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    Listen! Tires on Ex8 (Replacements)

    Hey guys,

    Just got an Ex8 and love it except the tires . I want to get something along the lines of an all mountain tire. I want the Panaracer Fire XC Pro Tire but they only come in 2.1s. Coming stock the ex8 comes with 2.2s.

    just wanted to see how many people are running 2.1s on there ex8's...

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    I run 2.1 Maxxis Monorails in the dry and 2.1 Medusa in the mud.
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    I run 2.5 and 2.3, we have some sandy conditions here in denmark, so fat tires are good here.

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    How you think the red stripe on the Panaracers would look on an kaki green bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwriddle
    How you think the red stripe on the Panaracers would look on an kaki green bike?
    Wow good point! I swapped for Nevegals in 2.1 on my EX9 at puchase a month ago. Ran great in the rocky WV mountains. Not tried in mud yet so we will see......

    Good luck.

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    I run Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 and I find them to be the best tires yet...they are fast rolling but what i like the best is how they handle the corners.....
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    Fire XC comes in all black as well as blue, red and grey sidewalls as well.
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    I run 2.1 UST nevegals. They feel great. Definately better then the Bontrager tires that came on my EX8. They really look Burlier then you may think for a 2.1 tire.

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    Panaracer Fire xc pros. In all black of course.

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    Nevegals UST on my EX9, Maxxis Crossmarks on my Rush I like the Maxxis a lil better they roll better & corner awesome the Kendas have stiffer side wall and hook up well but Im not as confident conering seems strange because its a more aggressive tried the regular Nevegals but side walls are softer.

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    I had the LBS switch my tires before I even walked out of the shop. I went with Conti Gravity 2.3 for the eastern NC conditions we have... sand, mud, roots, hard pack...

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    I'm having my LBS put small block 8 on the rear & WTB wherewolf on the front of my EX9 for Nor Cal trails.

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    You may want to check out the September 2008 issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine. It has a "tire shootout" which lists info on a bunch of tires. While the ratings they give for things such as pedaling efficiency, climbing bite, braking bite, cornering grip, and loose dirt performance are by nature a little bit subjective, they can give you an idea of what a few experienced riders thought of all the tires they tested.

    More objectively, however, they listed the weights and "actual widths" of all the tires tested. I was surprised to learn that the listed widths are not really that accurate. More often than not the listed widths are a little wider than the actual width.

    Most of the Bontrager tires tested were narrower that their listed width by .1 inches. I'm assuming your EX8 came with Bontrager tires. Bontrager's discrepancy is not unusual, however, because a majority of the tires listed were narrower. The Panaracer Fire Pro was not listed, but most of the Panaracer tires listed were narrower than their listed widths by about .1 inches as well. There is a good chance the tires on your EX8, and the tires you want, are really narrow than listed.

    If the Panaracer tire you want works well for you on the terrain you ride, I don't see why it wouldn't work on your EX8.
    I ride a Fisher Hi-Fi Pro, a similar bike in terms of the amount of travel, and I'm currently running Maxxis Cross-Mark Exceptions 2.1--which were really measured at 2 inches even in the test. They are extremely light tires compared to most, coming in at 1.1 pounds--about as light as any tire tested. The Cross-Marks are working well for me on a 5 inch travel bike.

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    I replaced the bonty's on my EX8 with a Motoraptor 2.24 in the rear and a Mutanoraptor 2.4 up front. I wanted tires that were very close to the bonty's weight, but with much better traction.

    The motoraptor digs in really well on climbs and decents, and with its light weight it actually rolls pretty well despite the aggressive knobs. Thumbs up so far.

    The mutanoraptor rolls super well, is superlight and it great for the dry hardpack/rocks/roots with sand around here. You can't rail on it as hard as other tires in the corners since the tread isn't super aggressive, but it's a good compromise between traction and weight/rolling resistance. I have only had it wash once, and that was in a sandy corner that I took too hot. I doubt I'd have much confidence in this on wet trails though.

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    bonti tires

    I stuck with bonti Tires, but moved up to the ACX Tubeless Ready Tires. 2.2 on the back and 2.35 on the front.

    The key is to make sure you are running them tubeless. The Tubeless Ready system works great. Make sure you have the LBS set you up tubeless. If you don't ask, you likely will get the bike with tubes and without rimstrips.

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    tires for Khaki Green EX8

    I swapped mine out for Mountain Kings using 2.2 on the rear and 2.4 on the front. They work everywhere, sand, mud, loose over hard, but the rear wears faster than other tires I've used. Best all around when there is no mud or sand, hands down, is the Crossmark and it's about to be out in a 2.3 version. I sold my small blocks cheap after trying Crossmark's. The Xmarks are much faster and don't wiggle in the turns. The Mountain Kings are also faster than the small blocks, in my opinion.

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    i notice a lot of people are running wider fronts than rear tyres. i want to put Kenda small blocks on my 69er but they only have 2.1 fronts for the 29" wheel. is it sensible for me to run a 2.1 front on the 29" wheel and a 2.35 on the 26" rear wheel? or does a wider rear tyre compromise handling? i can always put a 2/.1 on the rear but 2.1 seems a bit skinny for this bike.

    thanks in advance for advice!

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    I've had fire pro's (2.1's f/b) and now nevegals ust's (2.35/2.1) on my ex 7. The panaracers were nice in the dry but I don't like them when it gets wet as they don't clear well. I've only had the nevegals on for one ride (dry) and really like the setup, I could rale the corners and no slipping. Just took the tube's out last night so they should be even better. However they did feel slower, but that probably has to do with the weight (+200 g on the front). Hope to gain some of that back w/o the tubes.

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    Schwalbe Fat/Albert and/or Maxxis ADvantage. I run those on my EX7, and they work great.
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    Panaracer Smoke and Dart combo.

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    I run those Panaracers on mine. the 2.1, they're amazing i love them

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    Quote Originally Posted by senseamp
    Panaracer Smoke and Dart combo.
    Have u ever run that setup in loose sand and mud?

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    yeah, I agree the stockers aren't the most confidence inspiring.

    I'm running the XR front with a ACX 2.2 rear and they're OK at best.

    I'm running them with tubes for now.

    I'm going to try my Schwalbe Fat Albert Light's very soon (2.35) front and rear.
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    Mountain King 2.4 front/2.2 rear. Great all around. Screw the Jones XR's. I was slipping out on everything.
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    Schwalbe 2.25" or 2.35" (a litol mor AM) Nobby Nics, these rock!

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    Before my bike left the LBS I had then put on some Schwalbe Nobby Nics. I honestly have not been able to put them to the test yet. It has been raining non stop here. Read good reviews and guys at the shop love them. We shall see.

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    Hutchinson Toro 2.15, for a long I’ve been looking for a tire that was genuinely good all round, every tire I tried had at least one weakness. I’ve had Hutchinson tires before and wasn’t really expecting much from them, I picked them out because they were supposed to be pretty good in mud which we get a lot of round here, turns out the Toro is actually a very good tire for everything. It’s fast, grips great in all conditions, I’ve had no punctures so far, it even works great in mud which is what I got it for, it’s just perfect for me.

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    Wonder what psi I should run the Nobbys. I am on a XL Frame and weigh 225. Any thoughts?

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    hey man I got an EX9 and i believe they both come with the same tires. i must agree those tires are a must change and fast!! I just rolled over a 100 miles today and have had the bike for 2 weeks tomorrow. The tires and grips were the first and only things to change. I put the Kenda Nevegal 16X2.35". At the same time I also went to a tubeless setup and wouldn't go back to tubes. They are great for descending, they are a little hard for climbing, but with the tubeless I run about 20 psi so I get great traction. Being so wide they work surprisingly well in the sand and rocks.

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    Has anyone tried the Kenda Hans Rey Telonix DTC Tire? They look like they would work pretty well. I have the Panaracer Fire FR on the front and the Kenda Excavator on the back, I have worn them out and wanted to try something different. Any feedack?

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    I had the same tires (Jones XR) on my HiFi Deluxe and hated them as well. Ended up with Kenda Nevegals. 2.35 front, 2.1 rear. Both DTC. Absolutely amazing tire! With the harder compound in the center rolling resistance isn't too bad, but with Stick-E on the side nobs, great grip in the corners. Highly recommend the Nevs!

    Another that I'd be interested in trying in the future is Maxxis Minion front/High Roller rear combo.

    cheers

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    Went out today for a quick loop after work. 1st time with the NOBBYS. Did not know what to exspect so I ran them at 40psi and was pleased with them. Great tire and would be better with a little less air.

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    Kenda Nev's 2.1 the best in my book!

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