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    Maxxis Crossmark was my go-to tire when I rode 26'ers, never used an Ignitor or Larsen. All three of my 29'er bikes have come OEM with Schwalbe Rocket Rons and I like them so I've become a bit biased.
    I'm with HAL here in the idea that you need nothing more than small knobbies for any Texas trail. I've ridden all the Houston area trails, Terlingua desert, Hill Country rocks, and everything in between and have never needed more traction than the RR's give.

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    I'm a clyde for sure and I have to ride a true UST tire. Those nevegal sidewalls are too thin for me, i blow them out like Hal's bunghole at a spandex convention (sorry hal, love you). The crossmarks and the hutch python are the only tires to date that have been able to keep pressure with my big a$$.
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    The best tire you can get around these here parts is called RIDING WITH FINESSE. If you ride like a jackass you will blow-out tires, lose traction and probably lose some skin, blood and bones. If you don't ride with Finesse your mom will be mad at you along with your grandma too.

    I seen bloodyroots out riding @ timberlane park, with no finesse and blow out his seatpost...

    cheers

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    bahaha, the thanks i get for building someone's bike. G00nther wears spandex as well.
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    I live near The Woodlands and ride around the neighborhood and at Flintridge and been real happy with the Rapid Rob that came with my Scott. Of course my experience is pretty limited.

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    Bowfish, I ride at Flintridge every once in a while. I am the guy with the red Pivot Mach 429. I have been running the Nobby Nic PSC 29x2.35 Front and Crossmark 29x2.10 Single 60TPI Rear and it has worked out great so far for all of the trails in the Houston area. This combo rolls really fast and the Nobby Nic rolls so much better than the Nev. I just recently purchased a Hans Dampf TSC 29x2.35 to run in the front for my 20 day trip to Colorado next week, so I will move the Nobby Nic to the rear. I am interested to see how the Hans Dampf compares to the Nev. If the Hans Dampf works out I might keep it in the front for a while when I come back. I just don't trust the Crossmark to hold up in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blk02 View Post
    I just don't trust the Crossmark to hold up in Colorado.
    no braking bite on the crossmarks

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    Let us know what you think when you return.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blk02 View Post
    Bowfish, I ride at Flintridge every once in a while. I am the guy with the red Pivot Mach 429. I have been running the Nobby Nic PSC 29x2.35 Front and Crossmark 29x2.10 Single 60TPI Rear and it has worked out great so far for all of the trails in the Houston area. This combo rolls really fast and the Nobby Nic rolls so much better than the Nev. I just recently purchased a Hans Dampf TSC 29x2.35 to run in the front for my 20 day trip to Colorado next week, so I will move the Nobby Nic to the rear. I am interested to see how the Hans Dampf compares to the Nev. If the Hans Dampf works out I might keep it in the front for a while when I come back. I just don't trust the Crossmark to hold up in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blk02 View Post
    Bowfish, I ride at Flintridge every once in a while. I am the guy with the red Pivot Mach 429. I have been running the Nobby Nic PSC 29x2.35 Front and Crossmark 29x2.10 Single 60TPI Rear and it has worked out great so far for all of the trails in the Houston area. This combo rolls really fast and the Nobby Nic rolls so much better than the Nev. I just recently purchased a Hans Dampf TSC 29x2.35 to run in the front for my 20 day trip to Colorado next week, so I will move the Nobby Nic to the rear. I am interested to see how the Hans Dampf compares to the Nev. If the Hans Dampf works out I might keep it in the front for a while when I come back. I just don't trust the Crossmark to hold up in Colorado.
    Dont have enough posts to PM you yet. Good luck on the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    Ha!

    NOOBS are phunny...
    Never personally met B Gillespie, but my buddy rides with him. He is far from a NOOB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tussery View Post
    Never personally met B Gillespie, but my buddy rides with him. He is far from a NOOB.
    But what if you and your buddy are also noobs?

    I kid, I kid. B Gillespie may be a big boob, but he is not a noob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboudreaux View Post
    But what if you and your buddy are also noobs?
    I'm an elitist snob therefore I consider everyone else a noob.


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    The crossmark rear / ignitor front is good for Houston. Really good. Koen once told me the Ignitor breaks through the surface layer (leaves, pine needles, dust, etc.) and gets into the trail for excellent cornering. I'm glad I took his advice. The crossmark has a fast rolling speed and plenty of braking bite for Houston. (and for a lightweight like me, pretty much anywhere in TX). Plus, you don't look like a NOOB putting two different tire brands on your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX29er View Post
    you don't look like a NOOB putting two different tire brands on your bike.
    Just saying you look like a NOOB for having two different tires on however...I would not qualify Koen as a NOOB I'm more in the Winkleman camp of smallblock 8's (trail velcro) for everywhere and anywhere in Texas.

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    "Danzig is an ancient beast that is made of dead elk parts. He is remembering how he wore an elk head earlier, how right that felt, inside that elk head, looking out the elk eyeholes, making elk sounds in the hollow head. One time he almost laughed. He once wore an elk head on his his own head, elk heads on each hand and exposed his own legs which are, in fact, hooved elk legs, to scare some children in his neighborhood. The children screamed and burst into flames. Danzig galloped away. He isnt often happy. But this is his Danzig Party."

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    I look around me and all I can see today is charred gristle. I see a squirrel in the corner of this club. It used to be gray, but now its burnt to a blackened crisp. I remember a cooking show I once saw as a child. This band on stage reminds me of that. I seek council from someone on the other end of my neck cross cell phone. I find no comfort in any of their words and hang up my phone. I turn my eyes inside out and breathe easier witnessing the blacker blackness of my damp brains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    I'm an elitist snob therefore I consider everyone else a noob.

    Never personally met HAL 9000, but my buddy tries to ride with him. He is definitely an elitist snob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboudreaux View Post
    Never personally met HAL 9000, but my buddy tries to ride with him. He is definitely an elitist snob.
    He travels fastest who travels alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hal 9000 View Post
    he travels fastest who travels alone.
    bold typeface provides greater emphasis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboudreaux View Post
    bold typeface provides greater emphasis.
    You and your buddy are welcome to join us on our tue/thur ride at 6pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboudreaux View Post
    bold typeface provides greater emphasis.
    Lol..that gave me a chuckle.
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    HAL9K, are you aware of the WPF (and others) dam ride Sunday. 7:00 AM. http://www.facebook.com/groups/501949223165321/ I think you're not on FB, so let me know if you want more info. I haven't done it with this group yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX29er View Post
    HAL9K, are you aware of the WPF (and others) dam ride Sunday. 7:00 AM. http://www.facebook.com/groups/501949223165321/ I think you're not on FB, so let me know if you want more info. I haven't done it with this group yet.
    Hal 9000 & Mrs. Hal 9000 are unsociable ******-bags...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    He travels fastest who travels alone.
    You were ~30 minutes slower than he who traveled fastest in your last race .
    Nice KOM, sorry about your penis.

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    I've had great luck with a Specialized The Captain front and Renegade rear, both Control series.

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    Update on the Mtn King 2.4 front and X King 2.4 rear:

    Works great in Austin and Houston. It's easy to overwhelm either in chunder, but there's not much of that in TX. Hit a few techy trails in Austin last weekend and Memorial Park in Houston tonight. Plenty of grip, good rolling resistance, and great side bite. This combo is probably the least knobby I would choose for pure Austin riding, as the X King would probably be useless if the limestone is wet. Getting over roots at Memorial wasn't a problem, even if I picked a bad line and need a little extra help from Conti and Knolly. Overall, a good combo for an all-rounder, but absolute crap for real DH trails.

    As an all mountain/enduro tire, this combo rolls fast and is predictable, but extra momentum is needed occasionally. If the conditions are blown out and loose, the back is very prone to sliding out on steep stuff, but again, not much of that here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Gillespie View Post
    Update on the Mtn King 2.4 front and X King 2.4 rear:

    Works great in Austin and Houston. It's easy to overwhelm either in chunder, but there's not much of that in TX. Hit a few techy trails in Austin last weekend and Memorial Park in Houston tonight. Plenty of grip, good rolling resistance, and great side bite. This combo is probably the least knobby I would choose for pure Austin riding, as the X King would probably be useless if the limestone is wet. Getting over roots at Memorial wasn't a problem, even if I picked a bad line and need a little extra help from Conti and Knolly. Overall, a good combo for an all-rounder, but absolute crap for real DH trails.

    As an all mountain/enduro tire, this combo rolls fast and is predictable, but extra momentum is needed occasionally. If the conditions are blown out and loose, the back is very prone to sliding out on steep stuff, but again, not much of that here.
    I have never run a non Black Chili Continental, but I haven't had any problems on wet limestone with the Black Chili compound. I run the Protection versions of your setup on my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tussery View Post
    I have never run a non Black Chili Continental, but I haven't had any problems on wet limestone with the Black Chili compound. I run the Protection versions of your setup on my bike.
    Mine are Black Chili, full UST.

    Put another hole in the X King yesterday at Flat Rock Ranch. Beginning to question the durability of the X King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Gillespie View Post
    Mine are Black Chili, full UST.

    Put another hole in the X King yesterday at Flat Rock Ranch. Beginning to question the durability of the X King.
    I was under the impression the UST line of the X-King and Mountain Kings weren't made in Germany, and only the German line was Black Chili.

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    So, did anyone ever come to a conclusion on this thread? I just moved to Houston my self and am looking for some new shoes to put on my 29er...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcracer450 View Post
    So, did anyone ever come to a conclusion on this thread? I just moved to Houston my self and am looking for some new shoes to put on my 29er...
    S WORKS RENEGADE


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    HAL,

    Front and Rear?

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    I'll get crap for this but of your short on cash, get a set of kenda kwiks.

    I was Leary of them at first but I did 10 miles of single track, technical climbs, and some fast dh. They did surprisingly well. Only thing they lacked just a slight bit was climbing. They would spin just a tad sometimes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xcracer450 View Post
    HAL,

    Front and Rear?
    Yes

    Front and Rear


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    I just spent a month in Colorado riding everyday using a 29er 725g Nobby Nic Evo SnakeSkin PaceStar Compound 2.35 in the rear and a 29er 850g Hans Dampf Evo SnakeSkin TrailStar Compound 2.35 in the front and they worked great for that type of riding (lots of lift assisted riding and some decent cross country with long downhill sections). When I came back to Conroe I switched the rear tire out for the 29er 605g Crossmark 2.10 base model and I am really liking this combo. When I got back from my trip I rode about 40 miles with the Nobby Nic in the rear and the Hans Dampf in the front and it just seemed slow, but when I switched the rear out for the Crossmark the bike just started to fly. I think I will stick with this combo for a while because the high volume sticky front tire just rails in the corners without any hint of wash-out and the skinny cross country rear tire just rolls with ease over anything. I run tubes and I weigh 185lbs. I run 26lbs in the front tire (Hans Dampf) and 30lbs in the rear tire (Crossmark). I found that you can run really low pressures in the SnakeSkin Schwalbe tires because the side walls are much stiffer. Also I never suffered one pinch flat while riding in Colorado with the Schwalbe tires while by buddy got two pinch flats running Kenda Nevegals with higher pressure and he weighs the same as me.

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    Does anyone run the S-Works FastTrak? I heard that was a good tire for around Memorial Park area/Anthills. Not sure I would use it on the front though. Not enough side bite it looks like

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcracer450 View Post
    Does anyone run the S-Works FastTrak? I heard that was a good tire for around Memorial Park area/Anthills. Not sure I would use it on the front though. Not enough side bite it looks like
    great tire along with the renagade

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    Thanks for everyone who had suggestions, I got a set of slant six tires run stan's tubeless setup and have been VERY impressed at the whole deal. Traction and shock absorption going uphill on rooted climbs is unbelievable compared to my old school bike, and it rolls great. Only ? was that the Kenda documentation said it was going to blow the warranty if you used them with tubeless sealer - WTF, isn't everyone going tubeless? I used stan's anyway no issues yet.

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    Trail Kings front & rear, anyone? I've been running X king protection 2.2 F/R but dissapointed after a few low sides and thorn flats.They're light, but insufficient cornering traction at speed and thin walled. Going back to my 2.2 trail kings. They raise the bike 1/2" they're so big. Nearly a 650B in size, I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtvet View Post
    Trail Kings front & rear, anyone? I've been running X king protection 2.2 F/R but dissapointed after a few low sides and thorn flats.They're light, but insufficient cornering traction at speed and thin walled. Going back to my 2.2 trail kings. They raise the bike 1/2" they're so big. Nearly a 650B in size, I think!
    I'm currently running X-King 2.2. Protection F/R and was looking at the new Protection version of the Trail Kings. Definitely my next set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmbraceTheHate View Post
    I'll get crap for this but of your short on cash, get a set of kenda kwiks.

    I was Leary of them at first but I did 10 miles of single track, technical climbs, and some fast dh. They did surprisingly well. Only thing they lacked just a slight bit was climbing. They would spin just a tad sometimes.


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    i realize i'm bringing a thread back from the dead, almost a year ago, but i recently moved to houston from ct/ny and the nevegals were overkill for me. they came stock on my '11 trance x3.

    i looked into the conti x-kings, slant 6, and small block 8. i was hesitant to spend the $120+ so i started looking at cheaper alternatives as well.

    i ended up going with the 26x2.2 forte tsali from performance down on westheimer and i'm pretty impressed so far. i don't have long term results yet but they faired well in memorial park, and along some bayou trails.

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    Me and the wife ride the anthills ( I'm bigger and ride more aggressive, she's light and ride more clean ) I use ground control ( control ) 2.3 in the front ( it's smaller than 2.3) and fast track control 2.2 in the rear... she rides a captain 2.2 front and renegade 2.1 rear.... I like my setup, plenty of brute force traction everywhere... her setup is faster but it's easier to get in trouble.

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    Double IKONs. Nuff said.

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    I just rode a bike with 2.2 Ikons 3C TR at 30psi front and 34psi rear with tubes. They worked great for medium to loose soil. The 120tpi casing is really supple and I think it gives the tire a lot of grip. I also might run the 2.35 Ikon in the front or maybe the Ignitor. I am 6'-2" and 190lbs with gear. I only ran into two instances on a 20 mile ride where I could feel the front giving and that was pushing the tire hard with wet/damp soil out at Double Lake.

    On my current bike I run a Hans Dampf front and a Crossmark on the rear. The Hans Dampf has never washed out on me but I think it is too much tire for the Houston area where you are constantly on the pedals. For Houston you want low rolling resistance and low weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAL 9000 View Post
    S WORKS RENEGADE

    I was suspicious of the renegades that came with my recent craigslist find, but I've changed my mind. 2.3 S-works Renegades front and rear have a surprising amount of grip. Feels bad when I connect trails with concrete, though, I can almost see the rubber left behind.

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    Maxxis Aspens are great, WTB Wolverine 2.2 are fast with a bigger volume

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    Agree with not needing real aggressive tread

    I like having various tire options, whatever works for the area I'm riding, Nevegal, or "Neverolls" haha, good winter tire with added pan head screws for home made ice bike tires and a 2.6 Kinetics rear. Living near Galveston, some wide SB8'S 2.35" are fun for most all the riding here including trails. When I encounter serious loose stuff front with three inch Racing Savage. Oh boy, now I'm excited about getting back to my cabin in Colorado, Three inch Racing Savage front, 2.6" kinetics rear, fun stuff for trekking the back country.
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    Here in Austin I am using a 2.3 Speccy Ground Control up front and a Hutchinson Cobra 2.1 out back. I was having a couple of slip issues on the rear on more rocky climbs, but I reversed the tread on it as a short term fix until I could get another tire for the back and it solved my problem with no noticeable additional rolling resistance. I run tubeless with 25-28 pressure up front and 30 in the back.

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    Best Tire Combo for Texas (Houston & Conroe)

    In Dallas and I'm running a 2.2 Scyella Rubena in front and a 2.2 Geax AKA in rear.

    Really impressed with the traction I've gotten since switching. Both of these tires are extremely fast rolling.

    Was using Maxxis Crossmarks prior but they didn't seem to like being run tubeless, burped pretty often.

    Since switching to the Geax and Rubena I haven't had any of the burping issues. Supposedly the Geax tires have a tighter bead that doesn't stretch as much.


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