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    Tire reccomendations for Middle TN area

    Just started riding here, Not sure what most of the trails are like. What would some experienced riders in the area recommend in terms of tires for a 29'er on this terrain.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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    I've had good luck with the following:
    Single speed:
    Rear: WTB Nano, Tioga Psycho Genius
    Front: WTB Exiwolf (discontinued, try a Weirwolf)

    Geared FS:
    Rear: Tioga Psycho Genius
    Front: Maxxis Ardent 2.4, Conti MK 2.4

    Nothing but bad luck all the way around with RaRa's on the FS (they skate on our loose over hard pack, and get sliced open by anything resembling sharp) and I learned quickly to avoid the Nano's that work well on the rear of the SS on the front - they push badly in turns.

    Lots of guys I know like Rocket Rons, and I see a lot of Spec Ground Control and Purgatories at a few places.

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    What do you think about some kenda 8s? Think the grip is enough?

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    I've seen people riding them, but I don't really ride with anyone who runs them. My best guess is that the will do well on some trails in MidTN (Lock 4) and poorly on others (Rotary) but again, that's just a guess. It's possible they will handle loose rocks over hard pack better than I think because of the nature of the pin tread pattern.

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    They have great rolling speed, but I can feel the lack of grip doing some technical tight turns. Thanks for the suggestions Cotharyus.

    Think I might get an ardent on front tire to start out or a kenda nevegal. Just to test feel. Trying to find a good medium with rolling speed and grip for our terrain.

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    Minion DHF front and Highroller 2 rear. The only way to ride.

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    Ardent 2.4 FR, Ikon 2.2 RR, ride, rest, repeat

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    Not sure if I can clear a 2.4 with the xc 28 rockshox, anyone done it before?

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    Most suspension forks will clear a 2.4, it's the rear that won't clear something that large most times.

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    Coth?

    Weinmann Disc Bull Double-Walled with Eyelets, 32H

    those are my rims, any idea if they house the 2.4 ardents?

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    He means the rear triangle of the bike frame, how much clearance between the seat stays.

    Unless you have super narrow XC wheels, the tires on to the wheels fit should be no problem.
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    ^^^ That. I think my 2.4 is mounted on a 23mm internal width wheel (Giant S-XC2). So, to answer about your wheels, just in case it really is a concern, if they're 23mm or wider then it should work fine.

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    Pacenti Neo-moto FTW. 27.5 specific tho.

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    Ok, I am going to take the leap and get them and just try. I heard the rolling speed is junk though, anyone ever used the GC 2.3 or Purgatory 2.3?

    Options my LBS is pushing on me and saying are great.

    Nvm, Coth definetely advocated both of them already !

    Thanks again. Hit up Bowie Park this weekend, was a good workout.

    Lock4 this sunday, after I get a new tire..

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    Alright, I bought the Purgatory 2.3 GC. Amazing tire, rolls considerably fast for how beefy it is. Grips corners like a champ.

    Thanks so much guys, still have the sb8 on the back. Might change it soon for the fall winter season, the grip is terrible, but it rolls fast!

    Thanks guys, did 2 loops of Bowie today and was really fun.

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