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    XC tires...East side?

    Any suggestions for xc tires? I mostly ride on the East side of the Cascades. I have been using Nevegal's for years. They work great but thought I'd try something new.
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    Central WA here. I prefer something pretty beefy in front that still rolls reasonably well. My favorite front tire- WTB Prowler MX 2.3- has been discontinued. But the Panaracer Rampage 2.3 did pretty well at everything we threw at it.

    Currently I'm using a WTB Wolverine Race 2.2 on the back of my Ibis, and a Hutchinson Python NG on the rear of my old Marin with narrower clearance. The pythons are a softer tire so they have a grip that totally belies the look of their tread, the NG version has better side knobs than the original, and you can get them cheap if you watch on line.

    I'd like to hear from anyone using Contis out here... I know Borneo used/uses the Diesels on his tires for years although I'm not sure they'd be classified as a 'fast roller'. Their Mountain King and newer X-King looks interesting.

    Worst tire experience I ever had was the SmallBlock 8 2.3. I know some folks love it, but other than loose sand where the wideness of it did OK I never did find a situation where something else didn't hold better. Braking traction at every pressure I tried was absolutely horrible. Had a wreck washing out in a loose-over-hard-pack dirt road corner where it just never did hook up enough to recover even while the Prowler was still steerable all the way down. Give me bitey side knobs please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by verslowrdr View Post
    My favorite front tire- WTB Prowler MX 2.3- has been discontinued.
    5 Prowlers still available thru amazon...
    trust the tread

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    Oh I've already stocked up 3 of them from Pricepoint. They're hiding together under my dresser....
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    WTB Mutano Race 2.24 / 2.4. Beefy cornering knobs, fast rolling small center knobs, half the weight of the Prowler. They've done well for me here (Central WA) and places like Moab, Bend and Santa Cruz.

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    Thanks for the advise!
    Thoughts on the Geax AKA (rear) and a Maxxis Ardent (front)?
    Can't find the WTB's locally...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snosaw View Post
    Thanks for the advise!
    Thoughts on the Geax AKA (rear) and a Maxxis Ardent (front)?
    Can't find the WTB's locally...
    Not bad. Prefer more aggressive rear tread.

    I like (front and rear)
    Conti Trail King
    Kenda Excavator
    Maxxis Advantage
    Panaracer CG AC/AM
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    Thanks. Are you saying both front and rear the same with your choices? Or, do you ride a four wheeled bike?
    Ha! Thanks again, but more explanation would help.
    Cheers!
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    I currently have a Nevegal on the front and a Panaracer Rampage on the back of my Specialized Enduro. Did great last week at Sage Hills on hard pack dry trail to snow up top. Rode Ancient Lakes yesterday with no problens in rock to deep dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snosaw View Post
    Thanks. Are you saying both front and rear the same with your choices? Or, do you ride a four wheeled bike?
    Ha! Thanks again, but more explanation would help.
    Cheers!
    Mix and match as suits your whims. They are all good. One or more may look "right" to you.
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    I just ordered a Prowler XT for the rear and a Nevegal Stick-E for the front...
    Thanks for the advise!
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    Depending on the bike and the type of riding I'm doing, here are some of the tires I've had good luck with.

    Schwalbe Nobby Nic and Racing Ralph
    Conti Rubber Queen and Der Kaiser
    Maxxis High Roller and Minion DHF
    Michelin XCR Dry2

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    Racing Ralph front and rear here--no complaints. Great grip, and predictable in losing traction, and, more importantly re-engaging traction. Seat tubeless easily, and durable.

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