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    Powell Butte(PB) and Forest PArk(FP) Tire Recommendations.

    I need to get some new tires for off-raod as the tires I got with my used MTB are not suitable for riding PB and FP, even at lower psi I still get slippage, specially the front tire. I'm not looking to spend a fortune on 2 tires, but I do want something good. Lets say I don't want to spend more than $40 a tire.

    I've been looking at the CST Heathen in a 26" x 2.25", Panaracer Fire XC Pro in a 26" x 2.2"a the Continental Trail King in a 26x2.2. What would be your recommendations?
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    The panaracer is a pretty good all around tire. I'm using the heathen in back right now and i really like it, especially the price. Ive run it for the last 3 months in mostly dry conditions. I will switch to a highroller once the rain starts in earnest. I have used panaracers off and on for 5 years and although I generally want a burlier tire these days, if FP & PB are where you ride, they should be great. I would use the panaracers in back, but if the trail kings have beefier side knobs, use one of those in front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastboy143 View Post
    I would use the panaracers in back, but if the trail kings have beefier side knobs, use one of those in front.
    Interesting, I was thinking along this line. I kind of have an idea from motoX, were the front wheel is directional knobs @ 2.1" and the back is a wider non-directional, @ 2.2"/2.3". Only because I have this idea in my head the wider tires react slower as front wheels, but I'm not so sure, because I've not been riding for over a year and while I was looking for a bike I was not paying attention to innovation and ride concepts. I was going to try this with my commencal XS, til that was taken from me.

    Thanks for the replay, shoot any more advice you have at me!
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    Wider in front seems to be a general preference, and I'm in agreement. IMO, if youre in a hard corner & the rear gives up traction but the front still tracks, it is much easier to retain control than if the front goes out.
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    I should correct that. It's my experience as well as opinion.
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    Thanks for the reply. FP & PB are just the places I can get to on short notice, when I have that itch for a descent or an outdoor ride. These tires would also be used for get'n some Sandy Ridge and Scappoose park trails. I can fit up to 2.45" wide on my Revel and still have a bit of room for natural rim flex; rain season is here, so I'll look for rain tires in a 2.25"/2.3" and find something with beefy side nobs for up front(which I was not thinking of)... Thanks a bunch!

    Such wider tires at 48psi should act like their own suspension!

    Edit: I've been descending on Kendas @ 45psi, that are 2.125" wide and look like...
    Powell Butte(PB) and Forest PArk(FP) Tire Recommendations.-8637.jpg

    I've not hit the ground yet, but am afraid I will once I have the BB7's on and can go a little faster and brake a little harder, with more confidence.
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    Higher than typical pressure. If you find yourself spinning out when applying torque over roots/rocks, try letting out some of that pressure. I'm 200lbs and run my pressure at 28r/30f, 5psi less if tubeless. I do lots of climbing over technical terrain.
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