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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    I do most daily riding on bike paths and road but i also hit some fast dirt trails in the summer and some grassy hill areas as well. So i am looking for tires that are aggressive enough to ride in dirt trails and grass but roll easy on pavement and don't wear out fast. Something smoother tread in the center and knobbed on the edges. Sort of like a mullet - business in the front- party in the back! I thought about an extra set of wheels to swap out but would rather just have an intermediate type tire setup and save the $$$$. Any suggestions? Bike is Yeti SB-66 carbon.


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    Buy another bike... Like literally get a road bike for the paved bits and save the SB66 for the dirt at the very least. To sentence a MTN bike like that to paved paths and the road is like sending a boy to college with a chastity belt and only letting him smell the sweet scent of a lady but never touch her.

    Get a road bike, then put some big fat knobby tires on that yeti!

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    Agreed! Sorry man I'm totally against the hybrid tires on that gorgeous bike.

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    Haha yeah i know. We have some great beat up dirt roads, off path trails, etc. its a blast to just hit everything hard but lots of pavement in between no matter where i ride. I may just get a road bike eventually but this one is such a blast. I think a good hardpack tire set should work well.

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    Schwalbe racing Ralph's roll fast. Bit of a waste of bike though

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    What exactly is a rigid hard tail?

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    Check out Schwalbe Rock Razor

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    Panaracer CG 4x/AM tires are one of the fastest rolling big knob'ed tires I've tried. Casing is pretty tough, I'd say equivalent to Maxxis EXO. Works reasonably well on dry dirt. May not work well on wet grass due to its hard outer compound.

    Kenda BBGs roll reasonably well and corner very well, but I haven't had good luck with single-ply Kenda sidewall so I don't use them on trails around my house (AZ desert).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimitrisCSD View Post
    Check out Schwalbe Rock Razor
    +1

    Best all round rear I have ever used, love the lack of rolling resistance but the excellent cornering.

    Albeit I ride mostly dry, clay to hard packed with a little rock here and there. Surprisingly good in loose climbs, I thought this would be its achilles heel.

    Wonderful tyre.

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    I really like Schwalbe tires, but I rarely get more than about 200 miles out of them in Utah - and that's without riding on roads. The compound they use just isn't very durable in either the Trailstar or Pacestar. Maybe the "Performance" compound works better. What Maxxis tires are on there, now? Where do you live that you use this bike for bike paths and grassy hill areas?? (no offence intended).

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    Schwalbe? Don't those wear out really fast?

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    For what that Yeti's worth, you can buy a nice road bike AND a decent hardtail MTB for dinking around on the trails. Plus, a lightweight alumninum HT 29er will be more amicable to riding on bike paths and such. I don't mean to bag on you, but someone sold you completely the wrong bike for what it sounds like you're doing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZomblibulaX View Post
    For what that Yeti's worth, you can buy a nice road bike AND a decent hardtail MTB for dinking around on the trails. Plus, a lightweight alumninum HT 29er will be more amicable to riding on bike paths and such. I don't mean to bag on you, but someone sold you completely the wrong bike for what it sounds like you're doing with it.
    Cost/worth is not a factor for me. I researched and chose the exact bike that i wanted. If i wanted 3 hardtail bikes, a road bike, etc thats what i would have bought. I'll probably also get a road bike too at some point. You don't have to be a 100% hardcore rider to enjoy a hardcore bike. I enjoy pushing the bike to its limits when i can and most of the nasty stuff is a 2-3 mile road or hardpack ride to get to. Any bike can handle smooth pavement but a great bike like the sb66 really works well when trails get ugly. I won't sacrifice that to have a better tarmac bike. So a tire that rolls smooth but grips decent in nasty terrain is what i want.

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    Maxxis Ikon EXO/TR 2.35"

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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    I've got Ardents on the bike right now.

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    Why would you have such a nice bike that is meant for rough terrain for pavement and grassy fields. Get a hardtail, it would be better suited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micky View Post
    Why would you have such a nice bike that is meant for rough terrain for pavement and grassy fields. Get a hardtail, it would be better suited.
    Because not ALL my riding is on rough downhill and extreme stuff. But some of it is and the Yeti is really incredible in that environment. Is it a crime to ride a hardcore bike TO the trails? I sure don't want to ride another hardtail in the nasty downhill trails i ride at. I'll work a bit harder on paved sections to get there. I sometimes ride 10 miles of hardpack trail or pavement to get to the "fun stuff". Why not?

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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    This type of hardpack dirt trail is what i ride quite a bit. Lots of ruts and potholes in it. The full suspension works really nice.


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    My point is i don't ride in mud (by choice) so i don't need real aggressive knobs that don't roll well on hardpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    My point is i don't ride in mud (by choice) so i don't need real aggressive knobs that don't roll well on hardpack.
    Thank you for supplying even more detailed information on what you ride! Now we can actually recommend a good tire for you! Though this is very subjective....

    Conti X-King and Schwalbe Racing Ralph should do you good.

    I still stand by my first post though... Look into a hardtail or think about branching over to the road bikes if money isn't an issue! Save the Yeti for the rough dirt days and used the HT or RB for the paved days.

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    keep the ardent on the front and put a ikon on the rear. Will work well and be smooth but still have enough grip for the rough days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Marco View Post
    Agreed! Sorry man I'm totally against the hybrid tires on that gorgeous bike.
    Yeah, I have to agree. They really ruin the whole bike...
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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    It's not so much that you have a mountain bike that you are using on pavement/fire roads, nor is it that you have a full suspension mountain that you are using on pavement/fire roads. It's that you have that mountain bike for pavement/fire roads. 26" wheels, carbon frame, slack head tube angle, what looks like 150mm or more travel. I mean, money and doing whatever the **** you want with it aside, would you buy a 36 inch, 120 cc chain saw to trim your pubes? I mean, they'll both work, but, each activity would be much more enjoyable with a carbon, full suspension, cross country, 29er with slicks and a cordless lithium ion powered norelco beard trimmer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bikethenbeer View Post
    It's not so much that you have a mountain bike that you are using on pavement/fire roads, nor is it that you have a full suspension mountain that you are using on pavement/fire roads. It's that you have that mountain bike for pavement/fire roads. 26" wheels, carbon frame, slack head tube angle, what looks like 150mm or more travel. I mean, money and doing whatever the **** you want with it aside, would you buy a 36 inch, 120 cc chain saw to trim your pubes? I mean, they'll both work, but, each activity would be much more enjoyable with a carbon, full suspension, cross country, 29er with slicks and a cordless lithium ion powered norelco beard trimmer.



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    So if you could only have one bike, and you wanted top performance on nasty downhills and really rough trails would you not want one of the best bikes out there for that? And if you got it would you ONLY ride it in the nasty stuff and hang it up the rest of the year? I like to ride. The bike is lighter than my old chromoly tube hardtails. A switch on the forks and shock and the switch linkage on the swingarm pivot makes it feel almost like a full rigid bike while pedaling. So why not use it for both? I will get a road bike for tarmac rides but i see absolutely nothing wrong with commuting to the rough stuff with this bike. Also its a great bike for tough high speed hard pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    So if you could only have one bike, and you wanted top performance on nasty downhills and really rough trails would you not want one of the best bikes out there for that? And if you got it would you ONLY ride it in the nasty stuff and hang it up the rest of the year? I like to ride. The bike is lighter than my old chromoly tube hardtails. A switch on the forks and shock and the switch linkage on the swingarm pivot makes it feel almost like a full rigid bike while pedaling. So why not use it for both? I will get a road bike for tarmac rides but i see absolutely nothing wrong with commuting to the rough stuff with this bike. Also its a great bike for tough high speed hard pack.
    I never said don't ride it. Ride what you want. It's just a lot of money for a lot of bike that doesn't get used in its real element very often.




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    I never said don't ride it. Ride what you want. It's just a lot of money for a lot of bike that doesn't get used in its real element very often.




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    I get what you are saying there to some extent but i do get some hard rides in as often as i can. Thats what i like best. I'm very comfortable on the bike. I raced MX for 17 years and on practice days i often rode to the tracks and rode the same bikes in trails as well. No different. I drive a twin turbo M5. It gets me to work, to the store, wherever i want just the same as a Corolla would but its more fun to drive. I'm sure i'm not the only guy that rides this kind of bike in trails and some paved sections. If your favorite nasty spot is off a 3 mile paved section why not ride there?

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    I ride my SB66 to the trailhead all the time. Don't see the point in driving the car if I have the time and opportunity to just pedal there. But since I want my SB66 to perform well on the "nasty downhills and really rough trails", I put big grippy tires on it and don't worry about them being slow on pavement. I want the bike to perform best at its full potential, rather than compromise the capabilities of a very expensive piece of equipment by outfitting it with subpar components. You and I, it would appear, live in very different worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZomblibulaX View Post
    But since I want my SB66 to perform well on the "nasty downhills and really rough trails", I put big grippy tires on it and don't worry about them being slow on pavement.
    This is the best answer. Ride the bike wherever you want, just don't ruin it by putting crappy tires on it. If you want to be fast in the woods, then your bike is perfect. If you want to be fast on the road, get a different bike. No bike is going to the best at everything, regardless of tires.

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    Get yourself some Maxxis tires. High roller for the back, minion for the front.
    Order the highest durometer number ( 60A) to increase durability for pavement.

    Get a 2.35/2.40 width.

    My mojo HD ( very similar bike compared to your Yeti), came with XC tires that made the bike very skitterish in the "nasty trail" areas.

    I changed the tires to bigger ,knobbier tires and the bike performed much better overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefool808 View Post
    This is the best answer. Ride the bike wherever you want, just don't ruin it by putting crappy tires on it. If you want to be fast in the woods, then your bike is perfect. If you want to be fast on the road, get a different bike. No bike is going to the best at everything, regardless of tires.
    I don't want a tire thats the fastest on the road, i want a tire that does not drag as much and does not wear out the center right away. Something more suited to dry ground. I don't ride in mud. No fun for me. I guess i'll just leave the Advents on for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    I don't want a tire thats the fastest on the road, i want a tire that does not drag as much and does not wear out the center right away. Something more suited to dry ground. I don't ride in mud. No fun for me. I guess i'll just leave the Advents on for now.
    I think you have your tire compounds and their use mixed up a bit. Soft compound does not mean it is for mud, mud tires are widely spaced knobs to avoid packing. Hardpack/fireroad tires have smaller lower profile knobs usually spaced closely together. Some riders pick this variant in a softer compound to gain performance on the downhills and others pick a harder for longer longevity. However the "nasty downhills and really rough trails" don't usually treat these type of tires very well. They will get pinch flats, loose grip, and get thrown around at high speeds through rock gardens. You also usually loose some braking and technical climbing grip with the harder smaller knobs. You are going to have to settle with losing performance on either the paved area or the rough areas.

    Of course you can also make it like your M5, not exactly the greatest car for everyday use, but also not the best for the track days. However it just sits nicely in the middle, gets you around town and when you want to have fun it has enough umph to rattle your bones a bit. That would be the more aggressive XC racing tires for the bike.

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    Ray Knight, I think the negativity in this thread comes from the fact that people understood that you are ONLY using the bike for easy trails like the ones in the picture.

    Like you, I use my mtn bike for far more things than bikepark riding including pavement riding.
    Like you, I have a non practical sports car for everyday use, but then I take it to the track very few days a year. The thing is that when I take it to the track, I like having the best tires for the track. I rather drive it everyday with the same loud, uncomfortable tires and have it ready for track.

    The same applies for my bike. I have a front aggresive tire: a Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 2.35. Great all around tire, rolls fine for a 2.35. My rear tire is a 2.2 Continental Trail King, which rolls much faster.

    My suggestion is find a front tire that lets you have fun on those days in the big mountain. Fand a rear tire that rolls, but still allows you to have fun and prevent punctures, which is the main problem with lighter tires. This way you'll notice much better rolling on pavement and easy trails.

    Will the tires wear faster?? yes, but you have an M5. You'll afford it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    I don't want a tire thats the fastest on the road, i want a tire that does not drag as much and does not wear out the center right away. Something more suited to dry ground. I don't ride in mud. No fun for me. I guess i'll just leave the Advents on for now.
    Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.25. Rolls well with aggressive edge knobs, long wearing.

    But you are generally better off with several sets of tires and swap for the conditions.
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    This is kind of an awesome thread.

    So I ride my bike to the trails. Sometimes by miles, I may spend half the ride on the road - that would be my lunch ride, for example. But the point of the ride is to go mountain biking. So yes, I'm wearing out my fancy MTB tires on pavement. But when I get to the trail, I have the tires I really want. Fancy cars are well out my price range, but it's worth it to me to replace my fancy tires a little more often if I get the ride I want on the trail. (And I do.)

    If you do some 100% pavement rides, just get a damn road bike. They really are better at that job.
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    try some specialized ground controls, i am running the grid tubliss casing on the rear of my enduro and have no resistance issues on pavement grinds and it is wearing really well.
    i have a hans dampf up front that is doing great too. i may not ride 10+ miles to the trail head, but i do a weekly ride that has at least 4 miles of pavement mixed in with all kinds of different single track. the ground control front and rear has also been a good combo for some friends of mine.
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    Wow I came back to this thread and it really took off! Sorry for the first comment. I seem to understand better on what you're doing and I agree with you, if you only want one bike to do it all might as well get what you really want, I didn't mean to bag at all. How about something like a Kenda Small Block 8 in the rear with say a Kenda Nevegal up front? I think that's what I would run if I had to ride a lot of road or hard pack to the trailhead. Smaller knobs with less resistance on the rear and a good knobby tire up front for some good cornering. Most of your wear and rolling resistance comes from your rear because of your weight and pedaling force, I don't think a Nevegal would hurt you too bad on the road at all.

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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    Thanks for all the advice guys! I was thinking the opposite of what a lot of you are saying on the front and rear and it makes sense that most weight is on the rear tire. For now i'm running the Advents at 55psi (was running 35psi before) and it makes a world of difference on rolling. I bombed some rocky powerline trails today and an old MX track and no flats yet. Lol. I think mostly the 2.4 tires are just too wide and i can go a little narrower and be fine. Now to weed through all the good suggestions on tires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikethenbeer View Post
    It's not so much that you have a mountain bike that you are using on pavement/fire roads, nor is it that you have a full suspension mountain that you are using on pavement/fire roads. It's that you have that mountain bike for pavement/fire roads. 26" wheels, carbon frame, slack head tube angle, what looks like 150mm or more travel. I mean, money and doing whatever the **** you want with it aside, would you buy a 36 inch, 120 cc chain saw to trim your pubes? I mean, they'll both work, but, each activity would be much more enjoyable with a carbon, full suspension, cross country, 29er with slicks and a cordless lithium ion powered norelco beard trimmer.



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    Pretty funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    Pretty funny!
    Well he was kindly calling me a dumbass so i did not find it very funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    Well he was kindly calling me a dumbass so i did not find it very funny.
    Welcome to the Forums btw, don't ever take things too seriously as most things are written for comedy and not actually direct personal insults. You got to admit the chainsaw and pubes thing was funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2clue View Post
    Welcome to the Forums btw, don't ever take things too seriously as most things are written for comedy and not actually direct personal insults. You got to admit the chainsaw and pubes thing was funny.
    Yeah it was pretty funny. I'm no noob to forums lol. I know how it goes! Some guys are helpful and some are rude and judging. Its all good i have thick skin.

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    What is a good intermediate terrain 26" tire with good road manners?

    Ended up adding a road bike to the stable anyways!


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    Kenda K-Rad are pretty good, they are cheap, slide some , but are good for road. I ride a lot of hard packed single track trail, and even if they slip it doesn't affect the ride too much, but I don't usually top 8 mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    Ended up adding a road bike to the stable anyways!
    That's the way to do it. Now you have no reason not to commit to awesome MTB tires.
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    That's the way to do it. Now you have no reason not to commit to awesome MTB tires.
    That and i never realized how much faster you can go on a road bike haha. Still most trails i ride are hardpack gravel and no mud so i am running continental traffic tires on the Yeti for now and they work really well on the trails.

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    i ride on the street a lot, thats why i use $20 Kenda Excavators. theyre cheap but still grip really good on all kinds of terrain

    OP, nice bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    That and i never realized how much faster you can go on a road bike haha.
    Yeah, it is really hard to understand until you have one. Slicks on an MTB (even with lockouts) are just not the same as any half decent road bike.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Knight View Post
    That and i never realized how much faster you can go on a road bike haha. Still most trails i ride are hardpack gravel and no mud so i am running continental traffic tires on the Yeti for now and they work really well on the trails.
    Put some 25mm tires on that road bike, run a slightly lower pressure and you will be riding pretty much any type of road you'd like. Don't whimp out on exploring the gravel/hardpack roads on a road bike. Plenty of fun to be had with that combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2clue View Post
    Put some 25mm tires on that road bike, run a slightly lower pressure and you will be riding pretty much any type of road you'd like. Don't whimp out on exploring the gravel/hardpack roads on a road bike. Plenty of fun to be had with that combo.
    I will no longer even consider going smaller than 28mm.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    I will no longer even consider going smaller than 28mm.
    Are you running 28 all around or just front? I was thinking about this combo, my only concern is the added rolling resistance on the road and tire clearance. I would love the combo for exploring the goat roads though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2clue View Post
    Are you running 28 all around or just front? I was thinking about this combo, my only concern is the added rolling resistance on the road and tire clearance. I would love the combo for exploring the goat roads though.
    I am running 33's front and back right now (Jack Brown Green Label by Rivendell).

    Larger volume is not more rolling resistance. It really depends more on the tread. These Jack Browns roll just as well as the 23mm Conti Gatorskins they replaced. And I will ride these happily over gravel/dirt roads and the crappiest pavement out there.

    Of course a lot of road bikes won't take anything over 28.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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