCal dry, rocky, lots of technical climbing.

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    +3 for the ust high rollers, love them for everything besides mud, they pack up pretty quick and start to feel like slicks

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    There are so many variables when it comes to choosing tires. Type of soil, terrain, weather conditions, fast rolling or super sticky etc etc. I can tell you that one set of tires may be great for one area or condition and suck horribly for another. Pretty much common sense. Saying that one tire is best imo is impossible. Unfortunately the only way to know which tire is "best" is trial and error. Or ask your local riders and bike shops what they are running.

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    Conti Rubber Queens or Maxxis Ardents. I like the RQ front (2.4) and rear (2.2) but dont like the Ardent on the rear so much.

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    Schwalbe Nobby Nics. I have 6+pairs of various AM UST tires. By far, my favorite are the Nobby Nics. Fast Grippy LIGHT.

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    Best UST tyres for AM riding-barro-mountain.jpg


    Geax Barro Mountain in a 2.3

    55Sa compound for wet roots & rocks, rolls fast and a decent weight for tubeless. Buttons up nice to UST rims.
    Not a good mud tire however due to the minimalist tread and runs just a tad narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowup
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    Not a good mud tire however due to the minimalist tread and runs just a tad narrow.
    Odd, since the word Barro means mud in Spanish.
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    Ardent 2.4

    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979@optusnet.com.au
    Conti Rubber Queens or Maxxis Ardents. I like the RQ front (2.4) and rear (2.2) but dont like the Ardent on the rear so much.
    What don't you like about a rear Ardent? was thinking about trying an ardent out back to raise my bb a tad

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeerhillOG
    What don't you like about a rear Ardent? was thinking about trying an ardent out back to raise my bb a tad
    I just find it doesn't grip all that well for me on the rear. I run a 2.1" SB8 on the rear with the Ardent on the front and find the SB8 grips nicely on the rocky stuff near me, as long as it's dry.

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    always been a big fan of High Rollers, but recently been trying Bontrager XR4 which are "tubless ready" and very impressed

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979@optusnet.com.au
    I just find it doesn't grip all that well for me on the rear. I run a 2.1" SB8 on the rear with the Ardent on the front and find the SB8 grips nicely on the rocky stuff near me, as long as it's dry.
    you mean uphill/climbing grip, or corner/leaning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charging_rhinos
    Odd, since the word Barro means mud in Spanish.
    Maybe they only work in Spanish mud.
    Where I am mud isn't a big concern so it isn't an issue for my riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeerhillOG
    you mean uphill/climbing grip, or corner/leaning?
    Uphill/climbing. I find the SB8 grips better on most rocky stuff. It was not what I expected when I put it on. I think it might be the space between the knobs combined with the round profile of the Ardent that doesn't lend it to working that well out my way. The closer spaced small knobs on the SB8 seem to hook up on the rocks better, but if the rocks have sand on them they just spin if I get my balance wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979@optusnet.com.au
    Uphill/climbing. I find the SB8 grips better on most rocky stuff. It was not what I expected when I put it on. I think it might be the space between the knobs combined with the round profile of the Ardent that doesn't lend it to working that well out my way. The closer spaced small knobs on the SB8 seem to hook up on the rocks better, but if the rocks have sand on them they just spin if I get my balance wrong.
    Gotcha. SB8 sounds like the rear WW I've been using this year, climbing wise.

    The side knobs on the 2.3 WW make it harder to drift though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k31ron
    always been a big fan of High Rollers, but recently been trying Bontrager XR4 which are "tubless ready" and very impressed
    +1 on the xr4's

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    Love the Schwalbe Nobby Nics F&R when dry. When damp, I run the Schwalbe Fat Albert in the front. High Rollers are great too, but the Schwalbe's are very light!

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    I have used the Maxxis LUST 2.35 , and watched the Nobby Nic`s fail terribly in sharp rocks consistently.

    For me the bontrager XR4 is a no brainer. I love the tyre and it inspires complete confidence that neither Maxxis or Nobby gave me. I defy anyone to list a better tyre all round.

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    Never really heard much about the XR4 before reading this thread, sounds interesting. What is a single tire going for?

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    Bontrager XR4 TLR - 26 x 2.20 (Team Issue), 120TPI, Tubeless Ready 720g

    Bear in mind these these are "big" tyres for 2.20. Don`t be fooled or compare against the Maxxis for size.

    You can get them here in the UK
    http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/bontrager_xr4.html

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    how do they work as a "winter" tire? muddy, wet rocks and roots and so on...
    Quote Originally Posted by kfother
    Bontrager XR4 TLR - 26 x 2.20 (Team Issue), 120TPI, Tubeless Ready 720g

    Bear in mind these these are "big" tyres for 2.20. Don`t be fooled or compare against the Maxxis for size.

    You can get them here in the UK
    http://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/bontrager_xr4.html

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    About the Bontrager XR4, at recent MBUK UK magazine, one tester told that he find a replacement for there old favourite High Roller.

    At Bike German magazine they told that it has great traction and rolls a little better than High Roller.

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