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    Best tire for NE trails?

    I'm not sure if this thread has been started before..if so, I'll delete it but what do you guys feel works best on the New England singletrack?


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    If you like riding the harder stuff around here I'd go with something along the lines of 2.4 high roller 2 up front and 2.25 ardent out back. If you stick more to XC riding I would go with a less aggressive front tire such as Ignitor or 2.4 ardent. Also, if you're looking for good deals I would check out Panaracer tires, specifically the "CG" series. I'm running them front and back right now and they're fantastic even in the wet.

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    Not sure what your NE trails are like, but here in the Midwest (Kansas City area), I'm loving the Panaracer Cedric Gracia that someone mentioned. We have a good mix of hardpack, loose over hard and some rocky sections on a lot of our local trails. Not many roots, but enough other variety to keep it interesting. The Cedric has been a very good front tire for me. Not the lightest by any means, but still rolls pretty well and hooks up great. It's definitely a faster roller than the Geax Gato I use on the front of my other bike. I think the Cedric Gracia deserves more run than I've seen for it so far!

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    I run Ardent 2.4 in front and Ardent 2.25 in back, did on my 26er and now on 29er and very happy.
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    I'm with icycle. Ardent 2.4 front, 2.25 back on a 29er. Great combo for around here. High volume enough that even as a clyde I can ride them with tubes below the listed pressures without flats.

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    If you can find them-the conti trail king Black Chili 2.4 are great. Like Hans Dampf and the fatter ardents as well.

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    Four front tires that I have recently enjoyed (all 29", in order of decreasing grip, increasing speed):

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf
    WTB Bronson
    Maxxis Ignitor
    Maxxis Ikon

    I don't think there is a "best", just different tires with different compromises for different riders on different days riding different trails in different conditions.

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    Ardent - good traction, but, do not setup with tube-less as well as some others. Sidewalls tend to be a bit thin in the non EXO sizes.

    Schwalbe Nobby Nic - good traction (not quite as good as the Ardent IMOP), very strong sidewalls with the snakeskin option, setup VERY good tubless even without sealant.

    Ignitor - my favorite rear SS tire in the world. Sets up nice, best traction of either above, and cheaper. I havn't tried it on gears yet.

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    I'm a tire noob myself, is there a good way of finding out what I have for fork clearance? I'm on a rockhopper 29er comp with a dart 3 fork..it has 2.2 fast traks all around..can I make the jump to 2.4?


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    +1 vote for the Ardent ... get the EXO version!

    The Hans Dampf was great, but the rocks just chewed up that soft rubber in no time.

    The Ardent is more resilient.

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    probelm with EXO version of the Ardent is that it only comes in larger sizes - 2.35 and up I believe
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    Tried some Hutchinson Toro recently which were pretty nice.

    I have some CSt ouster tires on my 26 fsr and they are surprisingly good and durable.
    I have a 2.4 front, 2.25 rear. I would buy these for my 29er but they only make the 2.25 in that size, I like a beefier front.

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    The Ardent claims to have a 2.25 EXO on their website. At least in a 29er. I've never seen one. I've only had two flats in the last 12 months. Both times I was under pressured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by client_9 View Post
    The Hans Dampf was great, but the rocks just chewed up that soft rubber in no time.
    Did you have the trailstar compound? Mine uses the pacestar compound, and it's holding up well up front in the rocks.

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    I've had good luck with High Rollers, been running those for awhile now.

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    Anyone run Ardent 2.4 front and rear? Why not have a higher volume tire in the rear as well?

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    Now that I've used the Conti 2.4 Trail King up front, nothing else will do. Sets up tubeless easily and works everywhere for me.
    I'm trying a 2.3 Specialized Purgatory in the back, so far it seems pretty good.

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    High roller 2, 2.4 up front
    Minion dhr 2, 2.3 in back.
    Used to run a ardent 2.25 in rear but went through three of em this year alone...
    Minion is grippier albeit a bit slower, hooks up on everything.
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    My two favorite tires right now are the WTB Bronson and Weirwolf. Tons of traction and roll pretty fast.

    Iv have also ridden Ardents and Kenda Excavators. They were good but didn't wow me.

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    I ended up swinging by a shop near by and grabbing a captain in a 2.0...hopefully trying it out soon


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    Nice. Let us know what you think.

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    I'd like to say I'm gonna get out there this week but I'm working as much overtime as possible. Fingers crossed though


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    I ran Ardent 2.4's front and back with good success. On Hans Dampfs on my 650b now and love them.

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    running Ardent 2.4 F/R Stumpy FSR 26er. Great combo that roll decent, grip well, high volume, and have been durable thus far... about 300-400 miles on them I am guessing

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    2.35 Hans Dampf up front and a 2.25 Ardent out back here, liking this setup a bunch. The Schwalbe is an animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-777 View Post
    2.35 Hans Dampf up front and a 2.25 Ardent out back here, liking this setup a bunch. The Schwalbe is an animal.
    Ever tried a High roller II up front? I used to run 2.35HD/2.25ardent and thought it was amazing then switched to HRII up front and was blown away.

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    Panaracer rampage. Good mix of dirt and rock grip. Fast rolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    Panaracer rampage. Good mix of dirt and rock grip. Fast rolling.
    I've been wanting to try one of those after how much I enjoy my panaracer CG AM. Perhaps that'll be my tire for the beginning of next year.

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    I've been riding exclusively on Specialized tires hear in New England.

    Started on Fast Trak 2.0 front & rear. They were terrible. I had the Sport versions which have a heavy steel bead and a hard 70a durometer rubber compound which was useless on wet roots, rocks, and mud. The 2.0 width was narrow and the tread pattern was built for speed, not grip. Very confidence uninspiring tires.

    Moved on to Specialized Eskar 2.3 front and rear. Again I had the Sport version of these tires. Wanted Controls, but they were out of stock and I was desperate to get rid of the Fast Traks. So again they were heavy and the rubber compound wasn't the tackiest, but the larger volume, extra width, and more aggressive tread pattern was a huge increase over the Fast Traks. Huge confidence booster in the rough terrain we have here in New England (rock gardens, roots, ,ud, etc).

    Next I moved on to a Purgatory 2.3 front tire and a Ground Control 2.3 rear tire. These were both the Control version of these tires and also the Purgatory was the newer version designed with finite element analysis (FEA). These tires were definitely lighter and faster rolling than the heavy and slow Eskars. Also the softer rubber compound (60a center and 50a or 55a on the sides I think) increased grip especially over wet roots and wet rocks. I liked these tires and would definitely recommend the setup to anyone. However I managed to slash the rear tire so you might want to go for one of the versions with a beefier sidewall.

    I was looking to try something different, so I'm having my LBS put on a pair of Continental Trail King 2.2 front and rear both with the Black Chilli compound and ProTection sidewall. I've heard nothing, but good things about these tires so I'm very excited to try them out on the trails. I'll report back once I get a chance to put them through their paces.

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    Best tire for NE trails?

    The Trail King 2.2 is a fragile tire with very thin sidewalls. The 2.4 however, is fantastic and very durable. No doubt it's a pig but for the riding I do its worth the weight penalty.

    I've used TK 2.2's in the rear before, average tire that lasted maybe 10 rides before the sidewalls were torn. Just my experience with it, and I do ride a lot of jagged rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobine View Post
    The Trail King 2.2 is a fragile tire with very thin sidewalls. The 2.4 however, is fantastic and very durable. No doubt it's a pig but for the riding I do its worth the weight penalty.

    I've used TK 2.2's in the rear before, average tire that lasted maybe 10 rides before the sidewalls were torn. Just my experience with it, and I do ride a lot of jagged rocks.
    I bought the Trail King 2.2 with the ProTection sidewalls which are beefed up compared to the standard Trail Kings. Should be comparable to the 2.4s you've ridden.

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    Thought I'd add to this thread since spring is here now. I plan on racing this season. What would you suggest for my fully rigid 29er? I have nobby nic and hd's for training but want something lighter, faster for raceday. 2.35 or 2.4 up front since I have no fork. Any ideas?

    Ardent's, RaRa's or Rocket Rons?

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    I am a big fan of the IKON 2.35

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    spent a season riding/racing ikon 2.2. they were everything i could ask for. fast. and that's what ya want for racing. or riding and you like to go fast.

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    Surly Knard or Maxxis Chronicle in 29x3 flavor.

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    the knard was one of the worst braking tires I've ever ridden. Went back to 2.3" 29er tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatupcl View Post
    My two favorite tires right now are the WTB Bronson and Weirwolf. Tons of traction and roll pretty fast.

    Iv have also ridden Ardents and Kenda Excavators. They were good but didn't wow me.
    WTB Weirwolf front and WTB vigilante rear have been an awesome combo for me last fall and so far late winter and early spring. Vigilante is an excellent mud/wet tread. Set up tubeless on wtb kom rims like a dream.

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    Been on a 2.35 Trailstar Magic Mary up front and a 2.35 Pacestar Razor Rock in the rear and it's been amazing in just about all conditions thus far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    the knard was one of the worst braking tires I've ever ridden. Went back to 2.3" 29er tires.
    brakes? try not to use them. they just slow you down.

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    Tires are such a subjective thing, you'd really need to talk to someone whose riding preferences, style, and abilities match your own to get truly useful advice. I mean, when you have recommendations running from Ikons to Magic Mary's, and all of the posters are sincere in their recommendations, well, you can see how subjective tire choice really is.

    For me, I have a few parameters: Widest tire that comfortably fits my frame, soft to softer compounds as I find falling to be the biggest impediment to rolling resistance, tough sidewalls as New England is hell on sidewall, and easy and reliable 'Stan's Notubin'-ability' because that's how I roll.

    If I can save a few dollars, that's nice, too (you can get off cheaper, but not cheap).

    Favorites so far:

    1. Maxxis High Roller II with the 3C compound, xco reinforcements tubeless ready blah blah in a 2.35.

    2. Continental Trail King 2.4 w/ Black Chili Compound and Protection sidewalls and tubeless ready. These aren't just from a German company, but actually cost less (quite a bit less) than similar Schwalbe Hans Dampfs (which, are made in the german state of Indonesia), and they are better in every way.

    3. Schwalbe Magic Mary-Fat as you can find 'em. Great grip, unbeatable security up front, cost a fortune and wear fast. If I were a completive enduro racer, and looked to 'spare no expense' and 'damn the horses' in my pursuit of victory, I'd never use any other tire on the front of my rig. But I'm none of those things so I'd never pony up for this tire.

    OF COURSE, your results may vary!

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    Road WTB Vigilantes last year...super good in the greasy stuff...I put a WTB Breakout 2.5 on the front and Vigi in the back this year and so far I'm really happy with the traction the big old 2.5 provides....really good braking in the steep slippery slick stuff....it is a complete pig on the road, but I don't care, it will just make me stronger
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