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    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.
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    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

    XC/trail riding.
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    Tires: RaceKing Supersonic (run tubeless).

    Usage: Eastern GTA

    Used Since: 2009 (on my 3rd set)

    Recommend them to others: Probably not.
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    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!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shibby View Post
    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.
    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!
    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.
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    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.

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    Front: Maxxis Ikon 2.2 @ 28PSI Tubed
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    If its muddy I swap to Rocket Rons, same PSI.

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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shibby View Post
    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.
    when you decide to get rid of Renegade - PM me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wake2dirt View Post
    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.
    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.

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    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...

    Front 24-28psi
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    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.

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    Question for those on Racing Ralphs: what flavour are you running? EVO, Snakeskin, Double Defense, etc? And what width?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shibby View Post
    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.
    Try the FAST Trak Control or the Captain. I ran the Captain up front and handled great just not as fast.

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    Good Question. I would like to know myself.

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    Front - 29x2.35 Maxxis Ardent - 24psi
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    250lbs rider, XC riding, lots of sand down my way and works great, works pretty good on the clay / hardpack stuff too.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Tires: RaceKing Supersonic (run tubeless).

    Usage: Eastern GTA

    Used Since: 2009 (on my 3rd set)

    Recommend them to others: Probably not.
    Curious why you wouldn't recommend if you have gone back to these a few times. Is it just quick wear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bomber495 View Post
    Curious why you wouldn't recommend if you have gone back to these a few times. Is it just quick wear?
    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.

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    I recently switched from the Racing Ralph EVO 2.1 to the EVO 2.25 Snakeskin version (both run tubeless) and I am liking the change.

    The 2.1 non-snakeskin versions were lighter, but the trails I ride most often are very rocky and the tires would fail due to sidewall abrasion long before the tread was worn out. The sidewalls on the snakeskins are holding up very well.

    The snakeskin versions sealed easier, leak less air, and don't weep Stans through the sidewalls like the non-snakeskin versions.

    I get a little bit more volume with the 2.25, which I expect translates into a slightly larger tread footprint, slightly more cushioning, slightly less chance of bottoming out, and the option to run at slightly lower air pressure versus the 2.1

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    Rocket Ron, snakeskin, 2.25, 25 psi, rear, excellent except on wet rocks. Set up tubeless with Orange seal sealant

    Maxxis Crossmark 2.25, 23 psi, front. Tubeless with Orange seal sealant.

    These tires have been great this year, WAY better than the heavy slow rolling Nevegals I foolishly had on before.

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    Continental Rubber Queen 2.4 front
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    Maxxis HighRoller 2.35" on SunRingle
    Singletracks. Hardpack and loose over hardpack. So-Cal riding.

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    My Racing Ralphs are the EVO flavour, 2.25. I run them front & rear. Thought they might feel too wide on my 29er but I have been totally happy with them.

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    I've been running and loving Racing Ralphs (evo 29er, 2.4) on both front and rear.

    I've just order some Haven wheels. anyone ever mount these RRs on Havens? I'd like to take advantage of the tubeless possibilities, but wondering if I'll need new rubber. I really like the ralphs, especially the high volume 2.4s, and indeed I'm planning on buying the new 2.35s when the 2.4s wear out., so I'd rather not switch.

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    EVO version, 2.25

    They are narrower than one would expect from 2.25... I also have Snakeskin but they are heavier and I didn't see any benefits from thicker sidewall... EVO version sealed perfectly and they hold air very, very well... I had Racing Ralph on my front wheel today at Sudbury O-Cup... Held up just fine on the sharp rock...

    I believe that the new Specialized Fast Track - S-Works version, may be better than Racing Ralph - lower rolling resistance and about the same lateral grip... I am really impressed with Specialized line of tires... Had Renegade S-Works (sub 500grams tire) on my rear wheel today at Sudbury as well... It held up very well in tough conditions... and it is FAST...

    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    Question for those on Racing Ralphs: what flavour are you running? EVO, Snakeskin, Double Defense, etc? And what width?

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    don't know which version of EVO 2.1

    you are talking about, but 2012 EVO TL is MUCH better than 2011 and/or older. They seal much better and hold air excellent. I would not bother with 2.1 though... 2.25 would be perfect, as they run narrower for the advertised size...

    If weight is not a concern - Snakeskin is hard to beat, for peace of mind...


    Quote Originally Posted by ray.vermette View Post
    I recently switched from the Racing Ralph EVO 2.1 to the EVO 2.25 Snakeskin version (both run tubeless) and I am liking the change.

    The 2.1 non-snakeskin versions were lighter, but the trails I ride most often are very rocky and the tires would fail due to sidewall abrasion long before the tread was worn out. The sidewalls on the snakeskins are holding up very well.

    The snakeskin versions sealed easier, leak less air, and don't weep Stans through the sidewalls like the non-snakeskin versions.

    I get a little bit more volume with the 2.25, which I expect translates into a slightly larger tread footprint, slightly more cushioning, slightly less chance of bottoming out, and the option to run at slightly lower air pressure versus the 2.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    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.
    Thanks for answering this so well on my behalf, I forgot I posted here and totally wasn't paying attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    you are talking about, but 2012 EVO TL is MUCH better than 2011 and/or older. They seal much better and hold air excellent. I would not bother with 2.1 though... 2.25 would be perfect, as they run narrower for the advertised size...

    If weight is not a concern - Snakeskin is hard to beat, for peace of mind...
    Haven't tried the 2012 version yet.

    The plain evo was definitely lighter than the snakeskin. If the trails I road most often were less rocky, or if I simply had better bike-handling skills to avoid rubbing said rocks in the first place, I'd keep using the non-snakeskin version.

    2.25 are great. I agree, they run narrower than I expected for the advertised size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    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.
    There's definitely something a bit wonky with them. They grip fine but it feels like the tire has somewhat of a vague floaty feeling, there's a lack of feedback and I find it harder to tell how hard the tire is working and how much grip it has left before it lets go. It also wanders more and gets bounced off track easier than the Race King or Mountain King. Out of all the Conti tires I have they're my least favourite, I just can't ride them with confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Rocket Ron F / Racing Ralph R
    this, in 2.25 size is the best all around combo for 29er riding i have come across.

    so far i have used (all tubeless on arch rims):

    rocket ron
    racing ralph 2.4/2.25
    race kings
    geax aka
    raven 2.2 (currently rear of my FS)
    kenda happy medium (currently rear of my rigid)
    specialized ground control
    Ardent (currently front of my rigid)
    ikon
    wolverine
    weirwolf
    exiwolf
    rampage
    karma

    if you are looking to replace your rear tire i would say race king or racing ralph are your best all around bet, the difference being race king doesnt have as much bite in corners but rolls a bit faster, RR is lighter.

    if you want a dry hardpack rear tire i would say raven 2.2 for FS or kenda happy medium on a hardtail depending on if you want lightweight (raven) vs cornering grip (kenda).

    i would say currently happy medium is my favourite rear tire because of how hard you can lean in on corners but still is like riding a slick on everything else. ive also used it up front on a p35 and it is equally fast and fun but a little scary in hard braking situations.

    rocket ron is my favourite front tire by far and seems to grip like nothing ive ever used but still rolls fast and is lighter than most slicks. its also an excellent mud tire front and rear.

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    Running 26" rocket ron's on my sadly unused FS bike.

    Loving a far less popular setup on the 26" rigid SS - 2.35 Panaracer Rampage up front, 2.25 Cinder in the rear. Heavy and not the fastest rolling, but cushy and grips like nobody's business!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    There's definitely something a bit wonky with them. They grip fine but it feels like the tire has somewhat of a vague floaty feeling, there's a lack of feedback and I find it harder to tell how hard the tire is working and how much grip it has left before it lets go. It also wanders more and gets bounced off track easier than the Race King or Mountain King. Out of all the Conti tires I have they're my least favourite, I just can't ride them with confidence.
    You put your finger on it exactly. They get really unpredictable when at the limit. I really tried to like these tires but I put the Ralphs' back on. Much better.

    The X-kings have, however, found a home on my wet weather/mud wheels. They shed mud really well so I think that will work out quite nicely...
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    Kenda Nevegals 2.1 DTC Front and Rear until i wear through them.

    Mostly XC/AM riding. They came stock on my Trance and once they wear through i think i might try the Racing Ralphs with everyone seeming to enjoy them here. Also considering Kendas Slant Six or Karmas

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    Wtb Weirwolf 2.55 STANS ZTR FLOW 29 (looking for something a bit wider).
    I ride mostly in the Muskokas' on rock and roots with a small amount of dirt in between.

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    Minion DHF. 2.5 3C EXO. Good all around tire for our local trails. Think rocks and roots, typically wet. Traction trumps rolling resistance around here.

    I'm really interested in the Hans Dampf as well. Think I'll have to pick up a pair and give 'em a go.

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    Minion DHF 2.35 maxxpro 60A (F) and soon to be Nobby Nic 2.25 SS Evo tubeless (R). Too many flats + high pressure (38-40 psi) on the rear Mountain King I 2.2.

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    rear - schwalbe racing ralph dd 2.25 @ 25 psi tubeless
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    Quote Originally Posted by thewake View Post
    I've been running and loving Racing Ralphs (evo 29er, 2.4) on both front and rear.

    I've just order some Haven wheels. anyone ever mount these RRs on Havens? I'd like to take advantage of the tubeless possibilities, but wondering if I'll need new rubber. I really like the ralphs, especially the high volume 2.4s, and indeed I'm planning on buying the new 2.35s when the 2.4s wear out., so I'd rather not switch.
    i have one on my carbon haven rear (double defense). went on easier than any tire i've ever mounted. no weeping, no leaking. no mess. other tires, not so lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ez5 View Post
    if you want a dry hardpack rear tire i would say raven 2.2 for FS or kenda happy medium on a hardtail depending on if you want lightweight (raven) vs cornering grip (kenda).

    i would say currently happy medium is my favourite rear tire because of how hard you can lean in on corners but still is like riding a slick on everything else. ive also used it up front on a p35 and it is equally fast and fun but a little scary in hard braking situations.
    I am running a 2.1 Happy Medium DTC/UST and I am shocked at how awesome this tire is. It has blown me away how much traction is has for a semi slick. I've rode it on steep technical trails with damp roots both climbing and descending and it has yet to let me down.

    On the front I've been running a 2.1 BBG DTC/UST and it's equally as amazing. The lateral grip on these is like a full on DH tire. They are super fast rolling then rail corners when you need them. A word of caution is you need to ride them aggressive and lean your bike into the corners to get the grip. Some drift then lean the bike over and it's all grip.

    Super impressed with this tire combo.

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    This is my first season on the Racing Ralphs 2.25, tubeless front and rear. The rear is great, but the front washes out when cornering, at least once per ride, and down I go.
    From the recommendations on this thread, I think I'll try a Rocket Ron on the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    This is my first season on the Racing Ralphs 2.25, tubeless front and rear. The rear is great, but the front washes out when cornering, at least once per ride, and down I go.
    From the recommendations on this thread, I think I'll try a Rocket Ron on the front.
    Are they on the right way? Ralphs go in different directions front and rear and it makes a big difference. I only ask because I once spent about 2 weeks with a rear on backwards and it made my bike nearly unrideable.
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    I'll have to check.

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    The new 29er came with the Mavic Cossmax tires. I had been running the RR's on my 26ers for a while and I actually bought a set for the new bike as well. It turns out that I really like these for all the riding so far. I was pleasantly surprise how well they have performed in everything from Kelso to Buck to the Agreement Forest and Puslinch. I am probably going to throw on the RR's once it gets a bit greasier out on the trails in the fall.

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