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    Dry Dusty Hardpack - Which tire is best?

    My wife is on 21mm rims and Ardent tires. I hate those things and want to get her on something safe at the very least. Summer is here and she needs something that can handle the dry and loose stuff. Do I just go with some all around tire combo like DHF/DHR2 or is there something that specifically works well come summer?

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    Michelin Rock'R2.

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    Dry Dusty Hardpack - Which tire is best?

    I run DHF front and rear, works perfect. I keep trying other rear tires and this seems to be perfect for me, as I keep coming back to this.
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    For pure confidence on that slim of a rim is good with Maxxis DHF 2.3 in the front and DHR2 2.3ís in the rear. Not the best rolling tires but grip is great.

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    How much will the average rider notice the weight difference between the Ardents and the DH*s?

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    Not the weight so much I'd guess---but the rolling diff is obvious on the back---the front does not matter so much

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    DHFs. Plenty of corner grip, and not as unpredictable in cornering as Ardents. Michelin Rock'r R2s are awesome tires (they're my go to tire on my FS bike), but probably overkill unless you want stiff, bulletproof tires for rocky, technical terrain.

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    Just switched my DHF rear for an Aggressor. Noticed the lower rolling resistance immediately. Grip so far is on par, except Aggressor might be slightly worse on chunky loose gravel or kitty litter.

    The trails are already starting to dry up here, so I think so far so good.

    Keep DHF upfront though.

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    I had thought the DHR/DHF's would be to tall of nobs for hardpack with very little dust on it? (I'm not a pro at this and everyone is recommending this so I'm guessing I'm wrong). FWIW I'm building a new bike for myself and have that combo as an All-Arounder but was also considering a summer hardpack specialty tire if that even exists or is even needed. We aren't riding uber hard but I don't want to be sliding out in fast corners or really steep berms where a slide out will put us over the edge... (thanks everyone!)

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    I can't say I'm on board with the dhf recommendations. Seems pretty overkill. By a lot. That's enough rolling resistance to take riding from tough but fun, to miserable.

    How about a ground control out back and butcher up front?

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    I can't say I'm on board with the dhf recommendations. Seems pretty overkill. By a lot. That's enough rolling resistance to take riding from tough but fun, to miserable.

    How about a ground control out back and butcher up front?
    There are different 'flavors' of DHF casings. You could always get the lower weight non EXO, non DD casings, for the profile without the added weight.

    OP - you can also look at the Minion SS. You'll get the side knobs for cornering grip with low profile center tread for less rolling resistance.

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    I'm running a Hans Dampf up front and a Rock Razor in the rear here in dry dusty So Cal.

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