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    Which tire? Michelin DH Comp 24 AT vs. Nokian Gazzaloddi Jr.

    I'm in the process of getting a VP Free (yay!) and I have to decide on the tires.
    At least the first set.

    I'm a 200lbs. aggressive rider, live in Calgary, going to do mostly lift assisted or shuttle with the Free.
    Think Rockies and dry Alberta. Loose, rocky, rough. Maybe not loose all the time.
    There will be a lot of trips to Fernie, Panorama and (God help us!) Whistler.

    The tires are going to be installed on Mavic 325s.
    Probably with tubes. If I feel crafty one day, I'll try the Stans kit.

    I was thinking to run the DH Comp 24s in a 2.5 or the Gazza Jrs in a 2.6;
    (Bow Cycle has a WICKED sale on the Gazzas - $24CAD!!!)

    Any ideas? And please don't recommend other tires, it was hard enough to shortlist to these two...
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    I would get the Gazzaloddis (the "Jr." means it is the 2.6), especially at that price. Full retail is ~$60US. Good tire in most conditions and wears better than most.
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    Thanks Shiggy.

    You're right. Price is too good.
    Any experience with Gazzaloddis, 325s and Stans?

    They're heavy as hell, thought maybe I get rid of the DH tubes at least...
    Quote Originally Posted by Khemical
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    My experience as a big aggressive rider (215 lbs) is that the Gazzys are okay until you push them, and then those teeny-tiny side knobs roll over and slide. I got some about 4 years ago, and threw them away after a few rides. The Michys are good but expensive. Also check out the Kenda Nevegals - by far the most popular tire at Whistler - and the Maxxis Minions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermoccasin
    Also check out the Kenda Nevegals - by far the most popular tire at Whistler - and the Maxxis Minions.
    I went through a pair of those (Nevegals) on my AM rig in about 3 months... true, it was the Kevlar type, but still... knobs shedding, pinch flat city...
    I don't wanna hear about them anymore...
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    The edge knobs on the Gazzi 2.6 are hardly "teeny-tiny." ~9mm tall, 18mm long, 15mm wide and well braced.
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    Shiggy, do you know anything about the Gazzaloddi Dual (2.6)?

    I like the weight more. It's a single-ply casing, I think.

    Anyone had any time on these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    The edge knobs on the Gazzi 2.6 are hardly "teeny-tiny." ~9mm tall, 18mm long, 15mm wide and well braced.
    Shiggy is right (duh) - the side knobs are some of the biggest I've seen. Thats what makes the tire have such a square profile. Ro.nin - I am in Calgary too and saw the gazza jr. in September at sportswap for 40 bucks. So the first thing I did was come on here and research the tire - most of the reviews say its great for dry loose conditions so I bought one. I only have a few rides to river park to run the dog but I am impressed by its size and grip. Pretty much any tire will do well in Fernie - the soil is like a moist sponge. And for $25 get a few - you really can't go wrong. I was at Bow today and fought buying another one - I really need to get more use out of the 30 or so tires I already own. Mike. Tire Whore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankpuller
    Mike. Tire Whore.
    Just got back from Bow. I "had" to get something again...
    [SIZE="1"](Plus the blondie at the front counter is the cutest sales person in town... )[/SIZE]

    Chris. Anything Whore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ro.nin
    Shiggy, do you know anything about the Gazzaloddi Dual (2.6)?

    I like the weight more. It's a single-ply casing, I think.

    Anyone had any time on these?
    For what you are doing stick with the DH casings. Much tougher and more flat resistant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    For what you are doing stick with the DH casings. Much tougher and more flat resistant.
    You know what? I think I'm becoming a tire whore...
    I will get:

    - The Micchi DH Comp 24
    - The Gazzas Dual 2.6

    - I currently have a pair of Bigg Bettys (which I LOVE)
    - I "pre-ordered" a pair of Muddy Marrys. The moment they get on the market, I'll have a pair. Probably January.

    I think I can cover a lot of trail types with these.
    Quote Originally Posted by Khemical
    wizzler is a must. although then it consumes all your waking and sleeping thoughts until you can return.

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