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High Volume Tires?
I've been running 2.3 XR2's on my top fuel and really enjoy the extra cushion and grip! However I notice everyone else at races running like 2.1's or smaller. Who else likes big tires for xc?
I like the original Renegade (last year's model) from Specialized. The new one works great for the FS, but on the HT the added volume is awesome!
Originally Posted by zippinveedub
Seems like 29ers have changed the whole tire game.
I run a 2.2 mountain king front and 2.0 race king rear, both pretty small tires (much smaller than their listed size indicates, especially compared to Kendas), and the grip and control is really something.
I bought this setup for a road/dirt race (wanted less rolling resistance on the road sections), and I've continued to use these to race and ride in fairly technical terrain. This past weekend I rode with some friends of mine and they said they never seen me decend faster; even though I was using these tiny tires.
Maybe lengthening the contact patch gives additional performance improvement, to where not so much volume is needed.
it is likely the smaller tires for 29ers are being produced to keep the weight within reason. no racer or weight conscious rider is going to buy 900g tires for their light bikes!
Originally Posted by Poncharelli
But at the same time, there is no reason for small tires on a 29er either. The Maxxis Ikon 2.2 is a nice high volume tire and weighs 530 grams for the regular version and just 580g for the EXO sidewall protection version.
Similarly, a Specialized Fast Trak is a decent volume tire and is light (in both the control and S-works versions), they are even doing a 2.2 in the new style for 2012.
Schwalbe Rocket rons are 530grams in a 2.25 and the Racing Ralph is about 570g for a 2.25".
Sure you can go stupid small and light (like the Bontrager XR1 or 29-0). But, you will likely be slower with that small, minimal tread tire. Even the Specialized Renegade 1.95 in 29er size has a pretty decent volume while being about 470g real world weight (S-works version).
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