What tires are you running?
Plenty of threads on this topic in the wheels and tires forum, but thought it would be cool to compile what people in the region are running and your thoughts/review of the tires (also where and what type of riding you do).
My ulterior motive to starting this thread is to find ideas for replacing the stock rear Specialized s-works Renegade tire that came on my Stumpy 29er. If there is any level of dampness, that tire is useless.
Last edited by Shibby; 06-25-2012 at 10:46 AM.
Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29 x 2.25 rear
Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29 x 2,25 front
Set up tubeless with Stan's on Arch/ZTR wheels
2014 Giant TCX SLR2
2013 Trek Stache 8
2011 Giant Defy Advanced 0
2014 KHS 3000 4 Season
Tires: RaceKing Supersonic (run tubeless).
Usage: Eastern GTA
Used Since: 2009 (on my 3rd set)
Recommend them to others: Probably not.
26" CST Comp Copperhead's on Alex Ace17 rims., First higher-end bike I've owned ( 2011 Opus Strat ) Came on the bike and really impressed with them so far. I do all types of riding, but mostly MUT or scooting around town and they perform very well on any surface, Even a smooth ride with the trailer hooked and kiddo in it!.
Rocket Ron F / Racing Ralph R
I had the same complaint about the OEM Continental Mountain King 2.2 that came on the Rocky Mountain Altitude carbon that I bought last summer; they were OK in the dry but very sketchy in the damp & wet on roots and even rock to the point I didn't want to ride the bike in these conditions!
Originally Posted by Shibby
So I recently replaced them with Continental Mountain King 2.4 front & rear which besides being wider also has a different tread pattern than the 2.2 does! Amazing...couldn't believe the difference! Grip is much improved in the damp but even better this bike ( 5.5" travel ) now just floats over the gnar, roots & rocks of my home trails at Buckwallow! They roll really well too, surprisingly! I run about low to mid 20's psi although the side wall recommends 50-60 psi !!
No way would I run even close to that pressure, I would be bouncing and boinging off roots & rocks constantly on these trails.
Front: Racing Ralph 2.25
Rear: Racing Ralph 2.1
Mounted to Crank Brothers Cobalt 29s.
Inflated to around 20psi unless I start to rim-out.
Great all-around tire. I've used them everywhere for XC from BC to Pennsylvania and all over the place in Ontario.
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Here at Laguna Seca, home of the Sea Otter, I am running Sworks Fast Trak 2.0 in front and rear. They are fast and stick on turns.
Front: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 @ 28PSI Tubed
Back: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 @ 32PSI Tubed
If its muddy I swap to Rocket Rons, same PSI.
My EBB so loud
Have recently switched from Racing Ralph 2.2's to Contintental X-King 2.2's with Black Chili compound, mounted tubeless to Stans' Arch EX. I ride cross-country on a rigid singlespeed.
The jury is still out on the x-kings. They are very light and fast and seem to grip fine in dry to moderately damp, but there is something that feels a little odd about them that I cannot quite put my finger on. I will likely keep them on the bike for the rest of the season but I expect, all things being equal, that I will ultimately go back to Racing Ralphs.
29x2.2 Conti Race Kings set up tubeless with Stans Arch EX. Love these tires. Fast and lots of grip in dry to moderately wet conditions. Use mostly at the hydrocut in KW, and at Kelso.
when you decide to get rid of Renegade - PM me...
Originally Posted by Shibby
Conti Gravity on the Mistress. Vitoria CX tires on the CX beast.
If you hurt in your efforts and suffer painful dings. Then you are doing it right.
Interesting - I've got a Fast Trak on the front. Maybe I'll move it to the back and get another one, or something even more aggressive, for the front.
Originally Posted by wake2dirt
2.35 Schwalbe Hans Dampf in Trailstar compound for general trail riding.
2.4 Schwalbe Big Betty 2ply in Vertstar for Gravity days.
Pressures depend upon conditions, but to hold up my 230lb rtr weight...
A Dirtbag since 1969.
A Knomer since 2007.
Knolly Podium V.2
RM Slayer . . .
26x2.5 Minion DHF EXO 3C F&R running tubeless at 20-something psi - been riding these pretty much everywhere since they hold air better tubeless than my Kendas
26x2.5 Nevegal DH F&R w/DH tubes - on my DH wheelset
26x2.35 Nevegal StickE F&R running tubeless - like the tires but have taken them off in favor of the Minions because they're leaky and sidewalls were insufficient for my last big trip
26x2.1 Nevegal StickE UST F&R - on my XC bike which I haven't ridden at all this year.
Question for those on Racing Ralphs: what flavour are you running? EVO, Snakeskin, Double Defense, etc? And what width?
Try the FAST Trak Control or the Captain. I ran the Captain up front and handled great just not as fast.
Originally Posted by Shibby
Good Question. I would like to know myself.
Front - 29x2.35 Maxxis Ardent - 24psi
Rear - 29x2.1 Maxxis Crossmark - 29psi
250lbs rider, XC riding, lots of sand down my way and works great, works pretty good on the clay / hardpack stuff too.
Conti Race King 2.2 in the cheap wire bead version for my commuter/light duty bike. This bike gets a roughly even mix of road, gravel paths, and singletrack trails. Darn fast, good traction on hardpack & rocks, but gets sketchy on soft loose dirt and is useless in the wet. It's good at climbing and rolling fast but the rest of the package leaves something to be desired, cornering has to be done weight forward with authority or foot down moto-style to get the tires to bite, otherwise the front washes out too easily.
My good bike has Conti Mountain King (version II) 2.2 tires with the Black Chili rubber and Protection sidewalls. This bike gets ridden on everything you can find off-road, but not in the wet if I can help it since tracking down vintage drivetrain parts is not fun. These tires have tons of traction, so much in fact that I've clipped trees on the inside of corners because I'm expecting the tires to break traction and drift outwards, instead, they just grip and rail around the turns. Climbing grip is probably equal to the Velocirators I once had, if I can keep the cranks turning they'll keep digging into the ground to get me up the slope. The only weakness I've found so far is wet tree roots, they'll spin out when I'm standing and putting the power down in granny ring on a climb, but so will every other tire that I've tried to date. Currently my favourite tire.
Also have a set of Tioga Factory XC 1.95 tires on a backup wheelset for my good bike. Rolls like a slug, but great traction in soft loose dirt and hardpack. Doesn't rail turns as well as the Mountain King and when it loses traction it does so without much warning. And it's a horror show in the wet, it slides badly on everything and if I hit wood or stone the bike is going down.
I never ride in the wet so I run an Ardent (f) and racing ralph (r) on the 29er, and Python Air lights on the 26er.
my set up....
Racing Ralph's on Crest rims running tubeless on 29er HT....
I will change the rear for Maxxis Aspen 2.1 and give it a try,we'll see how it goes...
I'm pretty light; <150 pounds,and I ride at Durham Forest a lot...
Curious why you wouldn't recommend if you have gone back to these a few times. Is it just quick wear?
Originally Posted by ghettocruiser
The supersonic is the super light super fast version of the Raceking tire, it's kinda fragile and finicky, to me it's a pretty specialized tire with a fairly narrow range of applications for certain riders who know exactly what they want. It's not a general purpose tire that's suitable for most riders under most conditions, most riders will kill the tire or hate it because it's not made for what they need.
Originally Posted by bomber495