I have noticed that some Kona bikes come with some unknown (at least to me) Nokian tyre: NBT 2.3 (2006 "Back Country" serie) and NBT 2.1 (2006 "Cross Country" serie, 2005 "Back Country" serie). BTW: More expensive bikes get NBX and not NBT.
I'm curious about what these might be. Are they the same profile as the NBX 2.1 and NBX 2.3 with a cheaper compound/thread ? The sites of shiggy or Nokian don't give any info. about those. Does Nokian also produce NBT 2.0 and NBT 2.2 with the profile of NBX Lite ? I'm wondering if the choice of NBT by Kona is somehow an "endorsement" by Kona for the NBX's profile.
Olivier from sunny Luxemburg
BTW: I'm personnally after a Nokian tyre for "regular cross-country" with my 3" full suspension FRM. My priorities are grip, confidence, safety and reasonnable durability. I enjoy riding 500km a year, and never ever races, although I sometimes have to chase my friends that ride much faster than myself ;-) Lightweight and low rolling resistance are nice extras but they come afterwards. Looking at Kona's choices, I felt that NBX 2.1, as supposedly speced on reasonably priced "Cross Country" bikes might be the best match for my requirements. If and only if NBT is indeed close to NBX...
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