Lightest Downhill Tires
I'm looking for some lightweight tires. I ran michelins in the past (comp 16/24) but wish they weren't so heavy. Do have any other options that are going to be tough in the rocks but still keep some grams off?
Well I have ran Maxxis Minion EXO with decent results and some guys are running the new RockR 2 by Michelin non steel bead variety. The Schwable FR tires are about 900-1000 grams!
Lightest Downhill Tires
The RockR2 is not that light, but I'd say the sidewalls seem heavier than an Exo casing. I'm really impressed with this tire. I'm not sure how they compare to a Schwalbe Super Gravity tire.
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Continental Trail Kings are fairly light and have a high volume so they handle abuse pretty well.
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Same here. I've been running EXO's with no issues whatsoever. Knocked a boatload of rolling mass off the bike switching to those from the DH case Minions. Both on the scale, and seat of the pants feel on the bike.
Originally Posted by ianjenn
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another vote for the Minion DHF EXO. They won't last quite as long as a full DH casing if you're beating them over rocks day in and day out, but mine last at least a season of AM+DH mix.
Unless I take them to Moab. I'd go through about 3 sets per season if I rode down there more. That rock eats tires so fast!
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Conti Trail Kings, I run a 2.4 in the front on my DH bike.
I use Exos on my enduro bike and have punctured 4 of them. I wouldn't use them in a DH bike. I've heard the Schwalabe SG tires are a good compromise.
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Trail Kings are good too but the lightest (grams) DownHill tire I have used that doesnt fall apart is the:
Tire is very light for its high level of performance and big knobs.
The optional the Grid casing is thicker if you need extra side protection but it will add some weight.
I pair the Specialized Butcher on front with a Specialized Purgatory on the back tire.
The Purgatory is heavier than I'd like but works so well its hard to fault it for a rear tire that climbs and descends and breaks great while not shreding knobs.
Last edited by Trail_Blazer; 08-23-2014 at 06:27 PM.
I'm running the EXO as well. Less than 900 grams for the Minion DHF 2.5". I don't pound sharp rocks with my sidewalls if I can help it though.
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