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    Front tire handling

    I am 137 lbs and ride a 26"full supension specialized xc with a very beefy tire on the front. I have been riding for years and am confindent all except cornering with the front end. I ran 25 lbs the other day and still thought the front end felt scetchy.. I end up going way wide especially on faster turns to compensate from feeling the front washout. Any suggestions, maybe lower pressure or handling skills.

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    i'm a fair bit heavier than you and run about 20psi in my front tyre (either a muddy mary 2.35 vertstar or high roller super tacky 2.35).

    Also try moving your weight forward more to weight the wheel up.
    What exactly is a rigid hard tail?

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    what tire are you using
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    I'm 140-145 lbs. Ever since I got my new 26" Stumpy Comp in July I've been running the pressure in the tires just by feel. I assumed that they were at about 25-30 lbs. I recently got a new presta guage, and was shocked to find that I had been running them at about 20. Maybe try that. I'm also putting a Specialized Butcher Control on the front this week for the winter, and I think that will hold a corner better too (than the Purgatory).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauc View Post
    what tire are you using
    if its an offering from maxxis, or any other tire with a naked transition zone, you may not be leaning the bike over enough for the side knobs to really do their thing - staying in that transition zone could account for some sketchiness.

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    +1 on the Maxis need for lean angle. I run a High Roller II on the front (as of 2 days ago when my old HRI was binned). I have a Purgatory on the back. I generally use 24-26lb both ends as the Purg is a beefier tire.

    You just have to commit to the High Roller and trust it. One suggestion is perhaps to put more body English into the turns - try to compress into the turn and rebound out of it to get more bite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearce9375 View Post
    I am 137 lbs and ride a 26"full supension specialized xc with a very beefy tire on the front. I have been riding for years and am confindent all except cornering with the front end. I ran 25 lbs the other day and still thought the front end felt scetchy.. I end up going way wide especially on faster turns to compensate from feeling the front washout. Any suggestions, maybe lower pressure or handling skills.
    How's your fork working? If tire pressure doesn't fix your problem, you may want to soften up the front end?

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    Any response from the OP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Technician View Post
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    I think he crashed

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    think he took up golf
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