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    Cool-blue Rhythm fast flowy rear tire suggestions?

    I have a dhf2.35, dhf2.5 and a weirwolf i all like as front tire options.
    Does anyone have a goto fast flowy tires for the rear that still hold up to some aggresiveness. Somthing decent braking, climbing, cornering, but faster than typical AM tire. Its rear so it doesnt have to corner as well as the front. Rite now i swap between a dhf 2.35 and cedric xc. Maybe somthin between the two. Been considering maxxis advantage 2.1 hear they run wide. Any suggestion appreciated.
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    Nobby Nic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshM View Post
    Nobby Nic.
    + on that, quality stuff
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    Beaten the crap out of a spec ground control grid (dedicated tubeless). I will be getting another one. Lots of sharp rocks where I am at.

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    WTB Bronson 2.3

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    The nobby nic is a great tire if youre a rich man at about $70+ a tire.

    I ride wolverines in the rear because they're fat, offer great traction for climbs, low rolling resistance(higher weight though), nice round tire profile, and they're freakin' cheap! $30. Wolverines are a 2.2 but look about the size of my 2.35 nevegals. I'm really impressed with the value of this tire!

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    Maxxis Ikon. You can get it in 2.2 width and the small knobs have some serious bite.

    I run that as my rear with an Advantage in the front.

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    have you tried trail kings from conti?

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    ^^^^Trail Kings UST made in germany

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    fast flowy rear tire suggestions?

    High Roller 2.35 LUST...

    I'm running that with a DHF 2.5 UST front... Despite the weight, combo rolls amazingly well

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCW View Post
    High Roller 2.35 LUST...

    I'm running that with a DHF 2.5 UST front... Despite the weight, combo rolls amazingly well
    One of my all time favorite tire combo's.
    Also like the Trail Kings, front and rear.

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    Don't think trail kings are fast rolling myself. They aren't Nevegals but...

    Nobby Nics roll really well, Im running a 2.25 Ardent on the rear now-I hated it on the front, its slightly smaller volume than the 2.25NN and slightly slower rolling but grips on climbs and doesn't b-line over roots nearly as much. Decent rear IMO.

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    Came into some cash for a few extra tires, problem is want to try so many. I am kinda deterred away from schwalbe; you could almost get two of any other brand for one schwalbe .
    I might pull the trigger on a HR 2.35 to mate the dhf 2.5 as a true AM combo. A 2.4/2.2 trail king would be smidge faster but same ballpark. I want another combo with more pedal, pump, and flow friendliness. A trail king 2.2 i think would be the perfect fast front im looking for. But what mate in rear? I like the sound of a nobby nic except pricing. Would a conti x king be comparable? but........been reading the 2.2 is pretty small and the 2.4 maybe too large of mate? Is maxxis advantage in that ballpark also? Still mot sure about their sizing also.
    My head is just reeling with brands, sizing combos, questioning actual sizing etc etc. There really are so many options.

    So for right now, Im going HR 2.35. But any suggestions to go with a trail king 2.2 as a front. Its actual sizing i read is about 2.25. So im looking for an.actual size of 2.1-2.2. aggresive xc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    The nobby nic is a great tire if youre a rich man at about $70+ a tire.

    I ride wolverines in the rear because they're fat, offer great traction for climbs, low rolling resistance(higher weight though), nice round tire profile, and they're freakin' cheap! $30. Wolverines are a 2.2 but look about the size of my 2.35 nevegals. I'm really impressed with the value of this tire!
    you wouldnt happen to own calipers would you? Im interested in the 2.2 tire as rear but it cant be to big. Your not the first to say it makes a good rear. At first i thought it was too xc but i actually think it what im going for now.

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    I can´t find Wolverine cheap online, I can find NN 2.25 Performance for U$38 free shipping from UK and TLR for U$58.

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    I'm running a 2.5 DHF paired with a 2.35 Highroller in back. In my opinion, the 2.35 HR is the perfect AM rear tire. Great corning grip, pretty fast for what it is, and weighs around 750g if I remember correctly.
    I'm always looking for new people to ride with. If you are on the Front Range, shoot me a PM and let's go ridin'.

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    Re: fast flowy rear tire suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by akiracornell View Post
    you wouldnt happen to own calipers would you? Im interested in the 2.2 tire as rear but it cant be to big. Your not the first to say it makes a good rear. At first i thought it was too xc but i actually think it what im going for now.
    I got 2.24ish from widest nobby across tire just today, tk 2.2 bc

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    Kenda Small Block 8 - My favorite when it's dry. Excellent on flowy, buff, bermed trails. Best to swap them out when it gets muddy. Fast and grippy in the right conditions. I run them front and rear in the middle of summer when it's dry and firm, than rear only early and late summer when it's either a bit wet or super dry and powdery. In my opion, Small Block 8's should be in everyones tire quiver. Reasonably priced and lots of sizes, compounds etc.
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    HighRollers are decent for the rear and if its pure speed your after, go for the 2.1's.

    Any wider than that with a HighRoller and it will collect mud in anything other than very dry conditions; stay away from HR's on your front wheel unless you enjoy controlling power-slides in the wet

    hope that helps.

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    Kenda H-Factor. Sized at 2.1, or 2.35. Go with the dual tread compound. I really like this tire for fast rolling and primo cornering grip. Also a great climber
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    I don't own calipers. Oddly, the 2.2 Wolverine from 2012 was a noticeable amount wider than the 2.2 Wolverine from 2013. It feels like the sidewall is stronger on it now so I can run a lower pressure which actually is probably providing more mountain bike service to mother nature.

    I was looking for the Smallblock 8 in the 2.3 size when I found the Wolverine had a similar but more aggressive tread pattern and nice sidewall knobs. The rubber compound is great as well. I was skeptical on purchasing the Wolverine initially because it says "XC" right on the sidewall. If I had an XC bike, I'd even run it as a front tire but on an all mountain bike, it makes a killer rear tire!

    $30 at performance bike right now and with a coupon(they always have coupons), it can be had for even cheaper.

    WTB Wolverine Special Edition Mountain Bike Tire - Mountain Bike Tires


    Honestly, you don't need a fat knobbed, super wide tire in the rear. 80% of your traction comes from the front if you're riding correctly.


    I also don't recommend highroller tires in the front unless you're a savy veteran rider. They either don't grip at all, or grip like crazy. You have to commit to every corner with them.

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    2.35 dhf/ 2.2 tk is my setup. a 2.2 trail king is surprisingly fast for how knobby it is. btw i run a black chili one.

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    They are a bit expensive (at $70 a pop), but give the all new Bontrager XR4 Team Issue a try. So far, so very, very good. Recent reviews confirm this.

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    A friend of mine swore by the XR4's.... Until he tore knobs off TWO of them within a month which left him stranded 10 miles away from home with me babysitting him on the hike out. Not an end all but a personal experience from my part.

    He's now riding the same setup as me now (Nevegal front/wolverine rear).

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    why would you walk out after tearing knobs off of your tires? unless he punctured them too?

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    It tore the entire casing. And when youre running them tubeless, not even all the stans black magic in the world can seal a dime sized hole in a tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    2.35 dhf/ 2.2 tk is my setup. a 2.2 trail king is surprisingly fast for how knobby it is. btw i run a black chili one.
    Does the tk 2.2 look bigger than the dhf? My dhf 2.35 is small. I read the tk 2.2 runs big.
    I orderd a tk 2.2 to try as fast front. cuz the reviews on cornering plus low rolling resistance. Then i got an ardent 2.25 to go on the rear thinking the center tread looked a little faster and cornering a little looser. I hope my hypothesis was rite. Also hoping the ardent doesnt turn up bigger than the tk

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    A friend of mine swore by the XR4's.... Until he tore knobs off TWO of them within a month which left him stranded 10 miles away from home with me babysitting him on the hike out. Not an end all but a personal experience from my part.

    He's now riding the same setup as me now (Nevegal front/wolverine rear).
    Hows the nevegal in the front? I have read serious mixed reviews. All say its an great all.around tire. Some say it sticks like glue but i have also read alot of people saying it gives way in the corners and wash out as a front. I tryed speculating based on its tread. It has plenty transition knobs. I was thinking when you lay it over hard maybe the side and transition knobs are staggered too tightly so you get good bite from the transition knobs while moderatly leaned over, but under pressure when too layed over it passes over the side knobs. Just speculating though. Do you notice this at in hardpack loose cover. I rode weiwolves for a season and theyre opposite. They feel loose at slow speed turning, but have progressive traction the faster and more leaned you get.

    I can see what your saying about highrollers, not much transition tread. Maybe thats why theyre so like as a rear. The give a little and hook back up whipping the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akiracornell View Post
    Does the tk 2.2 look bigger than the dhf? My dhf 2.35 is small. I read the tk 2.2 runs big.
    I orderd a tk 2.2 to try as fast front. cuz the reviews on cornering plus low rolling resistance. Then i got an ardent 2.25 to go on the rear thinking the center tread looked a little faster and cornering a little looser. I hope my hypothesis was rite. Also hoping the ardent doesnt turn up bigger than the tk
    maybe a smidge. the tk has more of a rounded shape while the dhf is more square. the casing on the tk is higher volume but the dhf has such aggressive knobs they both appear to be the same size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akiracornell View Post
    Does the tk 2.2 look bigger than the dhf? My dhf 2.35 is small. I read the tk 2.2 runs big.
    I orderd a tk 2.2 to try as fast front. cuz the reviews on cornering plus low rolling resistance. Then i got an ardent 2.25 to go on the rear thinking the center tread looked a little faster and cornering a little looser. I hope my hypothesis was rite. Also hoping the ardent doesnt turn up bigger than the tk
    I run a 2.35 DHF front and a 2.25 Ardent rear. The combo works pretty well for everything I've put it through, everything from hardpack to looser stuff. Only place the Ardent has sucked is on square edged larger rocks with a bit of water/snow on the tire. They just don't lock up and I spin out until I lose my balance. Didn't have that issue with a rear DHF or a HR. They work surprisingly awesome on hardpack snow and shed the snow nice when it's not hard, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    A friend of mine swore by the XR4's.... Until he tore knobs off TWO of them within a month which left him stranded 10 miles away from home with me babysitting him on the hike out. Not an end all but a personal experience from my part.

    He's now riding the same setup as me now (Nevegal front/wolverine rear).
    I'm assuming those were an older model, before Bontrager hired Frank Stacy from Specialized? Yes, that Frank Stacy, the number 1 tire development guy around!

    I keep emphasizing the "all new" XR4's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spiritualspatula View Post
    I run a 2.35 DHF front and a 2.25 Ardent rear. The combo works pretty well for everything I've put it through, everything from hardpack to looser stuff. Only place the Ardent has sucked is on square edged larger rocks with a bit of water/snow on the tire. They just don't lock up and I spin out until I lose my balance. Didn't have that issue with a rear DHF or a HR. They work surprisingly awesome on hardpack snow and shed the snow nice when it's not hard, as well.
    Hows the ardent roll, my goal was speed but semi aggresiveness.

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