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    What tire width do you ride around here?

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    40c, cause it's all just damn fireroads any way.

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    40c for most of the openspace parks.

    2.3-2.5 front (WTB Stout), 2.1 rear (WTB Prowler). 26" in more technical terrain. Yeah, I have a box full of old tires...hopefully they ain't rotten yet.
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    Around here where? 2.5 in the Bay Area and SC. 2.8 in Downieville.
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    Here being the Bay and SC. But feel free to add comments on your preferred locations.

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    Anything wider than a maxxis 2.5" is too wide

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    2.3 Maxxis, and 2.35 Schwalbe's...same size tire no matter where I ride. I hate the big fat plus size tires.
    What size tires are you running in NorCal?

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    I choose 4.8" for most rides since I am a hack newbie lacking riding skill and therefore have to rely on big tires to make me feel like a big man.
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    BUMP. Let's get more votes. Not much love to the PLUS size hype here so far...

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    Usually a 2.5 up front, and a 2.3 in the back
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    2.5 front, 2.4 back

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    Trail 2.3 Maxxis f&r
    DJ 2.35 f Small block 1.95 r

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    2.4-2.6 Has been my sweet spot for the last decade.

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    2.35 HD front and rear cuz im cheap

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    I'm liking the 2.8's here around Tahoe as a 3 season tire. 26x4 as fall starts turning to winter then once we have good snow on the ground 4.8's


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    4.9 and love it.

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    2.3 pretty much any and everywhere front and back. I'm across the valley in the foothills
    though. Should we have sub forum Bay Area / Nor Cal?

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    2.6 front/rear in Tahoe. I'm running tubeless at low pressure (14/16) and it has been working well for me. When it starts snowing I'll be skiing

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    29x2.1 on the rigid bike
    29x2.5/2.3 on the full suspension trail bike
    27.5x2.8 on the hardtail
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    2.35 front and rear.
    Mostly riding the very dry and non grippy Peavine Mt in Reno.
    When I get up to Tahoe or Truckee the dirt is so nice that I don't feel any need for wider.
    I will try a 2.6/2.5 combo to help with my desert riding.
    Also how the Fawk are some of you running lower than 20 psi. I would dent rims all day long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPinReno View Post
    Also how the Fawk are some of you running lower than 20 psi. I would dent rims all day long.
    Weighing 115lbs helps

    I could possibly go lower but 14 seems to be the sweet spot as far as the sidewall not bulging out further than the treads.

    2.6 at those low pressures has been a revelation for me in terms of performance in the loose sandy trails in Carson and up on the rim.


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    Quote Originally Posted by griffsterb View Post
    Anything wider than a maxxis 2.5" is too wide
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    I don't weigh 115, but I do run 15psi on 3.0 tires. Disagreement on this is a good thing, it would be weird if everyone rode the exact same thing. And not good weird, cuz we all like that

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    I ride all over on 2.35/2.3. Will be trying larger volume tires in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffsterb View Post
    Anything wider than a maxxis 2.5" is too wide
    X 2 front and rear ...

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    2.3-2.4/5 depending on the rim width. *Disclaimer: Proud Member of the TwoSixmafix so my answer is skewed just a leetle.

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    Time to bump this thread. Here's the current tally. Not see much love for PLUS. Is that because your bike only takes 2.3 or up to 2.5? Or does 2.8 suck around here?
    What tire width do you ride around here?-tire-poll1.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    Time to bump this thread. Here's the current tally. Not see much love for PLUS. Is that because your bike only takes 2.3 or up to 2.5? Or does 2.8 suck around here?
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    What are you running?

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    2.3F/2.2R on my hardtail

    700c x 40 Nanos on my cx bike, which works fine on a surprising amount of the trails in the foothill/Sac area

    To me, fat/plus is an answer to a question I'm not asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griz View Post
    What are you running?
    2.1 / 1.95 on 26er....lots of grip...when I'm riding on tar :-D I'm long overdue for new bike and doing some research. I have test rides coming up and will test bikes with 2.3, 2.8 and 29er...hoping to find some test bikes with 2.5/2.6 as well, but harder to comeby.

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    2.3 maxxis front and rear, would go 2.5 front/ 2.3 rear to try it if I had wider rims.
    Quote Originally Posted by JPinReno View Post
    Also how the Fawk are some of you running lower than 20 psi. I would dent rims all day long.
    I do ~18 up front 21 rear and haven't had any issues with my wheelset, maybe i'm just lucky?

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    26" 2.1" for me (re-issued panaracer smokes), but I'm a VRC guy, so go figure. Tangent, any of you spotted a pair or one Onza Canis tire, 26", 2.25" and importantly tan-wall. Onza discontinued them, but I'm hoping there might be a few still a LBS's? Tips anyone? My fellow VRC peeps hoard them.

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    40 for real, but lately I've gotten addicted to 2.1s on drop bar bikes. It's like the CX equivalent of riding a fatbike. It's going to be really hard to go back to traditional CX tires.

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    25 - 28's tubeless on the road bike, 33 -35's tubeless on the CX. 2.3, 2.25 and 2.1's tubeless on the hardtail and FS 29er.
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    What tire width do you ride around here?

    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    Time to bump this thread. Here's the current tally. Not see much love for PLUS. Is that because your bike only takes 2.3 or up to 2.5? Or does 2.8 suck around here?
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    2.8s in Tahoe all summer and love'n Em.
    Minion DHF in front (14-16 psi) Rekon in the back. 16-18 psi. Great all around. Really shines in the DG sand around the basin and on the TRT


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    Quote Originally Posted by railntrail View Post
    2.8s in Tahoe all summer and love'n Em.
    Minion DHF in front (14-16 psi) Rekon in the back. 16-18 psi. Great all around. Really shines in the DG sand around the basin and on the TRT


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    I want new rubber to replace my 2.8 Nobby Nics, but between 3 mountain bikes, I'm not wearing out the rubber fast enough, and therefore can't justify the purchase. (First world problem, I know). When the time comes, I was fooling around with the idea of the High Roller 3.0, but will most likely go DHF/Rekon like you have.

    Maybe time for a plus-tire road ride to speed up the process =D
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    The Rekons roll fast and have good traction and braking characteristics and the DHF really holds your line through the corners. My bike came with Rekons front and back but I couldn't hold a good line with the Rekon in front


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    34C front, size 6 rear

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    Just test rode a bike with 2.35/2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic. Straight line and technical grip is fine. But these tires wash without warning. No skid, no bite, just wash out and eat dirt. Way worse even compared to my 1.95 old school bontragers. Maybe they need to run tubeless with very low pressure, but I tend to prefer higher than average pressure. Not confidence inspiring at all?

    Anybody have good experience with the Schwalbe Nobby Nics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    Just test rode a bike with 2.35/2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic. Straight line and technical grip is fine. But these tires wash without warning. No skid, no bite, just wash out and eat dirt. Way worse even compared to my 1.95 old school bontragers. Maybe they need to run tubeless with very low pressure, but I tend to prefer higher than average pressure. Not confidence inspiring at all?

    Anybody have good experience with the Schwalbe Nobby Nics?
    I ran those tires in the past & loved the grip. Never washed out on them and ran 35psi front 38psi in the rear. I rode them on trails like Old Alpine, Skeggs, Demo & Water Dog without issue. I wanna say I rode them 2 years ago or so. Running High Rollers now since that's what came with my most current bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    Just test rode a bike with 2.35/2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic. Straight line and technical grip is fine. But these tires wash without warning. No skid, no bite, just wash out and eat dirt. Way worse even compared to my 1.95 old school bontragers. Maybe they need to run tubeless with very low pressure, but I tend to prefer higher than average pressure. Not confidence inspiring at all?

    Anybody have good experience with the Schwalbe Nobby Nics?
    I can not believe 2.35 NN are worse in any type of grip to 1.95 old bonty.

    And they actually do like a bit higher pressure than some others to round off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    Just test rode a bike with 2.35/2.25 Schwalbe Nobby Nic. Straight line and technical grip is fine. But these tires wash without warning. No skid, no bite, just wash out and eat dirt. Way worse even compared to my 1.95 old school bontragers. Maybe they need to run tubeless with very low pressure, but I tend to prefer higher than average pressure. Not confidence inspiring at all?

    Anybody have good experience with the Schwalbe Nobby Nics?
    You're not alone...I'm not a fan of Nobby Nics in any size or pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    I can not believe 2.35 NN are worse in any type of grip to 1.95 old bonty.

    And they actually do like a bit higher pressure than some others to round off.
    It's the side lugs pattern on the NN, they are too small/sparce and don't bite on loose stuff while cornering. Straightline and rollover on technical stuff is fine, but I can't trust these guys on cornering. Maybe there was some lockup as well during braking, but expect the tires to skid, and not wash out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOG View Post
    ...ran 35psi front 38psi in the rear...
    I used to air up like that for the 4 mile pavement ride to the trailhead. Then I forgot to air down one time and had one of the most near-disaster dirt rides ever. Bounced off everything, very little grip on gravel, feeling like I was cornering on marbles, you get the idea.

    As for OP's poll, the 2.35-2.5 tire hits the sweet spot for me. But the more I bike, the more I realize that it's the rider, not the machine, that makes the most difference for most conditions. And tread pattern has a larger influence than width for anything that's not sandy/snowy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post
    It's the side lugs pattern on the NN, they are too small/sparce and don't bite on loose stuff while cornering. Straightline and rollover on technical stuff is fine, but I can't trust these guys on cornering. Maybe there was some lockup as well during braking, but expect the tires to skid, and not wash out.
    They are not my favorite tire, but still can't believe they are worse at that then old school narrow ones. I hope you did not air them out to the same pressure as 1.95". Maybe performance (cheap crap) compound ones?

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