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    Lightweight, high volume tires for dry conditions??

    I'm looking for recommendations for a dry condition tire that is high volume but reasonably lightweight. I've been running 2.4 Mountain Kings (1st design) and I'm not impressed with them. Looking for tires that have the following:

    -Good for Dry conditions (dirt is either hardpack or loose over hardpack)
    -High volume (I'm used to MKI 2.4's)
    -26" dia.
    -preferably around 700grams or so.
    -Stan's compatible (Flow rims)

    Any leads on what's out there would be helpful. I've searched but haven't found any good leads other than Maxxis Ikons 2.35.

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    Geax Goma. I just put the 2.4 tires on my R.I.P.-9 and love them! I ride in Tucson, AZ, and love rocky trails. The Gomas are not super lightweight, but have thick sidewalls, that seal really well with zero seepage and air loss. The tires wear quite well, and surprisingly, they roll faster than the Ardents I had on before.

    And they manage to roll fast without stupid ramps, which means on the rear, they brake AND climb well. On the front the cornering is excellent as is braking. The knobs on the Ardent were too narrow, and folded over. The Goma has better supported knobs, and they work great on hardpack, and loose over hard. They are true to size. Actually a mm bigger than the 2.4 Ardents I had. The 2.25 will most likely be as big as a good 2.3.

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    Thanks. I look into the Geax Goma's. Anyone else have any suggestions?

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    Both my suggestions come from experience on 29ers, but in dry conditions, had great luck with:

    Bonty XDX-- they were fast and high volume for me for the 2.1 inch width.
    IKON 2.2s were on the smaller side with Archs, but are seem much bigger on the wider Nox XCX rims I have no. Great grip, rolled fast. Did ok in other conditions as well as long as I was paying attention. While not exactly cheap, the 2.35s might be worth a shot.

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    Lightweight, high volume tires for dry conditions??

    Gomas are nice. XDXs aren't available anymore and the thick soft casing was prone to punctures. I also run a Bonty XR3 front and RaRa SS rear. RaRas wear a little quickly. Non TLR Wolverine front and non protection Race King is nice a wears well.

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