I think I may have to give the Nobby Nic another try as they keep coming up over & over. I had these cause they came stock on my old Yeti ASR5 - loved them in dry until I hit a patch of mud - they became totally clogged and seemed like they wouldn't shed so I lost all my traction for quite a while - at places like Skeggs, you will often hit a small patch of mud even in dry conditions because of the creeks.
They weren't tubeless and I don't recall the PSI was running them at. For anyone who uses them: tubeless? do you know your approx. PSI?
Also, I always thought that Nobby Nic was the world's worst porn name.
I run low pressure like you do. I've been using Nevegals and they work pretty well but need stronger sidewalls.
Originally Posted by fuenstock
204lbs (winter fat) Nobby Nic Tubeless on front 28-30psi for me.
Loving that thing! But I'm mostly dry decomposed granite. But ran it all winter in snow and mud and had no issues...
One more thought: Going Tubeless made all the diference for me
Weirwolf front and wolverine rear works great for me here.
Nobby Nics lasted me three weeks riding Pine Mt. All the side knobs sheared off.
Best light tires for summer I've tried so far that are durable: WTB Mutano 2.4 race.
Weirwolfs are not a light tire.
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2.35 highrollers. bang zoom done.
Seems like there are several people who are fond of the Mutanos - is there a difference between the Mutanos and the Mutano Raptors? Are they a cheaper version? The tread looks similar from what I can see in pics. Here is an example that is a price that seems to good to be true:
WTB Mutano Raptor Comp 2.4 - Wheel World Bike Shops - Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Bicycle Parts and Accessories. Parts & Bike Closeouts!
On the 29'er xc bike I have the Ikon 2.25 in back, and a Schwalbe racing ralph evo 2.4 in the front, and both are super light (tubeless - low pressure). I used them at Boggs and lake sonoma (talk about dry, loose conditions) and loved the traction, too. I wouldn't bomb down rocky ridge or butchers with them, but they are fine for redwood duff and smooth hardpack.
Also, using the Bronson's on the Ibis Mojo, (2.1/2.3 - tubeless) and think they are great for slightly more all-mountain riding. Great at Downieville. I found that they are a little slippery in the beginning, but they wear in nicely after a few rides.
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I do silly things on a hardtail and currently like the WTB stout front (2.3) and spesh Eskar in the rear (2.3).
I'm gonna give the purgatory a try next.
The Specialized Purgatory Control 2.4 is great up front. Large volume, great grip, and 2.4 only weighs 715g, 2.2 is 670g. I have ridden these tires front and rear for about 6 months now and the only complaint I have is that due to the large lugs, they do roll slower than some tires I've used. They lack a center line or ramped center knobs like a lot of new tires, but I put up with that because they perform well on just about any surface.
I also really like the WTB Mutano 2.4 for the front, or the Weirwolf 2.3 (actually closer to a 2.2). Both are great tires, are faster rolling, but are a bit heavier than the Purgatory. I've run the "AM TCS" version of the WTB's which has some kevlar insert in the sidewall which contributes to the extra weight.
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Greatest summmer tires for sure: Single ply 2.35 DhF/Highroller - done deal
Originally Posted by bdamschen
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Following some suggestions that I got here, I mounted up a Nobby Nic rear tire (tubeless) that I already had laying around and moved the 2.25 Ardent to the front to replace the 2.4 - estimate that I dropped about a pound of weight. After a couple rides, the NN definitely performed better tubeless at a lower PSI (around 28) than with a tube as before, but I honestly didn't really feel a big difference in rolling resistance or in that pound of weight dropped, but I did notice that I gave away a bit of climbing traction. The NN climbs well as a rear tire, but the Ardent seemed better. I'm going to give it a few more rides to see if it just takes some adjustment to get used to.
Also, I had a 2.1 Panaracer Trailblaster laying around that is very light - I threw that one on as a rear tire with a tube while I was changing things around and did a few laps - I was pretty impressed with the climbing traction - only problem was that I couldn't get any drift out of it - maybe after it wears in a bit. I may give that one a try for a while as well. Not sure about the toughness, durability, or how easy it would be to mount tubeless though - it has a very interesting tread pattern - anyone ever tried one of these? Anyone ever mounted it tubeless? Thanks
On my full sus I ride 2.5 Minion DHF and 2.35 High Rollers. Good combo, but that Minion is 865 grams I think and the 2.35 Minion is embarrassingly thin.
I've cycled through a huge stack of tires on my hard tail over the last year. I recently put on 2.3 eskars and have been loving these tires in dry conditions (put them on 2-3 weeks ago.) 700 grams with great climbing and cornering grip. Mount up tubeless in 30 seconds. Unfortunately specialized just discontinued these because I'd put them on my full suspension too. If you can find them they're highly recommended over Fat Alberts, Bronsons, Wolverines, 2.35 Minions and Nevegals.
Switched to Bronson 2.3s this winter/spring and overall they have been very good. Relatively light and good for most conditions.
Not great in dry or loose terrain though (i.e. summer conditions) so going to switch, probably to Minions.
Switched out a purgatory in the front the other day to Continental MK ii tubeless. Weighs 880 grams but ridiculously sticky at demo and on dusty trails. Running it at 28psi front.
I also use a Ikon in the back, it's plenty of traction for climbing and very predictable for drift. I don't think I'm going to take it to downieville, but for everything around here it's great.