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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Fire FR, Timberwolf 2.5....any others I should look at?

    Thanks for the replies to my inquiry a few days ago about finding a larger replacement for my Survival pro as a front tire. It looks like most other tires like it are really just mud-specific, and I am thinking I should try something a little more versitile. The tire will be used as a fall-winter tire on the east coast. I do not care about rolling resistance.

    Shiggy mentioned the Fire FR. I gave it a look and it looks like it could be the ticket. Good reviews overall, acceptable weight, and 9.8mm side knobs. I am a little concerned the knobs may be too closely spaced to really penetrate, but I'm willing to give it a shot, especially for the price.

    In searching around I came across the WTB Timberwolf 2.5. Very similar specs to the Fire FR (weight, width, knob hieght) , stellar reviews, and I think the knobs may be spaced a tad wider, but it's hard to tell.

    Any thoughts on these two tires? I tend to like a square profile, and I am guessing by the large difference in hieght of the center vs. side knobs that both of these are somewhat square in profile, is this a fair guess?

    Thanks for any input. I would especially like to hear from people with experience in east coast conditions.


  2. #2
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
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    Dec 1998
    Add the Hutchinson Spider 2.3 to your list.

    At this point it will really come down to personal preference.
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  3. #3
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    May 2005
    i ride with timberwolf 2.3's, and buddy with fire fr's and we both like our tires year round. the TW 2.3's seem just as big as the fr's, and i thought the 2.5's were overkill for most trail riding.

    the fire fr's do seem to be easier to find, and also cheaper. i haven't tried the spiders.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2003
    You should also consider a Schwalbe Big Betty. I have been running them since early spring and it has been an excellent east coast tire.
    Nothing to see here.

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