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    What tires do you run? Post pics too.

    Hey guys, so I'm about my 4th ride on my SS. I did a search on "tires" and I just got tired of looking for threads on this subject, so I thought I'd just start a new one and ask.

    So the question is, what tires do you run? What I'm looking for is a good tire that has low rolling resistance, but also good traction for climbing out of the saddle. I guess these two qualities seem to almost contradict each other.

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    Schwalbe Racing Ralph: 2.25 rear, 2.4 front
    - roll great, traction is predictable, they lose grip on loose and soft surfaces but give some warning first.
    - thin sidewalls are vulnerable. The reinforced versions tolerate sharpish objects better.
    - light enough

    Continental Mountain King 2.4 SuperSonic
    - great "all conditions" tyre: not the best at anything but acceptable to very good at everything
    - light enough and haven't managed to damage mine where I have shredded some of the light Schwalbes.

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    I like Continental Mountain King 2.4 SuperSonic more.

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    I run CST Chicopee Comp tires. 26 x 2.1

    Cheap, effective. Did I mention cheap? Like $7 each at my LBS. I would pony up and get some good tires if my local trail didn't have lovely little tire chewers like glass and barb wire.

    Here --->https://www.ebikestop.com/cst_chicop...ead-TR3704.php
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    Chalk another one up for the mountain king.
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    Mountain Kings are a great all around tire. While they hook up a lot better in the mud and wet around here, have had no qualms on the loose stuff to the rocky shiz.

    On a set of Panaracer Rampages now and arleady miss the giant agressive knobs of the MK, but liking the faster rolling Rampages with a big casing.

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    Good review and picture of the MK tread HERE.

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    Mountain Kings are great but..

    they wear FAST. Right now I have a 2.4 Mtn King up front and a 2.2 Nevegal in the rear. Also the Mtn Kings seem narrower than they say, the nevegal seems just as wide as it.

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    Weight and rolling resistance are overrated.

    Here is the 2.6" Nokian Gazz:
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    My do-everything tire.

    The way I see it, a SS has ONE gear, so don't wimp out on the rubber.

    Tom P.

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    Panaracer Fires 26 x 2.1 front and rear right now. Great all around tires that would generally fit your requirements.

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    Panracer Rampage 2.35 front and Bontrager Jones XR (desiganted front tire) 2.25 in the rear
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    I've been running the Maxxis Ignitors

    Had these since last fall and very happy with them. Currently running them tubeless.

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    I had been running Maxxis Crossmarks or Ignitors or a combination of both, and probably will continue on the HT racy type bike, but on the rigid I've been digging Nevegals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    Weight and rolling resistance are overrated.

    Here is the 2.6" Nokian Gazz:
    Doublewide_Gazz.jpg
    My do-everything tire.

    The way I see it, a SS has ONE gear, so don't wimp out on the rubber.

    Tom P.

    I think you uploaded a picture of your motocross bike by accident


    OP: what width rims are you running? Be aware that you may not want to run some of the wider tires out there if you're using more of an 'XC' rim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frs1661
    Good review and picture of the MK tread HERE.

    I run WTB ExiWolf 26 X 2.3 tires on my fully rigid Bianchi M.U.S.S. They are light and fast. I run maybe 25psi in the rear and about 20psi in the front (both with tubes). A great all around tire for sandy and muddy conditions (which we have a lot of here). We have a lot of tight turns and berms here and I always felt Nevgals to be a bit “squirrelly” especially in turns. Other riders here commented on the same thing. I narrowed my upgrade down to the ExiWolfs, Ardents, and MKs. Both the ExiWolf & MKs have a great in-between tread that doesn’t require you lean as much for the tire to grip. The Ardents require a bit more lean to get the tries to fully bite.

    I have a pair of MK 2.4 Supersonics on my SC Superlight and love those too. Side by side you can’t tell the MKs are any wider than the ExiWolf 2.3s.

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    FRONT: IRC Mibro 2.25"
    REAR: Panaracer FireXC 2.1"

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    Last edited by whayong; 03-14-2009 at 11:18 PM.

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    Continental Race King 2.2 Supersonic front and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelman1
    Had these since last fall and very happy with them. Currently running them tubeless.

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    I know way off topic but hows the drive train on that thing doin?

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    Panaracer Fire Xc pro front and rear for the SS in 26. Funny thing is I don't love em as much on the 5.5 inch geared bike. Don't ask me why, just don't know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridindog
    I know way off topic but hows the drive train on that thing doin?
    It's a belt drive.

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    Drive train is great!

    No problems what so ever Once you get the belt lined up properly it's good to go. I'm fortunate to live in Golden and the guys at the Golden Bike shop know how to get it dialed in just right. They actually now make a belt tensioner to make sure you are running the proper tension on the belt. It works pretty slick.

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    I've had to stick with the MTB Weirwolf 2.55 because of their size. I'm not however that happy with it in dry, loose corners. Is there anything out there as big (in 29") that has a better tread pattern?

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    +1 to the MTN Kings. Got em' on all my bikes.

    Way off topic again, but that's the best Spot paint job I've seen yet(I'm jealous). I've got the gates/belt set up too. Once it's dialed in, it's smoooooooth sailing.

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    Thanks, Spectrum did a great job on the paint

    Pics don't do it justice. You can see more pics on spectrum's web site under the wet paint finishes Mark and Liz are great to work with, I will definitely have them do other frames for me in the future.

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    Rampage front/Bontrager XDX rear. Both without tubes. They are working very well in the rocks and loose over hard crap every where I ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelman1
    Had these since last fall and very happy with them. Currently running them tubeless.

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    Um....Wow!

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    Don't have any good pics (and jest about too lazy to go to the bike room right now =P),but I'm running IRC Mythos 2.1" f&r. That's about the max width I can fit in the rear of my 110mm spaced '02 Monocog.
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    ^ The Mythos is a good tread, but it's a shame IRC uses such hard rubber. They're great on hardpack and dry roots/rocks but get a little sketchy when is gets wet IME. On the flip side they wear really slow... I've only replaced them due to sidewall cuts, never having truly worn them out.
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    Yep,that mirrors my experience w/ em too. I bought a couple sets in '07 when my former LBS had a sale on em,I'm on my last set (if I ride the SS any this year...1),I'm outta SS shape-injuries keeping my riding sporadic at best,2)I just love my 29er soooo much!).
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    I've been running Maxxis Crossmarks, and have to say they are currently my most favorite and my least favorite

    I'll explain:

    The other day I put my knobbies back on after doing some commuting for a few days and accidentally put the tires on backwards. Once I realized what I did, I decided not to change them, since I hear some tires work better backwards (WTB Nanoraptors). I rode them yesterday (backwards) and they were HORRIBLE!!! It felt like I was pulling a parachute behind my bike, and I actually checked to see if I had a flat like 6 or 7 times. Every other ride (when they're on the right way) I have loved these tires, they roll well and have awesome cornering traction, but just a warning to anyone that uses them, DON'T PUT THEM ON BACKWARDS

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    I was running Kenda Small Block 8s on my 29er & liked them a lot, great tire for a variety of situations. (29x2.1)

    Mounted DMR Moto Diggers on my new 1x1 build. I can tell already I'm gonna like em alot.
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    I've run Ignitors on my 29er SS in the past. Love the performance, but they wear fast.

    For the past 3-4 tire sets I've been running Nevegals. Love the performance even more than the Ignitors, but I've blown through two rear sidewalls now and have been ripping side knobs off and exposing the casing.

    The Nevegals are a great tire but have quality issues.

    Getting ready to try my first set of ExiWolf tires. We'll see.

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    I'm running a Panaracer Fire 2.4 in the front of my Zion, and a Pana Cinder 2.25 in the rear. These are both fairly heavy tires, but I love the extra cush the tall knobs give me. Plus, they last for a while, considering the rubber is fairly soft.

    That 2.4 is a meaty tire!

    The Cinder seems to give me a 1/2" of travel in the rear, altho when I stand on a hill, I've got to be careful not to spin out if it's rocky.

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    Racing Ralph 29x2.4
    WeirWolf 29x2.55
    On order: Mountain King 29x2.4
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    i can't believe no one said anything about the geax saguaro!

    front 29x2.4 Conti MK
    rear 29x2.2 Saguaro
    mounted on 28mm Halo FreedomDisc rims

    amazing setup. i cant say enough about it! crazy confidence from the MK up front and the geax is light, rolls great, grips well and breaks free predictably.

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    I currently use the Gravity 2.3 and have no complaints. I thought about going with the mountain king or rubber queen when these need replaced.


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    I run a Nevegal up front and a Fast Trak LK out back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frs1661
    OP: what width rims are you running? Be aware that you may not want to run some of the wider tires out there if you're using more of an 'XC' rim.
    Missed your post. Don't worry though, the rims are 45mm wide - makes the 2.6's sidewalls almost square!

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    Quote Originally Posted by one piece crank
    Missed your post. Don't worry though, the rims are 45mm wide - makes the 2.6's sidewalls almost square!

    Tom P.
    Yeah, that profile looks insane! I don't even want to know what it weighs, but I bet it's comfy.
    I was just making sure the OP realized he probably wouldn't want to slap that baby on a 717 or similar
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    WTB Exiwolf and Maxxis Ignitor have been my tire of choice.

    I had a pretty small thorn pierce right through the Ignitors last summer. I realize tires aren't immune to flats, but that came as a surprise to me considering the thickness of the Maxxis tires.
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    Kenda K-Rad 2.3 front and rear for DJ/urban/park. K-rad 2.3 rear/ Panaracer Fire 2.4 front for trail riding and DS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpoolguy
    Rampage front/Bontrager XDX rear. Both without tubes. They are working very well in the rocks and loose over hard crap every where I ride.
    +1 for the XDXs. I run em front an rear. High volume and super strong.

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