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    so what's the decisive colorado tire?

    I'm currently running a set of worn out maxxis ignitors. not a terrible tire, but i can't help thinking there must be something better for the loose gravely/sandy surfaces so common around here.

    i'm thinking i want a 2.3" or so... i don't race much, i'm more interested in a durable grippy tire. i ride a turner 5-spot. mostly looking for a rear at the moment. the ignitor i have on the front seems to be doing well.

    oh yeah, has to be tubeless! i guess mostly everything comes in tubeless these days.

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    Nobby Nic. I am happy with 2.4 NNs front and rear on my 5spot for conditions that you describe. I'll bet the NNs roll a bit faster than the Ignitors and grip much better.

    Lots of tire options and this topic is regularly discussed. I run a lot of different tires on my 5spot depending on conditions.

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    I just saw a thread in here FR CO about tires recently so you might want to look that up also. I was thinking about getting some of those maxxis ignitors myself since I really liked my Maxxis Larsens a whole lot! The Larsens 2.3 handle business and roll way better than the stocks that came with my bike. I'll have to look into those NN's mentioned.

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    I run on my trance x a nevegal 2.35 on the front and a high roller 2.35 on back. Great combo imo and the nevegal is cheaper then the maxxis,

    also try a maxxis dhf 2.35 on the front and high roller on the back

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    love the larsens.
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    Velociraptors grip the loose stuff really well. I run 35 psi front and back.

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    2.2 - 2.4 with large knobs that are widely spaced and with sipes... unless you are the lycra-xc-racer type, then you probably have an opinion that I couldn't influence anyway
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    I have 2.35 Maxxis Minion's on my Heckler and 2.3k Nevegals on my Chameleon and I think the Maxxis roll pretty good, climb all right(compared to my Minion 2.5's) and take a decent beating in the rock gardens (But the 2.5's were more better in the rocks). I was going to try the high rollers but I went with the minions since I liked the 2.5's I thought it would be a good option to down size them a little and get something a bit lighter.
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    New to CO riding from CT. Running a Nevegal 2.5 in the front and a Velociraptor 2.1 in the rear. Working out for me. The Velociraptor really bites into the dirt and rock gardens.
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    IMO, Schwalbe sidewalls aren't meant for the Front Range. Great rolling/gripping tires but expensive and too wimpy. I really like the maxxis LUST sidewalls. Pretty beefy and still have some decent feel but... I can't seem to get them to seat really well at lower pressures on my daily wheels (WTB laser disc trail). They're pretty good on my mavic 819's though.

    I'm running Ignitor 2.1 up front and crossmark 2.1 on back. Have some Ignitor 1.95's that I'm gonna try on the rear when I wear/blow the crossmarks. Also like the Nevegal DTC's.

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    Schwalbe Fat Albert 2.4 with the snakeskin sidewall. Love them Love them Love them, but I hated them at high pressure. I got lazy and never pumped them up and when I got down to about 20 psi they kicked ass. The are great up to 30 psi, but bounce a bit above that.

    The Schwalbe 2.4 is as big if not bigger than any other manufacturer's 2.5s (Especially Maxxis and Conti) and a lot lighter.

    They are lasting far better than my Kenda's that I ran forever. I hated how the knobs fell off on the Kendas. I also have not had any flats on the Schwalbs yet this year, they have much better side walls than the Kenda's , on par with my Minions that are heavy as hell.

    I am going to put a Big Betty on my wife's front if I can ever find one for a reasonable price, if not she will get a pair of FAs as well.

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    so more of a blocky paddle type tread than a waffle type pattern?

    i was a big v-raptor fan back in some of the muckier parts of the northeast. can't say i've ever really tried em on the loose stuff. i remember them being sketchy on hardpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upmtnsinbreck
    love the larsens.
    that is an interesting looking tire. reminds me of the little pin-studded tires we used to use for dirt track radio control car racing.

    also seems like it would put a lot of rubber down in all the right places... and royally suck in the mud. but i've gotta get my mud-centric tire tendencies out of my brain. this is the desert!

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    Velociraptors? Are you serious? Why not just find an old pair of Smoke/Darts! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowdog
    Nobby Nic. I am happy with 2.4 NNs front and rear on my 5spot for conditions that you describe. I'll bet the NNs roll a bit faster than the Ignitors and grip much better.
    +1 for the NN's. I run the 2.4's on my Nomad, best tires I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark
    Hutchinson Barracuda, Conti Rubber Queen.
    The 2.4 RQs are the best tires I've ever used, single or double ply... even better than the 2.5 dhf 3c or Big Betty. Maxxis Ardent 2.25 is a good rear tire, rails when you want it to and drifts predictably. It is better than the ignitors or high rollers. 2.35 minions are good too, but aren't especially fast or long-wearing.
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    anyone tried the Michelin Mountain Xtreme?

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    Nevegal 2.1 in front, smallblock8's (2.35)in back
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandan
    Nevegal 2.1 in front, smallblock8's (2.35)in back
    I'm running a 2.1 UST Nevegal in the back, and it works really well with a 2.2" Rubber Queen up front. I wanted to run the RQ front and rear, but the Conti's are so tall that I had virtually no clearance at the chainstay bridge.

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    Get fresh Ignitors!!!

    All good inputs and everyone has an opinion as you see, but I live in Breck> Very mineral> hardpack to lush-loam roots> rock gardens, bla bla bla> oh yeah & I ride in Fruita GJ /Moab a lot! I run 2.35 UST Ignitors everywhere> corners> drifting> ewok> drops> jumps> desert> woods.

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    Decisive CO tire?

    There isn't one.

    HTH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    anyone tried the Michelin Mountain Xtreme?
    Yes, they're pretty heavy but corner like you wouldn't believe and are fairly predictable when they do break loose.

    That said, I'm no longer running them on my trailbike because they weigh like 1100 grams.
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    they're fairly new, but i've been loving the WTB prowler. used em all last season here in summit and they rocked. pretty soft so they wear pretty fast, but way sticky. i run them tubeless on mavic rims with stans. they do really well in fruita too. stick on the rock and float over the sand. little heavy at 900g.

    WTB prowler XT 2.3 front
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    thanks 'zilla

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark
    I'm running a 2.1 UST Nevegal in the back, and it works really well with a 2.2" Rubber Queen up front. I wanted to run the RQ front and rear, but the Conti's are so tall that I had virtually no clearance at the chainstay bridge.

    When the Nev' wears out, I've got an SB8 ready to try.
    Originally the nevegal was in the back. But I decided I wanted a more agressive tread in front a nd a smoother roller in back. The combo this way works great
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    I second sandan. I'm running a blue groove up front and bontrager's version of the small block eight called XR1 in the back. Same setup being run by the Boulder Trek Store employees/racers (so I hear). grips everything and rolls fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endurowanker
    that is an interesting looking tire. reminds me of the little pin-studded tires we used to use for dirt track radio control car racing.

    also seems like it would put a lot of rubber down in all the right places... and royally suck in the mud. but i've gotta get my mud-centric tire tendencies out of my brain. this is the desert!

    indeed it does "royally suck in the mud."
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    2.35 Rampage front 2.3 Crossmark rear

    Seems to combine rolling resistance, decent weight, and traction all in one.
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    Tires, whatever my team is sponsored by. Last year it was Maxxis and I rode High Roller 2.35s. Worked fine. This year its Kenda, 2.35 / 2.1 Nevegals. Works fine. I may go to 2.35 front and back. Worked well with the High Rollers. Basically something that rolls all right in the center followed by some knoby things on the side for cornering.

    Oh, and you're all lame for make such a big deal over tires. Some one had to say it
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Best bang for the buck tire, front or back: Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1, with tubes. The price is right, they last a long time (for me). Other tires might do some things better but overall I'm always glad to be riding them. Did I say the price is right? Fer instance:

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/118...C-Pro-Tire.htm

    The above are the 60 tpi Taiwan ones. I admit I only buy the 120 tpi ones (much lighter) but you have to be diligent to find them at the same price as the 60 tpi. Here's what the 120 tpi typically go for. Maybe at $32 there's a better bang for the buck but I still like them in all conditions.

    http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...+MOUNTAIN+TIRE
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    So I'd say we've arrived at the conclusion that there is NOT a decisive CO tire.

    Again.


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    Get a DH tire and drill holes until desired weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Get a DH tire and drill holes until desired weight.
    I did that once. It worked a treat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    So I'd say we've arrived at the conclusion that there is NOT a decisive CO tire.

    Again.

    You have summed up all tire threads over the last 5 years. Bravo my friend, bravo.
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    You have summed up all tire threads over the last 5 years. Bravo my friend, bravo.
    Invariably these tire threads will become so large that EVERY tire in existence will be recommended and there will be at LEAST one post per type of tire that says "that tire sucks"...

    I did notice that nobody in this thread has recommended a Ritchey Zmax... which is my preferred CO tire.

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    It depends on where in Colorado your riding.. For really rocky terrain, I like to run a set of big bettys

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