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    What kind of bike/tires are you guys using?

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    Huffy SuPrChunk 900 with HanzDampf argon charged rear shock with 34.565" rear travel.
    Dude. I read on page 417 of the latest comment thread on pinkbike that the first production run shox on the SuPrChunk 900 really isn't compatible with argon, unless you cross pre-filter it with redbull. But if you scored the dynamite promodel SuPrChunk we've all been searching for, then it's all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    Hook up great, hold up great, Bogggggg. Are you using the EXO casing?
    Using the LUST Casing on the Nomad and tracer and a 3C, Triple compound on the DH bike

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    I've done a lot of experimenting. I weigh about 210 fully laden and put a premium on traction on technical terrain. I thought the Ardents were good, but a nasty crash at Downieville due to a washout on the front tire made me want more.

    So for the full suspension bike (Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc) I have been running Hans Dampf 2.35 front and rear since September. I very rarely slip or skid, even when slowing down on a steep descent. Climbing is not so great; I may switch out the rear to a Nobby Nic or Ground Control 2.3. The wear is very fast; the rear tire is fraying after only about 350 miles.

    On the hardtail (Stumpjumer 29er) I am running Mountain King 2.2 front and X-King 2.2 rear. Previously tried Nobby Nic 2.35 (nice traction but sloow tire, overkill for fire roads and buff trails) and Fast Trak 2.1 front and rear (not quite enough traction for me). I am reasonably satisfied with the current Continental setup. They are not showing much wear and roll uphill very nicely, while hooking up when I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htek View Post
    I'm using the Hans Dampf Trailstar as a front tire. As is one of my regular riding partners. Based on the wear we are seeing to date, I fully expect this tire to last about 1600 - 1800 miles.
    I would love if they made 29" tires in trailstar, NN trailstar 29 has my name all over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by James.Hamilton View Post
    The rear will be replaced when my WTB Wolverine 2.2 race comes in the mail. So mutano 2.4 up front wolverine 2.2 in the rear.

    Weights on these are not that bad and I have run a few Wolverine tubeless for many many miles on more than one bike and they perform great.

    When replacing my once front, then moved to rear tubeless. In the end I chose to get another wolverine.

    For me this tire combo gives great traction up front, a great climbing rear tire that also has a lower rolling resistance and a larger casing that allows for lower psi and a more plush ride.

    For now WTB has been my best bet.
    Same tires but reversed placement for me. I had run Mutano's front and back on hardtail several years ago but found somewhat unpredictable up front once they wore some, followed by a nasty front end washout just never felt confident after that. I may have let it go too far as a front tire. My bad.... Having one on the back of my full suspension B6r with a 650 Wolv up front has proven a good setup given the extra cush the 2.4 provides. I wish they made them in 650/27.5 to run on my SS HT.

    Seeing alot of the Enduro guys running them now. WTB, are you listening??
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Kenda Nevegal front, Hutchinson Spider rear, both tubeless 2.10 x 26 on an Ellsworth Epiphany.
    My first experience with tubeless, so far a bit finicky. The experience reminds me a bit of the "sew ups" i had on a Schwinn Paramount in the 60s. The rear burped on me once and the front had a micro leak that took a couple of days to seal. I'm still pumping them before I ride just like my old 120 psi sew ups.
    These tires are like velcro (just perfect) in the current conditions in the Sierra Azul, bring on the mud please!!!
    The Nevegal's a bit noisy on the street, but the ride is fine on dry streets, so far.

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    Intense Spider Comp with 2.4 Ardent front, and 2.25 out back. I've been happy with this combo for our pine needle duff in Boggs, although I'd like to try the Nobby Nic/Hans Dampf combo some day.
    Santa Cruz Highball C with 2.25 Ardent up front, Crossmark rear. This has been a fairly predictable combo, fast rolling with enough bite up front to keep me upright.
    Salsa Mukluk Fatbike with 45north Husker Du 4.0 27tpi F/R. Lots of grip in all conditions, crappy sidewalls are cracked and look like they are rotting. Going for the surly Lou/Nate combo next.

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    Love Ikons or most the hardpack, light and fast with good traction. Due find they wear fairly quick.
    Currently running a Trail King 2.4 up front as it was a freebee from a friend and although a little heavy for my taste the grip on downhill runs and turns is fantastic.

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    For trail riding I have a Reign X. My standard summer tires are Minion DHFs. This year I mostly used Michelin Wild Grip'r 2 Advanced 2.35s. Nice tire, not as much outright grip but even more predictable drifting. When it starts getting muddy I switch to a Dirty Dan/Muddy Mary combo.

    For DH I ride a Yeti 303 RDH. Summer tires are Minion DHFs, when it gets muddy I switch to Swampthings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    Intense Spider Comp with 2.4 Ardent front
    Santa Cruz Highball C with 2.25 Ardent up front
    Surprising as a lot (well maybe not "a lot a lot") of peeps seem to not like them up front. They look like a good hook up tread to me!
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Surprising as a lot (well maybe not "a lot a lot") of peeps seem to not like them up front. They look like a good hook up tread to me!
    Interesting.. I think it's a great front tire. Could just be the difference in terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Surprising as a lot (well maybe not "a lot a lot") of peeps seem to not like them up front. They look like a good hook up tread to me!
    I think they're popular because they have similar ride qualities to a DHF (predictable breakaway, good side channel), but pedal much better (although with less grip). They have a large channel before the side knobs engage, which rewards being aggressive in leaning the bike and throwing it into turns. That doesn't suit everyone's riding style, and you notice it more in the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    I'm still trying to find a tire that rolls well but can handle abuse. Switching to a Maxxis high roller exo in the rear KILLED the roll. Bogging. And still looking.
    I love the Geax Gato 2.3 TNT front and rear up in Sierra, in summer. 680 g for 26er. I have been using front 2.5 Neuron TNT lately (1100g), but will go back to Gato when we get rain.

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    Edit, all mtn version with thick sidewalls

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    First ride today on Clementine/Stagecoach/Culvert/Confluence with the Purgatory front tire I put on to replace the X-King and LOVE it.

    Confluence was pretty technical! Had to walk a few spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    I love the Geax Gato 2.3 TNT front and rear up in Sierra, in summer. 680 g for 26er.
    Mine was 810g for 26" TNT. Bad luck?

    The claimed weight of Gato 29" TNT 620g is hard to believe, unless someone actually put it on a scale.

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    810 is way off from advertising, maybe the worst I have heard about. I will assume your scale is correct, as I don't have a need for one. I guess switching from Gato to Neuron in front is not as much of a weight penalty as I thought, maybe I stick with the Neuron TNT 2.5, it is new favorite (same tread pattern as Maxxis Minion DHF). I was at an Auburn bike shop talking to locals ( I live in Oakland ), and they were saying the Schwalbe offerings get pretty torn up around that area. I had no problems at all with GATO anywhere around Sierra Nevada. Trying out some Big Betty 2.4 soft rubber tires this winter (still waiting for wet conditions before installing), but I am taking them right off when things dry out. I don't want to tear them up with aggressive summer riding. We will see.
    On a side note, the GEAX Mezcal TNT is a really fun tire in summer. Micro knobs, but same side lugs as GATO. Very fast tire, and fun on stuff like Connector. I think it's the same kind of deal as Kenda Small block 8, or Maxxis Larson. Fun tires for summer, but it's just too expensive for me to run different tires all the time. Now I just run summer or winter. I have to admit those micro knobs are super fun though.

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    I'm a clyde so I tend to like bigger tires. My riding style has changed this last year, as my son discovered downhilling, so we spent about 15 days as Northstar. As a result, I have moved from easing tires over to their side, to being more aggressive and laying the bike over harder. Part of the change was because in the powdery west sierra dirt, you have to get the edges planted to get traction. All of my bikes are the ancient 26" size, so my choices may be biased based on that size. All that said:

    Hardtail- Specialized Ground Control 2.3- I haven't liked these as much as I thought I would. They are light, roll well, and have a decent casing volume. Mostly they are fine, but in loose over hardback (ala China Camp), they will let go when partially leaned over and then catch. Previously I was running the WTB Wolverine's in 2.2. The Wolverines have as much traction and roll just as well, but weigh nearly 200 grams a tire more.

    Turner Spot- Hans Dampf 2.35- These are the first Schwalbe tires I haven't been happy with. Within 2 rides I started tearing knobs off. More importantly, in the West Sierra dust, they do not hook up well (Downieville and Northstar). You lean them in and they just never bite like other tires (even with the pressure down at 28 psi). They work great everywhere else. I am replacing these with the WTB Vigilante.

    Norco Shore- Maxxis Minion 2.5 DHF- There is a reason so many people use these downhilling. At first I didn't like them. One I learned to trust them, I found you can throw them in a corner and they hook up wonderfully. I am going to go tubeless next year (I run tubeless on all the other bikes), so will be trying the Schwalbe Magic Mary.

    Other Bikes- My son has had great luck with the Michelin Wild Gripper 2. We first ran the advanced versions on his Santa Cruz Nickle. They hooked up wonderfully and lasted 10 days at Northstar until he finally tore the sidewall on one on a rock. I replaced them with a Specialized Butcher on the front and Ground Control on the rear and he has been asking me to put another set of the Wild Grippers back on. I have a set on his hardtail (in the non-advanced), which gets ridden for everything from the BMX jump park, to trails, to pavement. They hook up well and are showing virtually no wear after 2 months (unlike the Schwalbe Rocket Rons which were a great tire but wore out in 3 months; no complaining about them as this was not what they were meant for).
    Riding slowly since 1977.

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    Cary, I like the Neuron 2.5 TNT better than DHF. Check out Geax website about technology. Same tread pattern. I will have to try a DHF next summer to qualify this opinion. Last month I rode Hans Damf 2.35 up in Seattle in slimy roots and torrential rain and was impressed in wet conditions. But the side knobs are too squirmy in dry (1 st day up there was dry ), as you point out. Also, the owner of Bronson I was riding had snipped off all of the transition knobs, ala Minion/Neuron. But I am trying schwalbe Big Betty 2.4 this winter instead of my go to GATO. Will add to MTBR reviews in spring. I hope side knobs don't let me down.

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    Bike: 9:zero:7 fatbike
    Tires: 26"x3.8" Surly Nate up front, 26"x3.8" On-One Floater out in back

    Other bike: Santa Cruz Tallboy carbon
    Tires: 29"x2.35" Panaracer Rampage up front, 29"x2.2" Kenda Nevegal out in back

    OTher other bike: 2009 Surly 1x1 11th Anniversary “Rat Ride” Limited Edition
    Tires: 24"x3.45" 3G Bikes “Hoggy-G” front and back (when it’s dry); 24"x3" Nokian Gazzaloddi when conditions are muddy
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    Rode skeggs today with those tires on TallboyC. Conditions were as good as dirt gets, 1% drier than perfect. Smooth, moist and sticky.

    Nobby nic 2.25 front: Good traction when you lean with the bike, super when you lean the bike more and keep the body upright. The weird thing is that it does not feel like there is more traction, it just feels like the bike is planted and rails when you lean it deep. Maybe it's the frame geometry, who knows.

    Saguaro 2.2 rear: Good cornering. I didn't really notice it was there, I was focused on the front in corners. Easily match the NN as a rear in turns. Climbing and breaking, different story. Very easy to lock the rear on downhills where nevegal, nobby nic or mountain king would still hook and have plenty of margin beyond that. Span on climbs a few times as well. I don't think I would spin a NN rear. In both climbing and descending loss of traction is docile, unlike other tires which loose traction abruptly. I think this tire is at its limit in skeggs, which is actually easy cross country for the most part. If you like to bomb I would not use that tire. I think big part of its good nature is the 29" wheel size, not the tire. I would guess it will not be as nice on a 26. Probably spin more and lock even quicker.

    Rolling resistance of this combo is excellent. Feels like riding one higher gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    Interesting.. I think it's a great front tire. Could just be the difference in terrain.
    I'm sure it is Captain. Reflecting back I had moved the ~half worn out 2.4 from the back of SS to up front when I tried the new 2.25 in back that they had come out with. Didn't care for that one at all, heavier and rolled worse than a Nevegal it seemed. ORMV of course.

    I do think a fresh set of 2.4's would be a great for up your way this time of year, how are the conditions in Boggs anyway?
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    I'm running Maxxis Highroller 2.35's on my Heckler. They are awesome but I'm wondering if there is something better (there almost always is). I ride in Redding where we have a large variety of terrain.

    I'm still bummed they got rid of the Mobster, these were my favorite tires. They were similar to the highrollers but they did everything a little better, I miss them so...

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    Weirwolf 2.25 up front. Exiwolf 2.1 rear.

    Rigid Titanium SS. Carbon fork. Tubes.

    Non technical venues.

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    Specialized Enduro with Specialized Butcher Control 2.3's up front (@27 PSI) and specialized Eskar Control 2.3 rear (@30 PSI). Does everything well. No plans on changing anything. Mostly riding STCP - Bernal Ranch entrance up to Coyote peak, then down Rocky Ridge and Stiles.

    For good float over Tahoe silt (Northstar), I used a Purgatory 2.4 front. Awesome for loose stuff, but not too good for hardpack.

    Always Tubless with stans...

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