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    Best tires for NH?

    Hey guys its that time again, time for new tires. What is your favorite tubless tire for our NH trails? Im currently running Cont. Race King 29 2.2's. Nice light race tire but thin side walls IMO.

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    Maxxis Ardent up front, Schwalbe Nobby Nic in rear. I went out yesterday, in the wet, and couldn't believe how well that rear stuck to the slipper leaves and rocks.

    I've read the Nobby Nics have thin sidewalls (and they feel like they do) but I'm running tubeless over all the rocks and stuff, and I don't have the snakeskin version, and I'm still good to go. My Ardent is a LUST tire with the strong sidewalls.

    These are both on a 29er.

    You can also check out this thread I posted earlier on the year, asking exactly the same thing.

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    I am a fan of the WTB Bronson grips and sheds mud quite well I run a Kenda Nevagal up front which I am not in love with.

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    Kenda Nevagal 2.5 front- 2.3 rear DH casing. on my 26" allmountain bike.

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    Depends on the time of year

    I have been running the IRD Fire Pro 29ers all year. They are not the best race tire, but all but one of my offroad events was done in wet conditions this year. They are also not the plushest, but I am running them at 20 PSI front and rear tubeless. This time of year they are just awesome for trail riding with the wet, leafy, damp conditions.

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    Thanks for replys guys and the link to the other thread asking the same question. Im leaning towards the Maxxis Ardent's. Any thoughts on these?

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    Ardents are great rear tires for NH, but they have a large volume casing that can make for difficult frame clearance. I know they barely cleared my frame on a Giant TranceX. Keep that in mind since I don't know what kind of bike you own.
    Get out and ride even when you don't want to because ten minutes into the ride you'll be glad you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooctrl View Post
    Ardents are great rear tires for NH, but they have a large volume casing that can make for difficult frame clearance. I know they barely cleared my frame on a Giant TranceX. Keep that in mind since I don't know what kind of bike you own.
    I have a Yeti Big Top so that may be a problem.

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    I have an Ardent on the front, which I like very much. If you're running tubeless, make sure to get the LUST or EXO versions, because the regular ones aren't so tough, and I've sliced a sidewall.

    I used it on the back for a while, and while it was better than the Spec. Captain that came stock, the Nobby Nic was much better in terms of climbing traction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    Maxxis Ardent up front, Schwalbe Nobby Nic in rear. I went out yesterday, in the wet, and couldn't believe how well that rear stuck to the slipper leaves and rocks.

    I've read the Nobby Nics have thin sidewalls (and they feel like they do) but I'm running tubeless over all the rocks and stuff, and I don't have the snakeskin version, and I'm still good to go. My Ardent is a LUST tire with the strong sidewalls.

    These are both on a 29er.

    You can also check out this thread I posted earlier on the year, asking exactly the same thing.
    If you have an Evolution Nobby Nic, it is Snakeskin. They don't make a non Snakeskin 29r unless you are running the "Performance" Nic.
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    Schwalbe Hans Dampf Evo SS up front, Nobby Nic Evo SS in rear = happy rock and root eaters

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfab25 View Post
    If you have an Evolution Nobby Nic, it is Snakeskin. They don't make a non Snakeskin 29r unless you are running the "Performance" Nic.
    It is a Performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepeRst View Post
    Schwalbe Hans Dampf Evo SS up front, Nobby Nic Evo SS in rear = happy rock and root eaters
    For fall, this is my choice as well. For dry Nobby Nic 2.25 or 2.35 Front and Racing Ralph 2.25 rear. A bit wetter a Nobby Nic 2.25 in the rear.

    Tried out the Conti Mountain King Protection in 2.2. That is not a bad tire either. Not great rolling and a little slicker on wet wood but overall I was pleased with it. I did not try it on the front, however.
    The Ardent, for me, slipped in spots the Schwalbes do not. These spots are rootly climbs. I'd say they slip around 10% more in the same spot than a Schwalbe Nobby Nic. Folks love them though and I can see why. They are great tires.
    I tried out the Panaracer Driver tire this summer front and rear. That tire will surprise you with how much traction it has for a fast rolling tire. I would not run it in the fall or anywhere there are knarly downhills though. Not enough penetration.
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    29x2.25 Nobby Nics, front n rear. I have a set of 29x2.35 tubeless ready, if someone is looking. 20 miles on them, too much girth for me.
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    Yesterday I was at Souhegan Cycleworks talking tires with the owner. Come to find out the gentleman that designed the Maxxis Ardent lives in NH and visits the store. The Ardent was designed for and tested on NH trails!

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    i've got the snakeskin nics. i'm not one for slicing tires, but they feel very soft. i love the grip. are they durable at all? (you'd think for the price!)
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    I just noticed today that the outer nobbys on my nics are finally starting to get chewed up. Given the rocks around here, I'm not surprised. They work for now, but I'm guessing they'll need replacement next year.

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    I'll take a fast wearing tire that grips over one that doesn't any day.

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    Been riding Spec Captain Controls 2.0 tubeless this fall and have been happy with them.
    Took me a few rides to get the pressures right but 23f/27r on my 29er (I'm about 180lbs right now with my gear on).

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    has anyone tried the tioga psycho genius? my nevagals have been great but I wouldn't mind a faster rolling tire.
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    rubber tires have worked for me for over 2 decades. no complaints yet

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    I run Ardents front and rear. No issues with right pressure settings. Play around with different pressures. It makes a difference when you're going tubeless.

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    I run tubeless schwalbe rocket Ron's on my 29. I loved them from the get go, loads of grip on roots and rocks, and corners really well. After a season of hard riding, a couple of endurance events, and a few urban assault downhill sessions, the knobs seem to be dropping like flys. Sidewalls are a bit soft and gashed one in a rocky section a couple of weeks ago. Threw in a dollar bill and a tube and my lazy ass has been riding it since. Looks like the Schwalbes are pretty popular, but the short time I spent on an Ardent was a ton of fun as well.

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    Those Rocket Rons are superlight tires. I'm surprised they've lasted that long.
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    Light but fast.....and like I said, grip grip grip.

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    in all cerealness i've been rocking the maxis ignitor 29er tires since 05'. run em on my rigid indy fab at 25psi with tubes. they work everywhere in all conditions extremely well. rode em at stratham alps this morning in 20 degree temps and snowcovered trails, perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfab25 View Post
    Those Rocket Rons are superlight tires. I'm surprised they've lasted that long.
    rocket rons svck. got 2 rides out of a pair on my scott spark carbon before i shredded sidewalls in n-con. never again. plus shwalbys are stupid expensive.

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    Been really diggin the WTB Bronson 2.3 up front combined with a Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear...seems like the perfect combo.

    Hey newmarketrog - Where can I find the stratham alps?....same as stratham hill park?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Mtbiker View Post
    Been really diggin the WTB Bronson 2.3 up front combined with a Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear...seems like the perfect combo.

    Hey newmarketrog - Where can I find the stratham alps?....same as stratham hill park?
    I ran this same combo and loved it but the ardent sidewall got cut in fort rock after 50 miles. know I have a nevgal in the back. Stratham alps is stratham hill park.

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    I've been running WTB Velociraptors, I mostly ride in northern NH. Great economical tires with enough grip for me.

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    The last four years I have been running bontregers big earls, and than FR4 2.35-2.4 on my 26er
    loved the FR4s on the trail felt to soft on the road. never got a flat in over 2 years on them. I did blow out the side wall on a FR4 landing sideways, ripped the tire off the rim but seated it back on the rim after with a hand pump. I run Nevagals 2.35 on my 275, but i just ordered nutty nics

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    Best tires for NH?

    I'm running ardent 29x2.25 front and rear currently. Pretty nice mostly, but it seems like the trails I ride in southern nh have a lot of perfectly wrong off camber sections, particularly for the ardent as a front tire. Anyone try the ikon out in that area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbraxis View Post
    I'm running ardent 29x2.25 front and rear currently. Pretty nice mostly, but it seems like the trails I ride in southern nh have a lot of perfectly wrong off camber sections, particularly for the ardent as a front tire. Anyone try the ikon out in that area?
    I've never ridden the Ikon. In my mind's eye I picture it being less adept at off camber sections due to the much shorter knobs. I've heard it is a great tire for what it is designed for. I am not knocking it. The Ikon is a faster rolling tire where as the Ardent is made for grip.
    Maybe a 2.4 Ardent in the front or one of the new Maxxis 29r tires that seem to be getting a lot of praise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ooctrl View Post
    Ardents are great rear tires for NH, but they have a large volume casing that can make for difficult frame clearance. I know they barely cleared my frame on a Giant TranceX. Keep that in mind since I don't know what kind of bike you own.
    I much prefer the Ardent as a front tire than a rear. On steep loose terrain they slide out a bit much for my taste with their ramped knobs. I love them as a front tire though for trail riding. They are a bit heavy as a race tire. I would also say that for the east coast, the exo casing will do just fine for sidewall protection. The LUSTs are excessively heavy and with sidewalls that are overkill for our terrain IMO.

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