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  1. #1
    And if not, why not?
    Join Date
    Jan 2004

    xc race tires that CORNER?

    So i love the maxxis ignitors on my RX, but I know they are slowing me down in fast dry races, when everyone else is on faster meat. I'm leaning towards pythons, because I used them years ago and the were fast and good on rocks. I was also considering maxxis crossmarks, because i love the way maxxis tires corner, or maybe shwalbe, but I'm not sure which ones.The main thing is i want to roll faster but without sacrificing any more traction than i have to. I tend to have an advantage on the downhill and technical sections, and I don't want to ride something that doesn't feel safe in those places. anyone have any feedback on these choices? I know they changed the pythons, so maybe they are less scary at speed then they used to be?

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  2. #2
    wandering lost
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Going through the same process on my new plastic RX too. Just mounted up Conti Speed King SS 2.1; looks a little skinny but has some decent knobs for cornering. Have also used Conti Explorer SS - pretty good, but still want to compare with the Speed Kings first. I also have a front wheel mounted with a Schwalbe Nobby Nic, based on the advice I got from others - only about 30 miles on it so far. The Schwalbe is heavier but looks meatier - and looks waaaaay more durable than the Conti Supersonics. Probably won't roll as fast either. Have also been happy with Schwalbe Fast Freds for easy dry conditions, but again these are lighter, smoother tires and won't corner as well as you want them to, I imagine. Schwalbe Fat Alberts handled great (a bit heavy for my taste), and Specialized Fast Trak were also good handlers, though they also felt a little slow in the rolling resistance department. But I have no objective proof on rolling resistance - mainly going by feel.

    Based on preliminary rides, I'm guessing I'll end up with Speed Kings for hardpack, and Schwalbe Nobby Nics for rougher and/or wetter stuff. Will let you know after I've done enough miles on those to give a fair comparison.

    BTW, all the above have been mounted up on NoTubes Olympic or ZTR 355 rims, no problems with the sealing so far.

  3. #3
    Goin' Down ain't bad!!!
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    Mar 2006

    Weirwolf's for me...

    I've run Spec Fast Traks and Roll-X's on my RX and prefer the Roll-X for cornering grip. They also bite better on sketchy climbs. My new fav though are the 2.1 WTB Weirwolf DNA's that I am running on the Hardtail. They seem to roll real smooth and talk about corner bite. Mike Weir really came up with a winner on that design in my book. Haven't tried them yet on the RX, but when the Roll-X's go south they're next up.

    Your milage may vary.

    "Oh momma, could this really be the end? To be stuck outside of Mojo with the High Side Blues again!!!"

  4. #4
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    Jun 2007

    tyres that grip

    "Hi my name is snapper and l have a tyre fetish"
    I have tried everything and change often.............. it is rather frustrating but l am seeking help. Here are my picks -
    Crossmark, big bag and corners well on hardpack only used UST
    Racing Ralph, is super light and suprisingly grippy in the dry but rear only. Tried both UST and folding with stans. Find the Nobby Nic great on the rear but too much for your useage.
    Specialised- Adrenialine (now Resolution l think) is a super front tyre and one of their xc ones on the rear.
    Python UST only and on the rear, fast and sliding which can be fun.
    One surprise was the Maxxis Highroller Exception series 2.1 sealed on UST rims with stans. Very fast and great cornering lugs. Lots of space for the mud but alittle small for my heft.
    Currently trying a number of the new Michelin tyres which have sealed well.
    Oh tyres.......................... how l love rubber.

  5. #5
    Chilling out
    Reputation: bear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    I'm not a racer for real, and I've only stayed in a Holiday Inn Express twice in my life (and neither time recently), but the Kenda Short Trackers seem to be very fast to me for hardpack/dry and with the stick-e side-knobs they hold a cornering line well (at least for me).

    I've only ridden the 2.35's, not the smaller sizes though, so ymmv.

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