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    Tire for texas MTB?

    Ive been researching tires but there are so many im still lost.

    I usually ride flat rock ranch, rockyhill ranch, reveille and Greenway park in san antonio. I do plan for trails in north texas and east texas once every 2 months.

    since san antonio are does not get much rain...a muddy grip tire is not needed. However, tread that grips for climbs and loose cornering is what im looking for... I talked to my LBS and still a little confused.

    Any help is appreciated

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    I use a 2.1 rear and 2.25 front Maxxis Aspen with fantastic results. Fast rolling, climbs well, turns well, conforms to roots and rocks well. The only downside is braking. It's not so hot on fast descents. Just don't slow down

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    Re: Tire for texas MTB?

    Have a 2.3 Weirwolf front....2.25 nobby nic on rear. I ride every where no issues.

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    Brakes are only for when I make a wrong turn on a deer trail vs single track lol. I will have to check those tires out. I did look at maxis adrient

    To many choices lol

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    I am running the Weirwolfs 2.3 on both ends and have been really happy with them.

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    WTB Wolverines, they can be had for cheap at Performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glarior View Post
    Brakes are only for when I make a wrong turn on a deer trail vs single track lol. I will have to check those tires out. I did look at maxis adrient

    To many choices lol

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    I'm running Adrent 2.4 front and 2.25 rear. I'm only 3 rides in and coming off the kenda Nevegals the Adrent is a much better tire in every way. Rolls better, climbs better corners better. The Adrent 2.25 in my option is a completely different tire compared to the 2.4. So far I think the combo works pretty well for me. I love hucking off of stuff and rolling over the technical areas.

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    Re: Tire for texas MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by XRaptor View Post
    I'm running Adrent 2.4 front and 2.25 rear. I'm only 3 rides in and coming off the kenda Nevegals the Adrent is a much better tire in every way. Rolls better, climbs better corners better. The Adrent 2.25 in my option is a completely different tire compared to the 2.4. So far I think the combo works pretty well for me. I love hucking off of stuff and rolling over the technical areas.
    I agree! Although this Weirwolf have been decent I really wanted the ardents. Thats what I had on my kona, it would just stick when id lay it over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by XRaptor View Post
    I'm running Adrent 2.4 front and 2.25 rear. I'm only 3 rides in and coming off the kenda Nevegals the Adrent is a much better tire in every way. Rolls better, climbs better corners better. The Adrent 2.25 in my option is a completely different tire compared to the 2.4. So far I think the combo works pretty well for me. I love hucking off of stuff and rolling over the technical areas.
    What's the big difference in the 2.4 and 2.25?

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    Ha just happened to pop my head on here and saw your recent post.
    My rear 2.25 Adrent's nobs are a lot smaller compared to its 2.4 counter part, and is a much faster roller in addition to not having to have the weight penalty of the 2.4. Still with plenty of grip to put down to do the technical areas & climbs. And with the Adrent 2.4 I don't have to worry about messing up my treads when I ram that bad boy full speed in to the rough stuff to get me up and over just about anything I can find. I also have the confidence to get down our short hill sections without having to worry about the loss of traction. The 2.4 is beefy and I love it.
    Its been a few months now and I love the combo.

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    I bought some Specialized tires last week that I'm going to test out. Butcher control front purgatory grid rear. 27.5x2.3

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    I run 2.4 Ardent front and rear around Austin. There is a "no man's land" with it as a front tire, if you lean a little but not enough the front feels a little vague. You can tell where it is based off the tread pattern.

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    Im trying the ardents now. See how they do. Just gets hot around 3pm

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    Tire for texas MTB?

    +1 for Ardents. Best I have tried by far for places like rpr and rocky, deception, etc. they hook up like a tow truck.

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    I like my WTB Bronsons. Some would say they are too agressive but they work well for me.

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    My best tire for SA and nearby areas is the Specialized Ground Control Sworks edition 2.3 front 2.1 rear. Sometimes I swap to a 1.9 in rear.

    The specialized Butcher is alternate front tire for faster downhill runs where sharp rocks are common.


    Most people dont realize a narrow rear tire can help a lot actually, and the hardpack trails here are fine for it.

    What bike and rims do you have?

    I think the extra heavy duty purgatory carries too much weight for this part of texas.
    It's overkill and weighs a ton, so avoid it unless you are a heavy rider on a heavy bike on a trail with significant drops and jumps.

    Ardents do well here too.

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    Stumpjumper fsr comp ... stock wheels

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    Rider weight? 26 27 or 29 wheels?

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    So far two rides on the Butcher/Purgatory combo and liking it well. The Butcher likes be leaned over so I'm trying to get more comfortable leaning the bike. The Purgatory will lean but not a much as the Butcher.

    Both tires have great grip and roll well. Running 27.5x2.3 28psi front and rear.

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    Re: Tire for texas MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trail_Blazer View Post
    Rider weight? 26 27 or 29 wheels?
    157 with gear on 29"

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    Since you are lighter weight you'd apreciate geting some Ground Control tires instead. Plus loose 2 pounds of un needed weight and they lean like glue at any angle.

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    I had ground control and purgatory on thr bike. Felt great till they started losing traction. I am trying the adrents now... well when I get my brakes fixed

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    My new Yeti SB95 came stock with an Ardent 2.4 up front and I had Jenson USA replace the stock rear Maxxis Icon with an Ardent 2.25. Been on this combo for a little over a month now. I like it fine for the terrain I ride at Dinosaur Valley St. Park and Cleburne St. Park with plenty of rocks / roots and loose over hardpack. Does require some adjusting in cornering with the front Ardent compared to the 2.35 Hans Dampf on my last 29er. But it is much faster rolling and still enough bite in the rough stuff.

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    Perfect thread for me right now. I put a 2.4 Ardent on the front of my 29er a little while back, but kept my 2.2 Ikon on the rear. The Ikon was getting a little worn out anyway, but last night I was about to ride at Reimer's and as I was picking the bike up to put in the truck, I noticed a slight bubble on the middle of the outside tread. Decided not to chance it and took my 26er instead.

    I have thought about putting a little more aggressive tire on the back, and I have liked the slightly slimmer tire set-up, so it sounds like ya'll are really liking the Ardent 2.25. Any other comments on the Ardent 2.4 front, Ardent 2.25 rear set-up? Thanks.

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    The big knoby maxis tires do very well here in texas no doubt.

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