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    I just put the new 2012 29er Nobby Nic Evo 2.35 on the front with the crossmark on the rear and that combo seems to rock.

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    I tried different tires but one I got the Specialized Captain Control, I have stopped wanting.
    These are absolutely great, they get even better with tubeless setup.

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    MAXXIS IKON....nuff said

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    i just picked up MAXXIS Ardent and Crossmark. I wnated IKON but that price tag, jeez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amgine View Post
    I wnated IKON but that price tag, jeez.
    eBay is your friend...

    Maxxis Ikon 29x2.20" Tire | eBay

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    I'll give a mention of two another tires I really like:

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf

    Specialized Butcher

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    I'll give a mention of two another tires I really like:

    Schwalbe Hans Dampf

    Specialized Butcher
    holy crap!

    don't you think thats a LOT of tire overkill for the Houston area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    don't you think thats a LOT of tire overkill for the Houston area?

    It depends on the terrain and riding speeds, that wasn't specified.
    If your never on the rocks and you're ok with slow cornering then you can get away with a lot less tire.
    I ride some rough trails that demand these kind of tires at locations all over south Texas, I'd rather be over prepared.
    I've never found a penalty for using big noby tires when going off road.

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    Time to order new tires! Originally decided on a Hans Dampf Trailstar for the front and Slant Six DTC/UST for the rear, but sticker shock on the Hans made me reconsider. I don't mind paying for nice tires, but $90+/tire is a little much for something I'll probably shred in six months. After talking with Blaine at West End, I went with a Conti Mountain King 2.4 UST front and X King 2.4 UST rear. Will report on performance after I get some miles on them. I feel like I'm cheating on the wife (I don't have/want) by going with Conti over Schwalbe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    I'll give a mention of two another tires I really like:
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf
    Specialized Butcher
    Don't know about the Butcher, but Hans kills it. Only tire I've used thus far that can dominate chunky, sharp DH, buff single track, rail berms and g outs, with decent road manners for riding to the ride, and comes in less than 850g.


    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    holy crap!
    don't you think thats a LOT of tire overkill for the Houston area?
    No. Unless you're a skin suit racerboi who only cares about top speed at Lake Lake...

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    theres your mistake, buying tires at the LBS, pay about 50 bucks for my Nobby Nics online (better tire for mostof TX than the Hans Dampf, esp Houston)

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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    theres your mistake, buying tires at the LBS, pay about 50 bucks for my Nobby Nics online (better tire for mostof TX than the Hans Dampf, esp Houston)
    Scored the last set of Hans online for $50 each, but couldnt find any deals online for less than $70-something on amazon for Pacestar, and Trailstar was full retail. The Continentals came in much cheaper (with black chili compound and UST 330 tpi sidewalls).

    I prefer Nic over Hans for Houston/SE TX area also, but these are going on my bigger travel bike. When you get into steep stuff (Austin included), the Hans is much better than Nic, at least on the front. For Houston only a Nic or Ron front and Ralph rear with snakeskin would be killer.
    Last edited by B Gillespie; 07-11-2012 at 03:01 PM.

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    yeah, contis are a bit cheaper, black chili is really good rubber, problem has been weight up until now since they only offered the UST version or standard...will be trying the new TLR versions once my front NN eats the dust though

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    There are alot of good choices, glad you picked one that fits your budget.


    I live in the SA/Austin area and need all the grip I can get on the rocks, but that being said any of these tires are all excellent choices:
    Nobby Nic
    Conti Kings
    Hans Dampf
    IKON
    Nevegals
    Highroller II

    No, they are not over kill if you actually ride "Off Road".

    I definitely suggest buying online if your LBS is charging more than $50 for any tire.

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    Well this is so cool!
    Jenson USA is selling the Hans Dampf for under $50 each.

    I just used their price match tool to compare with the Treefortbikes price of $37 each and JensonUSA gave me a $23 discount on the price of the tires and they offer free shipping!
    Jenson two tires total with price match and free shipping is: $74.00

    BAM

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    Well this is so cool!
    Jenson USA is selling the Hans Dampf for under $50 each.

    I just used their price match tool to compare with the Treefortbikes price of $37 each and JensonUSA gave me a $23 discount on the price of the tires and they offer free shipping!
    Jenson two tires total with price match and free shipping is: $74.00

    BAM
    FYI, huge price and noticeable performance difference between the Performance compound and Pacestar/Trailstar/Enduro compounds with snakeskin sidewalls.

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    those are the performance line of tires (ie budget rubber), not the same as their good/$$ stuff

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    interesting, I didnt know there were multiple formats of the Hans Dampf...
    good to know!

    I did find TreeFort has them on sale:
    62.95 = Hans Dampf 26 x 2.35 Snake Skin - TrailStar Tire

    is that the "right tire".

    Also ebikestop has them at 25% off for $66

    I asked JensonUSA to price match and they approved it, reducing the price for two tires by $48.
    Two Tires was $180.00 - Now $132.00 with price match.
    That's still a pricy tire imho but sometimes you gotta pay to play!

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    is there a comfort penalty or any other "con" to having the reinforced sidewalls like the snakeskin?

    Sorry for thread hijacking

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    is there a comfort penalty or any other "con" to having the reinforced sidewalls like the snakeskin?
    Not that I've noticed. I have a Hans Performance, Hans Pacestar, 2.4 Nic UST, 2.4 Ron Evo, and 2.4 Fred. The Ron and Fred have more cushion than the others, but the sidewall is much thinner so I'm careful about line choice on those. IMO, the comfort difference is negligible compared to the strength gains. I don't want to worry about sidewalls when plowing through rock gardens.

    In the Houston area sidewalls are safer than Austin and SA, so carcass flexibility, ride improvements, and lighter weight outweigh the additional durability for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Gillespie View Post

    No. Unless you're a skin suit racerboi who only cares about top speed at Lake Lake...
    Ha!

    NOOBS are phunny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    Ha!

    NOOBS are phunny...
    My screen name is just as old as yours, but I have less worthless "29ers are the best bike ever" posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    eBay is your friend...

    Maxxis Ikon 29x2.20" Tire | eBay
    got through amazon prime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schristie11 View Post
    interesting, I didnt know there were multiple formats of the Hans Dampf...
    good to know!

    I did find TreeFort has them on sale:
    62.95 = Hans Dampf 26 x 2.35 Snake Skin - TrailStar Tire

    is that the "right tire".

    Also ebikestop has them at 25% off for $66

    I asked JensonUSA to price match and they approved it, reducing the price for two tires by $48.
    Two Tires was $180.00 - Now $132.00 with price match.
    That's still a pricy tire imho but sometimes you gotta pay to play!
    i buy my nobby nics (have them on my 26" and 29") on ebay, 50-55 bucks for the last 3 recently

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    I've been using a Maxxis Ignitor on the front and a Larsen TT on the rear. I like the tires quite a bit so far, although after reading through this thread I'm kinda interested in the Schwalbes

    Does anyone have any idea how these compare to a Nobby Nic/Racing Ralph?

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