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

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

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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by bikethenbeer View Post
    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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