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    Good xc tubeless tires for hardtail 26 er

    Greetings group, I just joined the community and here is my first question.
    i currently own Swalbe Racing Ralph tires on my hardtail Merida 26 mountain bike. The tires work reasonably well in packed terrain and even in somewhat muddy conditions. It gives you speed.
    Nonetheless, it is now almost summer in the southern hemisphere and the terrain is dusty, soft and sandy at times. I would describe the tires as la king any grip under these conditions. I have tasted dust twice in the last three weeks and I think I had enough of it. i am planning on moving on to some good tubeless tires with good grip on soft and sandy terrain. Perhaps Maxxis Rancheros would do the job. Any thoughts?

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    You could try and WTB WeirWolf, or perhaps Kenda Telonix. Or you could go with WTB velociraptor. These tyres will have higher rolling resistance on hardpack though

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    Continental Race King 2.2, racesport. High volume, lightweight, and fast rolling tires.

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    Specialized Eskar, Purgatory , excellent side knobs rail the dusty corners.Specialized Bicycle Components

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    Thank you guys WTBs were not on my top of mind. i might consider it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    Specialized Eskar, Purgatory , excellent side knobs rail the dusty corners.Specialized Bicycle Components
    I second the eskars, fast rolling, but with nice side knobs for grip. They are really good if you want speed and grip... only "downside" is if you like transitional knobs (I don't).

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    I run a Spesh Renegade 1.9 on the rear and a Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.1 on the front - both tubeless on Stans Alpines. Seems like a decent combination - the Renegade is very light and fast rolling while the Rocket Ron gives good grip.

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    Specy tires are great and are "2Bliss" ready.
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    Specialized Caption Control. Love'em
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    I have been thinking of getting a Captain Control for the front to ride this winter.
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    Maxxis Ignitors are some of my favorite tires. Not the most voluminous, but they stick to everything (including some mud) and roll reasonably fast. If you want something bigger, consider the Maxxis Ardent or maybe the Schwalbe Nobby Nic. All of them are great tires. I would recommend the Specialized Ground Control over the Captain, but that's just my opinion.
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    i would like to share my experience so far. I ended up buying a Maxxis advantage LUST for the front wheel and Maxxis Ignitor LUST for the rear wheel.
    Of course, I also added stan's miraculous elixir in both tires.
    I hit the trail twice this weekend for a total of 35 km in what are quite technical trails.

    The Advantage tire provides very good grip in loose terrain but is not so friendly when going uphill. It is very sticky. The Ignitor is similar to the racing Ralph in terms of speed but provides additional grip. I think I got a good combination but time will tell. The sidewalls of both tires look very strong and I expect good behavior when hitting rocks
    Cheers.

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    If you can still find them, my favorite all arounder for years has been Panaracer Trailblaster UST. Natural rubber so they don't hold up as long in the sun but the treadwear and traction are very consistent and favorable.

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    I personally really like the Schwalbe Nobby Nic upfront--excellent trade off between smooth rolling and bite. And if that's not enough, the Kenda Nevegal is off course a traction monster, though I find it slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbogrover View Post
    Continental Race King 2.2, racesport. High volume, lightweight, and fast rolling tires.
    Personally I /HATE/ my Cont. RKs!
    When turning they feel unsafe at any PSI, the pattern isn't to my liking at all due to that.

    I went back to Maxxis highrollers and they feel just as fast as the RK, yet they handle better when cornering.

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