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    if you could only have one tire....

    i'm gonna do a tubeless conversion and need to pick a tire. i'm mostly a weekend warrior type so i don't want to hassle with it other than maybe trying different pressures. to that end, which tire would you recommend for our socal trails and fireroads? one tire to do it all. it wouldn't ever get any more technical than el prieto type stuff.

    by way of background, i'm on rocket rons now and tho they're fine most of the time, i have pushed them past their limits on occasion. otherwise, i've only ridden the nevegals that came with my bike, which were ok as well. this will be on a 100mm sixer....

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    maxxis minion, Bontrager g5, speci butcher or one of similar variant, i think proven to be best design by majority of people. only for front though, they make for a slow climbing, fast wearing rear tire.
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    I hear good things about Minions.

    I'm rolling on Specialized Purgatory tires (29X2.3) and these are the easiest sealing, best gripping tire I've found so far for our area. El Prieto is local to my neck of the woods so we must be rolling on the same dirt.
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    Rocket Ron's here also.

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    Conti X-kings. 330 TPI makes 'em roll and corner great! I run the 2.4" on my BlurLT

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    Inexpensive option: Nevegal front, Slant 6 rear
    Expensive option: Racing Ralph front, Ikon rear

    Both 2.35f/2.2r, tubeless with all "protection" options (exo, exc, snakeskin, whatever).

    Both options work well but of course I feel faster on the "expensive" option

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    For trails and fire-roads as you put it, I like the Fast Trak Control version in a 2.2" up front, Fast Trak 2.0 Control rear. They are light, provide good traction, and great here in So-Cal. For more chunky riding I like the 2.3" Purgatory up front, and 2.1" Ground Control rear, also Specialized tires. Excellent grip, and wear good as well.

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    Hans Dampf!

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    for all mountain rocky lose and variable conditions... I've found tubeless nevagals are my tried and true favorite.

    over the last several years or so I've been experimenting with different tires 'aggressive' tires like minions, hans damp, trail king and butchers. while i've found advantages to riding on all of these tires in the way of performance (rolling resistance, weight savings and grip). You can not beat the piece of mind that comes in the way of durability, grip and reliability from a set of nevagals. they are not the lightest or roll the fastest but they grip, they last, they don't break the bank, and you can beat the heck out of em.

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    if you could only have one tire
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    I would need to learn to ride a unicycle or be really good at riding wheelies.

    Call me plan but I love my Nevegals. Great adhesion but the wear is not the greatest. At least they are cheep compared to other options out there.
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    if you could only have one tire....

    Nobby nic front, racing Ralph rear

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    if you could only have one tire....

    Nobby nic front and rock razor rear
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    I'm loving my Bontrager XR3 2.3 tires, so I would stay with those. I liked my Nobby Nics when I had them.
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    2.35 Ikon Exo up front
    2.20 Ikon Exo out back.

    Lots of traction....super fast rollers.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    I have Hans Damf front and Nobby Nic rear on my 29er that seem fast but I feel that when cornering they break free at different times relative to each other. I love the traction and cornering of the HR IIs that came with my SC 5010, but they seem very slow by comparison. Considering a faster rolling rear tire to complement the HR II up front.

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    2.4 Ardent up front, Nevegal on the back....
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