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    Why are 2.5" tires so dang hard to find?

    So why are 2.5" tires so hard to find? I have some Timberwolf 2.5's and I love them. I have used them in a 2.7" but they drag the chain when I am on the small ring which is not that often. WTB no longer makes the Timberwolf so I guess I am SOL. I have used the Wierwolf 2.5" which I don't think they make in 2.5" anymore. The Wierwolf was ok but the wore like crap and you had to turn the rear one backwards to get any traction out of it.

    I ride on steep rocky wet technical trails where the extra grip and smoother rider are worth their weight in gold. I run 30-35psi in the rear and 20-25 psi in the front. They also last about a year on the back which is about three times as long as a Wierwolf. I ride for fun so slow don't bother me. I am more concerned that I don't break bones than I am being fast.

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    is it weirwolfs specifically that you can't find, or any 2.5? there are tons of 2.5 tires out there.

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    Well just looking on the Nashbar and Performance bike sights there does not appear to be much out there to choose from. I have even looked on Ebay. I am not going to pay $50 for a tire LOL. On the rare occasion I find some good tires I try to stock up on them.

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    I got a pair of 2.5 Prowler MX's off the bay for 20$ a while back.... It takes time to find the deals!
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    conti tk 2.4 is bigger, kenda runs big, so does spec, maxxis makes 2.5s. 2.5 really doesnt mean much as a measurement though.

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    shwalbes can run big as well.

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    B-kul is correct on the sizing - it's all over the place. There are 2.2's and 2.3's that actually measure 2.5 inches.

    I have a Conti 2.5 that measures 2.4" and another Conti 2.3 that measures 2.1 inches. So even within the same manufacturer, the actual stated sizes are all over the place. I don't know how they do it. Maybe they just flip a coin or something? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by perryg114
    Well just looking on the Nashbar and Performance bike sights there does not appear to be much out there to choose from. I have even looked on Ebay. I am not going to pay $50 for a tire LOL. On the rare occasion I find some good tires I try to stock up on them.

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    neither of those sites are very good for selection, be it tires or any other component. JensonUSA, Pricepoint, Treefort Bikes and Universal Cycles are all online shops with both good reputations and a large variety of choices.

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    DMR Moto Digger 2.35" is actually 2.5". A very nice tire for all but very muddy conditions.

    Cheap as well. Got mine for like 25$ a piece from Chainreaction.

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    Looks like there are some pretty good deals on the Intense Invader and 909 series tires in 2.5. Anybody ever run these?

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    Muddy Mary, freeride trailstar, is made in 2.5. I really like the 2.35" version in front.. With Big Betty in the rear, should be what you are looking for.

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    2.5 Muddy Marys and Wicked Wills keep popping up on chainlove. Keep an eye out.

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    They're only hard to find if you don't know where to look. Most rookie MTB riders think that there are maybe 2 or 3 places to get bike parts.

    Here's a useful suggestion.

    1) Choose what tire you want to buy.

    2) Go to Google or bing!

    3) Enter that tire's name in the "search terms" box. Hit "enter."

    4) You'll have all sorts of choices for finding tires.

    A more important question might be, why do you think you need a 2.5 tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash T. Abula

    A more important question might be, why do you think you need a 2.5 tire.
    That's an easy one. Better grip,more stability and faster rolling in rugged terrain. This is especially important in the front. Although fat tires are pretty much useless on smooth hardpack.

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    Watch Chainlove.com. They have been selling Schwalbe's here and there for the last week.
    I have seen some 2.5 options.

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    Get some properly wide rims.
    Here is my 29x2.40 Ardent on 47mm wide Kris Holm.
    My pressure range is 12-14 / 16-18 PSI (210lb).
    30PSI is more than you need for the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perryg114
    So why are 2.5" tires so hard to find? I have some Timberwolf 2.5's and I love them. I have used them in a 2.7" but they drag the chain when I am on the small ring which is not that often. WTB no longer makes the Timberwolf so I guess I am SOL. I have used the Wierwolf 2.5" which I don't think they make in 2.5" anymore. The Wierwolf was ok but the wore like crap and you had to turn the rear one backwards to get any traction out of it.

    I ride on steep rocky wet technical trails where the extra grip and smoother rider are worth their weight in gold. I run 30-35psi in the rear and 20-25 psi in the front. They also last about a year on the back which is about three times as long as a Wierwolf. I ride for fun so slow don't bother me. I am more concerned that I don't break bones than I am being fast.

    Perry
    I have a muudy mary up for grabs on e bay right now,theres no better 2.5 tire than a muddy mary !!!!

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    To bad its not the DH casting version I was looking for one for my big bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbeck
    That's an easy one. Better grip,more stability and faster rolling in rugged terrain. This is especially important in the front. Although fat tires are pretty much useless on smooth hardpack.
    Though there are plenty of nominal 2.3-2.4" tires that also offer those qualities and nominal 2.5-2.6" tires that do not.

    Do you want a DH or lightweight casing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbeck
    That's an easy one. Better grip,more stability and faster rolling in rugged terrain. This is especially important in the front. Although fat tires are pretty much useless on smooth hardpack.
    So why stop at 2.5? Why not go 2.7 or 3.0? Why not get a snowbike tire? Is bigger always better? When does bigger get to be a hassle or an albatross?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash T. Abula
    So why stop at 2.5? Why not go 2.7 or 3.0? Why not get a snowbike tire? Is bigger always better? When does bigger get to be a hassle or an albatross?
    If you don't experiment and don't try out anything different from the norm yourself, you'll never know what wide and narrow or big and small really is.
    You'll be just humbly accepting "the best" standards informally imposed on you by the manufacturers magazines and your riding buddies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barteos
    Get some properly wide rims.
    Here is my 29x2.40 Ardent on 47mm wide Kris Holm.
    My pressure range is 12-14 / 16-18 PSI (210lb).
    30PSI is more than you need for the road!

    Funny how your Ardent has Schwalbe Racing Ralph labels and tread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Funny how your Ardent has Schwalbe Racing Ralph labels and tread.
    They are really Ardents. My team sponsor told me to make them look like Racing Ralphs

    Anyway they are both pretty good for their own uses and very BIG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barteos
    They are really Ardents. My team sponsor told me to make them look like Racing Ralphs

    Anyway they are both pretty good for their own uses and very BIG.


    Nice Scandal BTW
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    ... latest incarnation with real... Ardents.
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