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    Photo Assignment: Best Tire for 2011!

    What's the best tire for 2011? Post pics!
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    all this talk of the bronson from wtb makes me wanna try one, but it's been like 6-8 months of 'talk'. I wanna ride the damn tire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    all this talk of the bronson from wtb makes me wanna try one, but it's been like 6-8 months of 'talk'. I wanna ride the damn tire!

    Latest QBP ship quote is Feb. 11th, 2011. I dropped a line to 'freind' at WTB to see if I can get a better idea...I'll update here if I find out anything otherwise.

    Come on already. I'm such a tire whore....love trying new rubber. Although I think the Bronson will be a far better intermediate to hard terrain tire and not so great of a winter nocal mud tire.
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    Slant Six anyone?

    I too am a tire whore. I have far too many here.

    That said, anyone ridden the Slant Six yet? Thinking it might make a good XC rear tire 'round here -- just like the other 8 I have in the closet.
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    I am waiting on updated versions from Continental and Schwalbe.

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    Specialized....

    PURGATORY 2.2's or 2.4's. Finally found a replacement for the Adrenaline Pro (v.2)
    - Perfect year-round tire for Mo. Co. and S.C.
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    Let's play Name That Tire!
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    Crossmark, Jones XR, Smallblock 8, Nevegal, Weirwolf LT, Rampage

    All in size 29, I believe.

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    That's a photo assignment?

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    Best tire of 2011: a slick tire to put on the trainer!!
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    I don't know about best but I will say pretty damn good.
    I am one of the few who does not run WTB tires here in MV.
    Home of WTB no less.
    I like most of their other products but their tires and I have just not gotten along.
    Until now.
    These babys ROK!
    Guys at the LBS talked me into them and so far very impressed.
    The bike these are on are a Turner Sixpack and I usually don't run anything smaller than a 2.2 or 2.3.
    Normally a bigger tire up front and smaller in the rear but these 2.1's are on the front and rear and are amazing.
    I first had the 2.3 version up front and the 2.1 rear but have switched to 2.1's front and back.
    They mount really easily on my fussy rims, Mavic 819's, with a floorpump no less!, they stick like GLUE in almost all the wacky, wet/dry conditions we've been having lately, and the farther you lean the more they stick. Very confidence inspiring.
    They are very grippy, they roll fast, they don't seem to pack mud in the knobs,they slip out of mud and gunk like any other tire but for 2.1's they stuck in there pretty good. And of course, last but not least, they are expensive.
    Most good tires are.
    Most WTB tires have that gap between the outside knobs and the first inner knobs and when and leaning into turns they would slip out before grabbing, there designed that way, but that made me feel like I was losin it and sometimes I did trying to push the tire to hard.
    WTB knew this and addressed the issue , less space between rows, bigger outside knobs, tech talk add infinitum blah blah blah, but these tires seem to act much different, specially at speed.
    You can talk all you want about a tire, it's this or that, DNA, bead, whatever, what really matters though is feel.
    I try out many, many tires, tubeless and tubed, and these are noticeably different.
    They feel fast and grippy on roots, rocks,ST and fire road.
    Only question left is, how long will they last?.....
    One last thing, you must use some type of sealant, Stans, Green goo, whatever, or they will not stay inflated on your rims. At least on mine.
    WTB recommends this anyway.
    Also when I was at my LBS last week the WTB rep was there and mentioned the Bronson would be coming out around first week of February.
    He said it probably would be a better tire in dry conditions rather than wet. FYI
    We shall see.
    Did I forget anything?
    Probably said too much.
    Cheers and good luck in your quest for the perfect tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    That's a photo assignment?
    It was intended to be a comedic mash up of common thread titles. But if people need another thread to talk treads, that's ok too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirkrameroy
    Crossmark, Jones XR, Smallblock 8, Nevegal, Weirwolf LT, Rampage

    All in size 29, I believe.

    Next...
    Even got the tire size right. Nerd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    all this talk of the bronson from wtb makes me wanna try one, but it's been like 6-8 months of 'talk'. I wanna ride the damn tire!

    Search the booths there......
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Anyone have a report on the Tioga Psycho Genius that is new for this year? I am thinking of getting some in the 2.1 size to do some XC racing on. I have been riding the Bontragger XC Jones tubeless ready in 2.1 to race and 2.35 for trail riding, but they don't make that model anymore.
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    I'm running a Weirwolf 2.3 TCS up front and a Wolverine 2.2 TCS out back. So far this is my favorite setup, they're heavy but rolls fast and grips and drifts very nicely. Gives a lot of feedback before letting go and when it does let go its predictable. I'm sure there are tires that have more max grip but these tires feel the fastest and don't give up much grip to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    Search the booths there......
    The WTB booth has been at the last 5 or 10 functions and they always have it out. So you're saying I should smash and grab? nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yody
    I'm running a Weirwolf 2.3 TCS up front and a Wolverine 2.2 TCS out back. So far this is my favorite setup, they're heavy but rolls fast and grips and drifts very nicely. Gives a lot of feedback before letting go and when it does let go its predictable. I'm sure there are tires that have more max grip but these tires feel the fastest and don't give up much grip to get there.
    yeah i run the 2.3 tcs weir on one bike up front, with a mutano 2.25 rear. Then a 2.1 tcs weir / 2.0 kenda karma or 2.1 maxxis highroller rear on the hardtail. It's heavier than it was supposed to be, but it just works so damn well! I wish the 2.3 was conti rq/tk sized though, it is a little small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entrenador
    I too am a tire whore. I have far too many here.

    That said, anyone ridden the Slant Six yet? Thinking it might make a good XC rear tire 'round here -- just like the other 8 I have in the closet.
    I have it!



    I had to take it off after 1 ride...It is just too wet and sloppy for that tire...What can I say...the tire is faaaaast! I like it....but if it were a little bit dryer

    For me the best KENDA tire is the Excavator! Blows the Nevegals and Maxxis highrollers out of the water! they are awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    So you're saying I should smash and grab? nice!
    Don't test your karma. Need I remind you of your recent good deed?

    Had not really read that thread pat the first couple posts til recently.
    Rather convoluted until the end (well aren't most posts?? ). Good on you.

    As for Bronson's tires one of the kids at lbs had got ahold of a pair in November "somehow" and raves on them. Has them on an SX Trail. Little more bike then I ride but the tread pattern looks pretty versatile. Think I'll wait for the season change an pull out my trusty Wolverine/WW LT setup.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Bronson for some reason doesn't appeal to me, just based on the looks ( I know thats silly, need to ride it) The knobs just don't look very supported and I don't think they wiill last long with the 50A durometer outside rubber. I know my Mutano 2.2 TCS's were breaking knobs off left and right, the Bronson knobs look even more unsupported and taller. Judging it just based on looks, it seems as if they wanted a non-drifty tire in their line up for people who don't like the more advanced drifty, flexy knob feel that comes on some of their other tires. All a guess though, the 2.3 does look pretty big for people who like the high volume.

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    wtb also said they're have the mold done on the tcs motoraptor for 2011. I love love loved the orginal! Some of the best braking traction I've ever had (mounted backwards), but they would never last due to sidewall cuts. Hopefully tcs helps this out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody
    I'm running a Weirwolf 2.3 TCS up front and a Wolverine 2.2 TCS out back. So far this is my favorite setup, they're heavy but rolls fast and grips and drifts very nicely. Gives a lot of feedback before letting go and when it does let go its predictable. I'm sure there are tires that have more max grip but these tires feel the fastest and don't give up much grip to get there.
    I'm staying away from anything with TCS written on it. They are too darn heavy.
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    Agreed....

    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles
    I'm staying away from anything with TCS written on it. They are too darn heavy.
    With my scrawny build I can do without those TCS sidewalls.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    This tire has never failed me


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    Best tire ever. If anyone has some they don't want...let me know.

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    name that tire!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    With my scrawny build I can do without those TCS sidewalls.
    You mean the inner peace sidewalls?

    You guys talking about weight? I guess we all ride differently. Personally I like to play too much to skimp out on tires just because of a little weight. I've seen plenty of good riders on heavy tires who can climb well. The WTB tires roll really fast, with not a lot of rolling resistance. Suck it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Best tire ever. If anyone has some they don't want...let me know.

    Is that an old Spesh tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody
    You mean the inner peace sidewalls?

    You guys talking about weight? I guess we all ride differently. Personally I like to play too much to skimp out on tires just because of a little weight. I've seen plenty of good riders on heavy tires who can climb well. The WTB tires roll really fast, with not a lot of rolling resistance. Suck it up.
    I agree and I love the new weir 2.3, but it's a very small 2.3...and mine weighs in at 940? 960? grams. That's not a little weight, over 2.1 pounds of just front tire. Add in some stans and you have a glorified boat anchor. I like it. Better than the kenda neverroll boat anchor people seem to swing from. That tire is just plain disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    name that tire!

    the one on the right was the Onza Honch. The Onza on the left I forgot the name of probably cause it never worked very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104
    Is that an old Spesh tire?
    Yup. Specialized Ground Control/S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    the one on the right was the Onza Honch. The Onza on the left I forgot the name of probably cause it never worked very well.

    Not Rip and Rail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104
    Is that an old Spesh tire?

    Yep, the legendary Ground Control S. Awesome front tire back in the day. Send them all to Rumpfy (and we'll split them up accordingly).

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    NM, the other OnZa tire is the Aggro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Not Rip and Rail?

    nah, I think those were later. Then there was the Onza Dave and Dan??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    nah, I think those were later. Then there was the Onza Dave and Dan??
    See above. And I'll be happy to split up GC tires with ya little buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man
    I agree and I love the new weir 2.3, but it's a very small 2.3...and mine weighs in at 940? 960? grams. That's not a little weight, over 2.1 pounds of just front tire. Add in some stans and you have a glorified boat anchor. I like it. Better than the kenda neverroll boat anchor people seem to swing from. That tire is just plain disappointing.
    The old 2.5 weirwolf was 750'ish grams, and bigger.

    The TCS are pigs.

    The original weirwolves were my tires of choice ever since inception, but I am looking elsewhere, since they've been DQ'd.
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    I love those Mutano's when it's dry on the rear but man, I agree they don't hold up at all. I tore a knob off almost every ride in the mountains this summer and they are slicker than shiz in the wet. I just put on a Maxxis Ingnitor on the rear, which I hope will perform a bit better in the mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles
    The old 2.5 weirwolf was 750'ish grams, and bigger.

    The TCS are pigs.

    The original weirwolves were my tires of choice ever since inception, but I am looking elsewhere, since they've been DQ'd.
    agreed. I still have my 2.5 weir...love it! TCS is almost a half pound heavier for a small 2.3, it sucks! It does transition way better (problem, as you probably know, with the old ones) and roll ALOT faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    NM, the other OnZa tire is the Aggro.
    You guys are like Starsky and Hutch tag teaming for the right answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    You guys are like Starsky and Hutch tag teaming for the right answer.

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    haha. Not to get too side-tracked on the vintage treads, but who can name the front and rear meats on this one? No, they're not the same tires.

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    I get to be Hutch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Yep, the legendary Ground Control S. Awesome front tire back in the day. Send them all to Rumpfy (and we'll split them up accordingly).
    I also liked that tire in the front, with a Ground Control Extreme in the rear. I remember being able to ride on anything with that combo. That was back when I was riding a full rigid 89 Stumpjumper. These days I need Black Chili and 5.5" of full suspension travel for the bike paths.

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    rear tire:

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles
    What's the best tire for 2011? Post pics!
    the WTB Wolverines been a nice front tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterDave
    I also liked that tire in the front, with a Ground Control Extreme in the rear. I remember being able to ride on anything with that combo. That was back when I was riding a full rigid 89 Stumpjumper. These days I need Black Chili and 5.5" of full suspension travel for the bike paths.

    Thats my favorite tire combo now!





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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    the WTB Wolverines been a nice front tire.
    That's a horrible tire. They have no cornering nobs what so ever. The dissent 2.5's are great tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    haha. Not to get too side-tracked on the vintage treads, but who can name the front and rear meats on this one? No, they're not the same tires.
    Didn't Fisher make a tire like that, Fat Track or Trax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlazz
    Didn't Fisher make a tire like that, Fat Track or Trax?
    Yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlazz
    Didn't Fisher make a tire like that, Fat Track or Trax?

    yeah, similar, but this one predates it by 5 or 6 years.

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