ignitor 2.1 UST, Crossmark 2.1 UST, Racing Ralph 2.1 UST, karma 2.0 standard
How would you run these tires?
I've got one of each and I want my FS bike setup for XC race. Races aren't ever too rooty and usually fast singletrak and dirt road with dry weather. I'm thinking Crossmark up front and RR in back for dry weather, ignitor up front and karma rear if it's wet. The karma tubeless with stans is so light though, I might just always want it. The wheelset is Crossmax SL.
Last edited by ewarnerusa; 05-11-2008 at 10:32 PM.
If it is gravelly I would put the ignitor up front..
i use the kenda karma front and rear. it was a bear getting them to seal with stan's sealant. i started on sunday around 9am and they finally sealed when i checked them the following wednesday. this is after having inflated them and shaking them morning and night. i followed the instructional video from notubles.com web site.
even now they will lose air pressure and i have to inflate them before each ride to 25 psi. they will hold around 10 to 15 psi.
as for riding. i think they are good for mud. i did my first sport race this past april and they did good in mud. i haven't found a tire that can handle it well. i had no problems with climbing. wet roots that i usually slipped on were also not an issue when negotiating over/around them.
i also rode the karmas over a spillway laiden with green (very slippery) moss. no problems. in the past i've felt the bike get squirley. these tires "stick".
i can't comment on the other tires.
just my $.02.
I just like riding my mountain bike.
The RR is the only one I don't have any experience with. I rode last year with a front Ignitor and rear Crossmark. I thought the traction was a little weak on the crossmark for a rear, but it was a fast roller so I thought I could use that up front. Ignitor was a great front tire, I'm just looking for ultimate raciness when applicable.
i run rr and love them. they roll fast and there is a ton of knob for when you lean the bike over. plus they are light.
I love the standard Karma's converted to tubeless.
Wicked tire that gets even better as you wear it out.
Crossmarks UST are a good dry tire but I find the compound a little hard for wet routes. The ignitors are good in loose and wet but could be faster and the tall side knobs feel odd.
Haven't use the RRs
My RR are pre-'08 model and I have a pair. Do you run them in the directions suggested on the casing (front & rear opposite)?
Originally Posted by cpeterson
Last edited by ewarnerusa; 05-13-2008 at 10:27 PM.
I'm using RR for quite a while now, and I agree with this what Cody wrote. Personally I run them with suggested directions and it works great, but someone else might have different opinion on this direction issue. 2008 model is a bit better in wet, but for dry conditions, I didn't notice all that much difference, so you should be fine also with pre-2008 model.